was an investigation of adult brain plasticity and whether we could reopen it through the use of a drug called valproic acid
. It's a mood-stabilizing drug. But we found that it also restores the plasticity of the brain
to a juvenile state. And during a two-week period on this pill or a controlled substance, a healthy cohort of young adult male subjects who were carefully screened not to have had musical experience early in life, they were asked to undertake a number of training tests online. And at the end of this two-week period, they were then tested on their ability to discriminate tones to see if the training had more effect than it normally would at this age."
: So, you actually gave people a pill and then you taught them to have perfect pitch
HENSCH: This is the result and it's quite remarkable, since there are no known reports of adults acquiring absolute pitch. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Jan 5, 2014 -
: How a paranoid fringe group made musical tuning an international issue.
The petition had its origins in one of the strangest conflicts to have overtaken classical music in the past thirty years, and many of these luminaries were completely unaware of what they’d gotten themselves into. The sponsor of both the petition and the conference that featured Tebaldi was an organization called the Schiller Institute, dedicated to, among other things, lowering standard musical pitch. ...
But behind this respectable front lurks a strange mélange of conspiracy, demagoguery, and cultish behavior. At its founding in 1984, its chairman Helga Zepp-LaRouche laid out the Institute’s role in surprisingly apocalyptic terms
Originally published at The Believer
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 9, 2013 -
Theta Music Trainer
— Train your ear with fun music games. Sharpen your sense of pitch and tone. Unlock the hidden patterns in music. Strengthen your music theory skills.
posted by netbros
on May 25, 2011 -
A one-hour dramatic television series.
Action - Adventure - Science Fiction.
The first such concept with strong central leas characters plus other continuing regulars.
Gene Roddenberry's original pitchfor Star Trek
(.pdf) - featuring Robert M. April, captain of the S.S. Yorktown. (via
posted by Artw
on Mar 13, 2010 -
Tourists black out reflective retinas in snapshots before printing them, and millions of people refer to strangers they’ve never spoken to as friends, because they’ve connected through a social-networking platform. [...] It should come as no surprise, then, that singers sometimes choose to correct recorded flaws in pitch with modern software, like Antares’s Auto-Tune.Sasha Frere-Jones on auto-tuning, in The New Yorker
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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jun 10, 2008 -
are a bunch of crazy German software engineers known best for making Melodyne, a family of top of the line pitch correction tools. Apparently they've recently figured out how to do what they do with polyphonic audio.
I can't begin to explain how cool this is. Just watch the video.
posted by stenseng
on Mar 13, 2008 -
"Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart."
The pitch certainly proves the point.
posted by Dome-O-Rama
on Aug 26, 2006 -
The Pitch Drop Experiment.
Everyone should know by now that 'glass is a supercooled liquid' is an urban legend
. But there are true liquids that appear solid at room temperature. Pitch, a petroleum derivative, is one of them. The
Blair Pitch Pro
Pitch Drop Experiment, begun in 1927, drips pitch out of a funnel, at roughly one drop every ten years
. It has a webcam
[RealPlayer req.], with a short canned loop of audio explaining the experiment's origins. I tell you, I'm on the edge of my seat watching this thing!Swiped from The Cellar.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Jun 6, 2002 -