04. June 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Good choice NASA. An oboe piece during your hurricane video. I applaud your good taste.

04. June 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Quotes

I started when I was really young. I was playing classical music when I was 4 and when I turned 11 I started to write pop music. I guess you could say it was my intellectual evolution and my love of music began to change.

-Lady Gaga

I read it here.

04. June 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online … & Looking Forward To More · Categories: Read Online

Classical music is old, but it isn’t for old men. The music survived because it is some of the best work humans have done in four centuries. For the thrill of a late-Beethoven trill, it’s worth getting past the admittedly stuffy, stagey conventions. (This is already happening in New York, where classical performers saw on nightclub floors.) Besides: the post-modern mind has a genius for stripping things—whether mutton-chops or sitars or kheffiyehs—from their context. It’s time Bach, author of the most face-melting harspichord riffs known to man, came in for his turn.

So begins this series of posts meant to introduce my generation to classical music.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this guy!

04. June 2010 · Comments Off on It Might Not Really Work … · Categories: You Gotta Be Kidding

… but I think Mozart would just love this. If you’ve read his letters you know all about his potty humor!

As Spiegel Online reports, the German waste-facility’s owners believe the music, coupled with more oxygen, will make their microbes eat biosolids more efficiently, saving money and leaving less residual waste. Their idea comes from the German firm Mundus, headquartered in Wiesenburg, whose founder cites Mozart’s “very good effect on people.”

It’s fairly easy to poo-poo this experiment, especially given other wildly-marketed but later refuted claims attributed to the man’s music. Many of these Mozart miracles first surfaced after Frances Rauscher at the University of California, Irvine questioned in a 1993 paper (pdf) in Nature if listening to classical music could increase adolescent performance on IQ tests. Though Rauscher found that the music did seem to increase performance, later studies showed no effect.

I read it here.

Spiegel article.

04. June 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

Or maybe not? Maybe he’ll double ….

Thanks to Fairy Oboe Mother for this! (I can’t actually read her blog at the site — I have to go to my RSS feed. She has white print on black background … it’s a killer on my eyes. So if that bugs you too, you have now been warned!)