I saw this on Twitter and it’s a reminder that “it’s ok to have an honest assessment of celebrities”. You can like their good and recognize their bad and be understanding of those that reject them because of the bad while still liking the good yourself without forgiving them of the bad. “Van Morrison = spiritual musician and terrible antivaxxer Eric Clapton = guitar god and deplorable conspiracy theorist Tom Selleck = TV idol and trash TFG supporter now plugging evil reverse mortgages to seniors”

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Michael Cavallo dubstep was fun in 2011 but for me it’s a lot like a new flavor of chips — after a time they lose the surprise but i’d say that i generally lean towards electronic as a whole – even back to tape loop / concrete, tubular bells era, prog of course, 8 bit tunes : chip tun and a lot of video game music generally — over to the new age, the trance ambient the danceable EDM stuff (avicii had a winning formula for a few years) — and i meander a lot

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Finding more great stuff related to the left parietal operculum: it’s related to: MUSICIANS, whaddaya know? So: ENHANCED ROUGHNESS DETECTION, HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM and MUSICIAN The parietal opercular auditory-sensorimotor network in musicians: A resting-state fMRI study Auditory-sensorimotor coupling is critical for musical performance, during which auditory and somatosensory feedback signals are used to ensure desired outputs. Previous studies reported opercular activation in subjects performing or listening to music. A functional connectivity analysis suggested the parietal operculum (PO) as a connector hub that links auditory, somatosensory, and motor cortical areas. We therefore examined whether this PO network differs between musicians and non-musicians. We analyzed resting-state PO functional connectivity with Heschl’s gyrus (HG), the planum temporale (PT), the precentral gyrus (preCG), and the postcentral gyrus (postCG) in 35 musicians and 35 non-musicians. In musicians, the left PO exhibited increased functional connectivity with the ipsilateral HG, PT, preCG, and postCG, whereas the right PO exhibited enhanced functional connectivity with the contralateral HG, preCG, and postCG and the ipsilateral postCG. Direct functional connectivity between an auditory area (the HG or PT) and a sensorimotor area (the preCG or postCG) did not significantly differ between the groups. The PO’s functional connectivity with auditory and sensorimotor areas is enhanced in musicians relative to non-musicians. We propose that the PO network facilitates musical performance by mediating multimodal integration for modulating auditory-sensorimotor control. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320884244_The_parietal_opercular_auditory-sensorimotor_network_in_musicians_A_resting-state_fMRI_study

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Vindication! Knew I wasn’t nuts. “Keith Jarret, world-famous jazz pianist, once answered in an interview when asked if he would ever be interested in doing a concert where he would play both jazz and classical music: “No, that’s hilarious. […] It’s like a chosen practically impossible thing […] It’s [because of] the circuitry. Your system demands different circuitry for either of those two things.“ Where non-specialists tend to think that it should not be too challenging for a professional musician to switch between styles of music, such as jazz and classical, it is actually not as easy as one would assume, even for people with decades of experience.” https://www.cbs.mpg.de/brains-of-jazz-and-classical-pianists-work-differently

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doors materializing from the wilderness leading to rooms. this is been in my train of thought for a lot of years. what’s a good metaphor? What is the present? it really is short. 400 ms seems to be the grammar systems scale. that’s almost half a second. slow. we all are music folks in our ways. You can do a lot in 400ms. n400. an example of the point is the decision whether you like a marketable product or not. do you go yuck or Yum? that’s the moment you are aware of it to yourself in words. but you can be aware of it before words. n170 things are a lot tighter. its preverbal. but you know. but once you’re under 50ms, there’s not much time for anything. I forget what happens under the speed but I have Notes. notes happen there. 1000ms/50ms = 20 “somethings” per second. can fast musician play 20 notes per second with control? it’s humanly possible. you can switch around in that timespace even though it feels like flow. “the muse”. can a person gaming or watching a movie notice 60 fps vs 20 fps? oh yes. 60 fps is hyper reality. realer than real. so we’re aware at 50ms. but then lower : the lowest i know of is 2ms. that’s absolute cellular fusion discernment level where a direction change is blurred. I don’t remember the modality anymore. visual? acoustic? just the timing. and the absolute limit for on off discernment is 1ms increments. you can’t discern ramping up or down underneath a 1ms granularity. there’s a blur at 2ms for changes. and the initial off the chart blast from surprise change doesnt really settle fully until 5ms making 5ms the practical lower limit for both kinds of minimal changes: metronomic i’d call it vs change. (texture tone maybe rod bleaching recovery or octopus cell tuning-a-guitar string interstitial beats? i don’t remember) these are cellular level that’s all i remember. 5ms practical lowest absolute for a single modality on a single smallest task of barely perceptible change. 40ms is a great choice of time as the under 50ms range is the range of nearly magical machinery things imo.

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Oh, I think they are equivalent. In both mathematics and musical professional training, there is “perfect practice makes perfect”. Professional training with musicians you must stop right when you make an error, back track, go slowly and repeat until you get it right before continuing with the piece. I would place discovery and use of heuristics as equivalent to improvisational practice. Mathematics is an art and there are many equivalent ways to express similar things as with music. With music, you can “hear” the calculations as they happen but with mathematics you would only hear the calculations if you can read the steps and understand the placement of heuristics in surprising places. There is a difference in quality of process and results between a student using heuristics and a professional using heuristics just as there is a difference between the improvisation of a professional musician vs the improvisation of a student. I can’t read mathematical formulas but I can read code and I can “feel” what it’s doing as I look it, which I suspect people who can read mathematical formulas can do, which is why I believe it is equivalent to musical improvisation: the same musical idea can be present but be brought forth in numerous ways.

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