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  •  LOL! (5+ / 0-)

    But math IS music.  The perfectly fitting sets of numbers, when translated into sound, make pleasant sounds.  The complex waveforms, the harmonics, the overtones and undertones are all described by math.

    Dr. Moog figured it out with his seminal synthesizer, where a musician/technician could build waveforms, ASDR (attack, sustain, decay, release) envelopes at will, and then hear the instrument that it resembled, or no existing one at all.

    You are a much more wide ranging learner if you can play music than you think.  It is struggle for me to play the stereo.

    Warmest regards,


    Time for real health care reform, not just to patch the patches.

    by Translator on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 09:49:49 PM PDT

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    •  Moog! (4+ / 0-)
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      Oh man, do I remember that!  How cool was it?  I waited for decades for an (affordable) app that would let me play things on the keyboard and then transcribe them into written music.  It makes composition sooooo much easier.  It's also great to be able to manipulate different tracks to check out instrumentation.  I love me some midi!!!

      I feel the math, I just can't think it.  The internal metronome divides the beat without thinking, at least most of the time.  Bach is my favorite composer.  Everything is so freakin' logical, and yet he managed to make it beautiful, too.  (Chopin is for my Romantic self.  There may be logic there, but the emotion is so raw that I miss any structural contrivances.)

      I meant to tell you, I'm one of those dreaded smokers, too, although quitting is in my imminent future.  Can't afford any vices anymore.  Sad, really, now that I'm old enough not to give a s#!t  :-)

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 10:00:24 PM PDT

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      •  Just because I have no talent for (3+ / 0-)
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        music does not mean that I do not love it, and its science.

        It is interesting that we both agree that most, if not all, modern music goes back to Bach.  Even Jon Lord of Deep Purple (remember them when they were actually good?) acknowledged him.

        Dr. Moog (and it is a long "O" like "mow the yard", not a diphthong like "pool") made his living in college by building Theremins and selling them.  He got interested in how they worked, and came out with his own idea.

        As I remember, his 3PC was the one used by The Beatles on Abbey Road, and also in Jesus Christ Superstar, the seminal work by Lloyd-Webber and Rice.  It got its name because it was composed of three units, hence "three pieces".

        That is still the most powerful monophonic synthesizer built.  AARP designed a polyphonic one several years later, and its "String Ensemble" revolutionized touring music.

        However, for string sounds, I am still captivated with the Mellotron.  I will have much more to say about that in the final post of this series, since it was instrumental, to make a pun, in the psychedelic movement.  Even today I saw an advert for some sort of Seaworld type of outfit using The Moody Blues playing Tuesday Afternoon, likely Mike Pinder's opus.

        Warmest regards,


        Time for real health care reform, not just to patch the patches.

        by Translator on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 10:15:22 PM PDT

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      •  To this synesthete (3+ / 0-)
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        Bach looks like ice crystals forming, except they're in shifting colors.

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