Music and Memory – Metro

How are the playlists created for the patients?”

“If someone said they loved Frank Sinatra, I would not just give them a hundred Frank Sinatra songs — it might just be ‘New York, New York’ they love. I’d find out which they really love, and then over time hone the list, take off stuff that’s just so-so. So after two or three months, every song would be songs that really resonated with them.”

Source: Music and Memory – Metro

Listening Out Loud Just Got Easier With Your Sonos App | SONOS

“Sure, the radio always provided a sort-of playlist function, but its one-size-fits-all approach left out anyone who didn’t fit into its very specific (and repetitive) mold. The modern, personalized playlist is decidedly a result of modern technology. Without the CD burners and a-la-carte song purchases made possible by cutting-edge 2004 tech, collecting independent songs together simply couldn’t happen. And neither could playlists.”

Source: Listening Out Loud Just Got Easier With Your Sonos App | SONOS

Readers recommend: share songs that are forgotten follow-ups | Music | The Guardian

“Regular RR contributor Richard T Clayton (who posts in the comments as DarceysDad) will select from your recommendations and produce a playlist, to be published online on 15 September…”

“If you want to volunteer to compile a playlist from readers’ suggestions – and potentially blog about the process/selection for the Guardian – please email matthew.holmes@theguardian.com with the subject line ‘RR guru’, or make yourself known in the comments.”

Source: Readers recommend: share songs that are forgotten follow-ups | Music | The Guardian

Playlist for the Soul | The Chronicle

“The main reason why I enjoy aggregation rather than curation is the variety and lack of formalism that aggregation provides. What may seem like a music dump is rather a commitment to musical eclecticism. Sometimes a song is re-contextualized when placed up against another; ‘How Soon Is Now?’ is ten times more crushing coming after the giddy disposability of ‘…Baby One More Time.’ That isn’t to say I eschew playlisting. I’ve made several playlists for friends based off of criteria they’ve given me, and occasionally I’ll revisit them to see if I would do anything different. But they’re not the same, beholden to a time limit and criteria that I prefer to throw away when cultivating my own musical tastes. I like the idea of playlist as a playground—chaotic, inspired, and fun.”

Source: Playlist for the Soul | The Chronicle

Over To You: How Should I Organise My Playlists?

“The final method is to use the playlist / crate function in your DJ app. The advantage to using this is that it keeps playlists right where you use them, and nowhere else. However, that also means that it’s harder to transfer playlists and metadata like cue points to other DJ software (although a third-party app like Rekord Buddy can). Also, no DJ software is as good at smart playlists as iTunes, plus it’s harder to transfer playlists out of your DJ software to smartphone or tablet this way.”

Source: Over To You: How Should I Organise My Playlists?