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Your Brain Has What Amounts to a “Sprit Eject” Button 

July 18, 2017

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If someone zaps a certain area in your brain, you will experience floating out of your body. A similar effect can be obtained by transferring your self awareness into another person or object by hijacking your brain’s “this is me” body cues such as visual perception, breathing and heartbeat.  Olaf Blanke, a neurosurgeon at University […]

Birds Play a Drum for Love 

June 28, 2017

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Birds are not all a capella performers when it comes to musically wooing a mate. A male Australian bird has been observed to fashion a drumstick and play a rhythm on a tree while his potential mate watches and judges.  Palm cockatoos from northern Australia modify sticks and pods and use them to drum regular […]

Feel Like The Walrus?

May 21, 2017

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The Walrus looks like I feel at times: lost, bewilered, out of place. Writing songs is a great way to process feelings. I’ve written over 100 original songs, most of which only a handful of people have heard.  Today I listened to the 35 or so for which I still have some kind of audio. […]

RIP Chris Cornell, Soundgarden Singer

May 18, 2017

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I always liked the spooky vibe of the song Black Hole Sun. Thanks for the music, Chris. Detroit police are investigating the death of musician Chris Cornell, 52, as a “possible suicide,” police spokesman Michael Woody told The Associated Press Thursday morning. The Soundgarden singer was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a hotel […]

The Secret Band Few Know About But Everyone Has Heard

April 9, 2017

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Here’s a true strange music fact. Have you heard the Wrecking Crew play? Before you say no, check this out. You might be surprised. Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band […]

Elvis met the Beatles

March 25, 2017

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The Beatles’ tuneful creative music got me (and countless others) into playing guitar and writing my own songs.  By coincidence, I have the same birthday as Elvis Presley, as did David Bowie, January 8, which happens to be the day before Jimmy Page’s birthday. For you new school folks, Jimmy Page was the guitar player […]

Video: Buddy Rich + Fastest Drummer Ever

March 24, 2017

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I’ve never been into drum solos, but Buddy Rich is always fun to watch. One of the best drummers ever. Was Buddy Rich the fastest drummer ever? Not according to measured speed against a drum hit counting machine. For drumming as a speed sport that title is currently held by Tom Grosset, but as far […]

Listen: My most absurd guitar solo (attempt)

March 3, 2017

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This solo didn’t make the cut, but it made the blister. This absurd guitar solo I wrote and played for someone’s song (listen below) gave me the blister pictured here. It has too many mistakes and is too awkward, and it also wasn’t the style the studio wanted so I’m not going to try to […]

The Beatles White Album, Unplugged, Unborn

February 17, 2017

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As a songwriter and Beatles fan who is now working in a recording studio, I can’t help but be fascinated by this rough acoustic sketch of Beatles songs from the White Album. Enjoy it while it lasts. I’m not sure if it will be taken off of YouTube soon. This is Beatles in the spring […]

Awakened by the Hunger Moon

February 11, 2017

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The angle was just right. At 6:10 am, I woke up hungry to what felt like sunlight on my face. This morning’s light, however, came through the wrong window, the west. So bright it was surprising, this full moon in February, I learned, is called a Hunger Moon because by this time of year, in […]

Protected: WTH? A one day song

February 4, 2017

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Lost Einstein recording put to music

November 24, 2016

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When I find myself in times of trouble, good old Einstein speaks to me, physics words of wisdom, square of C. I had a small recording once, of Einstein he said, “I agree.” I put it into music, here, it’s free: Xeno – Albert I’m Fine. (mp3) Is this Albert Einstein playing violin? You decide. […]

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

November 23, 2016

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The theremin instrument was invented by Léon 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 nesting […]

That nutty theory that Paul McCartney died and was replaced in 1966

July 28, 2015

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This weekend I saw a really amazing Beatles tribute, the Classical Mystery tour with the SF Symphony. Tony Kishman is an uncanny Paul. So much so that I started to wonder… Uncanny. Just listen to him! Wait, that’s not Paul? Nope. Tony plays right handed, Paul McCartney is a lefty. But wait… if Kishman can […]

I have the genetic mutation for perfect (absolute) pitch

March 9, 2015

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With a year or more of work I’m to the point where I can almost always pull a correct C note out of thin air with no musical reference.  People with absolute pitch can do this, and some great musicians are among them. I’ll never forget telling Jason Mraz when we were hanging out after […]

John Lennon talks about the illuminati

November 17, 2014

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John Lennon’s Interview, 6/6/1968 He was killed on December 8, 1980, New York City, NY

Cubase 7.0.x Hiding and Finding Hidden Tracks

February 7, 2014

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In 7.0.6 my arranger, tempo and signature tracks were not visible. Project -> Add Track -> Arranger = “This project already contains an arranger track!” Well, fine, show it to me then! Clicking the “find tracks” icon (hourglass) shows the tracks listed and they show up in the Inspector on the left, but there are […]

Industrial Band Bills DoJ For Using Its Music as a Torture Device

February 6, 2014

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“What really bothers us is that they played our songs at an intolerable volume for hours on end” … Industrial band Skinny Puppy is billing the U.S. Justice Department after finding out their tunes were used as a means of torturing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The band recently invoiced the […]

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

February 2, 2014

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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 on […]

VST Piano Plugin Sound Shoot out

January 28, 2014

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Tonight I was looking for the best sounding piano plug-in for my songs. I’m currently using Piano One which is free. There is a great shootout here: http://purgatorycreek.com/documents/25.html and I decided that I like the Roland RD700GX Expressive Grand sound, but I don’t think there is a VST plug in. After more thought, I realized […]

2014 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Song

January 27, 2014

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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 rock […]

Holophonic Sound: Get a virtual haircut

January 6, 2014

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Check out the link below (.mp3). With that the effect was even more pronounced, in fact, the sound actually went around my head behind me! Really amazing. Hugo Zuccarelli, an Argentine who dabbled in various sound experimentations in the 1980s, believed the human auditory system not only hears sound but emits sounds as well. The […]

DNA demonstrates how closely everyone on Earth is related

January 3, 2014

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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 […]

Researchers: Pulse Rate Can Predict How Long You’ll Live + Free Sample 60 BPM Meditation Audio MP3

December 21, 2013

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Faster heart rates in otherwise healthy men could be a harbinger of an earlier death, even among those who exercise, a new Danish study suggests.The finding provides more evidence of the potential danger lurking in the bodies of both men and women who have rapid pulses when they’re not exercising.Should you be worried if your […]

The Microphone that got away

December 12, 2013

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I have lately been building a vocal booth in my home studio and I’m taking recording engineering lessons from a Grammy award winning engineer to get past some roadblocks. After reading a slew of threads on gearslutz.com and then testing a bunch of microphones myself I’ve decided that I want a Neumann U87 mic and […]

Poupee de son?

September 19, 2013

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Catchy, and I like her voice… but what does it mean? More than the singer knew, which was part of what the song was about. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poup%C3%A9e_de_cire,_poup%C3%A9e_de_son