In “The Science of Opera,” actor Stephen Fry and comedian Alan Davies convene a panel of researchers from University College London to discuss what happened physiologically when they were hooked up to various sensors as they attended Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House. The gadgets attached to Fry and Davies measured their heart rates, breathing, sweat, and “various other emotional responses.” What do we learn from the experiment? For one thing, as neurobiologist Michael Trimble informs us, “music is different from all the other arts.” For example, ninety percent of people surveyed admit to being moved to tears by a piece of music. Only five to ten percent say the same about painting or sculpture. Fry and Davies’ autonomic nervous system responses confirm the power of music (and story) to move us beyond our conscious control and awareness.
Also amazing is this video of a centenary debate, Wagner Vs Verdi.
I’d say it’s a draw, but partisans of either one will likely come away with their opinions intact, having learned a thing or two along the way.
Yesterday I was watching this brazillian video, titled “Glamourização da porcaria” which I translated into the title of this post.
And later I received an email with the video below by CDZA.
Both in different ways show us how musicians sing their love and romance towards women.
Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys died.
One of the driving forces of hip-hop in the 80’s and 90’s , his death went viral with tributes across the web.
Thank you Adam. Rest in peace!
Sex Pistols declined the invitation of the 2012 Olimpics organization who wanted to censor the lyrics because of the word “va-cunt“.
Sorry!! “Vacant” :D
Have a nice weekend!
O 1.º Festival de Fado de Madrid, que se realiza entre os dias 17 e 19 de Junho, promete ser um grande acontecimento cultural em Espanha e a maior mostra de fado a nível internacional, mas acima de tudo um tributo ao Fado, o maior expoente da cultura portuguesa e candidato a Património da Unesco.
Como um evento que pretende transmitir uma imagem global e profunda do Fado, o 1.º Festival de Fado de Madrid vai contar com concertos, de Carminho, Cuca Roseta e Carlos do Carmo, exposições, conferências, filmes, gastronomia e um workshop de guitarra portuguesa por Mário Pacheco.
A música das últimas décadas não seria a mesma sem Gil Scott-Heron que faleceu na semana passada e muito do que hoje é o hip-hop e o rap nasceram com ele.
The revolution will be live!