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The Brain and the Pentatonic Scale

 
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rustystrings2



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: The Brain and the Pentatonic Scale Reply with quote

Thought I would share this fun 3-minute video of Bobby McFerrin sitting with a panel of neuroscientists.

http://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_mcferrin_hacks_your_brain_with_music.html
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From an interview in 1998 that I stumbled upon:

SK: "Yeah, the odd numbers in music, whether it's pitches or beats, tend to be the ones that seem symmetrical.This seems to be the way most of the primitive music was generated. If you have a central, starting pitch, [holds out hand palm down] and you go a note above that [points] and a note below the starting pitch [points], and you go one more note above or below that [points to both], you wind up with a pentatonic scale. So it's just a starting pitch and then pitches on either side of that ... and repetition at the octave. So that's where the melody's been for the last couple million years...

I think it's part of the human condition that we hear it that way."


So there you have it! Laughing

Entire interview: http://ezone.org/interviews/kimock/intro.html
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