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Ever wonder what our 6 Month Posting Frequencies would sound like?

Imagine the graph of our posts and comments as a music staff. That graph would create a tune - not necessarily the most melodic-sounding tune, but a tune, nonetheless, something we could hum or pick out on a piano.

Looking at the authors of some "Top Recent Topics," take for example ("Mayday!...") JFEJ004's Posting Frequency song. Notice how, basically only making one comment at a time, it always comes back to that same note. I can imagine the tune sung as a round, sounding something like Libana's Hotaru Koi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i-hqlSWKK8

Okay, I admit. It doesn't always work. Over a period of six months, can you really call two notes - one lonely note in August followed by another in late September - a tune? I'm referring to ("2016 GOP Presidential Poll...") Robbjerk's song. And, no offense, but ("Best of Luck...") m72mc's "tune," with that one really high note, reminds me less of a song and more like the scene in The Sound of Music when Sister Maria sits on the pine cone.

Still, take ("Flake & Hatch didn't vote...") JO4RP's Posting Frequency song. What a full, rich tapestry of notes - if maybe taking a professional to sing, someone with a broad range. Btw, do you see how that range narrows from measure to measure as it goes along? This contrasts with a build-up in the song of ("John Locke...") Barracuda_Trader.

("Are Tests Biased...") POL POT's song - and others like it - warrant a brief warning. Kindly note the breaks in otherwise continuously-sounding Posting Frequency songs. If you are wondering what was going on in the lives of these faithful Daily Paul contributors to cause the hiatuses - or if you aren't curious in the least - as with the Hallelujah Chorus, just do make sure that you don't come back in too early. Thank you in advance.

But of course, no man is an island here at the DP (although some posts can make you feel that way). Played together, the 6 Month Posting Frequency songs of two members could produce some interesting harmonies - whether the melodies of two regular contributors or an obsessive member's freely flowing tune punctuated with only the sporadic grace notes or bass notes of a lurker or, perhaps, troll. Either way, I imagine it might sound like one or another song on Jean Michel Jarre's album Zoolook. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcjuiM27M64

And did you ever wonder what such Posting Frequency tunes might *look* like? Maybe something choreographed, like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtjbB_JEiJc Or danced with a partner, like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw6uAbC0BDw Or something altogether more spontaneous? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldPQsKtO5c0

I'm not saying that my pondering these things has something to do with Hermann Hesse's Magister Ludi, or The Glass Bead Game being one of my favorite books of all time and, surely, the most influential. But it's possible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Glass_Bead_Game

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"These rules, the sign language and grammar of the Game, constitute a kind of highly developed secret language drawing upon several sciences and arts, but especially mathematics and music (and/or musicology), and capable of expressing and establishing interrelationships between the content and conclusions of nearly all scholarly disciplines. The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. " From The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse

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What pi sounds like

I just came across this - a great example of what I was talking about, illustrated by professional musicians (I am not).

Okay, so... what does pi sound like? Here it is - the first 31 notes.

That's in Base 10 and using just the "white keys" on the piano. But "Jimmy Z." had a realization. While we traditionally count in Base 10, the universe doesn't necessarily operate that way! Furthermore, there are 12 notes, 13 including a repeated note to make a full octave. So why limit the melody to just eight notes?

HERE is his fuller interpretation, using all the piano keys.
"The Perfect Melody = pi in BASE 12"

Here are a couple of his explanations:
~ The pi song EXPLAINED - Base 12
~ "What pi sound like (parody and truth)"
~ "How random are the digits of pi?"

By the way, what got me back here was a song posted on the nightly jam session, "Vowels," an example of writing with a constraint.

In that case, a poem without certain vowels was set to music. (It's called a lipogram, I learned.) I was familiar with a different example of "constrained writing." Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" was re-written with words of lengths that corresponded to the digits of pi. http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...

As I mentioned above, for me this was all inspired by Herman Hesse's Magister Ludi, or The Glass Bead Game. http://www.amazon.com/Magister-Ludi-Hermann-Hesse/dp/0553262378

As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, a poem in A Children's Garden of Verses, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I immediately thought of

Close Encounters of the Third Kind. LOL


It might also sound like this...


hint: turn Mt. Gox on and unclick the 'scale' option on the right.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Re "Listen to Bitcoin" - that's great!

It's funny how, between the way they've tuned the notes (maybe pentatonically?) and perhaps how they've limited the number (with some range of amounts corresponding to each note?) - well, whatever they're doing, it doesn't sound discordant at all. And those visuals are mesmerizing. I do love those block transactions, too. The sound (pitch differential vs. other sounds) reminds me of the mother ship in Close Encounters; visually - to see some large body suddenly looming on the horizon - they make me think of the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's fun!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I think the notes might be matched to a traditional windchime.

btw if you ever need a true random number wiring up a windchime works great. Useful if you don't have an ocean or great lake handy.


Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

You know what's fun? Writing when you have a mild form of...

synesthesia. It makes words like separate and relevant nearly impossible to spell correctly the first time.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

"More Alarms At Night"

I had reason to recall that James Thurber story this morning, found in his book The Thurber Carnival, and was just wondering if you'd ever read it. It's not that what is reflected in the story is actually "synesthesia." And yet that's what I thought of in the sense of a nearly impossible word-related task. If you're not familiar with the story, I think you'd like it. http://www.amazon.com/Thurber-Carnival-Frank-Madison-Preface...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I'm afraid my Thurber extends no further than 'Walter Mitty'

which is a shame I know. But from the story synopsis I just read it looks like a fun tale of convincing someone they've lost their mind.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

It's just a couple pages.

You could read it in a few minutes next time you're in a library or book store. Yeah, there's that part where Thurber's brother had a mild fever and wanted to have some "fun" with their father (as he put it), pretending he'd gone crazy. But while it really is pretty funny, it was actually the subsequent part that made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt, the part that indirectly reminded me of what you'd said about synesthesia.

Well, yes, it is a shame for someone like you! But not that I think you missed all that much. I said that the story was in Thurber Carnival, but I realized, that's an anthology I have. It originally appeared in his brief (65-page) autobiography, My Life and Hard Times. To me - and the general consensus - that's his funniest writing, those stories about his family. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Life_and_Hard_Times
And, within that book, by far, the two funniest stories are "The Night the Bed Fell" and "More Alarms At Night."

Btw, here's how The Night The Bed Fell begins...

"I suppose that the high-water mark of my youth in Columbus, Ohio, was the night the bed fell on my father. It makes a better recitation (unless, as some friends of mine have said, one has heard it five or six times) than it does a piece of writing, for it is almost necessary to throw furniture around, shake doors, and bark like a dog, to lend the proper atmosphere and verisimilitude to what is admittedly a somewhat incredible tale. Still, it did take place."

You have to read it now, or you'll never know what happened that night! :P

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Catchin' what I can

w'out provocation.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

My song sounds something like this...


Pandacentricism will be our downfall.



By any chance have you read The Glass Bead Game? I read it years ago and remain fascinated. Everything today is so specialized, with few people able to perceive how things are interconnected. We desperately need those who can see the elephant!

The Fable of the Six Blind Men and the Elephant


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I read music also

I have noticed a strange thing, I can read sentence and paragraph structure as composed music. Some composers are smooth and melodic while others are chaos and confusion. Can you see this too?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I can't tell if you're joking, but

actually, I did recently have an experience something like what you described. An elderly neighbor loaned me a book she thought I'd enjoy, a mystery titled "When The Music Stopped." The problem is, it's in large type. I tried. I just can't read it with everything blown up - with so relatively little on the two pages and, therefore, without being able to see more of that structure to put things into context. It would be like trying to read a sheet of music with no staff or measures denoted... as if just a bunch of notes. Further, I didn't have a word for it until POL POT wrote what he did above, but it seems to trigger a case of synesthesia. These large words seem to be screaming at me. And all vying for my attention, my eyes can't help but see "too many notes" at a time. My brain *tries* to draw some recognizeable tune from the cacophony: what "oatmeal" (in this paragraph) could possibly have to do with "eyeballs" in the next! Yes, it's chaotic-looking and confusing. So, to answer your question, um, I guess... yeah.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Not joking,lol

Seriously, I can hear a composition as I read what they have written. It can go from Allegro and Adagio, the first word can indicate Clef, Colors from Deceptive cadence to Expressionism. Words used in Staccato and Legato or a word used as a chord,Etc.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

It manifests in different ways - what you said about large-type

and the layout of words on a page, may also be an aspect I hadn't considered.

What I mean is, when I remember something I learned from a book, I can usually remember where the fact was on a page, and how far through the book it was, and where I was and what was going on around me when I read it. Possibly the fact that, for instance, something read near the beginning of a book where my left hand would be holding/folding the pages back from the rest of the book, produces a sensation that is remembered by the muscles in my hands and associated with the words.

Maybe if more people had this natural(?) relationship to books they would read more. A book is so much more than just words on pages for me.

P.S. I have a copy of The Bead Game I bought to sell on Amazon but now I'm going to check it out. Thanks.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

I imagine it would sound

I imagine it would sound something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBFHAJG9O3Q


I tried to hum your 6MPF song and

personally, with that one repeated note, I was reminded of The End, by the Doors. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN010924...

But, yeah, I see it and do like your "What If" song! :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I can only take credit for

I can only take credit for linking to it here. "What If Ron Paul Was President" was made by someone else. I think I learned about it here at the DP as well.