Welcome to Wow Machine Radio!
Inspired by The Clifford Ball’s Ball Radio, Big Cypress’ Thin Air radio, and Magnaball’s The Bunny, Wow Machine Radio streams Phish-inspired Randomness, WMR is our huge collection of eclectic music, spoken word, and TV/movie quotes playing from a randomized playlist, played on ‘shuffle’.
Wow Machine Radio is what we call it when we play our entire music collection from a randomized playlist on random from Winamp. (If you’ve hung out with us at anytime in the last 15 years, we’ve probably had it playing in the background.) The playlist has evolved over the years as it expanded from 30gb in 2006 to over 365gb in recent years. It is heavy with Phish and Frank Zappa, but also features entire discographies of an eclectic array of artists. In all, it has over 63 thousand tracks. When it is playing, you NEVER know what will play next. That’s the way I like it.
As crazy as it sounds, my wife and I have commented to each other on many occasions about how it seemed like Wow Machine Radio seemed to be playing selections as though it had a theme in mind. I won’t go as far as saying it is actually intelligent, but it has made me ponder how artificial intelligence would manifest itself. I’ve stayed up waaay too late many times simply waiting to see what the next track it would “randomly” choose, marveling at the moments when the next choice seemed to ‘fit’ right into place.