Art Of The Mix is a website dedicated to publishing running orders of cassette tapes resp. CDs for everyone to enjoy/emulate. Two years ago they included my Crowded House Conversion tape on the site... anybody got any ideas of their own there - or would care to create one?

I believe the Art Of Mixing beyond what club DJs do is still greatly underappreciated. Sequencing is very important!

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A few of years ago, I went to visit my father in New York, and he got us tickets to Neil Finn's concert (this was during the One All tour). He'd never actually heard any of the Finns' music (he was in his late 60s at the time), so I put together the following mix as an introduction. It was meant to span Neil's career to that point, and because it's an introduction, it's focused largely (though not exclusively) on hits:

1. Anytime (live, Seven Worlds Collide)
2. Weather With You
3. Take a Walk
4. World Where You Live
5. Private Universe
6. I Got You
7. Fall at Your Feet (Live, Sessions at W. 54th)
8. Driving Me Mad
9. Into Temptation
10. Locked Out
11. It's Only Natural
12. Last to Know
13. Recurring Dream (live, fan club CD, Berlin 1993). A brief aside: this is a brilliant performance, a bit loose--okay, sloppy--in a couple of places, but very energetic; it really hits a groove. Neil seems to have had a cold at this concert, and his voice is rough on many other songs, but here he nails it. I've heard a couple of other live versions, as well as the studio recording on Afterglow, but for me this is the definitive version.
14. Distant Sun
15. Don't Dream It's Over (live, Sessions at W.54th)
16. Rest of the Day Off
17. Angel's Heap (live, Seven Worlds Collide)
18. She Will Have Her Way
19. Together Alone

The pacing and song selection aren't perfect, and of course it now needs to be updated to incorporate Everyone Is Here. But this disk permanently resides in my car's CD player--my four-year-old has the song sequence memorized, and he asks for it almost every time we're in the car together.
Thankyou.
You know what its like you go to do a you beaut mix of songs on a cd and you get lost, or overwhelmed and it comes out crappy, so thankyou very much.

So Dorthonion what else have you worked on Enz and Finn brothers wise ?? You lost me in the other post with the key.... bits and whatnot.
cheers
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Originally posted by Kelly Timtam:
You lost me in the other post with the key.... bits and whatnot.

Hey, I thought that this was easy! Having a key segue (see earlier thread) is a very rewarding thing for a mix tape, as the sequence gets very smooth and within a short time people will hear the next song on the tape *ahead* before the present song finishes. This mini sample (a segue between Fingers Of Love and Never Be The Same) may illustrate my point. Doesn't sound so bad, now, does it? Even if you don't *mix* the tunes like I did, the proximity in harmony will make the sequence enticing and "irresistible"..
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from Dorthonion's Post 2 MAY
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Hey, I thought that this was easy! Having a key segue (see earlier thread) is a very rewarding thing for a mix tape, as the sequence gets very smooth and within a short time people will hear the next song on the tape *ahead* before the present song finishes. This mini sample (a segue between Fingers Of Love and Never Be The Same) may illustrate my point. Doesn't sound so bad, now, does it? Even if you don't *mix* the tunes like I did, the proximity in harmony will make the sequence enticing and "irresistible"..

Yes, song order makes the difference – (“people will hear the next song on the tape *ahead* before the present song finishes.”) I like having this anticipation when listening to mixed tapes. For me the running order of “Recurring Dream” CD is not right. “Locked Out” is misplaced between “Fall at Your Feet” and “Don’t Dream Its Over”.
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Well, you're right! Test it for yourself - I tweaked the sequence of the RD tracks so they flow in harmonically compatible keys:
  • World where you live
  • Weather with you
  • Everything is good for you
  • Locked out
  • Into temptation
  • Private universe
  • Instinct
  • It's only natural
  • Pineapple head
  • Fall at your feet
  • Better be home soon
  • Don't dream it's over
  • Distant sun
  • Four seasons in one day
  • I feel possessed
  • Something so strong
  • When you come
  • Mean to me
  • Not the girl you think you are
...and dare tell me this doesn't sound *much* better! The only "breaks" in harmony are after "Private Universe", "Instinct" and "Distant Sun", but in all these cases I did not mind that much, as a change in pace or mood is sometimes enhanced by breaking "the chain". is
Thanks I'll try this. I've lost my taped version so I have forgotten what the song list was.
The Recurring Dream Code – 2,1,19,4,6,9,11,14,7,3,18,5,15,13,12,16,8,17,10
I’m one very happy listener, thought only 2 turns around the platter I find it very soothing and flows well
Locked Out has a nice slow down to fade that suits Into Temptation to follow.

On a side note, in an other mix I think Locked Out and In the Lowlands make a good pair.
"You push too hard, darling! But I accept!" Wink

Try these song sequences the next time you put the original four albums into your CD player - all checked for harmonious flow:
  • Debut album (I rather like this sequence better than the original one, makes for a nice "story" in the running order - and the fave segue from "Hole" to "Dream" is featured): 2 / 9 / 6 / 11 / 5 / 8 / 1 / 7 / 4 / 10 / 3
  • Temple Of Low Men (very tricky): 5 / 1 / 8 / 3 / 2 / 4 / 9 / 7 / 6 / 10
  • Woodface (suddenly, even Chocolate Cake does not appear to be out of place on this album): 2 / 6 / 3 / 9 / 7 / 8 / 1 / 5 / 11 / 4 / 12 / 10 / 13 / 14
  • Together Alone (the trickiest, tell me if you like this one): 1 / 7 / 8 / 11 / 2 / 4 / 9 / 5 / 12 / 6 / 10 / 3 / 13
Please send donations and awards to my office address, as the mailbox at home is rather small. Thank you.
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Originally posted by Dorthonion:
Well, you're right! Test it for yourself - I tweaked the sequence of the RD tracks so they flow in harmonically compatible keys:


This sounds great, Dorthonion! Made it into a playlist on my MP3 player. Really smoooth. Cool

Have to try the other albums next.

Tracy
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Originally posted by Dorthonion:
"You push too hard, darling! But I accept!" Wink

Try these song sequences the next time you put the original four albums into your CD player - all checked for harmonious flow:
  • Debut album (I rather like this sequence better than the original one, makes for a nice "story" in the running order - and the fave segue from "Hole" to "Dream" is featured): 2 / 9 / 6 / 11 / 5 / 8 / 1 / 7 / 4 / 10 / 3
  • Temple Of Low Men (very tricky): 5 / 1 / 8 / 3 / 2 / 4 / 9 / 7 / 6 / 10
  • Woodface (suddenly, even Chocolate Cake does not appear to be out of place on this album): 2 / 6 / 3 / 9 / 7 / 8 / 1 / 5 / 11 / 4 / 12 / 10 / 13 / 14
  • Together Alone (the trickiest, tell me if you like this one): 1 / 7 / 8 / 11 / 2 / 4 / 9 / 5 / 12 / 6 / 10 / 3 / 13
Please send donations and awards to my office address, as the mailbox at home is rather small. Thank you.


Now try this for Intriguer:

3 / 7 / 4 / 9 / 1 / 8 / 5 / 2 / 6 / 10

Do you like it better this way?

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