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blog:the_power_of_random [2019/08/02 16:32]
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 It's maybe a silly game to play, but we're finding it's making us go out and appreciate places we would otherwise never have bothered visiting. All thanks to the power of a random number generator! It's maybe a silly game to play, but we're finding it's making us go out and appreciate places we would otherwise never have bothered visiting. All thanks to the power of a random number generator!
  
-So pleased have I been with the results in us getting out and about to weird and wacky corners of the realm we wouldn'​t have chosen to visit ourselves, I've recently decided to apply the 'Power of Random'​ to my music, too. +So pleased have I been with the results in us getting out and about to weird and whacky ​corners of the realm we wouldn'​t have chosen to visit ourselves, I've recently decided to apply the 'Power of Random'​ to my music, too. 
  
 My [[wiki:​music:​composerlist|list of around 400 composers]],​ whose music forms most of my classical music collection, has therefore recently been sorted alphabetically and numbered sequentially on a spreadsheet. A quick trip to my random number generator later and I now have my instructions to listen to a particular composer for around the next fortnight or so -and, in the process, to research their life and work a little more deeply than I would if I were 'just listening'​ to whatever I happened to click on when running my computer'​s music player. ​ My [[wiki:​music:​composerlist|list of around 400 composers]],​ whose music forms most of my classical music collection, has therefore recently been sorted alphabetically and numbered sequentially on a spreadsheet. A quick trip to my random number generator later and I now have my instructions to listen to a particular composer for around the next fortnight or so -and, in the process, to research their life and work a little more deeply than I would if I were 'just listening'​ to whatever I happened to click on when running my computer'​s music player. ​
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-This screenshot now tells you that just the top 10 composers in my list of '​listened to' composers account for 78,086 of the 139,038 bits of music I've listened to since 2008. That 56% of my listening accounted for by just 10 composers! The other 549 composers all together amount to only 44% of my listening!! That is not so good and is the audio equivalent of my beef rendang ​fixation: there are a handful of composers I listen to a lot, but most hardly ever get a look-in.+This screenshot now tells you that just the top 10 composers in my list of '​listened to' composers account for 78,086 of the 139,038 bits of music I've listened to since 2008. Or put slightly differently,​ that 56% of my listening ​is accounted for by just 10 composers! The other 549 composers all together amount to only 44% of my listening ​:-( That is not so good and is the audio equivalent of my Beef Rendang dietary ​fixation: there are a handful of composers I listen to a lot, but most hardly ever get a look-in.
  
 Random numbers to the rescue, therefore: I'm hoping my new-found, random propensity to listen to things I've collected but seldom listen to through choice will hopefully improve this rather top-heavy approach to my listening habits! That long tail of seldom-listened-to composers should, with luck, get a lot shorter over time. Random numbers to the rescue, therefore: I'm hoping my new-found, random propensity to listen to things I've collected but seldom listen to through choice will hopefully improve this rather top-heavy approach to my listening habits! That long tail of seldom-listened-to composers should, with luck, get a lot shorter over time.
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