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“My mixtape bring / All the boys to the yard”
-Nicki Minaj, “Playtime Is Over”
The IASPM-US website seeks digital mixes for the third run of our annual mixtape series. Mixtapes (aka mixes, podcasts, or playlists) are phonographic anthologies capable of telling stories and expressing identity through ideas and emotions, coded in the selection and sequence of featured musical selections. This year, we are especially interested in featuring mixtapes that make unexpected connections between tracks from multiple different genres, geographical regions, production styles, and/or traditions, setting fire to the conventional means of categorization that commonly guide the art of mixtape curation. However, we are open to mixtapes of all kinds, including those that present music from a single genre, region, or moment in time.
The mixtape can feature any style of production, and should be accompanied by a short explanation that speaks to the motivation and vision behind its creation, and/or a critical reflection on the place of the music in a given social, political, or cultural context (250-500 words). For some ideas and inspiration, check out our featured mixtapes from 2014 and ’15, and also The Mixtape Museum blog, which includes a list of resources and bibliography on mixtape-related projects.
The audio mix itself can be submitted in AIFF, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, MP2, MP3, AAC, AMR or WMA formats, which will be uploaded to the IASPM-US MixCloud account. The accompanying material may include both text and multimedia (audio/video footage or YouTube clips, for example).
We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis until
March 7, 2016 March 31, 2016. Please submit drafts and multimedia files as attachments to Victor Szabo and Greg Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.