It’s been a week since I cancelled my premium Spotify account and started this substreaming project of mine. To be honest, nothing much has changed.
I’m not listening to Spotify, but music is still wallpapering my day to day activities. The only difference is that I’m now listening to radio.
[For the most part I’m listening to BBC 6 Music: the music variety is unparalleled in the radio world as far as I know, and there are very few adverts, which I despise. It’s the main reason why I’m avoiding the basic Spotify account in the first place.]
But the whole point of substreaming was not to just use a different method of listening to music. It was to deepen my relationship with music, as well as find a good way to discover new music.
I need to be a bit more deliberate with my listening choices. I need to find a source of new music that also comes with all the details of how that music was made. Lyrics, producer credits, engineer credits…the sleeve notes that have disappeared in a digitally distributed world.
Maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic, or mourning the passing of my youth, but I miss sitting down and focusing on nothing else but the music. Streaming services make that very difficult to do because they make listening so easy that we don’t even have to think about it.
So the next phase of substreaming is to be a bit more deliberate about how I listen to music in the hopes that there is something out there that will give me everything I’m after: new music, sleeve notes, and a format that allow me to stop and appreciate what I’m hearing or have that sonic wallpaper if that’s what I need.