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My Storage Device Has (a) Soul: Songs for Thinking Machines

parisminton with Scup on May 18, 2013 09:08

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    So either you buy this idea or you don't. If you can entertain the notion that there might be qualities in music that would appeal to a sentient machine, play along.

    If that sounds like nonsense, this remains a bunch of synth-heavy, pattern-rich songs you'll still enjoy. I tried to make the narrative stuff present but not too intrusive to the music.

    For at least 10 years, I've had this idea for a mix "narrated" and shaped by audio from other creative works into something like a theme. I dabbled with it for the Paczki Run mix, but I thought it would be cool to do the full experiment as my first continuous mix with songs of my own choosing.

    I spend most of my time writing instructions for computers, and most of the remaining time consuming what they spit out. It was natural to want to think about music from a machine's perspective.

    But these are also accessible songs. I picked things that never lose their human pulse beneath the electronic one. I don't think there's anything here that comes off as Rutger Hauer cold.

    If you like what you hear, please consider supporting the featured artists by buying their music or attending their shows. Follow any of the links below.

    Having finally done this, I might revisit my idea for "The Daniel Ocean Mixtape." But I promise my next mix will be more conventional.

    * * * * *

    1. "What can you do, David?" from the "Prometheus" extras (20th Century Fox, 2012)

    2. "Dedication 2004" by Phat Kat, from "The Undeniable" (Barak, 2004)

    3. "The dream of man" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (Dreamworks, 2001)

    4. "Blast Off" by Sonnymoon, from "Blast Off" (2011)

    5. "It's a moral question" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    6. "Transcend" by King Britt featuring Bahamadia from "Adventures in Lo-Fi" (BBE, 2002)

    7. "Computer, create dance partner" from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Data's Day" (CBS, 1991)

    8. "My name is V.I.C.I." from "Small Wonder" (20th Century Fox Television, 1988)

    9. "The Galactica Suite (Domu remix)" by Simon Grey from "Domu vs. Papa" (Papa Records, 2006)

    10. "Who taught you to dance like that?" from "Small Wonder"

    11. "E Muita Gig Vei (Mark De Clive-Lowe Mix)" by Ed Motta. The original appears on Motta's "Aystelum" (Trama Promções Artisticas Ltda, 2006). I don't know where to buy this remix, though I'd love to. Let me know if you find out.

    12. "Italo Nitro" by Afrodisiac Sound System from "Afroheats #2" (Zero Brains, 2009)

    13. "I have successfully learned to dance" from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Data's Day"

    14. "A robot that can love" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    15. "Love" by Erykah Badu from "New Amerykah, Part Two" (Motown, 2010)

    16. "Tea Leaf Dancers" by Flying Lotus from "Reset EP" (Warp, 2007)

    17. "David, what do you think about?" from the "Prometheus" extras

    18. "You're the Sweetest One"" by Luther Vandross from "Forever, For Always, For Love" (Sony, 1982)

    19. "Me and You" by the Chi-Lites from "Me and You" (Chi-Sound, 1982)

    20. "Keep on Lovin' Me" by The Whispers from "Love for Love" (SOLAR, 1983)

    21. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince from "Prince" (Warner Bros., 1979)

    22. "Metal fever!" from the "Futurama" episode "I Dated a Robot" (20th Television, 2001)

    23. "A human central nervous system" from "Bicentennial Man" (Touchstone, 1999)

    24. "When Angels Sing (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)" by Donae'o. ;

    25. "Lover robot" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    26. "Transit" by Robin Hannibal from "Bobby" (Plug Research, 2011)

    27. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" by Prince from "Sign O' the Times" (Warner Bros., 1990)

    28. "Petite Mort" by Meshell Ndegeocello from "Weather" (naive, 2011)

    29. "I can't invest my emotions in a machine" from "Bicentennial Man"

    30. "Ain't That Peculiar (Oddisee Remix)" by Marvin Gaye from "Odd Renditions" (Mello Music Group, 2012)

    31. "How Could She Do It" by Eric Roberson from "Music Fan First" (Blue Erro Soul, 2009)

    32. "Too Late For Us" by Little Brother from "... And Justus For All" (The Hall of Justus, 2008)

    33. "Spirit of '94" by DJ Spinna from "Cult 45 #3" (Cult 45, 2007)

    34. "She does not love you, David" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    35. "What is he really capable of?" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    36. "Voices Inside My Head" by The Police from "Zenyatta Mondatta" (A&M, 1980)

    37. "Didn't Exist" by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz from "Chris Dave and the Drumhedz Mixtape" available at (2013)

    38. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by The Robert Glasper Experiment on "Black Radio" (Blue Note, 2012)

    39. "I thought I was one of a kind" from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

    40. "I want more life" from "Blade Runner" (Warner Bros., 1982)

    41. "Gun for Hire" by Icebird from "The Abandoned Lullaby" (RJ's Electrical Connections, 2011)

    42. "Like tears in rain" from "Blade Runner"

    43. "Die Young" by Meshell Ndegeocello from "Devil's Halo" (Downtown Records, 2009)

    44. "It's a Mysterious Hustle" by Van Hunt from "What Were You Hoping For?" (Godless Hotspot, 2011)

    45. "Happy birthday, David" from the "Prometheus" extras

    46. "Intro (Alt)" by Jay Dee from "Ruff Draft" (Mummy Records, 2003 or the Stones Throw re-issue, 2007)


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