#alternateuniversealbum is a feature in which we get people to tell us which album they’d choose if they had to leave earth today and go to a brand new universe empty of our music. Would they choose something to comfort themselves or would they choose something to help whatever may live or come to live in this new universe.
The World of Music – Various Artists
Our society has diverged far from its past symbiotic relationship with Mother Nature and the planet’s future is now rocky to say the least. If there was an alternate universe to come, in the event of our race falling apart and the miraculous coincidence that I would be charged with the salvation of music, I would morally pick a world music album I thought best represented the earth and its cultures. I believe this album would be The World of Music: Seventh Edition by Various Artists which I found on All Music as I was doing light research for simulation of the mind. This album would serve as remembrance of our relation to the planet and of geography as inspiration, but also as a valuable medium for the transition to a new cosmos.
This album contains a remarkable mix of sophisticated world music which makes it a perfect album to pick. Even though one could argue that it is in no way complete, and lacking African themed music to be all inclusively descriptive of the world, the album remains extremely powerful. Indeed, by giving its 3 CDs a listen, you’ll experience a wonderful array of tunes varying from Classical music to Blues, Folk, International, Jazz, Pop, and Rock music. Because of the musical variety provided by the album, it would be worthwhile company in a new universe, not only to entertain one away from loneliness, but also since it could adapt to any exciting change of scenery, structure and maybe even physics (?) a new universe could entail.
It goes without saying that I wrote this piece assuming that I wouldn’t die when crossing over into an unknown area of space and time, that there would be a way to build CD players, that air or some other medium would be available for the propagation of sound waves, and that there the beings I would meet would have a hearing capacity. Even though this could realistically not be the case, if I was to take such a voyage feeling hopeful that our concept of music could be implemented within this new world, I could not think of a better music collection than this one right here.
Max Khanjari is a man of many talents, one of which is nourishing his fascinating capacity for optimism. He is able to breastfeed when he wishes to and loves long walks upside down (he is at all times keen to bring anyone along – inbox him for details). I recommend the walk, it’s always sunny when Max is around.
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