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"Even better: it's a two-way process.There are also a plethora of computer programs capable of turning a digital image into sound, including (for all the hard-core geeks out there, these are for Mac, Windows and Linux, respectively) MetaSynth, Coagula, and Enscribe, as well as JavOICe (a Java applet). So those who create electronic music can "hide" images in their tunes."

The electronic-music artist Aphex Twin (Richard David James) is famous for doing this sort of thing. A photo of his own, trademark evil grin is encoded into the second track of the "Windowlicker" single, for example, and can be seen via spectral analysis.

Those crazy synaesthetes. . . .

I was recently checking out some waveforms created by my own solo improvisations. I was surprised to note that they reminded me very much of the patterns that my great-grandmother used to weave into her willow baskets (we're Native American). My improvisations are created from an inner sense of wanting to balance notes in a larger batch. Her basket designs came to her in dreams.

Great site.

Very nice post. This is possibly the best description I've ever seen of capoeira written in English. Congrats!

The Nine Inch Nails Wiki (!) has details on the mysterious phone number:

IMHO, "spectrogramic shenanigans" would be a great title for their next album...

Incidentally, the song "It Don't Mean a Thing" has a message opposite what most people think it means -- the whole point of the song is that, even if you can't sing or dance very well, go at it with all you got; hence lines like:

"It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got"

Thought you'd like to know.

This post reminds me of a short story Arthur C. Clarke wrote years ago that I read years ago (just not quite so many years). It's part of his "Tales From the White Hart" series. I haven't thought about this story in ages, but if my rusty neurons serve, it is about a neurologist studying patterns of brain acitivty and corresponding patterns in music; his research begins with trying to answer why we get tunes stuck in our heads. He then moves onto researching why popular music is popular, and discovers links to how the brain reacts to this music. He ultimately stumbles on the "ultimate tune," with rather drastic results ...

I'm sure if I've goofed up the details someone can correct me; I'm guessing I'm not the only reader here who is a Clarke fan. In any event, for those who haven't, it's well worth the read, as are any of his stories; this particular one shows up in a number of anthologies. BTW, Jennifer, I love this blog; been a long-time reader, now first-time poster.

I finally got around to reading this post and I was mesmerized. I really enjoyed this post and wondered where you get all this information. I'm sure it's all available throughtout the internet, but how do you find it?

Thanks for the news item about my research in Swing rhythm. I'll be presenting some new research at the ASA conference in New Orleans on 27 Nov, 2007. I'm on at 3pm, paper # 1pAA7. Subject matter: Pulse and Swing, Quantitative Analysis of Hierarchical Structure in Swing Rhythm. I think this set of examples is much better than last year's. You can read the paper at:

ciao bello!


Capoeria, Martial Art, Dance or just fun! I Got The Music

I'm into dance and music and was looking for different moves and inspiration for my t-shirts. I came across Parkour and Capoeira on youTube - and wrote about it at my blog. There is even a fun parkour film up from YouTube (if I did it right). You're welcome to post up any comments it inspires!

I didn't know the word 'Angloeiro' untila recent blog post, so I'll pass that on. I learned 'Traceur' from a Parkour afficiando the other day.

I agree with the Break Dance comment - that's how I came across it. I was looking for a particular movement and stubled across Parkour, then part of the origins - Capoeira.

You have some great terms in here and I also agree with the rhythm thing too.

Thanks for the detail about the bad for of actually hitting your opponent! I had been wondering about that. I thought it was more like Jubo or Karate where you *had* to make contact.

I enjoyed this post, thanks

Nice info on capoeira. The mother of all capoeira Hollywood movie would be "Only the strong".

Hi folks,

Interesting post! Perhaps I can contribute some interesting posts in return: I'm a biophysicist and swing dance instructor. I've spent most of the last 10 years informally studying the physics and cognitive science of improvisational partnered jazz dances and am now in the process of summarising my findings in a blog at . I'd like to think it might qualify as cocktail party physics.

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
    • Listening to the Drums of Feynman
      The perfect nightcap after a long day struggling with QED equations.
      1 oz dark rum
      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
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      Electrify your friends with amazing pyrotechnics!
      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      Combine Campari and lemon juice in shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Heat brandy in chafing dish, then ignite and pour into glass. Cocktail Go BOOM! Plus, Fire = Pretty!
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      Dr. Strangelove's drink of choice.
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      1 oz Midori melon liqueur
      1-1/2 oz sour mix
      1 splash soda water
      151 proof rum
      Mix melon liqueur, sour mix and soda water with ice in shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with rum and ignite. Try to take over the world.
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      Warning: may result in amplified stimulated emission.
      1 oz Southern Comfort
      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
      Combine all liquor in a full glass of ice. Shake well. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve to attractive target of choice.
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      3/4 oz Rum
      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
      Fill with Sweet and sour
      Pour rum, strega and Grand Marnier into a collins glass. Add pineapple and fill with sweet and sour. Sip until all the day's super-positioned states disappear.
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      So called because after one of these, you have already passed the event horizon of inebriation.
      1 oz. Kahlua
      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
      Pour into an old-fashioned glass over (scant) ice. Stir gently. Watch time slow.