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5 June, 2005

Listening habits

This is a bit self-referential, but now that virtually all 20Gb of my Creative Zen Touch mp3 player are accounted for by 2282 tracks from 248 albums, the following is the complete list of artists represented, some by a single track, others by a couple of hundred.

How many have you even heard of? ;)

A Perfect Circle
Afro Celt Sound System
Alanis Morissette
Bass Communion
Beijing Central Phil Orchestra
Billy Bragg
Boards Of Canada
Chroma Key
Coldplay (I thought I'd deleted that!)
Explosions In The Sky
Fairport Convention
Foo Fighters
Fredo Viola
Godspeed You Black Emperor
h (Steve Hogarth)
Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull
Joan Osborne
John Wesley
June Tabor
Kathryn Stott & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Kevin Moore
Liquid Tension Experiment
Maddy Prior
Massive Attack
Melissa Auf der Maur
Michael Kamen
Michael Nyman
Mike Oldfield
Nick Drake
Ozric Tentacles
Peatbog Faeries
Peter Gabriel
Peter Green
Pineapple Thief
Pink Floyd
Porcupine Tree
Ralph McTell
Richard Thompson
Roger Waters
Salzburg Baroque Orchestra
Sheryl Crow
Sigur Rós
Spock's Beard
Steeleye Span
Steve Hackett
Steven Wilson
Suzanne Vega
The Beatles
The Flower Kings
Tim Bowness / Peter Chilvers


About two-thirds of them (although quite a few I only recognise from this blog!)

Posted by Tim Hall at June 5, 2005 06:03 PM

I've heard of 21 of those.

Posted by Neil T. at June 5, 2005 06:47 PM

I wasn't sure if you were just showing off (look how eclectic I am...) until I realized that I fall at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I only listen to one group regularly (Tull) and a few instrumental artists because the vocals (and lyrics) of most contemporary artists make me vomit.......I guess at age 51 I'm a little set in my ways, but I'm a bit cynical and find most modern music a little too calculated.
Also, I can't really relate to "love" songs because none of them seem to capture how I see my relationships........

Posted by showtaper at June 6, 2005 10:22 PM

I wouldn't say that's particularly eclectic. Others who repeated the same exercise have at least double that number of bands, and those who recognise the artists would realise many are closely related.

If you don't like contemporary artists, you're listening to the wrong artists. Seriously. Please don't think the rubbish on mass-market radio is a fair representation of modern music.

I liked Tull 1971-95 (not before, definitely not after) for the lyrics, often to the exclusion of the music, but otherwise lyrics are less important to my taste. Over a quarter of the artists listed are instrumental-only.

Love songs? What do love songs have to do with anything? ;)

Posted by NRT at June 6, 2005 11:38 PM

I've heard of at least two-thirds, maybe three-quarters, of the artists there; I've actually heard music by somewhat less. I guess I tend to read about music more widely than I listen to it.

Posted by Jon. at June 7, 2005 05:13 PM
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