For Pacific Reverb Society's Aug. 30 opening party (which will run from 7 to 9 p.m.), Wehmann warns that the initial mix selection is kinda slim, but it comes from compilation enthusiasts across the country. The genres range from noise/soundscape stuff to punk and folk, and he expects the collection to grow as word spreads about the show. But, as with mixes themselves, the main idea is less about volume than it is about personalizing a vast musical universe. "People should be more concerned with how an idea resonates with them than how accessible or popular it is," he says. "We should not be afraid to consider the small moments of our lives as the greatest moments."

That last point pretty much sums up the thrill of being a mix CD hobbyist. In an era where the amateurs (bloggers, home-recorded bands, bedroom labels) are flourishing, so, too, is the old-school tradition of do-it-yourself soundtracks. And so, as social networking comes full circle to personally communicating — and trading — with other music lovers, passing along those mixes is definitely a lot more fun than handing over a single CD to a crush who, really, you might not even know a couple months from now.

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