Some of my most formative musical experiences happened in my early teens while browsing through records with barely any frame of reference or knowledge about what I was picking up, so I’ll always have a soft spot for vinyls and spending time alone with a huge and unknown collection. I really value the unique perspective that inexperience or lack of formal training can bring to a creative output, and being around all of this unfamiliar music reminded me of that.
It was really great to have the opportunity and time to look through these records, something that also somehow became tedious in moments because of its repetitive nature and my own often obsessive relationship to task completion. It made me think about the different experiences people have in relation to listening, depending on whether the listening is occurring privately or publicly. It also made me think lots about leisure and labour and working within this liminal space that art-making under capitalism always inevitably occupies, which was reinforced by listening to recordings of Terre Thaemlitz speaking about her ideas surrounding production after failing to find the youtube link for the track of hers I picked.
I’m for sure obsessed with chance encounters and with feeling connected to sound/music in a way that is fleeting but powerful and disconnected from intellectual or technical references, which is definitely how I picked my 6 records, and how I prefer making/hearing music too~~~~