March 10, 2008

Six degrees - iTunes version.

Do the following:

Fire up iTunes (or whatever music-sorting program you have that has both filter and randomize functions). Get into your main library, hit random, and start playing whatever comes up.

While it's playing, pick any word in the song title and enter it in your music player's search box. You should see an exciting new list of only the songs with that word in their title. Wait until the current song ends and shuffle picks a new one, then pick a word in that song's title, enter it in the search box, and repeat.

Make sense? Do it for a little while and then list all the songs you just listened to. Here's mine so far.

Wolf Parade - Modern World
Patsy Cline - (If I Could See the World) Through the Eyes of a Child
They Might Be Giants - Schoolchildren Singing âParticle Manâ
Stone Roses - Straight to the Man
The Fiery Furnaces â Straight Street
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
Portishead - Glory Box

For posterity, I think that last transition was the weirdest.

Posted by dianna at March 10, 2008 10:34 PM

I'll try it, but I predict that the results will be incredibly boring, for my music collection, at least:

When Shall My Sorrowful Sighing Slake - Theatre of Voices, the King's Noyse
Sorrow, Stay - Alfred Deller
Stay Where You Are - Sleater-Kinney
Miracles out of Nowhere - Kansas
The Miracle - Queen

... And I'm at a dead end. Still, that wound up more interesting than I expected. I thought I'd get an unending sequence of Sonatas and Concertos in [insert key here].

Posted by: MoltenBoron at March 11, 2008 09:04 AM

Your way of listing the songs makes more sense than mine, or at least it makes it more fun to look at. What on earth is Theatre of Voices, the King's Noyse?

Please note that your list contains one item that I believe was acquired through our CD exchange, and my list contains one item that was indeed acquired through our CD exchange. This is one of the reasons I keep coming up with elaborate semi-randomizing schemes for my music collection: otherwise I will never listen to anything new even if someone fucking hands it to me.

Posted by: Dianna at March 11, 2008 11:22 AM

Theater of Voices/The King's Noyse is "the leading, North American, Renaissance-style violin ensemble." I had a period a few months back when I was checking out a lot of medieval/renaissance music from the library. That's also when I got the CD of Alfred Deller lute music from which Sorrow, Stay came.

That's true, I did get that track from our music exchange! But note that I subsequently went out and bought the whole CD that it came from. Which is still in shrink wrap, because, I mean, I already have the MP3s from it; I just wanted to support the artists. And Sleater-Kinney still broke up right after I bought their CD!

Posted by: MoltenBoron at March 11, 2008 04:30 PM