It has been difficult to keep AFIN going, due to other life pursuits and obligations, even though I still love and listen to lots of music, new and old, every day. Going on hiatus…coming back, repeating the cycle. It is of little use to anyone who has enjoyed reading the site and listening to recommendations to have all these false starts, so I’ve got to make my mind up about it. Many of my favorite blogs from days gone by don’t exist anymore - will A Future in Noise be another pile of bones on the heap?
I started having trouble keeping the site going after a failed attempt at pursuing journalism academically that made me truly miserable over the course of my first semester in college. I also looked back at some of my previous writings and thought “did I really feel that enthusiastically about [insert album here]? Or, was it because [choose one: they sent me a free copy; I was writing in a way I thought I was ‘supposed’ to critique music; because I wanted people to read my site].”
When I say I don’t make a specific aim to critique music anymore, I’m not saying I don’t discuss it with people or recommend artists, albums, and songs. Far from it. Music is one of the most important things in my life. I have, however, given up on the dry so-called critical analysis of music so often seen that consists of a very limited selection of terms and comparisons. Oh what’s that, you say? Another shoegaze album that’s ”gauzy” and “dreamlike”? It’s possible to describe music to spark interest in listening without falling into these traps.
Great music criticism exists, yet it is not an avenue I want to pursue any longer as the thought of it has come to fill me with absolute dread - the opposite of what I want to feel while sharing or listening to music in this format. Unless it’s like Flowers of Romance or The Marble Index or something. Then the dread must be embraced.
I want A Future in Noise to be a music recommendation spot from me to you. That’s what I always wanted it to be and trying to dress it up as anything else, even if I rarely have committed such an error, is a mistake and failure in my mission to simply share what I love and what interests me.