There's already some discussion being generated regarding Curators and what and who they feature. Now, the current discussion seems to be going against my personal experience of curators, insofar as it feels to me like there is a fairly level playing field when it comes to getting featured (not completely of course, but I feel it's more down to how difficult it is to see everything, rather than anything underhand going on.) The arugment that it's the same people getting featured, and friends featuring friends etc.... although not possible to completely eliminate, feels to me that it may be slightly misguided.
So if we're gonna have an open an honest discussion about this, it might be usefull if someone analysyed what's been featured so we can see some stats and get some hard facts to look at right? Well, wouldn't you know it I spent the last 2 hours at work doing just that. I made a note of every record featured in the last month (not counting request/official vids from the hitrecord account) and who featured it, and what type of record it was. Here are some illuminating stats that should help with the discussion at hand:
DISCLAIMER: this is just raw data, no opinions here on if any of these are good or bad. I am not judging anything, especially how the Resident Curators do their job. I'm just providing some data to aid the discussion for now. Also, this is just a sample of the last month, so may not be a true reflection on how things go, but it took me 2 hours to do this manually, and going back any further would have driven me insane. I have bolded stats I feel are relevant though.
There have been 96 records featured since 1st July, split as follows:
Video - 44 (46%)
Image - 31 (32%)
Audio - 12 (13%)
text - 9 (9%)
*video and image combined account for a whopping 3/4 of all records featured!!!*
Out of 35 Resident Curators, 21 have featured something since July 1st. (60%)
3 members of staff have featured something since 1st July (MattConley, GMChrisJacobs and Marke)
MattConley has featured 35 records, accounting for 36% of all records featured.
12 Resident Curators have featured more than 1 record since July 1st
Full list of the Resident Curators who have featured something since July 1st plus amount of records featured:
A total of 72 different artists have been featured since July 1st.
The 3 most featured artists since July 1st are grinline, Kirren and mrfelixding, each with 4 records featured.
16 of the 72 artists have been featured more than once since July 1st.
12 of the 72 featured artists are Resident Curators. (16%)
The full list of those artists featured for reference
A Touch of Wanderlust
if anyone wants the spreadsheet, just holla and I'll upload it.
I thought this gif and this tiny story were perfect for each other. It took a lot of work as I'm not used to working with gifs and I did make a few accidental changes to the text but I think it's relatively acceptable.
If it's not, have mercy on my soul.
Or you can comment and I can change it whenever.
I'm half tempted to put a question mark after 'RE: The Future,' but maybe someone else has a better idea.
- Keeping Me (In the Dark)
I was goin' for somethin' a little 'xx'-ish. 105 BPM
I’ve seen them go bump in the night
Fall into the unknown
Wrapped up in the covers tight
But I can never let go
When everyone’s talkin bout secrets you keep, And the bones in your closet won’t hide all the things
You’ve buried deep
So they claw and they bite, cut the flesh with their teeth, as they tear me apart, as i stifle a scream
Black & white dream
You, you’re haunting me
You, You’re keeping me in the dark
I’ve heard them ghosts whispering low
Nocturnal heart attack
Now, there's a creak in the floorboards
I can never go back
And return to a time I was frightened to know, How the life that you lead’s not the one you let show
You’re all alone
With 8 pairs of eyes, yellow, staring at me Through the thin pane of glass, through the fog I can see
You, you’re haunting me
You, you’re keeping me In the dark
In the dark
In the dark
I'm glad i can just be silly with you, my other friends are so cerebral