Weird Data Game

A friend passed along one of those “list your 13 favourite records” memes. I looked at her list and realised that while she is 10 years younger than me, it seems that the average age of her preferred records was older.

 It’s very interesting to look at these lists in that way. So I took her albums, and dated them:

Kraftwerk-radioactivity – 1975
Nina Hagen Band-nina hagen band – 1978
ESG-A south bronx story – 2000
Pierre Henry-Messe pour le temps present – 1967
Birthday Party-Drunk on the popes blood – 1982
Devo-are we not man – 1978
PIL-metal box – 1979
CAN-Soundtracks – 1970
The Cramps-Psychedelic jungle – 1981
the Stooges-fun house – 1970
the Cure-pornography – 1982
the Stranglers-black and white – 1978
Siouxsie and the banshees-juju – 1981
I then totalled them up by year and divided by 13, and got 1978.53, or, roughly:
10 June 1978

I took my list and dated it:
Music for 18 Musicians – Steve Reich – 1976
A Rainbow in Curved Air – Terry Riley – 1969
Shouting at the Ground – :zoviet*france: – 1988
Lark’s Tongues in Aspic – King Crimson – 1973
Treasure – Cocteau Twins – 1984
Toward the Within – Dead Can Dance – 1994
Book of Ways – Kieth Jarrett – 1987
Maria – Jane Siberry – 1995
The Weed Tree – Espers – 2005
La Fin du Monde – The Hylozoists – 2006
Geogaddi – Boards of Canada – 2002
Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night – Stereolab – 1999
Chips From The Chocolate Fireball – The Dukes of Stratosphear – 1987 and got 1989.61, or,
10 August 1989.

I thought about early August 1989. I remember it as fairly uneventful. I had just finished recording “Breathless” and making dozens of copies. I was living in a craptastic apartment in Washington DC. I don’t think I was seriously dating anyone at that time. I was working at Phil’s Photolettering. It makes for a very interesting data point arrived at through arbitrary means. Just by averaging the ages of records and coming up with a specific date, I can look at a moment in time and think about it in a different way. I’ll have to think about this some more….


About misterwarwick

I am an Associate Professor of Media Theory, Sound Synthesis, Audio Production, and "Digital Things". I am very much involved with issues of Archives, Access To Knowledge, and the pathetic predicament collectively understood as "Civilisation". I am also a composer of electronic music and I have an online music program called "Something Completely Different". I also like to play with digital imaging. I live in Toronto. It's a nice place.
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