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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 1 Postcrossing 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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