Top 10 Posts & Searches from April 2011

The most popular post of the past month, out of a total 32 posts, was (1) the proposed “netlabel checklist,” a set of recommendations for future (and, some commenters have suggested, current) netabels (“If You’re Thinking of Starting a Netlabel …”). It’s at 51 comments and counting.

Seven of the top 10 most popular posts of the month were from the site’s Downstream department of (legally) free MP3 downloads: (2) a radio interview with Robert Black of the Bang on a Can All-stars discussing their transcription of Brian Eno‘s Music for Airports (with comparison samples of the recordings), and on which Bang on a Can All-stars member Evan Ziporyn submitted a comment about the crew’s approach; (3) C.R. Kasprzyk‘s music, as heard on the Chicago radio show Radius, drawn from everyday electromagnetic fields; (4) a reflection on how’s feed of inbound tracks serves as a kind of “chance DJ,” as exemplified by work by Marcus Fischer and Matt Dean that arrived in immediate succession; (5) a second entry in the Radius series, featuring the French duo the Art of Failure (Nicolas Maigret and Nicolas Montgermont), whose name is an appropriate summary of their aesthetic approach; (6) a piece by Iceland-based Jóhann Friðgeir Jóhannsson (aka 7oi) that resembles a CAD rendering of a beautiful afternoon; (7) Arturas BumÅ¡teinas‘ exploration of the range of sounds inherent in a Polish cathedral’s organ; (8) and the dreamy folk of Plusplus.

And, because statistics are peculiar and web search results all the more so, rounding out the top 10 were (9) the top 10 of the previous month, and (10) one of the automated Saturday summaries of the preceding week’s tweets.

Top search requests of the month (excluding, as always, those that yield null returns): “autechre,” “trip hop,” “alan morse davies,” “au clair de la lune,” “best albums,” “exhibition,” “Kalte,” “nanaqui,” “no sun in september,” “oki doki,” “ted james,” “unsilent,” “2010,” “7oi.”

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