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Buying Music Again

Added on 2020-10-21 with tags: musicthoughts

Sometime about a year ago, I quit my subscription to music streaming services for good, and created a bandcamp account with the intention to buy music again. This had a significant impact on how I listen and relate to music.

Albums over Playlists

While I still require a (mostly) instrumental playlist with calm yet engaging music for work, I enjoy listening through albums as a whole a lot more. This has a more deliberate feel to it than just switch on a “backround noise carpet”, and I also feel way more mindful when listening to music like that.

Discovering Music Deliberately

This relates to the last point. I used to discover new music using the “play music similar to” features that most streaming services provide. This is a very limited experience though, and also contributes to the practice of just mindlessly turning on some background music.
Also, those recommendations where usually pretty bad. And I tried a lot of them, believe me. What’s way more exciting is to just look up what label that last cool album was released on, and check out what other artists they publish. Usually the variation in genres and styles is much larger than of those recommendation algorithms, and also seems to span more criteria than these algorithms are capable of considering.

Discovering music is also more targeted. I am better able to just go explore a new style of music I know nothing about, or go on an adventure to find out what this vaporwave thing is about.

I Spend More Money

This is one of the downsides for me. I have not much discipline, and when I discover something new I really like, I need to have it. Just having a subscription for ten bucks per month was way cheaper than what I’m doing now, but I still don’t buy anything right away and look for good deals or discography wholesales.
At least I know that most of what I spend there is ending up in the artists’s pockets.

Waaaay More Variety

The universe on independent artists on bandcamp alone is so much larger than any mainstream streaming service can provide. Locking myself out of the streaming service’s convenience forces these endless options on me.

No More Need for Mainstream Music

I found myself listening to way more of these niche music, that I didn’t really listen to the mainstream music my collection contained from before anymore. The effect was so large that I just followed through and deleted large parts of it.

jarden

Added on 2020-08-22 with tags: plantsjarden

Sometime last year in autumn I planted a tiny garden into a jar to see how long it would sustain itself. I put in two plants, one of which isn’t really visible but still doing fine, in a layer of soil above some coal for filtering and a base of gravel for the roots and to collect water.

For now it still looks very healthy! :)

jarden

dashed lines with postscript

Added on 2020-08-19 with tags: postscriptdoodlemerveilles

The Merveilles are thinking out loud about another artistic jam, this time themed around programming graphics with Postscript.

Probably for reasons in my upbringing, I have kind of an internal resistance that prevents me from trying new things because of the “failure” it includes, comparing myself with the amazing work other indiduals have already done on that specific topic. Somehow in my head it always becomes a competition, which prevents me from starting at all since “there’s no way I can compete with that”.

Anyways, that’s not much different with this jam. Many other Merveilles inhabitants went off to create amazing pictures with Postscript, and I noticed that instead of feeling inspired and motivated to go and experiment myself, I’m feeling intimidated.
To overcome this inner resistance of mine, I’m trying to push against it and endure this uncomfortable feeling for increasing durations. I’m doing so by taking baby steps in existing Postscript tutorials and drawing basic shapes for now. It doesn’t look like much yet, but the process itself feels super rewarding to me.

So with this in mind, I proudly present to you, a triangle of dashed lines!

dashed lines

If you’d like to see the underlying code or check in from time to time, have a look at my postscript git repo. I probably won’t be accepting patches though ;)

irimi1

Added on 2020-04-23 with tags: designlogoirimi

irimi1

This is the version I am most happy with for now and use everywhere I use the username irimi1. I made it in dotgrid, a minimalist vector tool.