Head Injury Leads to Sudden Musical Talent

23 November, 2012 at 07:36 | Posted in Body & Mind, Funny things :-), Music, Science | Leave a comment
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By Sally Appert
Epoch Times Staff

Four days after Derek Amato hit his head on the bottom of a swimming pool, he sat down at a piano and found that he could play it beautifully.

Amato discovered his talent in October 2006 when he was 40 years old. He dove into a pool one day and hit his head, and when he came out of the water, he couldn’t hear anything and felt as though his ears were bleeding.

Amato had a severe concussion that caused some hearing and memory loss. He recovered fairly quickly, and four days later he sat down at a piano for no reason that he could think of and started playing.

“As I shut my eyes, I found these black and white structures moving from left to right, which in fact would represent in my mind a fluid and continuous stream of musical notation,” Amato explained in an article on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s website.

From then on Amato was able to play the piano effortlessly, as though he’d been playing it his whole life. He played music from memory and composed his own music, stunning his family, his friends, and himself.

Amato’s rare talent was diagnosed as savant syndrome, and his ability to see shapes and colors when hearing music is known as synesthesia.

“We commonly refer to Derek as ‘Rainman Beethoven,’” his friend Gerry Gomez stated in the article.

“To date we have not found another medically documented case where immediate or sudden musical savant syndrome had been acquired from a brain injury,” Gomez added.

Amato wrote in the article that he told his mother, “I guess God decided to give me my birthday present a bit early this year.”

In 2007, the Association of Independent Artists made Amato the Independent Artist of the Year. He composes music, travels, and performs, supporting charity events for traumatic brain

via Head Injury Leads to Sudden Musical Talent | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

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Chopin, Nocturne, opus 27, piano solo

10 June, 2012 at 13:27 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Nocturne by Frederic Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type….

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Beautiful Paintings to Beautiful Music

17 May, 2012 at 10:17 | Posted in Culture, Music, picture of the day, pop music | Leave a comment
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Artist: Andrew Talbot (Lancashire – England, born 1972) Paintings.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/artcenterpaintinganddrawing

Music by the Swedish singer and songwriter:
Sophie Zelmani – This Room

Fabulous Guitar Playing

19 March, 2012 at 09:09 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Sparkling Tones of Bach

14 March, 2012 at 07:23 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Laleh – November

18 January, 2012 at 15:50 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Chinese Music’s Five Elements, Five Tones

15 January, 2012 at 07:14 | Posted in Body & Mind, Chinese culture, Music | Leave a comment
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The concepts embedded in Chinese music, such as the five elements, are deeply interwoven with Chinese traditional culture

By Zhiping Chen
Special to The Epoch Times

Chinese music is based on the ancient Chinese pentatonic, five-tone musical system. The five tones are classified as: Kung, Shang, Chiao, Chih and Yue.

According to the Chinese theory of the Five Elements, related to Chinese music, the tones are connected to a myriad of cosmological concepts, as well as the inner workings of man.

Chinese do not see it as coincidence that human beings have five internal organs: heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and spleen; and five sensory organs: mouth, nose, eyes, ears and tongue; and five fingers on each hand.

According to Chinese tradition, any of these five tones can affect a human being’s internal organs and might act as a regulatory mechanism. Music can increase metabolism, open thought processes, and regulate the heart. Because everyone’s makeup is different, one person’s internal organs are different to the next person’s, and the music touches people in different ways.

According to the five basic tones, one can detect different influences in the human body. For instance, Kung-based melodies are classified as noble, Earth-related, and affect the spleen. Often listening to such music makes one tolerant and kind.

Read more: Chinese Music’s Five Elements, Five Tones | Culture | China | Epoch Times

Biotech Violin Molded Into Affordable Stradivarius

27 December, 2011 at 07:44 | Posted in classical, Music, Science | 1 Comment
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By Ginger Chan
Epoch Times Staff

String enthusiasts rejoice: In the near future you might be able to have your very own fungus violin, an instrument with a million-dollar sound but that will certainly not cost you a million.

While “fungus violin” might not roll off the tongue like “Stradivarius,” a sound test conducted in 2009 among an audience of experts found that the sound quality of a violin made from wood treated with a certain fungus rivaled, if not surpassed, that of one forged in the hands of the legendary Italian master Antonio Stradivarius.

The technology was developed by Francis Schwarze, scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), with the help of Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer.

Schwarze treated wood with the white-rot fungus Physisporinus vitreus, which destroys specific structures in spruce wood, resulting in a substrate with superior tone quality.

Before musicians can get their hands on these “biotech violins,” however, researchers first have to standardize a process to fungally treat wood on an industrial scale.

The project has support. “Using modern science to explain the technical details of the material properties is something I find enormously interesting,” said Walter Fischli, co-founder of the biomedical company Actelion and hobby violinist, in a press release.

Fischli’s foundation is funding EMPA’s “mushroom violin” project. “In my opinion it would have been unforgivable to allow such an interesting project – one that so ideally links science and the art of violin making – to wither for lack of funding,” he said.

With the new support, a team of interdisciplinary specialists will gather data on the acoustic properties of various types of wood and develop methods to measure fungal activity over the next three years.

via Biotech Violin Molded Into Affordable Stradivarius | Inspiring Discoveries | Science | Epoch Times

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Spider Silk Structure Similar to Repeating Patterns in Melodies

20 December, 2011 at 08:17 | Posted in classical, Music, Science | Leave a comment
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The mathematical patterns in the physical structure of spider silk show similarities to those in classical music composition, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have revealed a structure-function relationship in two seemingly disparate fields—the composition of proteins and musical riffs—that may help engineers design new materials and even infrastructures.

The team used a branch of mathematics called category theory to create ontology logs or “ologs” by looking at the items’ primary building blocks: amino acids and sound waves. Ologs allow a system’s properties to be categorized abstractly, and reveal the inherent relationships between structure and function.

“The seemingly incredible gap between spider silk and music is no wider than the gap between the two disparate mathematical fields of geometry—think of triangles and spheres—and algebra, which uses variables and equations,” said study co-author David Spivak in a press release.

“Yet category theory’s first success—in the 1940s—was to express a rigorous mathematical analogy between these two domains and to use it to prove new theorems about complex geometric shapes by importing existing theorems from algebra.”

The olog allows scientists to compile information about how materials function in a mathematically rigorous way, and pinpoint patterns that are found universally in a broad variety of materials.

“There is mounting evidence that similar patterns of material features at the nanoscale, such as clusters of hydrogen bonds or hierarchical structures, govern the behavior of materials in the natural environment, yet we couldn’t mathematically show the analogy between different materials,” said Markus J. Buehler of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the release.

Interestingly, even when mistakes occur in the patterns, the overall harmonic sequence and function is generally unaffected.

“The fact that a spider’s thread is robust enough to avoid catastrophic failure even when a defect is present can be explained by the very distinct material makeup of spider silk fibers,” said study co-author Tristan Giesa in the release.

“It’s exciting to see that music theoreticians observed the same phenomenon in their field, probably without any knowledge of the concept of damage tolerance in materials,” he continued.

“Deleting single chords from a harmonic sequence often has only a minor effect on the harmonic quality of the whole sequence.”

The findings were published in the December issue of the journal BioNanoScience.

via Spider Silk Structure Similar to Repeating Patterns in Melodies | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

PJ Harvey- The Words That Maketh Murder

19 December, 2011 at 14:48 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Ane Brun – Worship (feat. José González)

18 December, 2011 at 18:10 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Chopin Cello Sonata

12 November, 2011 at 12:46 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Jing Zhao Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor Op65 3rd mov


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Gloria – A Good Way to Start the Week

17 October, 2011 at 09:43 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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B. Galuppi: Gloria per la ducal cappella di S. Marco (1779) / Ghislieri Choir & Consort

Beautiful Piece of Music by Brahms

12 September, 2011 at 18:11 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Brahms, Piano Quartet in C minor, third movement

Heard this beautiful piece not too long ago live by this eminent group, Uppsala Piano Quartet (Uppsala Pianokvartett).

Here you can listen to more of their beautiful music.


White as Diamonds

7 September, 2011 at 10:03 | Posted in Culture, Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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