I think of randomness as a kind of silence. In a way they are
opposites - randomness is maximum information content, and silence is
minimum information content. But in a way they're the same - they lack
any structure in themselves, and are both impossible to experience.
You can't really experience silence (because you make noise yourself),
and can't really experience randomness either (you perceive patterns
in a random field). They can also be used the same way, to fill in
I agree with Philip that randomness is not a good stopping point. The
ability of random number generators to create variation is hugely
overrated. They're literally arbitrary.
I'm also pretty bored of having to wheel out the same old white men
(Burroughs, Eno, Cage, etc) for discussion tokens around randomness as
if they were the first or only people to explore chance operations.