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Spotify playlists for Threadwork

Hey, a quick one. I was reminded over the weekend of something I'd been meaning to do all along but had slipped my mind. And that's pulling together and making available Spotify playlists of the tracks played on the episodes. I'll post the playlist together with the episodes when they go live going forward but below are the ones for the first three episodes: Animals (Episode 1), Colours (Episode 2) and About People (Episode 3). 

Clearly not everything is on Spotify that is played in the episodes so there are some omissions - and some tracks aren't really played properly at all or are used as excerpts. They make it into the playlists anyway.

OK. Cheers,


Episode 1: Animals https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/3yc9yN7DSQsToclzZzv0ko?si=ABDoSi-BSqiN0qeWshTXWA

Episode 2: Colours https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/5MwtlAxYS3dYiJmaf6wOEc?si=b6F3VP-8TGGB4K_F_Hq38w

Episode 3: About People  https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/5ncA3w672pVr7DbM0sjllY?si=p-tHeKkiTqyJqMQGuRW3MA

Coming together, glimpse behind the curtain

How do? A quick update on all things Threadwork.

This week myself and producer Bod spent some of our time doing a bit of mastering and overlaying some of my recorded vocals (as it were) over the already finalized music. What I mean by finalized music is that we've already pulled together the tracks, how they're mixed or overlaid for a few of the episodes already. And because the vocals bit is the less easy part, I'm recording those after the event. We'll work like this until it becomes more natural to do the two together.

I'm keen that when the podcast launches it's dependable - there will be an episode when there is supposed to be one.  At the moment it takes approximately 2-3 weeks per episode sans vox though there's concurrent activity on episodes. Having a backlog will allow us to have a store of episodes to release whilst new ones are being worked on.

I've started approaching potential guests too so let's see what happens there. More news when there is some.

That'll do for now. Here's a record I thought about the other day. I'd forgotten just how good it was.

Cheers - R

First post, what's it all about, details, Episode 0

OK, hello - how's it going? I hope you're well? I'm alright, thanks. Trying to get to grips with building the website and making things look half decent. It's a challenge when you don't really have an eye for this sort of activity and even when most of the tools are there for you I'm still struggling with my own brain saying, 'stop, stop, this is rubbish, you're a fool, you can't do this'. 

Brain enemy might be right but I'm doing it nonetheless. 

So, the podcast is nearly ready to go. We're about halfway through the month of March at the time of writing and I'm aiming to have Episode 0 out in the next couple of weeks. Episode 0 serves a couple of purposes. Firstly, it's a standalone explanation of what the podcast is all about and will be about 4 minutes long once I've cut the audio down but also it's used to create a sort of template for future episodes. As far as I can tell you create all the details, descriptions, tags, spiel and whathaveyou about the podcast and then you just add future episodes from there. Essentially, Episode 0 allows me to get that groundwork laid.

The heavy-lifting on the first couple of episodes proper is more or less complete and I think I'll aim for a fortnightly release schedule. That seems like a cheque I'm able to cash as opposed to a weekly schedule, at least for now. 

So, what is the Threadwork Podcast all about? Essentially, it's an attempt to work out what it is that links all the music I like together. What's the thread that runs through it all? I have theories as I've been thinking about this for a while but as I'm not a scholar of music or have any technical knowledge regarding the structure of music it's pretty ill-defined - no more than a crude cave painting as opposed to fine art. 

Of course, Threadwork also doubles up as a way to just play music and share songs, tracks and other audio that I love, which has always been a supremely fun thing to do. I've DJ'd on and off (mostly off in recent times) for 20+ years and the thrill of discovering and subsequent joy of sharing music has never diminished. And with the medium of podcasts being more or less barrier free it seemed like the way to go. 

I'll have guests too, sharing their stories and music and that's a thing I'm very excited about. 

A word to the images you can currently see on the site. These are just works in progress at the moment and will be updated in due course. There are a couple of things in the pipeline that I'm really excited about - one I can directly influence and I need to pull my finger out on, the other I have to wait patiently for. 

Anyway, as a first post this'll about do it. All that's left to share is the music that I'm planning to use as the bed for the intros to each episode. It's a track I've been a fan of ever since I first heard it on X-Press II's Late Night Sesssions II and it's always stuck with me. I think it'll work nicely.

Talk soon - R.