As hinted to for months, facing a temporary break from the site, the blog, and the scene. I will miss the online music community terribly. The routines of checking in for and enjoying radio programs, netlabel releases, sound blogs, groups, podcasts, and all the other sources of sounds seem difficult to break. Parting from the mailing lists is difficult enough! I've met such amazing and friendly people, real keepers, and exchanged so much information about whole worlds of music.
Oddio Overplay has been a guilty pleasure. Working to be a better scientist and active community member working to better the world should come first. I refused interviews explaining that it was just a hobby. I have regrets about some of those now, jeez. The site used to be far more faceless and secretive. I was too serious to take this "silly little site" seriously, even when it was peaking at 80,000 unique visitors a day. Today it draws about 8,000 a week, and even that number blows my mind!
It will be impossible to review everything that will be posted in my absence, as the scene has grown exponentially. First came the free webhosts, then the blogs, now these free storage services. There is such a glut. Who can keep up anymore? Shawn of the Thirty Spokes Converge blog addressed his free music overload recently. I responded with a long rambling reply touching on related issues. I'd love to read your thoughts, as well.
While away from computers and records, I'll still have CD-Rs of free and legal downloads. All those downloads that passed though my machines are cataloged and ready for the proper listening attention some of them really deserve. Have you taken breaks to focus on the wealth of listening you already have? Several have spoken about their breaks from P2P and mailing lists, but what about clean breaks from audio download? Do you hear about this happening much right now? Too much consuming, need to produce instead? Or even to just digest?
So it is with mixed emotions that I finally step away for a month or two or more. I'll miss the online music community, but I'll get to really enjoy these amassed recordings. Until we meet again, I wish you well. Here's hoping 2006 brings you joy and health!