From 2004 to 2014, I ran a private mixtape collective for a group of 50 friends, all music savants.  It was a group that weathered the maturation of online music from the shadowy shores of Napster and Limewire to the gilded halls of Apple’s one-click music store.  We were a ragtag group of collectors that still owned vinyl–I hear tell some of the ancients even remember a long forgotten place between the waves called “AM”.  Par Avian was place were crates of vinyl were adorned by magnetic tape tinsel and crowned by an 8-bit silver star.  A sort-of roundish silver star.  Not…  um, not very star shaped, actually.  More like a wheel.  A festive wheel.

In an effort to archive and recognize the great effort of all involved, I’ve managed to get about 10% of the project online for your entertainment.  Selections were made by me or where it allowed by some of the mix authors.  If this roll-out goes well, I hope to be able to bring you expansions to the archive in the future.

You can download or play the mixes either on SoundCloud, as zipped collections of tracks or as block mp3 mixes on Par Avian’s archive page:  Par Avian

Hope you enjoy!


E. Tage Larsen

E. Tage Larsen is an artist, designer and dog robber. You may encounter him as an art gallery director, branding designer or illustrator. His work has received awards from "Society of Illustrators", "American Illustration", 'Print' magazine annual as well as the LogoLounge and LogoLounge 'Master Series' annuals. Essays on design and fine art have appeared in numerous magazines and web sites.

Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.

Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.

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