Impetus

Welcome to Bird & Whale. Thanks for visiting. I thought it might be good to write a little bit about this site.  Articulate my ambitions and fears.  Clarify a few little technical things.

Bird and Whale serves a few different rolls.  Its main objective is to introduce exceptional music to listeners that visit the site.  Perhaps it’s music that one might not hear otherwise.  It also serves as an archive of music that has caught the ear of contributors to the site.  I’ve invited lots of friends with nice music collections to share a small fraction that music online by putting together mixes.  The site is also serves as a little bit of an online diary where I can post things that I find interesting as well as other little projects I’ve been working on.

The format is a little bit unusual in today’s music internet culture.  As I mentioned a second ago the vast majority of music on the site is posted in mixes.  The main reason behind that is, simply, I like mixes.  If they are done well, I think they can make for a really unique and rewarding listening experience. I love to listen and think of how the songs relate to one another and to the whole.

Most of the mixes are posted both as one long mp3 and a zip file.  You may download (right click – save as) the mp3 or stream it directly from the site.  A zip file is just a container file.  In order to access the zip file you need to download the entire file.  Then double click it.  It’ll take a second to “unpack” so be patient.  The unpacked folder contains the exact same mix but it is typically broken into the individual tracks.  This is done simply so it’s easier to know what you are listening to.  I won’t spend any more words getting into the technical side of all that but please get in touch if you have any difficulty listening to the music.

This version of this site is launching tomorrow (January 21, 2010).  It’s the three year anniversary of the site!  My good friend Mike Perrone did an amazing job putting the new version of the site together.  He spent lots and lots of hours of coding.  I’m so grateful for all his hard work.  The new site features the artwork for the mixes, a search engine, a Contributor’s page, rss and a host of other nice improvements.  Please let me know what you think of the new version.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t also give a shout out to John Matthews who built the previous version.  If John hadn’t done all his hard work the site never would have made it this far.

Mike’s hard work has encouraged me to reexamine the site on a whole.  There are a few things I’d like to improve on the site going forward.  The first is the writing.   I’d like the site to serve to as a place where in addition to hearing things you might you not hear otherwise, you also might read material that you might not come in contact with elsewhere.  Likewise, I hope to start to use the Events Calendar to showcase forthcoming noteworthy music.  Hopefully there will be shows represented there that catch your interests as well.  Please get in touch if you have an idea for a music article or a performance on the horizon that you think B&W listeners would enjoy.

On a final note, I hope it’s apparent that I have nothing but the deepest of respect for the musicians whose music is represented here.  If I have stepped on any toes, and you would like something removed from the site please don’t hesitate to send me an email at birdandwhale@gmail.com

Thanks for listening.

Brad Loving

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