Category Archives: Music

Video: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by 167 theremin nesting dolls

00 The theremin instrument was invented by Laeon Theremin in 1920. The sound is like that of the Tannerin, an electrotheremin which appeared in The Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations. In the musical performance below, the performers are playing an invention of Masami Takeuchi. € Takeuchi placed the frequency antenna of a theremin inside a Russian… Read More »

Man can play back four symphonies in his head… At once!

00 Bob Milne is one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, but his talents go further than that – right into the land of amazing. Bob’s brain works a little differently to the rest of us, as he can compartmentalise various functions, which allows him to play complex piano pieces while carrying… Read More »

Video: 2014 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Song

00 Interesting. I wanted more chord changes. This doesn’t touch songs like “Live and Let Die” but they have a nice line up and the sound is great. This song needs a chorus or more contrast or interesting lyrics that are about something. Perhaps the lack of all that is what makes it a great… Read More »

DNA demonstrates how closely everyone on Earth is related

00 Just from some basic math you can see that everyone alive today is related. New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. … The assistant professor of computational biology‘s background in math and statistics enables him to develop methods and… Read More »

David Bowie leads tributes to ‘master’ Lou Reed

00 Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman , who died on Sunday aged 71.Bowie’s Facebook page said of his “old friend”, considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: “He was a master.” Reed’s second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and… Read More »

Video: “Something” by the Beatles, just bass & drums

00 This was cool but it is now blocked on copywrite grounds. It’s not like you could buy it in a store. This, if anything, would increase sales of the song “Something,” it seems to me. “Something” – bass & drums – YouTube. Only Ringo’s and Paul’s tracks. Recorded at the EMI Studios, Abbey Road,… Read More »

Video: Girl Plays Three Intruments

00 Based on the misleading YouTube title “Girl plays three instruments at once! AMAZING!!” I was wondering if she was going to play the violyn with her teeth. It has been done. Well, she plays two at once at times, very well, and three alternating instruments, but not three at once. It’s still worth enjoying:

Perfect pitch may not be so ‘perfect’

00 … People classified with perfect pitch may not actually be as in tune with the notes they hear as they think. Played a long piece of music, a study group failed to notice when scientists turned the tones ever so slightly flat. They then misidentified in-tune sounds as being sharp. Researchers say it demonstrates… Read More »

“Happy Birthday”: Who Owns the Rights?

00 Usually, “Happy Birthday” is a happy, celebratory song that often precedes cake and ice cream. But it might soon become part of a contentious legal battle. Jennifer Nelson, the president and owner of the New York based Good Morning to You Production Corp., is producing a documentary about the history of “Happy Birthday to… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

00 Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”. €  Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess… Read More »