This book (which we call AMRD) is one of our our main sources of inspiration (this is also where our name comes from). The simple idea of printing a million numbers in a book (in neat rows of five digits each) is both beautiful and moving, two qualities we usually find in art. Since we discovered this book we have been using it all the time in order to produce music (in both Cagean and Uncagean ways) and to solve problems: this one book provides answers to all questions, somehow like I-ching; also similarly to I-ching (and other non linear texts like Dictionaries, Phone books or the Bible) it is endless, meaning it is much "larger" that its actual number of pages might suggests. Here is our music for AMRD. Our stuff is only available online. You can click and listen or rightclick (mac ctrl click) and save it. You can share our music any way you like as long as you leave the ID tag unmodified.
- 1 = a million random digits
- 2 = another million random digits
- 3 = in time - limestone shuffle version (by RadioGladio)
This music goes with the random numbers. Here you find our own html version of the million digits. For links to the the Rand version see below. Please beware that this page is about 1.3 mb and that it might take a while to load.
This
is an excerpt of an article in the New York Times (june 12, 2001):
We don't own a physical copy of this book, unfortunately; we had heard about it but we couldn't find it in our library. Then we found a downloadable digital copy on the Rand Corporation's website. Here is their website: http://www.rand.org/ This is the Rand's page on the book; from here you can download a pdf version of the digits (64,7 mb), plus the introductions, or buy the actual book for 30$. Here is their digital version complete with intros. The actual digits and normal deviates can be downloaded in txt format here, both zipped (660 k) and unzipped (1,4 mb). |