R.I.P. Toronto Music Blog 'Chromewaves'
Published Dec 19, 2013Another one of Canada's most prominent and long-running music blogs is calling it quits. Just a few weeks after Herohill announced its closure, Toronto-based blog Chromewaves has similarly shut down.
In a statement posted today (December 19) and entitled "This Concludes Our Broadcast Day: the heat death of a music blog," founder Frank Yang revealed that he would no longer be posting on the site, which has been running since September 2002.
He said that his decision to step away from music blogging was a result of "general tiredness, industry fatigue, declining metrics, a lack of interest from within and without."
Yang noted that the quality of his blogging has diminished, but he intends to remain active on Twitter. He may even start a Tumblr and plans to redesign Chromewaves as an archival website rather than a traditional blog.
He wrote, "This is not a decision that I've taken lightly. I've basically spent the past year waiting/hoping for the spark of musical discovery and impulse/compulsion to share to reignite, but it simply hasn't. Know that early drafts of this post were very different and very pointed — I planned wonderful rants about commodification, listification, commercialization, devaluation, trivialization, all kinds of -ations — but while therapeutic, were not the note I wanted to go out on. Music and blogging and music blogging have been very, very good to me, but I fear that were I to keep at it that gratitude would further curdle into resentment and cynicism and this thing that I've built, that has defined and directed so much of my life this past decade plus and am very proud of would suffer for it."
Yang later added, "I am certain that I will miss many, many things about being an active and constant voice in the conversation about new music, but shouting at and over the ever-deafening din of the music hype echo chamber to fewer and fewer ears won't be one of them. The machine can't stop, won't stop, and I need to get off."
He signed off by sharing Ride's early '90s song "Chrome Waves."
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