Help Me Brainstorm the Planning of a Music-Swapping Party
October 17, 2013 4:11 PM Subscribe
I'd like to invite a bunch of my music-loving friends over to bring, listen to, talk about, and trade music. My idea is to set up stations in different rooms in my house that people can use to introduce people to music they like, with the option of dubbing/downloading/otherwise sharing.
posted by Rykey to grab bag (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We're a mix of ages and tech skills, but I think everybody has access to internet/email at least. Most people would know at least a few other people there, but I'm the only one who would know all of them.
The stations would feature different hardware (turntables, laptops, tape decks, whatever) and seating to facilitate conversation. Other than that, I don't know where to start.
Some of my concerns:
-I'd like to prepare for the party to the point that I have something well-organized for people. A cheat sheet with a list of what each room has in it, tips like "Try to limit your use of the turntable to X album sides," that sort of thing. Not hard and fast rules (I want people to have fun and network with other music lovers more than anything), but general guidelines to encourage exposure to new music and sharing it.
-I want to make cross-platform sharing as smooth as possible. To that end, I plan to have turntables patched into laptops for recording through Audacity, burning to CD/flash drive, etc. I'd also like to be able to accommodate whatever gadgets people bring with them (iPods, tablets, etc.).
-It'd be great to facilitate people trading "wish lists" with contact information to make their own arrangements to trade music after the party.
-A few short activities throughout the evening might be fun. Something like "Everybody meet in the living room to play what you consider to be a quintessential track in your favorite genre" or some such.
-Some kind of web presence/email communication before and after the party would be cool (Facebook event page?).
I'm open to any brainstorming on this-- setup logistics, software/cloud tips, activity ideas, whatever. Has anybody hosted such an event? If you were invited to one, what would you expect/want?