Rock Stars and Mysterious Curses

Among the many musicians of the world, rock bands and rock stars seem to have drawn to themselves an extraordinarily impressive number of strange stories and odd legends. There seems to be no end to the amount of bizarreness surrounding them and their often rather eccentric, decadent lifestyles. Among the many, myriad tales of rock star madness and weirdness are those bands and musicians who seem to have been cursed by some evil, dark force that haunted them and clung to them to bring about misery, tragedy, and dire misfortune. Whether these stories are just odd coincidence, the result of a lifestyle fueled by drugs and excess, or something more is unclear, but there are certainly a lot of sinister curses that have supposedly targeted these mysterious musicians. One of the more notorious supposed curses that seems to have hung over a popular band is that of the British-American […] Read More

Ominous Curses and Dark Mysteries of the Musical World

Music is an indelible part of human nature that has had a profound impact on us since time unremembered. It has a powerful ability to affect our moods, our thoughts, our minds, and indeed our lives. Few things have the power to shape and influence us as much as music, so it is no surprise that the world of music is often just as mysterious or even sinister as it is beautiful or influential. History is rife with strange spooky tales and legends attributed to musicians, songs, and even whole genres of music, many of which seem to transcend mundane explanations and propel themselves into the world of the supernatural. Here we will explore strange coincidences, curses, and even deals with the Devil as we work our way through the bizarre, mysterious realm that lurks behind the world of the known in music, and drips with hints of an […] Read More

What Music Really Is, What Is It, and What It Is Not

Music, Sound and other Acoustic Phenomena are discussed and analyzed in their NUMERICAL FORM only, and visualized exactly as they are perceived through the sense of hearing. This is a Holly Grail for the innocent music lover, player and composer, who for the first time in history have the possibility of understanding what is music from a holistic point of view that doesn’t limit theory to one system only. By Bo Constantinsen, author of WhatMusicReallyIs.com The “Research” section on this website [WhatMusicReallyIs.com] represents the in-the-making process of the What Music Really İs manual as an interactive presentation, book, and featured documentary. It wishes to be the scientific & mystical knowledge base on the science of music: harmonics, sound, acoustics, tuning and all else related. “What Music Really İs” is a statement. It is not a question, and not a theory. It is a fact. “What Music Really İs: The […] Read More

Music and the Brain

Laurence O’Donnell “Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” (Boethius cited by Storr). Music’s interconnection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on the earth has music. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. However, early music was not handed down from generation to generation or recorded. Hence, there is no official record of “prehistoric” music. Even so, there is evidence of prehistoric music from the findings of flutes carved from bones. The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper. Albert Einstein […] Read More

WHAT CAN MUSIC TELL US ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE MIND?

A PLATONIC MODEL Brian D. Josephson Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE, U.K email: bdj10@cam.ac.uk and Tethys Carpenter Department of Music, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Egham, Surrey TW2 0EX, U.K. (conference proceedings to be published by MIT Press) ABSTRACT We present an account of the phenomenon of music based upon the hypothesis that there is a close parallel between the mechanics of life and the mechanics of mind, a key factor in the correspondence proposed being the existence of close parallels between the concepts of gene and musical idea. The hypothesis accounts for the specificity, complexity, functionality and apparent arbitrariness of musical structures. An implication of the model is that music should be seen as a phenomenon of transcendental character, involving aspects of mind as yet unstudied by conventional science. Running title: Music and the Nature of the Mind Keywords: music, self-organisation, universal mind, Platonism The […] Read More