As time goes on, I’ll gradually be working through the list of Reverie “Massage Mix” playlists shown below (indicated by catalog numbers beginning with “MM”) and getting the tracklists entered in traditional tabular form, each on its own individual page. Catalog numbers displayed with a live link can be clicked to go to the page with the playlist. (Right now I’m in the process of utilizing the only linked playlist so far for working out tabular formatting, which will be used as a template for all the rest.)
Since I can’t currently offer these for resale, they are do-it-yourself playlists to keep things legal. But if you appreciate music with substance to it by more accomplished performers as much as I do — if you’re tired of the typically insipid and boring froth typically marketed as yoga and massage music — it’s not much of a hurdle. Just download a given playlist’s tracks from your favorite online source, then create the playlist on your end in iTunes or another playback application.
|Cat. No.||Title||Time||Artist or Album|
|MM1||Vangelis 1||63:48||Mask, Chariots of Fire, Themes, China, Voices, 1492, El Greco, Oceanic, The City, Direct|
|MM2||Vangelis 2||71:58||Spiral, Oceanic, Soil Festivities, Private Collection, El Greco, Opera Sauvage, Direct, Mythodea, Antarctica, Voices, The City|
|MM3||World 1||61:45||Deep Forest, Sounds from the Ground|
|MM4||Steve Miller: Born to Be Blue||—||Born to Be Blue|
|MM5||New Age 1||—||Ash Dargan, Billy Whitefox, Johannes Schmoelling, Coyote Oldman, David Lanz/Paul Speer, Steve Roach|
|MM6||Eclectic 1||66:11||Asche & Spencer (Monster's Ball), Robert Rich, Wendy Carlos, Jeff Pearce, Chick Corea/Gary Burton, Constance Demby, Iasos, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mark Isham, Robert Rich/Steve Roach, Mychael Danna|
|MM7||Pop Vocal Harmonies 1||57:51||Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby/Stills/Nash|
|MM8||World 2||73:08||Nitin Sawhney, Plaid, Bliss, Ayurveda, Sonic Tribe/A.B. Didgeridoo, Ishq, Natacha Atlas/Transglobal Underground, Jonn Serrie, Paul Adams, Juno Reactor, Michael Brook, Attic Tree|
|MM9||Smooth Jazz 1||75:26||Intakt, Tweak, Vanessa Daou, Hird, Seafoam, Jean-Luc Ponty, Mark Dwane, Michael Brook, Juju Orchestra, Ulver, Richard Burmer, Vangelis|
|MM10||Smooth Jazz 2||74:44||Espen Horne, Stigmato, Jean-Luc Ponty, Palle Mikkelborg, Jazzmasters, Rosalia de Souza, dZihan & Kamien, Intakt, LTJ Bukem, Michael Whalen|
|MM11||Asian/Indian 1||70:13||Ustad Sultan Khan/Joe Claussell, Chintan/Prem Joshua, Bahramji/Maneesh De Moor, Karunesh, Nadaka, Manish Vyas/Prem Joshua, Dreamtree Project, Bahramji/Masti|
|MM12||New Age 2||77:49||Kevin Keller (first half of playlist), Tom Barabas, Dino, Steven Halpern, Maxence Cyrin, Peter Davison, Deuter|
Notes to Playlists
All these notes except for the last (about display of the playlists on mobile phones) pertain to the individual playlists, not the overall playlist catalog.
- Total time is the readout from iTunes, i.e., excluding inter-track gaps that may be added when burning CDs, depending on your settings. Adding individual track times will give a different figure that can vary by several seconds from the iTunes readout.
- Burning CDs: Total time on most playlists has been kept enough below 80 minutes to prevent overrunning space when burning to an 80-minute CD and adding a two to four-second inter-track gap. In cases where the total time exceeds this length, I’ve indicated a candidate track or two for elimination to bring the time below the 80-minute limit.
- Track volume adjustment: With massage playlists in particular, it’s important that the volume of individual tracks is consistent from one to the next so any given track is not overpowering in comparison to the others. The open-source ReplayGain algorithm that takes into account perceived loudness (by the human ear) rather than basing volume adjustment on peak normalization is probably the most sophisticated of these that’s available for consumer use. While iTunes’ built-in Sound Check algorithm reportedly uses a similar method, in my experience it doesn’t work nearly as well.
- Two popular applications, with versions for both Windows and Mac, that employ the ReplayGain implementation are iVolume and beaTunes. Both work in concert with iTunes by changing the ID3 tag and iTunNorm tag data used by Sound Check to adjust playback volume. With this approach, the adjustments are undoable and don’t change anything in the actual sound files themselves.
- “Edited” (in Notes column): This means musical passages that are uncreatively repetitive, or jarring — to my ears — have been removed with a sound-editing application. Remaining portions were then spliced back together on beat and on measure for a seamless transition. When sections that begin or end a track have been removed, a fade-in or fade-out was typically added, respectively, to the beginning or end as well.
- I have done fewer and fewer of these track edits as time as gone on — you’ll find them mostly in the earlier playlists. (The playlists have been sequentially numbered in the order I created them.) Performing the edits can be time-consuming, and these days I’m being less perfectionistic in the interest of getting more playlists put together and not holding up the train.
- For another thing, particularly given that I did not save any notes for which portions of tracks might have been cut out when doing the editing, there is now no way to indicate for others how to reconstruct the edits without me starting from scratch with the process I use to map them out. And, only a very few perfectionistic people like myself would have either the time or inclination to do that anyway.
- So… the heck with it. What I plan to do at some point with the early playlists where tracks have been edited is to go back and figure out song substitutions that can be done to create an alternate version of the playlist. While I doubt they’ll be as good as the originals — at least by my standards — I’ll try to sacrifice as little as possible in terms of listenability and their “star rating,” so to speak.
- Typically this behavior only affects the playlist/catalog display in portrait orientation, where mobile phone viewports are very narrow. If you rotate your display sideways to landscape orientation, things should then work properly in almost all cases. Or of course, if you plan to work with the playlists at length, viewing the tables on tablet-sized devices or larger will always give trouble-free display.
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