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Reading and reconstructing the tea leaves of Taylor Swift's accidental hit

There have been many responses to the eight-second accidental hit of white noise attributed to pop star Taylor Swift. At theatlantic.com, Megan Garber stitched together quotes from Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise to form a review (“It is the time of year, the time of day, for a small insistent sadness to pass into the texture of things. Dusk, silence, iron chill. Something lonely in the bone.”). At vulture.com, Nate Jones drew a comparison to the late Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. The white noise snippet was erroneously titled “Track 3,” so at theverge.com, Ross Miller compared it to a silence inherent in the real third track on the record:

Swift’s actual track 3 (actual name TBD) does have actual lyrics, as teased on her Instagram account: I say “I heard that you’ve been out and about with some other girl” — all followed by an extended, anxiety-inducing, 29-dot ellipses.

And over at his soundcloud.com/junkrhythm account the Los Angeles”“based Junk Rhythm went so far as to create white noise from scratch and post a how-to on YouTube:

By Marc Weidenbaum

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