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RE: : Decyphering the Grammar of Mind, Music and Math

I saw a comedian on (I think) Conan O'Brian.  He was talking about his baby
and music.  He wanted the baby to get exposure to all the music he loved,
including Black Sabbath. He said, "You know what?  Babies don't like Black
Sabbath.  It makes them cry.  They like 'Where is Thumbkin.'  'Where is
Thumbkin' is their 'Freebird'.  If you were all babies and I was singing
'Where is Thumbkin', you'd all have your lighters up singing 'Where is
thumbkin, where is thumbkin, here I am, here I am...'"

This guy is in the process of finishing a book along these lines:

Unfortunately, he removed the sample chapters for revision.  I have the old
chapter's 1-4 here at home in PDF.  It's hard to describe how good this
guy's approach is.  Though I could do without his attempts at humor every
other sentence.  He writes so that non-musicians could understand it, but
musicians will get much more out of it.  I'm looking forward to the 
publication when he's done.

BTW, happy father's day to any dad's out there.  :)  I'm off to the zoo 
my daughter.

-----Original Message-----
From: Per Boysen [mailto:per@boysen.se]
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 1:47 AM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: : Decyphering the Grammar of Mind, Music and Math

On 2004-06-20, at 00.29, Emile Tobenfeld (a.k.a Dr. T) wrote:

> I found this article from today's NY Times very thought provoking and
> am forwarding it in hopes that you will as well, and that it can
> stimulate some interesting discussion.  Looping and mathematics are of
> course related, in somewhat different ways than more taditional forms
> of music making.

>> http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/19/arts/19CONN.html?
>> ex=1088683885&ei=1&en=6ec7344cc1438127

Very interesting and inspiring. THanks!  Just about the perfect
breakfast reading over here at this moment :-)

As "music can be comprehended in a locked room" every human seems as
well to have the built in radar to pick it up by default. I use to
think back to the time of my childhood, many years before I "was told
about music" or even took an active interest in music. What strikes me
is that being only four years old I recognized the same criteria that I
still enjoy as parts of "music". I heard "unison lines", "octaves",
"fifths", "clusters" and all kinds of stuff that I had to wait two
decades to get the names for. So from my own life experience I am
pretty sure that music is universal.

A funny memory is that some music that was held in great aspect by
grown-ups, really hurt my senses at that early age. I never understood
why but it just made me feel sick and depressed. Some decades later,
now as a grown-up myself, i found myself taking pleasure in some of
that "torture music".

Per Boysen