The Music Diary Project

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I've been harbouring a little idea for a while for a project. I'd like people from here to join in with it. I've written it up at my blog:

http://sickmouthy.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/the-music-diary-project/

Anyone up for joining in?

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tempting, will consider. I already know from my work schedule that's one of those weeks where I am too tired to think at the end of each day, though!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

It'd be awesome if you could join in, Ned.

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'd love to do this, just need to find some time.

Cultivating a manly musk puts your opponents on notice (chrisv2010), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

You can do it, dude; it can take as much or as little time as you want it to.

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

im in. i misread it as doing this every week until april and thought no f-in way can i commit to it.

Cultivating a manly musk puts your opponents on notice (chrisv2010), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bump.

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Morning!

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 27 January 2011 08:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I must admit I'm kind of interested - usually hang round ilb, read the music board with interest and I've heard a lot of great things through it, but tend not to contribute cos I feel a bit overawed by the analytical skills and knowledge on show. Feel with this project with its emphasis on mundane context it'd be a handy in for me to think about music writing, and also a useful way of working out what I feel about music again: my tastes have undergone a lot of changes in the past couple of years, for a start I listen to a LOT more stuff (partly ILX, partly things like spotify/having an iphone) and as a consequence my default critical stance tends to be 'I'm not really sure'.(Aside from long-held likes like The Fall). Consumption seems to have overridden taste, perhaps. Time to address that and I reckon this would be the perfect platform.

Hope this doesn't come across as hopelessly amateurish, but if you'll have me I guess I'm on board.

Herr Kapitan Pugvosh (GamalielRatsey), Thursday, 27 January 2011 08:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Everyone's welcome, especially if you think it's going to help you understand your relationship with music better. That's what it's about.

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 27 January 2011 09:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Looks interesting. May well be up for it.

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah unless that week of april proves to be particularly hectic i can do this - last.fm will record what i listened to, all i'll have to do is record the wheres and whys

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 27 January 2011 12:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bumpity, just to remind people.

http://sickmouthy.wordpress.com/musicdiaryproject/

Ages to go though. I shan't be doing this every day!

Ukranian crocodile that swallowed a mobile phone (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 31 January 2011 13:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Keen.

Daithi Lacha Flame (seandalai), Monday, 31 January 2011 13:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

A listening log for you to download and fill in - http://sickmouthy.com/2011/03/27/the-music-diary-project-listening-log/

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 27 March 2011 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bump.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 28 March 2011 04:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm in this! Non-professional writer myself, but I take this doesn't demand much prior experience (?) (I don't have a blog, as you mentioned in the post).

Have to ask, tho - any qualms against copying and pasting the log from my last.fm for this?

Radical Adults Lick Based God Style (kelpolaris), Monday, 28 March 2011 04:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

dug deeper and got my answer (yes). i'll submit my spreadsheet via here come the deadline.

Radical Adults Lick Based God Style (kelpolaris), Monday, 28 March 2011 04:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't need to submit your spreadsheet; it's just an aid memoir. Publish the diary however you like as long as it's sharable.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 28 March 2011 07:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

When does this start again?

Nult AGL (a hoy hoy), Monday, 28 March 2011 08:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Next Monday; 4th April.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 28 March 2011 09:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Count me in.

Bill A, Monday, 28 March 2011 10:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bump again. This starts on Monday. Who's in?

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 1 April 2011 07:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'll definitely try and do this Nick, great idea!

La descente infernale (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 1 April 2011 08:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really want to do this, but special circumstances next week make me wonder how much music I'll be listening to. I mean I know it's supposed to be a natural week, but this one is going to be abnormally problematic - this last week would have been perfect! Still want to do something tho, so will work out how best I can do it.

GamalielRatsey, Saturday, 2 April 2011 19:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Starts tomorrow! Looks like, due to I'll health, I might have an odd week too. So be it!

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 3 April 2011 11:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

got the week off work, so i don't have to track local radio bullshit!

Nult AGL (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 3 April 2011 13:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

But isn't that sort of stuff the most interesting in a way? The stuff you're exposed to on a day-to-day level when you're not actively selecting - the structures around us (from friends to shop staff to what's available on t' net) that result in the music we listen to? I guess that's what I'm most interested in this week anyway to try and find some sort of identity in this, the strands of musical consumption whose locus is me. Hem hem - possibly a bit pretentious I realise. Just limbering up.

GamalielRatsey, Sunday, 3 April 2011 13:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm totally interested in the incidental stuff, shop music, radio, etc etc.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 3 April 2011 13:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

well i booked the week off before i noticed it was this, so that was by accident. tried going on the... eurgh... heart fm website to see if they had a master list or something but once i saw the face of keith chegwin. decided it wasn't worth it.

Nult AGL (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

it may take the form of a Tweet or a Facebook status update every time you select a new song on your iPod

yeah if anyone does this i'm unfollowing you

(are we meant to update it daily or at the end of the week?)

(the spreadsheet doesn't work for me)

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

sort of worried about the dangers of overthinking and over-awareness of this too :/

um the week begins tomorrow not today, right?

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's a good idea. I'll try and remember as much as possible to make a decent job of it.

ogmor, Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm in. Will be updating here.

that's not funny. (unperson), Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think I'll make a note of what I listen to each day and blog it each evening.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 3 April 2011 15:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Will try doing a mixture of end-of-day round ups with some attempt to strike while the iron's hot through live updates as well, agree w' lex about the dangers of over-awareness doing this tho - and don't want to break natural flow of listening. wd've been perfect for say, taking a picture of the balalaika player on Trafalgar Square I passed the other night performing to no one tho. See how it goes. All here.

GamalielRatsey, Sunday, 3 April 2011 18:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doing this too, will be updating at the end of the day on my blog.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

What you listening to?

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 April 2011 06:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

stuff

mookieproof, Monday, 4 April 2011 06:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

>don't want to break natural flow of listening

This. Early days, but am being dragged out of the moment by needing to make a note of what's playing on my mp3 player; for spotify listening am relying on the last.fm scrobbling which should be easy.

fun though, and enthused to be scrupulous. I'm not counting anything that I skip or shuffle straight through, but am also not self-censoring so there will be Level 42 in here at times.

best so far today: "I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet" during the walking part of my commute where I cut through the old UMIST campus in Manchester, which I love.

Bill A, Monday, 4 April 2011 07:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

You don't have to list every song; just "listening events" - "spent 2 hours listening to random playlist on my iPod" is as valid an entry as a discussion of an individual track and why you chose it.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 April 2011 08:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh fine, that's cool then. Should've paid more attention to the brief!

Bill A, Monday, 4 April 2011 08:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've started logging, using Nick's spreadsheet. Will publish the logs as daily blog posts.

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's my plan.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 April 2011 09:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Today = bugger loads of ambient as I work from home.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 April 2011 09:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

morning commute.

GamalielRatsey, Monday, 4 April 2011 11:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

first entries are lol wrestler theme tunes.

Nult AGL (a hoy hoy), Monday, 4 April 2011 15:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

This has gone pretty mental today.

Alist of blogs & tumblrs involved so far: http://sickmouthy.com/2011/04/04/musicdiaryproject-whos-taking-part/

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 April 2011 21:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the list, nice to see.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 4 April 2011 22:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

I made a survey for people who've been taking part - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NFWHLSQ

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 April 2011 09:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Where are you when you do most of your listening, Lex? What's the room like?

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 April 2011 09:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

my bedroom unless otherwise stated. untidy. i tend to work/listen here because my music's all on an external HD and lugging both that and the laptop around every time i want to go somewhere else is not the one.

lex pretend, Saturday, 9 April 2011 09:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

the one to get played like a poop-butt

$47 value (sic), Saturday, 9 April 2011 11:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

mr. sick mouthy - what're your overall intentions w/ this project? are there any specific questions you aim to answer?

kelpolaris, Saturday, 9 April 2011 19:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eid ma clack shaw.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 April 2011 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

And here's Day Six: http://troubleddiva.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/music-diary-project-%e2%80%93-day-six/

(Weekend listening differs from weekday listening in several ways, as today proved.)

mike t-diva, Saturday, 9 April 2011 23:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah - i think it's troubling when music i usually enjoy i no longer can derive pleasure from. music acts as such a ~high~ for me... much more successful at completely transporting me into my own mind than any other medium (movies, books, videogames i guess). so when i'll listen to a song i usually find such solace in and that it does fuck-all for me but seem to obstruct me from hearing my environment does that sorta act as like the biological blue-screen of death: YOU ARE DEPRESSED

kelpolaris, Saturday, 9 April 2011 23:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Saturday, confirming that weekend listening is very different to weekdays.

the George Washington of butts (sic), Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

y'day http://alexmacpherson.tumblr.com/post/4489093353/music-diary-project-9-4-11

quite dull really, there's only so much you can say re: "i had to stay in all day and was grumpy about it and this is what i tried to work to"

it'll be a rinse and repeat for today too fml fml

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 07:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

mr. sick mouthy - what're your overall intentions w/ this project? are there any specific questions you aim to answer?

i'd like to know too, it's not been unenjoyable but i don't really know why anyone would be interested in my entries. i mean, it's all on last.fm anyway, anyone who cares can go there...?

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 07:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Saturday's listening - http://sickmouthy.com/2011/04/10/saturdays-listening/

My motivations will be revealed when I write up my "conclusion" circa Monday / Tuesday.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 10 April 2011 08:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

It would be good if 'Generally, how much of your attention did you give to the music you listened to?' was separated out a bit more and gave options for occasionally, often etc. for each option. I put down 'Some of my attention' as an average but it's so dependant on what the other activity I was doing is that that doesn't really cover it.

if, Sunday, 10 April 2011 09:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Aye, I'd have liked to have gone into more detail, plus gone for demographic data, genre data, how many artists, how often each artist, etc etc etc, but you're limited to ten questions on Survey Monkey unless you pay for a pro account.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 10 April 2011 10:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

And here's Day Seven: http://troubleddiva.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/music-diary-project-%e2%80%93-day-seven/

mike t-diva, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

last day: http://alexmacpherson.tumblr.com/post/4506762203/music-diary-project-10-4-11

enjoyed doing this in the week, hated doing it at the weekend (partly because i hated having to stay in and write all weekend) ("write") (AAARGH FUCKING CUNTING WRITING)

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

if anyone was remotely interested do let me know why btw, cuz i can't fathom it

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually any PRs lurking around should definitely be on it (though it hasn't been a promo-heavy week at all)

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

already not sure about what to tick for your survey nick - re: formats, i thought all the live music i'd seen this week would fall under "other" but i guess the DJs i saw would have been playing off CDs and/or vinyl a lot? so would that count? i didn't play any CDs or vinyl myself.

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually the next one is tough too, my listening set-up is a hi-fi system (separates) plugged into my laptop where my music files are so wtf do i tick?

lex pretend, Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

aw poor journalist having to write, must be so hard for you

popular gay automobile (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Filled out the survey. This was an interesting idea sick mouthy; I'm looking forward to your reactions/conclusions.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 11 April 2011 00:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Reading some of these is kind of interesting, in a non-stalker-way. It's like a more intimate version of last.fm scrobbling.

The Sunspots In Your Eyes Are Actually Cataracts, Mr. Rudich (AWALL), Monday, 11 April 2011 03:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

if anyone was remotely interested do let me know why btw, cuz i can't fathom it

I found them interesting, Lex! Just as a glimpse into someone else's listening habits. It gave me... I dunno... a bit more context, I suppose. I liked the way that you played favourite new tracks several times in a day; I used to do that a lot, but almost never these days, not sure why.

mike t-diva, Monday, 11 April 2011 09:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Here are my week's entries: http://abegrand.pitas.com/

A. Begrand, Monday, 11 April 2011 10:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was trying to post the contents of a spotify playlist, but the best I managed was a bunch of url links, not good.

Mark G, Monday, 11 April 2011 13:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

it'd be fun to have a "day in the life of ______" for some of these

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 April 2011 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I liked the way that you played favourite new tracks several times in a day; I used to do that a lot, but almost never these days, not sure why.

it was quite a low week for that tbh! didn't have a great deal of time for it as was either running around town or listening to music for work for much of it. this is an example of how obsessive i can get about favourite new tracks: http://www.last.fm/user/lexpretend/library/music/Ciara/_/Wants+For+Dinner

lex pretend, Monday, 11 April 2011 14:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thinking on, Fridays journey also had: Leon Kings' that one w/sexonfire and that one that starts Boomwoobwooobwoob...

Journey back (sunday) had: Badly Drawn Boy's "what I'm thinking", Crystal Castles 2, PlanB, ummm...that's it.

Mark G, Monday, 11 April 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

62 people have taken the survey. I'm gonna write up my conclusion today.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 05:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just been linked to some Mexican blogs that took part, writing in Spanish. Haven't a fucking clue what they said.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 09:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha never mind me from over the weekend, i was just really grumpy what with my mountain of work etc, which made thinking about the whys and wheres of what i listened to more annoying than usual cuz it was just a bit dull. i enjoyed it during my (unusually varied) week!

I spend £10 on an album, that an artist may have sweated blood to produce, and then I pay it scant attention while I chop onions, or edit photos, or drive to the shops, or… If I love music so much, doesn’t it deserve a little more than that?

i'd flip this - i listen to music when i'm travelling or working out or internetting or tidying my room, and it's actually the latter activities i'm paying scant attention to - i rarely listen exclusively to music, but it takes something i really need to concentrate on to divert my attention away from it to the extent you imply.

which may explain a lot, from my dislike of cooking to my ability to get lost 5 minutes from my own house :/

lex pretend, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

also i was way more interested in the specifics what people listened to - but then i already think about how i listen to music a lot of the time already. i was interested to see how people chose to soundtrack similar activities to mine, like travelling and just wandering around getting lunch, and how that compared with what i'd chosen.

i'm also surprised to see that so few (anyone?) were as affected by the weather as i am!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Had an interesting conversation with my boss, who took part, and used to be a music editor at The Big Issue, and he was really intrigued by how I deliberately picked ambient music to work to for its utility and purpose; I do definitely have a mental checklist of albums (and a pretty extensive playlist on the iPod) that I know wont distract me but will fill space and comfort me.

But yeah, I do cook to music, and wonder what activity I'm paying attention to; and the answer is both neither and both.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 18:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Who's up for this again?

http://sickmouthy.com/2012/03/05/music-diary-2012/

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 5 March 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

this'd be neat, as my music listening habits have entirely changed. i've pretty much abandoned last.fm (last log-in: nov. 2011) and lately have found that walking around w/ headphones has really been counterproductive to how sociable a person i am, so i've quit that (bus-riding, bike-riding, skateboarding = yes.... don't fault my logic, i know i don't have any)

NO NUTRITIONAL CONTENT (kelpolaris), Monday, 5 March 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Starting to properly think about this now.

http://sickmouthy.com/music-diary-2012/

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Due to getting caught up with buying a house and being visited by the queen and working in cornwall and stuff, this didn't get started last monday. So we're doing it from bank holiday monday, instead.

http://sickmouthy.com/music-diary-2012/

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 4 May 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I weren't doing Then Play Long (and resting a lot because of, um, medical orders) then this would be a good idea. Otherwise I can guarantee you that if it covered tomorrow, my contribution would be a scruffy single sheet of paper with closely-written, largely indecipherable shorthand which I then have to turn into a cogent blog post. Since my wife and I both listen to TPL albums and her thoughts and insights contribute hugely to the final blog product, then I have to scribble these down as soon as she thinks of them.

In truth this would also be the case next Saturday, except knowing what the album is, I expect I will need more than just the one sheet of paper.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 4 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do it anyway Marcello!

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 5 May 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just list everything you listen to for the week, even if a big chunk is for TPL.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 5 May 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tweeting my diary this year.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink


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