new _ronitape mix & musings on process, intentionality

new 90-minute _ronitape mixtape cassette, 'boi gurl grrrl bwoy' is now up on my Soundcloud page for streaming or download! as always its an all-vinyl extravaganza, made from my personal collecsch this past week & then digitized & uploaded to the interwebz for yr listening pleasure. here it is:

i have 2 basic methods for making these _ronitape mixes; most commonly, i just have a blank tape in my deck and after a front-to-back listen of most records, i end up recording a track that i'm buggin' on or fits the mix right. as with most everything i do, for better & for worse, i don't plan it out at all, though conscious thought is obviously used in the selection process. there is little if any predetermined intentionality however. as technology & delivery systems have changed over the years, it has effected how most people listen to music - many only listen to the hot tracks, streaming-channels or youtube videos of the artists they like for instance. though i don't live in the past musically, i've always preferred to stay current while also looking back, i am old-school with my listening habits. i almost only listen to whole albums - LP records or cassettes from end-to-end, so i try to only buy ones dope enough to rock that way! the other style more rarely used is more of a spontaneous continuous DJ mix style, where i'm just quickly picking out tracks from records, finishing the mix in 1 focused session. more on that later, this mix is the former though you'll notice a running theme - boi gurl grrl bwoy...

 

so with this mix, i started off as usual, just throwing on tracks i was feeling, but 4 or 5 in i noticed i'd been alternating between male & female vocalist for each song, so i kept that pattern rolling for the duration of the mix. i dig using a really light guiding concept like that, but i avoid more specific or definitive ones because it'll involve more planning out & conscious intention - which is completely great, but just not how i vibe in most things. i always try to keep a balance & diversity of styles & artists on these without doing so in a contrived way, an organic flow is a must... the freewheeling 'skitzomix' nature of these mixes is why they're fun for me & thus crank so many out. i'm always down to challenge myself & shift in different directions, so one day i'm sure i'll make for instance a plotted-out tape that makes a clearly crafted statement on gender, but with this i actively avoided interplay between the tracks that might usually be there; since this had that loose theme already i tried to not make any obvious statements with the selections, instead seeing what it may say on its own, organically... i like letting things take on their own life through certain parameters which i might guide.

i'm most attracted to & enamored with art, music & culture that that doesn't tell you exactly how to feel. i have much respect for representational art, but personally have little interest in exploring it myself, i much prefer more abstract realms that are suggestive & evocative yet mysterious enough to draw the viewer back in but never know definitively what it 'means'. its always so rewarding & inspiring when someone sees something in my visual art that i never observed myself - i want to create something enduring that engages imagination, emotion & intellect that can be perceived in a multitude of ways. anyway, just some random musings on themes that bounce about my head as i slowly attempt to get back into my writing groove... to be revisited later i'm sure!