Cool 2007 mixtape lists, everyone. It’s inspiring and humbling to get glimpses into the myriad worlds of music out there. It’s as though each of us is looking up at a sky stuffed with stars, inventing our own constellations.
With that in mind, let’s get creative and sort of abstract here for a sec (I know y’all are up for this!).
If you had to pick your favorite songs or artists and relate them to each other, constellation-style, could you? (Bonus question: is that like what Pandora does?)
Constellations are grouped by the stars’ relative locations, but that seems too limiting. For this little brain exercise, let’s assume you can group them by any quality you can imagine.
What would be your first constellation? Which one would be the most necessary? Would you have an equivalent to Polaris, the North Star, to guide lost travelers etc? I would.
What names would you use?
Et cetera, et cetera. This week, the sky’s the limit.


  1. aufheben
    November 05, 2007 at 2:06pm
    Germany would be the north star, the constellation would be NDH.
  2. Mister Basmt
    November 06, 2007 at 10:02am
    My constellation would definately be centered around a few clusters of stars (artists who I enjoy more than one song from) and would include many, many, smaller stars (artists that I only like one or two songs from). The connection would probably be acoustics, though not all songs/artists are acoustic. Star Clusters include Brian Deer with "Playing with Guns", "Day Dreamer", "I'm Not Built that Way"; KT Tunstall with "Girl and the Ghost", "Heal Over", and "Silent Sea"; and Jack Johnson with about half of his songs. Some very bright stars would include "Heartbeat (Cornelius Mix)" by Tahiti 80; "Photograph" by Nickelback; "Roots" by Janie Chu; "Dreaming in Red" by The Calling; "Laugh so You Dont Cry" by Andy Davis; "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" by Amos Lee; and "Wonderful Wizard" by Guggenheim Grotto. There are many, many other dimmer stars that I wont take time to mention. I hope this is what you had in mind! Sincerely, Mister Basmt
  3. Brian H.
    November 06, 2007 at 1:42pm
    constellations are pretty hard to find for me. i can barely even find the big dipper. but constellations are still awesome though. :-)
  4. Roland
    November 06, 2007 at 4:35pm
    My constellation would located in the heart of the Mikey Way. The vibrations that would be picked there would acoustic like artist like Stephen Stills songs like Sit Yourself Down, Niel Young Star of Bethleham, or even piano sounds like from George Winston's Autumn could be pick up by radar.
  5. gandrew
    November 06, 2007 at 6:32pm
    This sounds like what some people are doing with the mapping of the sciences. It would be really interesting if a map of Pandora could be created. This link shows what I am talking about: This map could be more of a general music relationship, not a personal preference construct. It could show how the genres relate to each other based on the attributes that Pandora uses to define them, using popular artists as the 'stars' to make up each of the genre clusters.
  6. Michael Lee
    November 13, 2007 at 9:13am
    Keeping with the astronomy reference, would this be the "Big Bang" for Rock? (Somehow fitting that it would be at Sun records.....)
  7. Boszkowo
    June 30, 2008 at 3:17pm
    Great job, interesting interview. Thank you.

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