From now on, this site will clearly focus on music released before 2010. It’s still possible to visit the 10s pages. But because the music there is less ‘relatable’ and almost nobody visited those pages, I’m not putting them at the forefront anymore. It will also give this site a clear subject: music nostalgia.
I’ve also changed the slider, to make it look less like a slider.
The new site structure is ready. By reducing the number of pages in the top menu and changing the structure (the result: no more drop-down menus anymore than strictly necessary), it has become easier for mobile surfers to navigate through the site. The number of mobile users is constantly increasing and I have to go with the flow. And besides being very tiny (sometimes), many mobile screens don’t support drop-down menus very well.
Individual year lists aren’t available anymore btw. They have been replaced by decade lists.
By clicking the links in the top menu, you’ll find this site’s biggest recommendations (‘level 1’). By clicking ‘level 2’ or ‘level 3’ after that, you’ll find the other recommendated tracks of the decade you’ve chosen.
At the moment, the site is in the ‘transition phase’: removing the old pages and replacing them by new ones.
The result is a – temporarily – strange and empty looking site. It will be fixed; don’t worry.
No updates? Yes, but wait for a while. ‘Behind the scenes’ I’m changing the structure of the site; because of the changed way people are consuming websites –> often with tablets and smartphones, having screens which are technically different from the regular pc/laptop screen. Often, these aren’t able to handle drop-down menus very well. For example, my own tablet (from a ‘regular’ brand) always hides the drop-down menu after 1 second.
So, within a week you’ll see decade lists instead of year lists. This requires less pages, and because of that less drop-down menus.
Jimmy Soul – If you want to be happy ~ pop, USA, 1963 – Listen at YT
Joe Bataan – Gypsy woman ~ latin, USA, 1967 – Listen at YT
Galt MacDermot – Coffee cold ~ jazz, CA, 1966 – Listen at YT
The Beatles – The fool on the hill ~ pop/rock, UK, 1967 – Listen at YT
Marcia Hines – Your love still brings me to my knees ~ disco, USA, 1981 – Listen at YT
These tracks are quite recent additions to the ‘(back to) the year xxxx’ lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same year.
About 5 months, I’ve worked on a format change for Good Vibrations, and it’s finished now. It’s (like in the early days) focussing on danceable and funky music now, the reason: It’s easier to maintain a narrower format. I had the choice between doing this, neglecting the old station (only scheduling extra days from time to time, nothing more) or stopping with the station, and I didn’t want the last two options.
Some aspects of the last year renewed Radionomy software are making it hard to maintain a multigenre station in the right way, if you want a (quite) fluent sound and the right tracks on the right moment of the day; some stuff is too harsh or darkish for office hours. I got crazy of many of the tiny changes; the combination of the current – also somewhat slower – software and the complicated structure of the old station was demotivating.
Less genres means a less complicated station structure. There’s still enough variety left, though, ánd a brand new voice-over (still thanks to Michael Kames, who did a great job four years long): take a listen and visit this page for the new program schedule.