Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Shuffle...

So often I spend more time looking through albums to listen to while trying to decipher the mood I'm in that I end up listening to nothing.  Rarely do I have the attention span (or the ear time) to digest an entire album in one sitting so by the time I'm able to listen to something my mood has changed and I start the process again...

So in an act of frustration, I hit shuffle on the mp3 player (which brand shall remain nameless but those who remember the old blog will know...).  It's been liberating. 

Instead of trying to decipher my mood and chooose from over 5,000 songs currently at my fingertips, the random selections of songs has had the power to actually influence and/or change my mood. 

It's easy to get set in how we hear/recognize songs and then judge it in another context (which may indicate we've become a music snob or that we're just getting old...).  The songs out of context (especially when taken from mixes), especially from one style to the next with no rhyme nor reason, is enough to keep me from locking into any one particular mood.

So here's a snapshot of today's randomness just for fun:

1) Dull My Heart - Ghosts of Paraguay, Silent Souls

2) Fable from Arabian Knights - Professor Shehab & Captain Kowatchi, Land of Baboon Vol. 1

3) In From The Cold - Stasis, History of Future E.P.

4) #13 - Ryoji Ikeda, Demixed

5) Portugese Love (Album Version) - Bah Samba, 4

6) Easy We - Rob Nuca, Dub Be Good to Me

7) Silk Road Fantasy - Kitaro, Silk Road

8) XY Ungelost - 4E, Electric Ladyland III

9) North Bay - Pablo Bolivar, Motion

10) Panama Cell - Once11, Versus The Pyramid

11) Horizontal Structure 3 - Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Horizontal Structure

12) Trip - Megaperis, Coffeeshop Vol. 4

13) Würfel (Version)  - Von Schommer, dcv07

14) Mal!c!ouz "Abracadabra"  - Once 11, Versus the Pyramid

15) Live in Tokyo I - Deepchord Presents Echospace, 14 Tracks: Echospace Exclusives

16) Tyrolean Music Station - The Conet Project, Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations

17) Where's My Money Mastermix - Mark Broom, Excursions

18) Sigh No More - Mumford & Signs, Sigh No More

Love it will not betray, dismay or enslave you
It will set you free

Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

19) The Young People - Moon Wiring Club and Belbury Poly, Ghost Box Study Series 01

20) Morphin - STL, Machines Down Low

*Did not include mention of two tracks that were under 20 second each...such is the nature of the shuffle. 

Now if only the shuffle could beat and pitch match...

Feel free to share yours in the comments if so inspired.


  1. There's something very magical about leaving things to chance. I tried to start a random mixtape project a little while ago but things floundered after only three instalments. I'll do my best to get back to it when I can, but in the meanwhile feel free to download some random goodness from the following URLs:

  2. Glad to see you're still around and well put.

    Next time I'll up the mix and include a track list, thanks for the idea.

    And many thanks for the links...will add 'em to the queue.