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Some time ago, we received a nice email from Peter (aka p22earl), asking whether we’d be interested in knowing how he had been using Postcrossing to learn about music from all over the world from other postcrossers. Well, we love music and we love fun projects that members run using the site… so yes, please! :)

Here he is, explaining his postal/musical experiment:

Peter's favourite postcards

I came across Postcrossing by chance at home one evening. I was reading about Bookcrossing which I have done a bit of in the past when I stumbled upon Postcrossing. As a lover of snail mail I was instantly hooked on the idea and signed up to begin sending postcards.

I read some other users accounts and got a sense of how to set out my own ‘who i am and what i want’ profile. I thought about the kinds of postcards I’d like to receive and additionally I considered what I would like to perhaps learn from fellow Postcrossers. I have quite a lot of music on CD and cassette tapes. I don’t collect vinyl. My radio is hardly ever off. I decided that I really wanted to learn more about music from other parts of the world and that Postcrossing would be a good way to help me learn about it.

My profile reads… ‘I like to learn about different types of music from all over the world. Please tell me about your favourite music from your home country / city / town.’ And on postcards I sent out across the skies I wrote words to a similar affect. Often I would tell people what I was listening to that day or about my favourite bands (Breed 77, Beach House Joanna Gruesome, etcetera…).

The responses I had from Postcrossers did not disappoint. There were those who wrote about musical instruments they play, or what genre of music they enjoy. One from Netherlands wrote about how they could hear children going from door to door singing songs and collecting candy as part of traditional Saint Martin’s Day celebrations (11 November). And I started to learn as I had hoped about lots of genres of music I had never heard of (or considered) such as Medieval Rock (Saltatio Mortis), Mandopop (JJ Lin), Slovakian punk (Horkýže Slíže), Daina Baltic Folk (Alina Orlova), Russian Folk (Пелагея).

And as time went on I started to think about what I would do with my new found knowledge. Eventually I decided that I would make a mixtape of various Postcrossers’ favourites. Once I reached 100 postcards I selected one from each postcrosser who wrote to me or replied about music. I chose to not include bands whose music is familiar to me such as Abba or the Bee Gees – not just because I don’t like them but my aim with the project was to discover music that was new to me. And importantly I wanted that music to be an international portrait of Postcrossing members’ diverse tastes.

Postcrossing Mixtape Side 1Postcrossing Mixtape Side 2

And as I used to do so much in my teens, I taped the music onto cassette. This is the only physical copy of the postcrossing playlist. I painted it with a small (inaccurate) map of the world on one side and on the reverse is a postcard including a real stamp. The mixtape exists as two playlists on Spotify. One side (playlist 1) featuring music from postcards I received and the second side (playlist 2) featuring songs from replies to postcards I sent. Side 1 plays 47 minutes, and side 2 runs for 43 minutes.

You can find the Postcrossing playlists on Spotify by searching ‘Postcrossing Mixtape’. My Spotify username is p22earl.

I hope you enjoy learning about some new music from around the world too. Let me know your favourite song from the playlist. And if you send me a postcard make sure to tell me about the music from your home country / city / town.

Happy Postcrossing

Peace, post & music

Peter

PS – Since not everyone has access to Spotify, here’s the track listing for Peter’s mixtape:

Side 1:

ArtistSong TitleCountry of ArtistCountry of Postcrosser
KensingtonStreetsNetherlandsNetherlands
AnnenMayKantereitoft gefragtGermanyGermany
Okean ElzyWithout a FightUkraineUSA
ApocalypticaCold BloodFinlandRussia & Finland
Twenty One PilotsheavydirtysoulUSAUSA
Tokio HotelAlienGermanyBelarus
We Singing ColorsDestinyRomaniaMoldova
StromaeFormidableBelgiumNetherlands
Pavel CalltaZrzkaCzechCzech Republic
BrigitteBattez VousFranceFrance
Lara FabianEnvie d’en rireFranceUSA
Lydovico EinaudiNightItalyUSA

Side 2:

ArtistSong TitleCountry of ArtistCountry of Postcrosser
Lala HsuMissingTaiwanTaiwan
Би-2OptimistRussiaRussia
SkyforgerSword SongLatviaLatvia
Saltatio MortisWachstum Über allesGermanyGermany
Chris StapletonTravellerUSAUSA
RevolverheldLass uns gehenGermanyGermany
Пелагея (Pelagia)When we were at warRussiaLatvia
Horkýže SlížeSliny RefrenSlovakiaSlovakia
Katarína KnechtováMotyl HlavolamSlovakiaSlovakia
JJ LinYou N MeSingaporeTaiwan
Lili IvanovaDeteliniBulgariaBulgaria
Alina OrlovaViaduokliaiLithuaniaLithuania
RASABASAColoursLithuania & NorwayLithuania

PPS – Notice something inside Peter’s mailbox on the first picture? Here’s a better photo:

Peter postcrossing postbox (1)

Yup! Peter has little people who live inside his mailbox and take care of all the mail! He says he put them there to surprise his wife for her birthday, and they ended up staying… How nice is that? 😀

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42 comments so far

krponds, United States of America
This is so cool! I want to try it! It looks really interesting and it is a great way to really indulge into the opportunities in the cultures in other countries in my opinion!
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ned44440, Ireland
What a wonderful and unique idea. A lovely way to learn about what is so great about our world. If the whole world could celebrate our differences like this what a much better place it would be for all of us.
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HM, Liechtenstein
Good blog! Wonderful!! Postcard give happiness, so does music. Postcards + music = double happiness. Allthough I like silence as well.

For my 50th birthday I made my top 50 songs and published it in a comment to a music related card (see userprofile if you are interested). For each song in my list I have sent out a postcard with some lyrics of that song. I received nice happy Hurray!'s for those.
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sergiomcf, Brazil
I'm so embracing this idea and adding something like this to my profile. :)
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marigguerra, Brazil
I will try this! It's so nice!

And, a few songs from Brazil:
Tempo Perdido, LegiΓ£o Urbana
Como Nossos Pais, Elis Regina
Roda Viva, Chico Buarque
Zero, Liniker
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Dagmara_L, France
That's so nice!

I asked for the same thing on my profile :-)

"I will be more than pleased if you can send me the name of your favorite song sung in your native language(s) :-)
The reason behind that is that I am trying to create a playlist that will include a song in every language that exist on Earth.. it is not an easy task, it takes time to discover new music which suits one's personal taste. ;-) "

But for the moment I only have 13 songs in my Spotify playlist as I received way less postcards than Peter :) : https://open.spotify.com/user/dagou/playlist/20E7pM5mbYFertgwsivnUU
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Broe, Germany
That is such a good idea! And I love the tape!!! And the people inside the postbox. How wonderful :)
Thanks for sharing - now I've got some new music to listen to :)
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riddhi2002np, India
This is just so beautiful. Selecting the music postcrossers are listening to and then burning them on a cassette can be quite a daunting task. Reading this just made my day
:)
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liviacrisdias, Brazil
When I send postcard for a person who like music, I use to send the titles, artists and Youtube URLs with my favorite Brazilian songs...
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moonlight24, United States of America
Such a cool idea!
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Trekkie_Gal, United States of America
So creative!
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Mlee, Hong Kong
It's an awesome idea! I feel the sharing of love, notwithstanding races and thoughts, through postcards and music.
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nm_rockhound, United States of America
Great idea! May I recommend Rival Sons to any playlist.
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altadc, Philippines
So cool!
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Ashlleighk1441, United States of America
🎢🌎🌍🌏 That's very neat.. :-) Nice design too! 🌏🌍🌎🎢
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Ashlleighk1441, United States of America
I have a "Rocky Top" postcard I send to those who mention music on their profiles. It's one of my home state of Tennessee's state songs. Many have replied that they looked it up & enjoyed the song. 🎢 :-)
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franhunne, Germany
I usually hate German artists singing in German - most of them remind me of the overly sentimental German pop of my early youth (the 70ies), now known as "Schlager" here ... So I would be hard pressed to name a song I like of a German artist/band who sings in German ...
So I could not contribute to Dagmara's collection.

But if it would be ok to name songs of German bands/artists singing in English, I'd be ok, as I come from Hannover I'd be spoilt for choice (Lena, Scorpions, Fury in the Slaughterhouse).
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knopf-17, Germany
Such a wonderful idea! Music all over the world!(and postcards!!!;))
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Eels, China
Amazing!Like you,I am always so so happy to hear a new song (of different styles)! The cassette you made is awesome! Keep having fun,:)
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mariandy, United States of America
Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing, Peter! Cheers~~Sky
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nugget, United States of America
Interesting interview. Thanks for sharing your story!
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Poste, United States of America
Thank you Peter! Music helps feed our Souls and Postcrosser's bring us all more joy. The people in your mailbox is very cool.
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JMei, Malaysia
I also do the same! I put all the favorite songs of Postcrossers in my blog under "Monthly Favorite Songs Corner".

Link:
http://interestingcornerofme.blogspot.my/search/label/Monthly%20Favorite%20Songs%20Corner
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kugusch, Germany
For an awesome medieval "kick" try "Die Streuner"... "gotta get it home", for example, is awesome. And even better is to watch matti play it (search for a video). We see them live once a year, twice if we're lucky, and we look forward to it all year long!
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AlbertCass, Malaysia
wow so cool!!~
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Ejderha, Netherlands
Ah, how nostalgic to see a mixtape. And so creative!
Thank you for sharing this amazing idea. I love it!
I also ask people about sharing their favourite music/artist/song with me and I always try to look it up.
But I never thought about "collecting" these songs like this.
Hmm, I think I have some work to do now...(^_^)
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georgies, United Kingdom
what a great idea, for the record my humans favorite is he ain't heavy he's my brother, she would do anything for her brother.
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timdani, United States of America
This is so cool. I'm a music teacher and I use postcrossing to learn about different music from around the world too. Thanks for sharing!
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Trenker, Germany
Great stuff! :D
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YOIYUMTEWA, United States of America
Great idea and project....I think I will refine my profile a bit to make my request for information more specific...and come up with something similar (won't be music!)...just have to decide which of a couple directions I want to go!
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Kamikm, United States of America
I LOVE music!! What a unique idea!! Thank you for sharing :-D
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anastasiaowell, United States of America
This is amazing! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing. I will definitely check out your spotify play list !
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YITICH, Taiwan
That's cool.
I want to receive it
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one_red_pencil, United States of America
This is SUCH a great way to use postrcossing! I love it! But... I cannot find the Spotify?
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millaporo, Finland
Unfortunately I can not find it in Spotify! :(
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p22earl, United Kingdom
THANK YOU to everybody who has sent responses to me about this project. The feedback has been amazing. It is lovely to hear how much you are all enjoying the Postcrossing mixtape.

For those of you unable to find the playlist on spotify, copy and paste spotify:user:p22earl into the Spotify search box. This will bring up my profile. Alternatively you can find it through my Twitter account @pashleyjackson

I look forward to hearing more of the wonderful music many of you will send me through Postcrossing from all over the world. Happy musical Postcrossing !
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kaelaz, United States of America
very cool! thanks
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BeckyThatcher, Sweden
Such a cool idea! β™₯ I'll definitely listen to those playlists!
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anano, Indonesia
This really is cool and amazing! Going to check the playlist soon! :)
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snyff, Iceland
Okean Elzy Without a Fight β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ so cool that it is so international song nowβ™₯
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Nagissimo, Germany
Playlist is great!! β™₯
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cindybeaule, United States of America
How cool is this!?!? Peter, I am a DJ on one of the coolest radio stations in the USA, WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana. I've asked people to recommend music for my show & I'm getting some great responses. I'll check out your mix for sure. Great idea!
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