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17 December, 2006

Listening habits, pt.2

It's been 18 months (and 12 days) since I listed the artists which fill my 20 Gb Creative Zen mp3 player, so I thought I'd provide an update.

It now contains 2475 tracks (193 more than in June 2005) from 277 albums (29 more). Obviously I've deleted some tracks in order to fit in the additional material, but most were extremely long pieces (20-30 mins each), so there's been less changeover than simply addition; all the artists included in June 2005 are still represented by at least one track. I won't repeat the entire list (see the earlier entry for that), but these are the additions:

Anton Karas – the famous zither theme from 'The Third Man', ripped from the DVD.
Carter Burwell – Who? This is the 'Miller's Crossing' theme, again ripped from the DVD.
Imogen Heap
Jeff Wayne
Martin Barre
Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment – not hippie sh*t, honest; it's Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto.
Robert Wyatt
Simon & Garfunkel
Snow Patrol
Symphony X – just three tracks from 'V', which is so overblown, it's hilarious. I rarely play these songs, but if I'm in a bad mood they can be relied upon to induce howls of laughter.
The Verve
Thom Yorke

[Update 23/12/06: Thanks to Snafje's suggestion, two albums by The Gathering take the track count to 2504 on 283 albums (with a handful of other tracks by artists already listed).]


When I read the artist you appreciate, I think you háve to check the band The Gathering - they're really amazing. Just start with the album Souvenirs, or otherwise have a free look on


Posted by Snafje at December 17, 2006 06:45 PM

Thanks! I'm ~55 mins into that concert at the time of writing, and enjoying it. I've ordered their latest album (from eBay, at half of Amazon's asking price – I'll watch eBay for 'Souvenirs' too), and I'm about to work out whether I can download the webcast. ;)

For some reason, I hadn't discovered a doom/goth metal band with a female vocalist that I'd liked, but Anneke van Giersbergen's voice works, somehow.

Posted by NRT at December 18, 2006 04:11 PM

I agree with the opinion that many female fronted metal bands don't catch me, but The Gathering has more to show; it has some prog- and post-rock influences - they mature every album - the music can be very gentle and sweet but also damn hard rocking. Their first two albums are indeed doommetal, and please don't listen to them. Above, Anneke van Giersbergen wasn't included in the band at that time.

On the fabchannel website is also a concert of them from 2004. Maybe you doesn't agree, but Black Light District from that concert makes me crazy of excitement.

Posted by Snafje at December 19, 2006 06:35 PM
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