The ‘Golden Age’ OF the Golden Age of Rave Continues with Another Awesome Rave Mixtape Website… Yea, clever title, eh? …no??? Well.. Well, I thought so! Ah well, you keep your opinion, I’ll keep making shitty puns.. ;)
Point is, I just found a site that’s been around for more than a miiiinute (R.I.P. MARTEZ) and this site has a category of years to choose from, genres to choose from, and speaking of Martez a second ago, I gaurantee he would love this site. He was a friend of mine was ALL about the rave scene, pre-EDM era. He loved happy hardcore, especially. Anyway, I don’t have a 40 to spill a bit in his honor (no sarcasm intended) so here’s this site, instead.
mixtapes.demodulated.com/ (plus there’s lots of other mixtape sites down the page near the bottom…)
There are other sites. And if anyone wants to send me any, I’ll do my best post em.
The first line on the site was something I felt like I just had to post, I think it shows the dude’s sincerity in running a blog like this. And I have no problem sending love to fellow electronic-heads:
What is a mixtape? It’s an hour or so of a person’s life recorded for posterity.
It’s so fucking true.
I’m just gonna’ fucking quote the rest of the page. Fuck it, you can feel the dude’s love of old school rave and the extreme PLUR-mentality. He’s doing his best, IMO, to keep that PLUR ALIVE! We need that, so much, right now…
What is mixtape culture? Simply put, mixtape culture is a subset of people who enjoy compiling the things they love into a portable package and giving it away freely, or selling it cheaply for promotional purposes. Before the internet became widespread mixtapes were given to friends who made copies for friends who made copies of the copies. Quality degraded with every iteration but the love of the music and sharing was enough for this culture to flourish.
As practical and wonderful as the internet has become, the ease of self-publication has nearly caused the extinction of the face-to-face mixtape hand-off. This is both a blessing and a curse because although the internet enables proliferation on a mass scale, it forgoes the simple joy of placing something important into the hands of a friend.
It is in this spirit that I’ve decided to make much of my techno mixtape collection freely available. I hope you will download and enjoy many mixes, and invite your friends to do the same.
The site also introduced me to a phrase I’d never heard before: Kopimi…
“kopimi (copyme), symbol showing that you want to be copied.” Apparently, there are a lot of different variations, and you can make your own. That’s probably half the fun! Here are a few:
Ook, ok, that last one is just some ecstacy… It caught my eye when I was looking on my hard drive for the images I just downloaded… It’s just a photo… Anyway , if you click on the photos, you go straight to the copy-me-page. Hmm. I learned a new concept today. Should I kill that information with a bit of smoking? Hmm… A tough question… Well.. I’ll wait till later tonight to decide (again, I mentioned Martez earlier, and I KNOW what his answer what be: “DO IT UP, DUUUUUDE!”) Ahh, he really was rave-incarnate.
So is this it, StrangeFlow? Is this all you got? …
Is THIS ALL I GOT?? FFS! Thousands of hours of rave and an introduction to a new interesting possibly-anarchistic-internet-sharing-symbol? That’s not enough??!!
..OK. Fine! Fucking fine! Here’s a bunch of other mixtape sites for ya. (I also got a mixtape page up in the tabs section, go to the music and then click on mixtapes… I got that shit, too.. But I’m not just trying to hype myself, there’s LOTS of love to go around, so here are fucking 100s of thousands of hours of rave. This should keep you good for a miiiiinute: