Is it a stupid idea to travel to another country for the sole purpose of finding lost media?

Is it a stupid idea to travel to another country for the sole purpose of finding lost media? There's a lot of obscure music, books and movies that the Internet has not archived but that I am *certain* I will find if I physically go the places they were made in.

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it a stupid idea to travel to another country for the sole purpose of finding lost media?
    I rarely think ideas for going places are stupid. This sounds like it could be a disappointing quest, but assuming you don’t hate traveling and won’t find being in this place repellant, why not?
    >There's a lot of obscure music, books and movies that the Internet has not archived but that I am *certain* I will find if I physically go the places they were made in.
    Where is this, exactly, and which format(s) are you looking for when it comes to audiovisual media? I ask only because if you wind up with a vintage videocassette from a faraway land, or even a DVD, come to think of it, you’re going to kick yourself if you end up with a format or regional encoding that you haven’t got the proper machinery to enjoy.

    Anyhow, I don’t share your certainty that you will find what you seek, but it doesn’t seem like an especially dumb reason to travel assuming you will actually enjoy the trip and the search, even if you don’t end up finding what you’re after.

    Weird, sure. But dumb is relative.

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nope, it's an incredibly, incredibly kino idea, and tbh, I would actually watch a docu/listen to a radio show aobut such a concept. It reminds me a little of "Searching for Sugarman".

    I very often open 2 youtube videos - one of a mixtape, and one of a travel vid/city walk type video. I like trying to match up the vibes. Would be kino do have 45 mins of footage of your journey, with the 'rare music' in the background; trying to match up the shots to complement each other.

    Also could tie in to preserving the heritage of forgotten peoples. I.e. minorities in Arab regions who are being rekt due to Islam (Marsh Arabs, Assyrians, Druze, etc).

    Did you have anything specific in mind? The idea of journeys with a purpose is something I'm very interested in.

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Oh, also, something which just came to mind.

    I remember traveling around Albania and people were selling cassettes/CDs (forget which) at the side of the road. I always wondered what was on them...

    Would've been cool to have bought one, investigated what the tracks were, found out a little about the history behind the music, and traveled to places related to the songs.

    (All this presuming it's not a fire gangsta rap mixtape, and is actually some local shit)

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think if you're just going to go with the intention of finding anything then yeah maybe it's a bit dumb. But if you have something specific in mind, definitely not, it could be a lot of fun even if you don't find what you're looking for. There's a lot of weird shit out there waiting to be discovered. Personally I'd look for bizzare 90s vhs instructional tapes.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    people do this to find obscure local traditions and folk songs and stuff like that so yeah why not

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I mean that's basically what Onra did. He's a French-Vietnamese producer who went to Vietnam to connect with his ancestry but in the process bought a bunch of old Asian singles that he used to make 2 or 3 albums of hiphop beats with Asian vinyl samples.

    So no, that's absolutely not stupid.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Those albums are all so ridiculously good

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nope, fricking great idea. Hunting for specific lost media might be tough but I imagine you could find a lot of shit that is nowhere available on the internet. Post socials and keep us updated, let us know if you find anything.

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    It is absolutely beyond based if you rip it and upload it.
    Godspeed, OP.

  9. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    i want old lost internet games

    t. other

  10. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    We're all trying to find purpose in life, as far as that goes, this sounds like a pretty kino idea. Make a youtube channel while you do it though

  11. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    You might get a nice meme out of it.

    Case in point: a Swedish guy bought a tape in Lebanon and brought it back with him because it sounded funny. The song is "Miin Ma Kenti" by Azar Habib, but you might know it better as "Hatten är din" or "Hatt Baby" from the memes.

  12. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think OP has realized how good this idea is and now wants the thread to die so no-one steals it. Better get moving fast OP. Even I'm thinking of this one.

  13. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I used to buy fishman vinyls in Tokyo and sell them back in America

  14. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Alright can't really answer the question you're asking OP but it did remind me of a YouTube video I saw. Basically a documentary about a guy trying to find some lost media of this bumfights knockoff called FUTV. He ends up not only finding a copy of the DVD, but also does enough digging to dox who the original creator of the DVD was and he flies across the country to visit a restaurant that he had opened up to confront him.

  15. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    anon most people travel to other countries just to look at shit they've already seen on social media. If anything your motives make more sense than most.

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