Saturday, September 15, 2007

HAL54 - THE RETURN OF SMR

Today's SMR or Spontaneous Music Reaction exercise is slightly different from our past experiments. This time, instead of working from a supplied word, I use only the sound and subject matter as the stimulus. It's the equivalent of a band improvising on stage - live, unrehearsed and in the moment. The next note is influenced by the note that preceded it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't - today we nail it!

You have the weekend to enjoy selections from Michael Nesmith, Harry Nillson, Black Sabbath, Gong, XTC, The Kinks, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Dream, Terje Rypdal, John Mayall and The Olivia Tremor Control.

HAL54 is 2 part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 58.0MB and 1:03:21 in length.

Part 2 is 59.3MB and 1:04:50 in length.

"down with nudity, breast that are bare and pubic hair"

RFW

The picture above depicts a reaction-time experiment, using a Hipp Chronoscope and a Cattell Gravity Chronometer, much like those that James McKeen Cattell and his students regularly performed at the University of Pennsylvania. The time taken for the subject to begin reading a word displayed in the chronometer, at left, is being determined. The Hipp chronoscope is started by the dropping of the screen. It is stopped by the subject reading the word aloud, which opens the lip key in the subject's mouth. To explore this fascinating man and his studies deeper visit http://www.psych.upenn.edu/history/cattelltext.htm.

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