2011 had just taken over the calendars when this site started out, and here it is today, celebrating its 4 year anniversary. For the full story of its first 3 years, last year’s post goes into quite some detail about it, but let’s focus on year 4, shall we?
From the very beginning, this was a place where the music featured reflected the personal taste of the people behind Vând Sunete. First a duo, then a trio, then solo, the site’s ‘writing staff’ if you may, changed over the years, but the approach remained the same. It’s reflected in the tagline, in the sense that we didn’t (as I still don’t) view these articles as ‘reviews’ per se. I think of them as merely a recommendation based on personal taste, the latter of which is constantly evolving, and with it, the site. There haven’t been compromises for the sake of compromise, and I haven’t featured tracks I don’t personally like. There’s no point in lying to those who have subscribed or liked.
It’s been a year of experimentation, with the start of ReWind and the annual week-long focus that this time took the form of Chill Week. This experimentation is probably going to be a staple of the year ahead as well, but let’s look at what we have ’till now.
I started this series last year because I wanted a place to put all the tracks that I had discovered and wanted to share, but that weren’t new releases. Last week, ReWind got to its 50th track feature, the chilled Polyrytmi by Carbon Based Lifeforms. If you’ll browse the ‘back catalogue’ so to speak, it’ll become immediately apparent that genre (or style) constraints are not something ReWind deals with. Acid techno, trance, downtempo, even remixed movie theme-songs, all underpinned by what is, for me at least, one of the most rewarding aspects of writing for the site: spreading the word about good music that has been forgotten either intentionally or by accident. Genre classics, or simply tracks I’ve unintentionally overlooked, all of them have a place here. For the curious types, an image of ReWind‘s first 50 featured tracks:
Needless to say, this will continue well into the future. Click here to browse all the ReWind features. 🙂
The torrid summer days are upon us, so it’s best to just kick back and relax. Through Chill Week, I’m providing the soundtrack for your relaxation session.
The phrase above was plastered at the beginning of every post last August. The idea first popped into my head back in May, as I was just then discovering Nigel John Stanford’s music for the first time. I liked it so much that I dedicated an entire week to featuring some of the best productions in the genre. From Leftfield to Thomas Datt, Groove Armada and others, Chill Week was my attempt at exploring the more subtle sounds of electronic music. If you’d like to have another look through the tracks featured, I invite you to click here. 🙂
And last, but most definitely not least, a little gift.
VS has had that Freebies tab up there for some time, and while it’s nice to feature other people’s gifts (in the form of downloadable tracks, that is), wouldn’t it be cool to also have something of our own to give away? Say no more!
Sure, it may not be nearly as sophisticated (or as impressive), but I’ve decided to give you a wallpaper with which to decorate your desktops and devices. It’s available in multiple resolutions and has the site’s striking blue shade as its main focus. Simple, with no unnecessary fluff.
But wait, there’s more!
There have been a number of studies showing the negative effect of blue light on the production of melatonin, which in turn has a big effect on sleep. Therefore, the darker version of this wallpaper is also up for grabs, for those of you who (like me) sit in front of various screens well into the night. And, to help you on your way to better sleep, I highly recommend f.lux. This little app changes the colour temperature of your screen, essentially helping to diminish the effect of blue light. Check f.lux out, and get the wallpapers at the links provided below. 🙂
Available resolutions: 2560×1440, 1920×1200, 1920×1080, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800, 1280×720.
I’d like to thank the founder for giving me the opportunity to join the site all those years ago, and all of you for the continued support, likes, shares, comments, messages and everything else you people do. Really appreciate it!
Onwards and upwards form here, right? 🙂
- Florin aka Sszecret.