25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Classical Grass · Categories: Read Online

A Gisborne man played classical music to his cannabis plants to encourage the crop to flourish.

Police uncovered the sophisticated growing operation with the potential to earn $500,000 annually late last year.

Verdun Sturgus Kemp, 21, controlled the lighting, temperature and ventilation to grow 287 cannabis plants in his spare room, the police summary said.

A radio was set up to play classical music to the plants, Detective Sergeant Wayne Beattie said.

Kemp told him the plants responded better to classical music.

He also kept rubbish bins of plant nutrients in the bathroom and measured the acidity of the liquid to make sure it was at its optimum level.

At the Gisborne District Court yesterday Kemp pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis. He was jailed for two years and one month.

Beattie told Fairfax Media it was a “well-orchestrated growing operation”.


25. January 2014 · Comments Off on 320,000 Notes · Categories: Read Online

… and you have a nice long melody. Who knew? 🙂

GÉANT, the pan-European data network serving 50 million research and education users at speeds of up to 500Gbps, has harnessed the data collected by two spacecraft over a period of 36 years to create a new piece of classical music.

Launched in 1977, both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now decommissioned but still recording and sending live data to Earth. They continue to traverse different parts of the universe, billions of kilometres apart, with Voyager 1 actually leaving our solar system last year.

In order to compose the duet, 320,000 measurements were selected from each spacecraft at one hour intervals.

That data was then converted into two “very long” melodies, each comprising 320,000 notes using different sampling frequencies, from a few KHz to 44.1 kHz.


25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Sushi! · Categories: Read Online

It’s sort of like sushi in a way,” he said. “People will make a very strong opinion about it before they’ve even tried it and they know what it’s about.

I read it here.

Yep, I can see the similarities!

25. January 2014 · Comments Off on SQUEALS?! · Categories: Read Online

Chamber music concerts have the power to transport you back in time. Close your eyes as the harpsichord hums or the oboe squeals ….

Dan’s response to this? “Like a pig.”


We just get no respect, I tell ya!

I read it here.

25. January 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Oboe reeds are easily the worst things on the planet