DECODING MUSICAL GEMATRIA | The death of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Verzuz, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J’s 4,3,2,1 +

34:10 in — “Over 200 rappers died [in 2020]; that’s an average of every forty-four hours that’s a dead rapper.”  This video is positively stunning, and yet not surprising at all — the music itself, the lyrics, everything, are all composed ‘by the numbers’ — learn how to decode those numbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_wuCed1tIQ Redrum by Srebmun …

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The Power of the Aether as Related to Music and Electricity – Eric Dollard

Abstract   “Originally, mankind was on a path that is in alignment with the harmonic natural laws of the universe. This was from the time of Pythagoreas up to Johann Sebastian Bach. Then, the big shift came. This divergence basically turned everything inside out. All of this understanding has become denied and despised. There has …

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What happens when you play one song backwards as a muse to writing another song?

Ian McCulloch, singer-songwriter.  I’ve always said that The Killing Moon is the greatest song ever written. I’m sure Paul Simon would be entitled say the same about Bridge Over Troubled Water, but for me The Killing Moon is more than just a song. It’s a psalm, almost hymnal. It’s about everything, from birth to death …

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Language universals at birth

The evolution of human languages is driven both by primitive biases present in the human sensorimotor systems and by cultural transmission among speakers. However, whether the design of the language faculty is further shaped by linguistic biological biases remains controversial. To address this question, we used near-infrared spectroscopy to examine whether the brain activity of …

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Dichotomy and perceptual distortions in absolute pitch ability

Abstract   Absolute pitch (AP) is the rare ability to identify the pitch of a tone without the aid of a reference tone. Understanding both the nature and genesis of AP can provide insights into neuroplasticity in the auditory system. We explored factors that may influence the accuracy of pitch perception in AP subjects both …

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Embers of society: Firelight talk among Bushmen

Abstract   Much attention has been focused on control of fire in human evolution and the impact of cooking on anatomy, social, and residential arrangements. However, little is known about what transpired when firelight extended the day, creating effective time for social activities that did not conflict with productive time for subsistence activities. Comparison of …

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