In 2004, I started an audio trading game with friends: Par Avian. The goal was to make a mix about an hour long with a theme. The list could only be 50 people long, because of bandwidth issues. If you made a mix you got to nominate some of your friends and you were moved to the top of the list. If you sat on the fence you were weeded out. The goal was to find 50 people that felt strongly enough about music to give back. Finally though, I wound down the project as the advent of digital music become the norm – when this program began, there was no App Store.
A few years on now, and I’ve decided to find a way to archive Par Avian in a way that might be accessible beyond our original group. Here, I offer a curated selection of mixtape releases from over the years. Hope you enjoy.
Par Avian 100, in four parts
[Original release: December 12, 2012]
For this penultimate edition, the 100th release, I’ve asked the four top contributors to Par Avian to return (myself, Tuffy, Cosmo Jones, and Dutch) and to each make a mix of 25 tracks each. 100 tracks for the 100th release, which will net you about 6.5 hours of awesome music. Mixed by people who really really care about music. Favorite tracks/greatest hits/etc. The mandate was the blow the roof off. I hope you enjoy.
Par Avian 100 – Dutch
Run Time: 1h35m
"Years ago when this all began, it was a strange transitional time, the notion that was, of passing cassettes (something that's recently become vogue again due to their silly lo-fi sensibility), was possible again, but to more people, and in a more meaningful way. The thought that people through an invite, never having met, could share music and sensibilities so easily and so removed, well, at the time, seemed so revolutionary.
What proved out was much more, and though at times disconnected, in some ways, that was the point. I have the pleasure of knowing some of you, some of us never have, nor will meet and either way, I hope you dig the mix, if not...
I had a hoot doing this, I always have. The notion of sharing music has been something that's run deep and always will. I've given up on wondering if people dig it or not, just hope that one lands home with someone and they pass it on, or just enjoy it on their own.
When e and I graduated from high school, we all traded mixtapes (four of us) of the music that influenced and informed us through the years of that weird and formative space. What came from that, was a collection of music from people that was completely the in step, yet totally different. I cherished those mixes for years.
What you have now is something very similar, four people, all associated in different ways, sharing music from different perspectives, yet, the same. The music from PA has influenced me and the way I think about sharing and community, and in a way, I've watched the world evolve around that, or catch up to it, or just it has become what we hoped it would in some ways...
Music builds community and relations, and I will continue to cherish these for the years to come.
Fuck the po-leese" – Dutch
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