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How much music have you listened to in the last year, or in the last 20 years?

By Thomas (2000 Underground Music)

I enjoy music, it stimulates me in many ways. I listen to quite a lot of music on a daily basis, not because I have to, but because I like to. I love to find out about stuff, check out the regulars and then get off my typical roads. Oh yes, and then there is listening to the great old stuff, to find new stuff from then, that was made 20 years ago. I also like to analyse how things develop over the years, and look at any progressions of different strains (if I can).

Meet Markie from Pure Vinyl Records, Brixton, who has dreadlocks and is sitting in a room with loads of records around him.

Markie from Pure Vinyl Records, Brixton, United Kingdom, sitting in a room with loads of records around him.

Photograph by Swaminathan Jayaraman (20 June 2018), distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license, adapted, from https://unsplash.com/photos/man-beside-white-desk-fan--k-qNI_QQk8.

Laurent Garnier in the documentary Laurent Garnier on House, The Haçienda and Radio | RBMA by Lauren Martin (Red Bull Music Academy, 2015), at 1 hour 15 minutes 6 seconds says:

‘I actually listen to about, 6–7 hours of music a day, I listen to maybe, 500 records a day’.

So for me, I would say I listen to on average, about 3 hours of music a day, probably more, but on average throughout a week, 3 hours a day, 7 days a week. Laurent Garnier says 6 hours a day, then he works also (so that is music at work…). So let us say 6 hours a day, 7 days a week (probably more, anyway, here we are just trying to get a rough estimate and idea, not accurate to the second).

Laurent Garnier
  • 6 hours × 1 day = 6 hours of music a day.
  • 6 hours × 7 days (1 week) = 42 hours a week.
  • 6 hours × 365 days (1 year) a year = 2190 hours a year.
  • 2190 hours a year = 91 days (3 months) a year, just listening to music all day.
  • 2190 hours (in 1 year) × 20 years (probably more, but we only need a rough idea) = 43800 hours.
  • 43800 hours converted into days (24 hours to a day) = 1825 days in 20 years.
  • 1825 days converted to years = 5 years in the last 20 years, listening to music.

Laurent Garnier has listened to 5 years’ of music in the last 20 years (at a minimum, it is most likely more).

Thomas (2000 Underground Music)
  • 3 hours × 1 day = 3 hours of music a day.
  • 3 hours × 7 days (1 week) = 21 hours a week.
  • 3 hours × 365 days (1 year) a year = 1095 hours a year.
  • 1095 hours a year = 46 days (1 month and 2 weeks) a year, just listening to music all day.
  • 1095 hours (in 1 year) × 20 years (probably more, but we only need a rough idea) = 21900 hours.
  • 21900 hours converted into days (24 hours to a day) = 913 days in 20 years.
  • 913 days converted to years = 2 years and 183 days (6 months) in the last 20 years, listening to music.

Thomas (2000 Underground Music) has listened to 2 years’ and 183 days (6 months) of music in the last 20 years (at a minimum, it is most likely more).

The amount of music is not always the main aim (of course), but it could be interesting to know and analyse.

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