Mixtape Music Writing

Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs — Samantha Sanders


Welcome to another installment of Et Musique Pour Tous Presents: Les Auteurs. I took me a while to decide on a theme, and as it goes, my theme is a non-theme! I simply want to capture the ephemerality of moods.

The relationship between mood and music is important to me, and I’m a big proponent of using music in all facets of my life.Other than purely listening for pleasure, playing music is either to elevate my current mood or redirect my emotions to put myself in a different state of mind. Music is with me everywhere- to jazz me up in the morning when I realllly don’t want to get out of bed; to ride along with on my bike to get me up those hills (using only one earbud for safety!); to motivate me to get that laundry done; to calm me down when my mind is in a tizzy; to DANCE along to when I want to expend some energy! It permeates through my entire lifestyle. I love that music can move you, both mentally and physically.

Music is a great companion, and has been a big part of my life since high school. The music blogs of the internet were the best thing I could have discovered during that time. I was the “new girl” most of my childhood and as a result of sporadic seclusion, I always found things to engross myself in outside of school and athletics. In 7th grade it was breakdancing, in 8th I had a mild obsession with soccer ball juggling and foot tricks, in 9th I landed on music and stuck with it. Believe me, it was a better fit than breakdancing.

So in high school I would scour the web for music to fit my eclectic taste; I liked the idea of listening to outlandish things, to things I thought my peers had never heard of. I liked introducing my friends and family to interesting sounds. These sounds were so diverse I noticed I had almost a mood library on my computer, not just songs. I began to learn how to create aesthetics based solely on music, and I also learned how a disconnect between situation and sound can alter perceptions of a situation. Go ahead, put that Big Freedia vinyl on the turntable while hosting a quaint dinner party and see how your guests react. Hopefully your current mood is captured by at least one of the songs in this playlist. Enjoy!

– Samantha


EMPT Presents: Bored Teenagers Vol. 1 by Annie Woods


Every so often in the most seemingly random and abstract ways the universe connects me with wonderful, like minded souls that come into my life to enrich, challenge and compliment everything I know about music. Most recently, in no less arbitrary fashion I met Annie Woods, a long term frequenter of EMPT whose taste in music and outlook on life is so Space Age it kinda freaks me out. Long story short, after realizing we were cut from the same cloth we decided Annie should bring her taste and talents to EMPT. So without further ado Annie Woods ladies & gentleman…

There is something so beautiful about being bored when you are young that you do not come to understand till you are older and have to deal with weight of the world. Being bored drove me into the arms of music, I remember driving around after (a lot of times during) school and just listening to music and driving up and down the coast. I was a day student at a boarding school in Northern California, we didn’t have proms or dances, the fear of experiencing life plagued the school. It created a kind of reckless boredom that inspired me to do whatever I wanted to do. Music was the only thing that comforted my teenage boredom.
These days boredom, like so many of the beautiful feelings and emotions of youth, is a state I can only relate to in memories. When I’m idle or “relaxing” in the back of my mind there’s always something I could be doing. Even when I’m doing something there’s something else on the horizon. I can’t seem to move fast enough to accomplish all the things I want out of life, it is overwhelming.  It use to be that music was the only thing that comforted my teenage boredom, these days it’s the only thing that comforts the overwhelming engrossment of adult life. I challenge you to be bored and turn up your headphones as loud as possible and listen to this mix I have made for you. 

Yours Truly, 


S U M M E R: a n t i – w i n t e r Collection by Ryan Radler

Oh sounds like a dream to me…”  – Destroyer

Last week marked the end of our anti-winter series but this week we thought it be a cool idea to look back at what ended up being 9 weeks of wonderful music thanks to Sr. Ryan Radler. A few months ago I saw a humbling comment on Facebook from this Ryan Radler dude asking us to check out his mixes. Most of our relationships happen this way so I did. Now I’m an aesthetically driven person, I love details, colors, beauty, symmetry, simplicity etc. Whether it’s a work of art or a girl with nice nails, I like to look at nice things so when I saw the cover for anti-winter 1a I was immediately drawn in. Then I listened to the tape and fell in love, I wrote Ryan back and the rest is history.

The tapes are a unique musical experience meant to both entertain and at times challenge your predispositions and expectations. As a music aficionado if someone makes me feel something new through song they’ve won me over and the anti-winter series did each and every time…

With each Summer Mix, I try and push my limits and boundaries to provide at least one track that either no one knows about or has never cared to know about. –

Looking at the collage up there makes you realize just what a fine collection this is and we’re honored to have helped bring it to your attention. Someone left a comment on our wall asking where all the anti-winter tapes went. They’re all here but in honor of the series and to make them easier to find here’s the entire collection and a link to each corresponding post. This is certainly not the last we’ll hear from Ryan so stay tuned in November for a a teaser of the upcoming W I N T E R series. In the meantime make sure to check out for perviously un-released content, inspiring art, thoughts and glimpses into one of EMPT’s favorite artists, enjoy.


a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a / Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b / Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 a / Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 3 b / Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b / Posted on Monday, August 30, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 1 c / Posted on Monday, September 6, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c / Posted on Monday, September 20, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 3 c / Posted on Monday, September 28, 2011

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a by Ryan Radler

A few weeks ago I saw a message on our Facebook page from a dude named Ryan Radler that read –

EMPT, you have inspired and supplied me with the icing on the cake for my Summer Mix projects. I need to give credit to you and your hard work at Et Musique Pour Tous. Please check out my mixes if you have time…”

I was flattered and most of our partnerships and relationships happen this way so I decided to take a listen. Long story short, your boy Ryan Randler is on point and we’re starting a new summer mix tape series featuring his work…

At the end of the day I just want people to have a rad summer and listen to this music while they kick it at the pool, beach, lake, etc etc!

“Sounds like a dream to me…” Pretty cool mission statement huh? The vibe Ryan creates with these tapes is lush, chill, cool and amidst the oversaturation of electronic music, extremely refreshing. The tape is eclectic with all sorts of genres and styles coming together seamlessly for a very rich and unique experience. Listen when I tell you folk, this is pure Columbian uncut quality here and without a doubt one of the best summer mixes you’ll hear. We’re all about the best so we’re glad to help pave the way for this fresh talent and we’re happy to make EMPT his stomping ground.

We’re looking forward to much more from Ryan so stay tuned for the next weeks installment. In the meantime, check out his Facebook page, press play, lay back and dream on. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a :

2. Shark Ridden Waters – GRUFF RHYS
4. Kaput – DESTROYER
5. Brindo (Album Version) – DEVENDRA BANHART
6. Cult Logic – MIIKE SNOW
7. Kim & Jessie – M83
8. Music Makes The Sound Of Music – THE INCREDIBLE MOSES LEROY
9. Venus – SANTO & JOHNNY
11. White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix) – OH LAND
12. The Truth (Sam La More Remix) – PNAU
13. Drop (Kings Of Convenience Remix) – CORNELIUS

EMPT Presents – Summer: anti-winter1a by Ryan Randler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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