The summer has come and gone. For me, it was pretty superb, and in many ways, revolved around a lot of new music.
Mostly electronica, mostly chillout, with a bit of dubstep and hip-hop thrown in.
I started making these playlists in April this year as a way to archive, share, and get easy access to the music I’ve been listening to. I love discovering new music, and my taste varies widely: I can happily listen to almost every genre.
I’ve been an avid user of music tracking software, in particular LastFM — having joined in March 2003 (when it was Audioscrobbler and still the final year computer science project of Richard Jones). Since then it has recorded my listening of 172,315 tracks from 3,896 unique artists. Besides the odd month or two dotted throughout the years with changing computers, mobile devices or lack of internet, this is a fairly accurate archive of the last 10 years of music obsession, tracking my listening habits over the years and the progression of my taste.
My Last.FM profile.
Today, with not having local access to any of my music, I rely on cloud-based apps and services for music. Spotify is my service of choice. While it isn’t perfect, and the way it pays artists is certainly a contentious issue, however it has a shit-load of music and it’s mobile apps are pretty decent. I find myself often playing the ‘radio station’ based on certain tracks as a method of finding new music (much like I used to do with LastFM). Good tunes get ‘starred’ and great tunes get added to a playlist so I don’t forget about them.
This is a chart showing the genres I’ve listened to over the last year or so. You can view the full chart of the past 21 months here [pdf].
A snippit of a different chart of artists I’ve listened to over the past year.
Full chart [pdf]
30% of my listening is from my top 25 artists while 70% is outside of that.
And so, I share these playlists.
Have a listen to what I’ve been listening to.
Here are the past month’s playlists (Spotify links):