I guess the idea of making mixtapes has gotten pretty antiquated. In a high-bandwidth culture of à la carte and pick-and-choose and on-demand, we can tailor almost everything to suit our needs. We are free to experience the world solely on our own terms. But as much as technology has liberated us, I can’t help but feel something gets lost in the mix of virtually limitless choice.

You know that moment you hear a song that you immediately know is going to change the course of your life? I’m talking about those songs that embed themselves so deeply into your consciousness that even the most unforgettable moments of your life would feel sorrowfully incomplete had you not heard that song at that exact moment. While I have no research to back this up, I’m wagering that you only ever hear these kinds of songs maybe a dozen times in your life.

And that’s why we share — sharing has always given us a tangible way to express how we experience the world, to connect. At its most basic, I think the totality of the human experience is a constant struggle to feel a bit less lonely.

While I agree that the digitizing of our culture has vastly benefited our lives on almost every conceivable level, I can’t shake the feeling that it has also made our experience with the world more fleeting, more temporary, more pigeon-holed as we explore everything ourselves, with little need for outsiders to give us direction. When anything can be removed with the press of a keystroke, everything we experience loses permanency.

We can no longer build monuments that stand the test of time. For most of us, everything about who we are and what we’ve done and thought and touched and felt will amount to nothing more than transmissions of electrons whizzing around circuits on microchips.

Sure, while we can share everything to everyone at any time , it has essentially turned us all into broadcasters. When everyone’s broadcasting, nobody’s listening.

So I make mixtapes:

[July 2012] I Hope This Makes Up For It (96.5 MB)

[Sept 2012] For Tanya - 30 Songs For Your Birthday (203.4 MB)