Ever wonder what our 6 Month Posting Frequencies would sound like?Submitted by mdefarge on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 01:46
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