Randomly Pushing Buttons

Hold That Elevator!
When you randomly push buttons, you never know what floor you’ll end up on.

Before my current circumstances, and before I was a photographer (see above), I used to make music for a living. Specifically, weird-ass techno/electronic music that many people found difficult or annoying. One of the ways I would find sonic inspiration was to use audio software to generate random sounds. I would record this stream of noisy squawkiness, sift through a lot of garbage, and occasionally find a useful gem. I would take these little bits of useful audio and turn them into gritty, weird dance music.

It’s possible to find dedicated software that dives deeply into finding non-obvious, non-linear connections between “features” of price data. For example, we can ask ourselves if today’s high of the price of oil is above its three-day moving average, and the S&P 500’s closing price is below yesterday’s open, will gold go up the next day? Continue reading Randomly Pushing Buttons