How Psychoacoustics Explains Our Fascination With Sound
The way we process sound is fundamental to the attraction and appreciation of music. Human society has long understood the power of sound. From early drumming rhythms, beaten out on fallen logs with bones by our earliest ancestors, to complex orchestral soundscapes, the sound is an integral part of the human experience.
The study of psychoacoustics takes a look at what’s involved in this complicated, physiological, and emotional process. As Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a (controversial) pioneer in the field, observed: Sound “…is a nutrient for the nervous system.” …
A Major Constituent of Worldbeat, AfroPop Is Awesome
Mother Africa. The well-spring of the human race is a vast land of diversity and contradiction. Regrettably, some of the continents is currently beset with war, famine, pestilence, endemic poverty, and widespread corruption. Ethiopian Tigray tragedies, the ongoing conflict in the DRC, child warriors, blood diamonds, oil exploitation, deforestation, racial and ethnic divides — by now, familiar concepts conjuring up real images. Then, there’s HIV/AIDS — which afflicts enormous numbers of people across the continent. It is long past time the developed world takes note and provides the kind of support necessary…
In Defense of Gossip
Is Gossip The Way That Humans Identify Social Rank?
Oscar Wilde once said: “Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip . . .But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.”
So what is gossip? According to wordnik, the word gossip first appeared around the year 1014, and at that time referred to a Godmother or Godfather figure. Later, usage transformed the word into a term applied to a gathering of women at birth. By the 17th century, the word had come to mean an individual of “light character” who “delights in the idle talk”. By the…
From Concertinas to Cumbia — Accordions Rule
As the old joke goes: Why do politicians make good accordionists? Because they are used to playing both ends off against the middle. To most, that sounds about right.
When I was a child, my parents decided that I needed a musical education. They asked what instrument I might be interested in learning; and at about seven years of age I didn’t know any better, so I chose the accordion. To this day, I’m not sure what drove that fateful decision. In any case, I haven’t been able to listen to “Lady of…
It’s Time For Government To Embrace Digital Transformation and The Internet Of Things
We’ve all heard the ads from the telecommunications giants, 5G is here in some places, and on the way in others. Among other things, the advent of 5G technology will increase the pool of available data to governments and enterprises one hundredfold — at a minimum.
That’s a lot of data and it will enable enterprises to better manage their assets, including campuses and buildings; and the government to better manage its (our) assets and processes to save taxpayer dollars. I know because a recent indoor air…
Does Musical Improvisation Begin With The Gypsies?
Romani Musical Traditions Have Influenced Many Different Popular Styles
In 1859, noted Hungarian composer and musicologist Ferenc Liszt published a book in which he stated unequivocally that all Hungarian music had Gypsy (Romani or Roma as they preferred to be called) roots. Though most of Hungarian traditional folk music features recognizable Roma violin melodies and ornamentation, the controversy he sparked continues today.
In reality, the influence of Romani music extends much further than Hungary, where the connection is clear and well documented.
The Gypsies, or Roma, are an ancient race that originated in…
1. Used as prescribed, pain medication is a life saver but is not sustainable long term
2. It is possible to learn how to live with chronic, even severe pain but it takes work
3. Following a few simple rules will get you started, but the rest is up to you*
I am the prince of pain, but not the servant of suffering. That’s not to say I don’t suffer, I do, but I’ve learned to manage my pain and suffering after 20 years of personal experience.
My pain is driven by a combination of chronic conditions, several related to…
Vitamin D is getting a lot of attention these days, and it is well deserved. Even Covid-19 appears to be diminished in individuals who have adequate Vitamin D levels (though evidence is slim). We’ve been told it may help deter a lot of other nasty conditions, including Cancer and issues involved with the healthy aging process.
And we know that as we age, bodily Vitamin D levels are reduced, so the supplement is often prescribed as a measure of preventative medicine in seniors. I’m taking it, and you may be too.
Today, I had an anxiety-driven deep discussion with my adult daughter about the challenges our local school district faces in determining when and how to reopen the elementary school my three grandchildren attend. My grandkids and their parents live on our eight acre hobby farm, and we’ve all been isolating together for months — our discipline is high and our sanitation routines are rigorous.
But now, we’re faced with the prospect of school starting back up in September, on one basis or another, and our well-established and practiced routines being disrupted yet again; and our health, that of the children…
As a 2X Cancer survivor, I have some strong opinions about the well-meaning and supposedly supportive social media posts I regularly encounter, especially on Facebook — often cut-and-pasted from one timeline to another. I am always asked to maintain the chain, and re-post the messages on my timeline. I never do. And I always respond to those posts in the same way. Just don’t do it. Refrain from this obvious virtue signalling and if you’re really interested in fighting Cancer, supporting those who have it, and their caregivers and families, then actually DO SOMETHING expressly for those cancer victims and…