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Today’s Tune: Mother

“Mamma’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true,
Mamma’s gonna put all of her fears into you,
Mamma’s gonna keep you right here, under her wing.
She won’t let you fly, but she might let you sing,
Mamma’s gonna keep baby cosy and warm.
Of course Mamma’s gonna help build the wall.”

“We are just the monkeys who fell out of the trees
We are blisters on the earth
And we are not the flowers, we’re the strangling weeds in the meadow
And love is just our way of looking out for ourselves
When we don’t want to live alone
So step into the vacuum, tear off your clothes and be born again” 

“I don’t wanna be your friend
I just wanna be your lover
No matter how it ends
No matter how it starts”

“…She’s waiting
just anticipating
the thing that you’ll never never possess
but while she there waiting
try just a little bit of tenderness
that’s all you got to do…?”

“I’m not afraid of anything even time
It’ll eke away at everything but we’ll be fine”

“But one thing’s for certain, when it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.”

Stonehenge from the air

The Neolithic builders of Stonehenge were inspired by “auditory illusions” when they drew up blueprints for the ancient monument, a researcher claims.

The radical proposal follows a series of experiments by US scientist Steven Waller, who claims the positions of the standing stones match patterns in sound waves created by a pair of musical instruments.

Waller, an independent researcher in California, said the layout of the stones corresponded to the regular spacing of loud and quiet sounds created by acoustic interference when two instruments played the same note continuously.

In Neolithic times, the nature of sound waves – and their ability to reinforce and cancel each other out – would have been mysterious enough to verge on the magical, Waller said. Quiet patches created by acoustic interference could have led to the “auditory illusion” that invisible objects stood between a listener and the instruments being played, he added.

To investigate whether instruments could create such auditory illusions, Waller rigged two flutes to an air pump so they played the same note continuously. When he walked around them in a circle, the volume rose, fell and rose again as the sound waves interfered with each other. “What I found unexpected was how I experienced those regions of quiet. It felt like I was being sheltered from the sound. As if something was protecting me. It gave me a feeling of peace and quiet,” he said.

To follow up, Waller recruited volunteers, blindfolded them, and led them in a circle around the instruments. He then asked participants to sketch out the shape of any obstructions they thought lay between them and the flutes. Some drew circles of pillars, and one volunteer added lintels, a striking feature of the Stonehenge monument.

“If these people in the past were dancing in a circle around two pipers and were experiencing the loud and soft and loud and soft regions that happen when an interference pattern is set up, they would have felt there were these massive objects arranged in a ring. It would have been this completely baffling experience, and anything that was mysterious like that in the past was considered to be magic and supernatural.

Listen to audio here: flutes2.mp3

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Today’s Tune: Already There

The Maccabees – Pelican

A trippy new video for the Macabees directed by UK-based animator David Wilson.

Yes, there’s an online retailer’s offering is a fully-playable DJ-quality drum machine — which happens to be embedded in the front of a shirt. It’s priced at $30, comes with a mini amp which can be clipped to a belt, has an analog audio output jack, and eats four AA batteries at a time.

Talwar was charged by the government to investigate the drugs landscape over the next 20 years, exploring scenarios going beyond the traditional model of gangs producing and shipping drugs around the world.

He described how the world of genomic sequencing and services such as 23 and Me open up possibilities for tailoring drugs to the individual, delivering effects based on your physiology — which could apply just as effectively to narcotics as it could medicines.

He cited research from the University of California, Berkeley where neuroscientists were able to replicate images people were seeing based on the brain patterns of activity. When combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation — which has been used to inhibit brain functions such as the ability to speak or remember — it opens up the possibility of electronically delivering targeted highs.

He said: “You could also visualize the experience and then tailor the effect to what you want. This nano-bio-info-cogno convergence gets us into some very interesting spheres.”

One scenario he imagines would make use of biological proteins manufactured with information-processing technology to deliver effects that could be triggered by electromagnetic stimulation. He imagined that they could be used in a club environment where the DJ would release nanoparticles that the audience could ingest. These could then be used to trigger the desired state at a particular point during his or her set using an electrical stimulus (from a headset) into the crowd’s brains.

“The more we can understand the brain, the more we can deliver positive effects such as improved memory function. Do you want to get high? Mellow? Actually I want to live my life in my head as half-human half-cat,” he joked.

This sort of situation would mean that regulation of these “drugs” would move from trying to stop people from producing them to quality control. This sort of future could eliminate the cartels that control the drugs trade at the moment, because pharmaceutical companies might be able to corner the market and guarantee the quality of the experiences.

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Today’s Tune: Dreamers

“Hey, there dreamers
I know you feel alone
Way out there out there dreamin’
You got no proof to take back home…

Hey, there screamers
I know you get these done
Way out there out there screamin
Well you can’t hear anyone”

Today’s Tune: Blinding

“Felt it in my fists, in my feet, in the hollows of my eyelids
Shaking through my skull, through my spine and down through my ribs
No more dreaming of the dead as if death itself was undone”

“If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can’t help it the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me or treat me mean
I’ll make the most of it I’m an extraordinary machine”

Today’s Tune: Supercollider

“I am open
I am welcome
For a fraction
Of a second
I have jettisoned my illusions
I have dislodged my depressions
I put the shadows back into
The boxes”

“…twelve particles of matter, four forces of nature…”

Today’s Tune – The Cave

“Cause I need freedom now, And I need to know how, To live my life as it’s meant to be”


More info here.

There has been a lot of hype about the release of Björk’s latest album, Biophiliadue to the cutting-edge technology and highly creative app features, offering a multi-platform user experience. The full app suite is conceived as a constellation from which to explore the different tracks and accompanying content. There is even an amazing intro narrated by David Attenborough.

Full Biophilia App Suite

Biophilia App Intro Narrated by David Attenborough

More info about the project here.

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