Most Randophonic programs conclude with what we call a Movie of the Week (M.O.W.), an interruption free almost hour long set of music and/or noise that pursues a common theme, or as the host puts it, “A movie without pictures, just close your eyes and let the soundtrack take you somewhere you’ve never been.”
It can be as simple as playing a particularly unified album in its entirety, or a mixed set of a particular artist’s work. It can be as open ended as an old mixtape recently found in a drawer with no accompanying track or artist info, but which nevertheless has a great flow, so it makes for a cool mystery. And almost every great movie is a mystery at heart.
A typical M.O.W. starts at 1am (Pacific Time) and eventually winds down just before 2am. But sometimes we shake things up. Sometimes we’ll go longer if the theme demands it. Sometimes a movie will take up an entire three hour program. Whatever is necessary.
Our current focus is what we’re calling The Research Stuff, the plan being for forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, working no particular theme, pursuing no particular agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.
And no, Werner’s not one of our heroes. We just like the quote.