The Pansentient League is a blog from technical writer Jer White (also known as Afront), based in Edinburgh Scotland. With all-original content, it’s primarily about music-streaming service Spotify and is now the world’s largest independent Spotify blog. There’s also a dose of synthpop music and the odd post or two about Google Android, gadgets, and science fiction.
Notables for this Blog
- The Pansentient League currently receives over 32,000 unique visitors per month and over 83,000 monthly page views.
- Described by Paul Lamere (director at The Echo Nest) as “the ultimate Spotify blog” and by Darren Hemmings (Head of Marketing at PIAS) as “a brilliant resource”
- I’ve had articles published in Rolling Stone and Side-Line Magazine, content on Hypebot and been interviewed by Wired Magazine.
- I was the technical editor for the book Spotify for Dummies, published by John Wiley & Sons in October 2011.
- The Pansentient League topped the Blog Roll: Spotify list in the Guardian (both online and print).
- Featured as the Number 1 site (“definitely one to follow”) on Mashable’s 10 Fantastic Websites for Spotify Fans. The Pansentient League was also recently featured on top US tech sites Gizmodo and Lifehacker and on CBSNEWS.
- I write and maintain the Spotify on the Web page on the official Spotify website.
- Over the years I’ve worked as a professional technical writer for Digital Equipment (DEC), SunSoft, Sun Microsystems and various other software companies.
My Internet Presents
When I was a kid in the early 1980s, I wrote and presented a speech called A Man’s Best Friend is His Computer. Shortly afterwards I sold my first computer program (a music composer for the ZX Spectrum) and discovered synthpop. I’ve been using the Internet since 1992 and finally started blogging in 2005. My other web-presences include:
- My Soundcloud Page - I’m not a musician but I do dabble in the occasional remix and other audiophonic experimentation.
- My Quora Page - I contribute answers (mostly about Spotify) on the Q&A site Quora.
- pansentient.net – My main site from 2001 thru 2008, pansentient.net is my tribute to the synthpop group The Human League. It includes free mp3 downloads of the dozen-or-so League remixes I made, as well as a database of many unofficial Human League remixes from a variety of semi-professional artists and DJs. You’ll also find an assortment of multimedia, including my sci-fi comedy webcomic The Superhuman League.
- My Last.fm Page – I find my Last.fm account invaluable to find out about new bands, especially when used with the Spotify recommendation services. I also admin a group called the Discophonic Workshop, catering for fans of space- and italo-disco.
- Pansentient Video – My YouTube channel has been serving up my crazy video-mashups since 2006. Many are based on the remixes I’ve made for pansentient.net and most feature samples from my favourite sci-fi shows. My most-popular video is the one below (over 154,000 views!), featuring one of my Human League remixes synced to a mashup I made of 80′s spooky sci-fi show Sapphire and Steel.
My nickname Afront goes back to my Quake III Arena days, when I loitered on irc and fragged on Barrysworld with my clan Lost Souls Rising (RIP). Back then I was known as The Affront (Iain M. Banks fans will appreciate the name), but seem to have lost some letters along the way. What you see is now merely a front for my mischievous machinations and attempts at pan-sentience. For those asking, my avatar is indeed a lobster: an Ibacus peronii. I chose it mostly after reading the Charlie Stross short-story Lobsters, a strange tale about an uploaded brain-scan of a lobster looking to escape from humanity’s interference.
The Pansentient League
The Pansentient League originally featured in Redmond Simonsen’s classic sci-fi wargame StarForce Alpha Centauri. The PSL were a collective of humans and AIs with a manifesto to “advocate complete freedom for all biologic and cybernetic sentients.” All very sci-fi I know, but I like the sentiment of humans and other sentients working together and it’s also where my favorite band The Human League got their name. The avatar here shows my take on the Being Boiled dancers (with avatars representing man, woman, and AI) dancing to a Spotify beat.
The Pansentient League is the world’s largest Spotify blog and the second-largest independent Spotify website. We also receive a lot of traffic from music fans looking for new synthpop and electro music. If you wish to advertise on this site, please contact me and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
This is a personal site, and the views expressed here do not represent or reflect the opinions of any other person or organization. I do not receive payment or services for any reviews or editorial. Any music or products submitted to the Pansentient League for review will be clearly indicated as such.