One of the ideas I had during my ’30 days of ideas’ last month was something I called I Made You A Tape – an online service that allowed you to make mixtapes for a single person, with personalised liner notes.

Ray Kuyvenhoven, a website developer in British Columbia, took that basic idea and made something genuinely amazing.

It’s called Mixtape For You – and it’s awesome. I’ve made one so far (an introduction to Shriekback for a friend of mine), and I’m so impressed with how it works – and how it embodies the intention of what I was trying to do.

How it works
Give your mixtape a title, and enter the name and email address of the person you want to send it to.

Then write a spiel outlining what the mixtape is about in general. Next, upload tracks one at a time. Up to 45 minutes for each ‘side’ of the mixtape, and up to 15MB per track. You can also upload artwork that will get embedded in the final mixtape, and added to the liner notes.

Each track has space for you to write as much as you want about that particular tune.

When you’re done uploading, you hit send. The mixtape is compiled and the original mp3s deleted off the server. An email is sent to your intended recipient with a URL where they can listen to or download your one-off mixtape (you can also listen to it – but nobody else can).

A week later, that mixtape is deleted from the server.

What do they receive?
Your mixtape recipient gets to download two mp3s of up to 45 minute duration: one called Side A; one called Side B.

They also get a very nice PDF of liner notes. The liner notes contain an overall overview of the mixtape, plus titles and durations, as well as individual commentary on each track (why it’s meaningful, etc.).

The best thing
Best thing about it, of course, is that this happened because it was a spare idea I didn’t want to do anything about, and so I just put it out there for anyone who wanted to use it.

Ray has simply gone ahead and made it, and then told me about it once it was done. Better than I could possibly have hoped. I invented something, and it came true because I said it out loud.

Please try it out – and I would absolutely love it if someone made a mixtape for me.

Table of contents for 30 Days of Ideas

  1. The other way of following first
  2. Now we’re up and dancing
  3. 30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash
  4. 30 days of ideas – 02: Radio Alerts
  5. 30 days of ideas – 03: Only Famous (a romantic comedy)
  6. 30 days of ideas – 04: Modcasts
  7. 30 days of ideas – 05: Numberless Calendar
  8. 30 days of ideas – 06: SpringCleanr
  9. 30 days of ideas – 07: Street Gallery
  10. 30 days of ideas – 08: Smart Business Cards
  11. 30 days of ideas – 09: Recordings in Concert
  12. 30 days of ideas – 10: Vinyl scanner
  13. 30 days of ideas – 11: Photo Stack-and-Scan
  14. 30 days of ideas – 12: A Box of Cool
  15. 30 days of ideas – 13: Karaoke-Tube Celebstar Idol
  16. 30 days of ideas – 14: I Made You A Tape
  17. 30 days of ideas – 15: Newspaper download codes
  18. 30 days of ideas – 16: Pebble Splash
  19. 30 days of ideas – 17: Digital radio, somewhere useful
  20. 30 days of ideas – 18: Public domain music collection
  21. 30 days of ideas – 19: Blog cast-list automator
  22. 30 days of ideas – 20: The Retirement Pile
  23. 30 days of ideas – 21: Nationalise EMI
  24. 30 days of ideas – 22: The Stainless Steel Rat (the movie)
  25. 30 days of ideas – 23: WordPress Bandcampify template
  26. 30 days of ideas – 24: Rollercoasters as public transport
  27. 30 days of ideas – 25: Next-gen personalised music radio
  28. 30 days of ideas – 26: New Music Trust
  29. 30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening
  30. 30 days of ideas – 28: Charity shop clothing subscription
  31. 30 days of ideas – 29: ‘Now Playing’ social music app
  32. 30 days of ideas – 30: House of Spare Ideas
  33. Mixtape for You by Ray Kuyvenhoven
  34. What can you do in 30 days?