“Listen to the sound of silence.” ~ Buddhist saying
The anechoic chamber at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis is the quietest room in the world. It records a staggering sound level of -9.4 decibels (humans can only detect sound levels above 0dB), thanks to its special walls, floor and ceiling design that absorbs all sound instead of echoing it. The room is so quiet that the only sound you will hear inside is the sound of your own organs: the sound of air drifting in and out of your lungs, the blood being thumped out of your heart, the digested food gurgling in your stomach… Even your ears generate a tiny amount of noise from the tiny blood vessels in its walls. The absolute silence is so disturbing that the longest anyone has ever spent alone in the room is merely 45 minutes.
The disturbing power of silence is also demonstrated in the infamous musical piece 4’33” (4 minutes 33 seconds) by John Cage. When it was first premiered in 1952, the audience watched in anticipation as the pianist David Tudor entered the stage. Tudor calmly approached the piano and sat down with a graceful demeanour. Then, he closed the piano lid. For 4 minutes and 33 seconds, the pianist did not play a single note. His only actions were opening and closing the lid to mark the end of one movement and the start of the next one. After the 4 minutes and 33 seconds, he stood up, bowed to the (stunned) audience and exited.
The audience was confused, bewildered and angry. How dare they be mocked with such an outrageous performance? By definition, silence is the absence of music, meaning that the audience were not given the musical performance they expected. However, the audience simply did not understand the “sound of silence”. Outside of the anechoic chamber mentioned above, there is no such thing as absolute silence on Earth. For example, that concert room would have been filled with the noise of the unsettled audience shifting in their seats, the raindrops pattering on the roof and the sound of the footsteps of those who walked out in rage.
Merry Christmas everyone~! :D Hope you’re spending the day with your loved ones with some delicious food and awesome presents ^^ Thought I’d pull together a small playlist of some of my top 10 Christmas songs hehe. Enjoy! And if you’re really keen, check out: http://jinavie.tumblr.com/post/2450146886/christmas
An old video, but never stopped being funny and awesome XD It’s a literal version of the music video for A-Ha’s Take On Me! Personally I think it’s extremely smart and well-made. My favourite line is “Where are we? Is this your house?”
There was an awesome literal version of Total Eclipse of the Heart as well, but looks like it’s been blocked on youtube… will upload it sometime on my blog.
This is a song I learnt recently (during exam study actually, procrastination for the win). I loved it as soon as I heard it on Scrubs! Easy to play but fun to sing, and the lyrics are quite sweet :) Man I love the song choices on Scrubs, it’s always so…perfect. One of the many reasons it’s one of my favourite TV shows.
Here’s my all-time favourite song - both to play on the guitar and to sing at karaoke! Seriously, I have even sang that song at a karaoke/disco in Italy in front of like 60 people…on a stage… It was pretty amazing XD
Enjoy! I’ve been having a super fun time recording songs so I’ll be posting videos regularly… So apologies if you don’t like my voice :P
Having so much recording… XD Here’s another! Most Beautiful Girl in the Room by Flight of the Conchords :) They’re one of the best bands ever hehe, or in their own words: “New Zealand’s 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”.
Since I’ve been playing so much guitar since exams have been over, I thought I’d finally record some songs to see what it’ll be like! :) Also, I FINALLY managed to fix a bug with the microphone I have (that I got for my birthday from friends!) where the recording volume would be ridiculously low. Turns out all I had to do was lower “monitor mix”…whatever that means haha.
Anyway, here’s Free Fallin’ by John Mayer (cover of the original by Tom Petty). Enjoy and please don’t judge too much…….. xD Haven’t practised much during exam study season so made some mistakes every now and then! I recorded a few songs today so I’ll upload them intermittently (until my friends tell me to stop lol).
Artist: Tom CochraneTitle: Life Is A Highway130 plays
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Love this song so much, it makes me feel like I’m…free. Only one more day of study, then last exam tomorrow morning! I can’t wait to NOT study for once after 2 months of gruelling study….. >< So much to do when I’m free! Guitar, Guild Wars 2, catching up with friends, writing long overdue ARK posts, HAVING A LIFE. Stay strong Jinny, you gons get through the next 21 hours like. A. BOSS. (self-hypnosis for the win)