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May 02, 2004

You too can 'iPod the Met'

In The Morning News, Rosencrans Baldwin celebrates his birthday 'iPodding the Met':

I programmed my iPod to select randomly from its 1,710 songs, representing most musical genres. (Leaving it on random meant, of course, that it could play every track from Duke Ellington: Live At Newport in sequential order, but the risk was low.) I paid my way into the museum and pressed play. During the first song, I wandered aimlessly, with no strategy for where to go. When the song stopped, I did too, and then spent the span of whatever song the iPod chose next enjoying whatever piece of art was closest. Next song started and I wandered off again, stopping when the fourth song began. And so on.

So, thinks I in London this Sunday afternoon, why can't I try? Off I went to The Met's online collection (modern art) and set iTunes to random. I got:

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1. The Mountain, Balthus, 1937 and You've been flirting by Bjork

2. South of Scanton, Peter Blume, 1931 and All Alone (on Eilean Shona) by 1 Giant Leap

3. Red, White and Blue, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1931 and A Whisper by Coldplay

4. Bohemia Lies by the Sea, Anselm Kiefer, 1996 and The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count by The Divine Comedy (probably the most perfect combination of image and music!)

5. Temple Gardens, Paul Klee, 1920 and Wooden Heart by Elvis

What would you get?

May 2, 2004 in Music | Permalink


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