No Algorithm: A Playlist By Music Journalist Ben Ratliff
March 14, 2017
By Ben Ratliff
A few of these songs cropped up in my book Every Song Ever. That book asks what we’re going to do with our great access to the world’s music now that we have it, then presents 20 meditations on ways of listening that might cut across genre, mood, and era. The idea is approaching the gigantic library with curiosity and purpose—or, in other words, non-algorithmic listening. All the rest probably should have been in the book, or represent what I’ve been listening to lately. — Ben Ratliff
Ben Ratliff talks Every Song Ever in a SFJAZZ Listening Party on Sunday, March 19.