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Burn It - The Winter 2004 Edition

Time for the next Burn It CD Swap. Sign-ups begin now and, as always, please be sure to read the rules carefully before signing up! (And, yes, I know it's not 2004 any more, but with the new job and the holidays, this is a little late getting out.)

The Theme:
One of my favorite things, at least musically, is a good remix. Remixes are amongst some of my very favorite songs, so it's high time that I feature them as a theme. So, dazzle me with your favorite remixes by creating the Best Remix CD Ever.

I've had a couple of people ask me exactly what a remix is According to the definition is: To recombine (audio tracks or channels from a recording) to produce a new or modified audio recording: remixed a popular ballad and turned it into a dance hit. With that in mind, I don't think covers should be considered remixes.

Ultimately, though, Burn Its have always been about making an awesome CD that you love and want to share with other people. So, if not every track that you put on there isn't strictly a remix, the world won't fall apart. Just make a good CD and actually send it out to you group members (lots of people have been bailing on their groups. Don't be That Guy).

Here's how it works:
After the sign up period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive an e-mail from me telling you the names and addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself and send the other three to the other people in your group and one to me. New Rule: Since so many people have been complaining that they haven't gotten CDs from people in their group, I am now requiring that you send one to me so I can keep track of who sent them out and who didn't. I hate to do this, but it seems the best way to keep track. You should then receive three new CDs from the other three people in your group.

The rules:
- You should have a blog. I would like this to be a fun way to connect people in the blogosphere. If you don't, go over to Diaryland or Blogspot and start one for free.
- If you're not going to follow through and make your CDs, please don't bother signing up. It would be a shame if one or two people ruined this for their group. If you signed up last swap and didn't send your CDs out, don't sign up this time.
- You must live in the US or Canada. If there's a intrest in this in other areas, I may do a swap at some point down the road that includes other countries, but I'm going to limit it to the areas where I know most of you guys live.
- If you live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada. If you live in Canada, you should be willing to ship to the US. The postage is a teeny bit more, but nothing that's going to break the bank.
- Remember that most people can't play mp3s in their car, so make sure they're something that will play in a standard car stereo. I tend to use .cda or .wav files. I have put together a list of Burn It resources for those not familiar with making CDs.
- Please be sure to put your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere. I got several last time that I liked, but have no idea who sent them.

Guidlines on creating your CDs:
- Include a track listing. If someone like an artist, they might want to buy more music by them. Let us know who it is.
- Fill up the CD as much as you can. There's 80 minutes on a blank CD. Don't half-ass it and make a 30 minute CD.
- You should definitely use a jewel case when sending your CDs to protect it during mailing. You can get them cheap anywhere.
- I know a lot of people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art.
- Don't be afraid to put on "cheesy" music. If you like it, others probably will too.
- Don't be afraid to put on music that no one has ever heard before either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that's what counts.

If you've gotten this far and you still want to sign up, send an e-mail (change the AT to an @ in my e-mail address) to me and make sure you reference the swap in the subject line. You must include the following information (please send your info even if I already have it):

- Your name
- Mailing address
- Your blog URL
- Your e-mail address
- New requirement: If you want to be in one group or two. (You can send the same CD to each group. You don't actually have to create two different mixes.)

Sign-ups will continue through end of day Thursday, January 20th. By Monday, January 24th, I will send e-mails to everyone letting you know who is in your group. You should have all of your CDs burned and in the mail NO LATER THAN Friday, February 18th. This gives you at least a full three weeks to create and ship CDs to your three group partners and me.

Please spread the word! More people equals more music! Just be sure to link to this URL, because eventually this entry will cycle off the main page. Also, feel free to swipe one of the buttons here and link it to the category page here.

If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me or leave a comment.

Special thanks goes out to Alison for both the inspiration and allowing me to use most of her rules and guidelines.

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Interseting theme, but alas one I cannot participate in. I have all of 1 remix song. Guess the remix craze is lost on us old farts ;).

.: Howard Hill said on January 12, 2005 06:33 AM :: link it :.

as usual, i'm in! emailing you my details shortly...

.: tj said on January 12, 2005 08:27 AM :: link it :.

Maybe I'm just an old fart, but what's a remix? How is it different from a cover?

Would it be like the songs of the group Big Daddy (, who took songs and put them to a new beat? Or something else?

.: Julia said on January 12, 2005 04:13 PM :: link it :.

damn you, Kymberlie! I told myself that I wasn't going to do this one b/c I always procrastinate and send my cds out late. but you had to go and pick my favorite thing in the world. this is going to be one kick ass cd with the collection that Boy and I have, I assure you. I may even have to do 2 cds to fit everything I want to use.

.: girl said on January 13, 2005 07:14 AM :: link it :.

OK, dang it, I'm in. I can't pass up remixes!

You should maybe expand your definition to include Mash-Ups (they are a form of remix, yes?). Though you then may need to explain what a Mash-up is....

.: PromoGuy said on January 13, 2005 12:32 PM :: link it :.

This is good, but can I suggest that you include people from Europe. We can be in our own groups. The only (small) thing will be that we will have to post one cd to the US (yours). I don't see why it would be a big deal.

.: bbm said on January 13, 2005 06:46 PM :: link it :.

You know I'm in.

.: nastybastard said on January 16, 2005 12:05 AM :: link it :.


Fundamentally, yes a remix is a song with a different beat. Many times they will take the song as it was originally done and put down some dance beat stuff to make it more appealing to club goers for dancing.

.: Howard said on January 16, 2005 08:37 AM :: link it :.

There's more fun with Mix CDs over at the Mix CD Exchange... ... come on by...

.: Spike said on January 19, 2005 12:00 PM :: link it :.

Timing kinda bad right now...and my only remixes are of Britney and some other pop princesses, lol! Can't wait to join the fun next time.

.: KP said on January 26, 2005 11:59 AM :: link it :.

damn... too late?

.: Liz said on February 2, 2005 02:04 PM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at January 12, 2005 12:31 AM to see this post.

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