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Humans and Music

So after a talk with @ii-thiscat-ii we realized how weird music could be to a species that doesn’t have music. Think of it, what is music, it’s sound organized in specific patterns that evokes emotions in us. Our brains are wired to recognize music. Just tap on the table with our fingers and if we do it regularly enough most people can recognize it as a tune.

But imagine how it would be for a species that have no concept of music. Like they could probably wrap their heads around the idea that we find certain sounds more appealing than others, and that we have tools specifically made to create these appealing sounds.

But imagine them trying to make sense of a movie soundtrack. Like, why is there this sound? There’s no sound like that in an abandoned house? What do you mean it adds atmosphere? Is that what you hear when you go into a place like that?

What about an alien attending an event where they sing the national anthem. Suddenly every human is standing up, and they’re all acting serious, and suddenly they all start making the same sounds, all at once, in unison. They’re also saying the same words, but they’re not saying it the same way they say it when they speak. The words are recognizable, but the pitch and tone are completely different. What’s going on!?

We also have different types of music for different occasions. We have cheery music, dark music, sad music, and so many different varieties of each. The aliens have no idea how we figure this out, or how we can have “cheery” music with accompanying words that are sad.

What if because they didn’t evolve to use music, other species of aliens can’t even really hear the components of music. Like, they can tell that two pieces of music sound different, they can’t really hear things like beat, tune or melody. Or at least they don’t recognize such thing as musical. Like, a human is tapping out a tune on a tabletop and the alien at the table thinks they are trying to communicate through code or something. They know there is a pattern to the tapping but can’t figure it out. It probably blows a few minds that we have our own languages that exist specifically to record these strange sounds humans like to make.

What if species that have dances can’t understand why humans need these strange sounds in order to dance and can’t really see the connection between music and dance that humans seem to have.

What if a crew of a ship suddenly hear the strangest sounds. None of them recognize the sound, but its coming from the engine room so that can’t possibly be good. They burst into the engine room expecting the worst, only to find the human crew members having a jam session.

What if aliens can understand that we would make specific tools to make specific sounds, but a bewildered at the sheer variety of means we will use to generate it. From electronic speakers, to fine instruments, to an upturned pot and a half-empty bottle, to our own voice and bodies.

What if the only thing that blows them away is the fact that one human can start up a tune and the other humans can pick it up and add to it and still create something more or less harmonious.

Last night was the last ever time Krupp made an entrance during AC/DC as the character has now been cut from the Bochum Production. Jared Thompson is the last ever Krupp (currently, unless they bring the character back) Took this video from Tom NHill instagram story

1984 - 2017

Cast: Jared Thompson


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30 Days of Character Development: The Idol Edition

In the spirit of Character Development memes, we’ve come up with a meme of our own for the general and semi-au rp'ers out there. For those of you that want to expand more on your muse’s past, this one is for you. Hopefully by the end of the 30 days, you’ll have even greater of a love for roleplaying your muse. These questions are structured so you have the option to answer the prompts as the muse or the typist.

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.@soft-galaxies: this is really interesting to think about like… one of their four brain lobes focuses on music as a separate component from regular conversational/non-musical noises (i imagine there’s something you could do w/ their brains vs how they can survive in non-ferenginar environments with so much auditory stimulus, also quark is canonically just a loud person so he’s obviously not modulating himself, generally his whole family is loud besides rom i guess)

Brilliant headcanon about Ferengi using a separate auditory process for music.

like you’d imagine a people who are canonically sensitive to noises and sounds most other humanoids can’t hear would be softspoken but they seem to be loud as a rule, and tv handwavey they don’t speak any more quietly than other humanoids they encounter… they can prob hear music at levels non-ferengi can’t hear but might also just be able to tolerate it at regular non-ferengi levels (e.g. nog listening to klingon opera) without pain, so low volumes might not be a thing

The handwaveyness of the show can be so frustrating! Quark is canonically capable of hearing Odo sloshing around upstairs, but he works in an extremely noisy environment with no apparent ill effects. Ah well. I do have a few possibilities in mind:

1) auditory desensitization as an evolutionary adaptation, selectively bred into well-to-do families whose children were expected to do interstellar business (not that plausible and rather boring);

2) hearing dampeners, perhaps integrated into the universal translator (more plausible, but still boring)

3) selective hearing loss after a certain decibel level has been reached - in essence, Ferengi having the opposite hearing range of a human. The quieter an environment, the clearer it would sound to a Ferengi; louder than 65 db or so, certain auditory receptors might shut themselves down defensively. (my personal favorite)

ALSO, all Ferengi are synesthetes to some degree or other and nobody can convince me otherwise.

as for genres, completely unrelated to xenobiology headcanons, i tend to associate more overproduced pop/hip-hop/r&b with quark (things for dancing, movement, grinding… versatile songs), rom with acoustic n gentle genres, nog with experimental ambient, electronica instrumentals (supported by that one ds9 books excerpt about nog enjoying atonal stuff)… i’d imagine there’s a vast amount of stuff b/c competition in a capitalist industry etc.

I also imagine that certain individuals (coughBruntcough) would be uncomfortably into ASMR.

Road Trip - Michael

Characters: You + Michael

Word Count: 1,577

Summary: You wanted an imagine with a road trip right? *

Music is an essential component to a road trip, but so is the ability to connect and speak with the sound of nothing but other cars passing each other on the highway as the person you love drives smoothly beside you.

Michael’s tattooed arm is pale yet glowing, shining from the sunlight that beams through the dashboard of his car. He grips the steering wheel with one hand and uses the other to scroll through songs on his playlist. When he selects a slow song and turns down the music, he glances over at me for a few seconds, warm emerald eyes glistening with his smile.

“Feels like forever, doesn’t it?”

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Screenshots of my first listen reaction video.
This is amazing. Job well done, @taylorswift
I love everything about it and I can’t wait to dissect the lyrics and all the different musical components tomorrow when I’ve had sleep.


From Trash to Treasure: Turning Leftover Wood Into Gorgeous Electric Guitars with @sustainablecomponents

For more of the craftsmanship behind Sal’s electric guitars, check out @sustainablecomponents on Instagram. For more music stories, check out @music.

As part of a film crew shooting at the San Pedro Harbor in Los Angeles, lighting technician Sal Cocuzza (@sustainablecomponents) was struck with the inspiration to make electric guitars and guitar pedals out of reclaimed wood. There he met a longshoreman who introduced him to mounds of leftover wooden beams that were previously inserted between shipping containers and were now for sale in the shipyards. “The wood comes from all over the world,” Sal explains.

Fascinated with the idea that the wooden planks he discovered could be used to make musical instruments, Sal began to design his view of the perfect electric guitar made of reclaimed wood. While unable to identify the exact type of woods used, Sal could determine the musical significance of the wood based on its density, selecting denser wood for the guitar neck and lighter wood for the body. “That is the whole premise. I have all these woods, I could probably only name five of them, but I know where in a guitar each piece will be the best-suited based on its characteristics.”

Sal learned to play guitar as a child, and cites his uncle, who made him a custom guitar when he was a teen, as an inspiration, “I worked with my uncle in a cabinet shop,” he says. “I was really good at it. My grandfather, uncles and my dad all work with their hands.”

In describing the perfect sound for his guitars, Sal explains that he is going for a workingman’s guitar, “It’s not going to sound the same as a true hollow body, but for versatility, it is the average of everything I thought was cool about guitars and what people want.” Sal has also designed his guitar pedals to replicate sounds he likes to play, including California surf and blues rock.

While Sal has dreamed up a list of people that he would like to try out his custom guitars ranging from soul and blues oriented Gary Clark, Jr. to indie rocker Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs, he points to British hard rock band The Cult’s lead guitarist as being on the top of the list, “I would really like Billy Duffy to play one. When I’m making guitars I’ll listen to certain music and it will go into the guitar a little bit.”

–– Instagram @music

The Signs as Disney Parks

Magic Kingdom: Libra, Capricorn, Pisces

This park is appealing to people of all ages and interests, and attracts everyone to what is one of the most famous of Disney’s attractions. Not only does this park display the magic of the fairy tale characters in real life, but the park also had more thrilling rides, and progressive exhibits. Magic Kingdom is a favorite for many people because of its many sub-parks, which each have a special place in the hearts of many.

Epcot: Virgo, Sagittarius, Aquarius

Epcot is definitely Disney’s most memorable park, as it has a way of combining history and innovation with cultures from around the world in a way that promotes exploration and nostalgia at the very same time. Featuring plenty of rides, exhibits, food and cultural stations around the world, and dedications to those who helped make this Disney park a reality, this park places importance on history, tradition, but most of all having a good time.

Hollywood Studios: Gemini, Leo, Scorpio

This park is one of the most exciting, thrill-seeking experiences Disney has to offer. By pairing rides with different genres of film, music, and other components of the entertainment industry, this park has a way of capturing your attention from the very start and keep you on your toes with  the large variety of attractions. Hollywood Studios is a favorite to many because of their way of keeping the pop culture incorporated into the park updated, but at the same time appreciating great films and entertainment developments from the past.

Animal Kingdom: Aries, Taurus, Cancer

Animal Kingdom is by far the most family friendly park, because of the combination of rides, adventure, and smaller attractions for younger children. This park is truly what you make it to be, because it is fun whether you’re sitting on the sidelines, or if you get in on the action! There’s plenty to see, as the park has animals that you can visit, or characters to get autographs from. This park combines action and high-paced fun with relaxation and amusement.