Saturday, May 09, 2009

The mathematics of probability

Belgium is not exactly famous for its rock bands, but Tropidor, a five man ensemble from Beerschot, might just change that. Their basic sound is very much based on seventies' classical rock, but unlike say Wolfmother, they manage to go beyond a mere copying of that style - by injecting a healthy dose of fun into their lyrics as well as suitable sound effects. The song Humpty Dumpty, which inspired the album cover, is a case in point. Most of the time a straightforward rock song with strong guitar and drums play, but with the unusual story line of the fate of Lewis Carrol's personified egg - and culminating in a dramatic splash sound effect once Humpty hits the floor. Check these guys out on their MySpace page - recommended.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Tropidor.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Vannevar Bush: If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Humpty Dumpty, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Underground 50 Black and Samarkan Normal 85 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.