Thursday, July 29, 2010

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen opens respite centre, Jon Stewart will host special event for Autism

Early intervention is the saving grace for children with Autism; with 1 in 100 children (1 in 70 boys) being affected, I hope more rockin' superstars will contribute to the welfare of all those in need, and help spread awareness and support.

Jon Stewart's Night of Too Many Stars continues Autism fight funding - July 28th, 2010 in Special Needs by Admin Dawn

Autism can suck it, and Comedy Central has once again joined forces with Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions for its third bi-annual special event, “Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education.”

The live special will raise money for schools and education programs for autistic children and adults, with some of the money going to the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

More information at

Taping on Saturday, October 2 from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the benefit for Autism education programs will feature Stewart hosting an evening filled with live performances, sketches and short films from a roster of comedy all-stars.

Tickets for the "Night Of Too Many Stars" go on sale on Monday, August 2, through or


"DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen will officially open a respite centre for children with special needs in Sheffield on Saturday. (...) Rick Allen said: "As someone whose life has been touched by a family member with special needs, you understand just how important a facility of this nature is in the provision of invaluable support not only to the child but also those close to them."(...) The volunteer-run charity helps children who suffer from a number of disabilities including ADHD, Epilepsy, Asperger's, Down's syndrome and autism." Rock drummer's special city date - Sheffield Telegraph 22 July 2010 (Update at Respite centre is rocking July 26, 2010)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Charlie Parker - Parker's Mood

Charlie Yardbird Parker - Montage uploaded by altosax75 on You Tube

"Parker played a leading role in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuoso technique, and improvisation based on harmonic structure. Parker's innovative approaches to melody, rhythm, and harmony exercised enormous influence on his contemporaries. Several of Parker's songs have become standards, including "Billie's Bounce", "Anthropology", "Ornithology", and "Confirmation". He introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including a tonal vocabulary employing 9ths, 11ths and 13ths of chords, rapidly implied passing chords, and new variants of altered chords and chord substitutions." Charlie Parker on Wikipedia

How fast were his tempos? Listen to "Anthropology" on You Tube

PEACE - A new documentary film by Kazuhiro Soda

What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the basis for them?

PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, Japan, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

Three people and stray cats are the main characters.

Read more about the synopsis at Kazuhiro Soda's Blog

Director's Statement on PEACE by Kazuhiro Soda: "In the summer of 2009, the DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival in the border city of Paju, South Korea, asked me to make a 20 minute-short documentary about peace and coexistence. But honestly, I wasn’t so keen on the idea at first.

"One reason is that I firmly believed I should never set up a theme before I make a documentary. Otherwise, there is a danger that the theme becomes more important than the reality itself, and would dictate my filmmaking process. I would shoot materials that might fit to the theme rather than learn from what I see." Continue reading here: Director's Statement on PEACE, July 23, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

So far, I've taken the liberty of recommending scents for Chelsea and Hillary Clinton for the upcoming Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky wedding. We need to find a very special fragrance for Bubba. This is going to be a most significant day for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, to see their only daughter get married. For some reason, I picture former President Mr. Bill Clinton at the reception wearing neon sunglasses, playing his saxophone, leading a conga line. What kind of scent goes from day to night, dignitary to party animal with one spritz? I can think of no other scent to fill that role but Creed Virgin Island Water, a convivial scent that puts lime in a coconut together with white rum and sugar cane in high-end British fashion. Although Creed fragrances tend to pack power, it's one of the more subdued, unsweet coconut scents I've ever tried (the coconut note reminds me of the one found in Parfums de Nicolaï Cococabana but much more subtle - a sun-warmed coconut), a beachy and fun, yet classy alternative to traditional Men's lime colognes. Pink Manhattan sends the very best wishes for a long and happy life as a new family.

Notes according to Basenotes:

Creed Virgin Island Water (2007)
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lime, Mandarin, Coconut Toddy, Copra
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Hibiscus, Ylang-ylang, Ginger
Base Notes: Tonkin Musk, White Rum, Sugar Cane

Thursday, July 22, 2010

OT3P Rise, Rebel, Resist

OTEP on My Space

"OTEP is promoting its fourth full-length studio album, "Smash The Control Machine", which sold around 10,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on August 18, 2009 via Victory Records." OTEP: 'Rise, Rebel, Resist' Video Available - Mar. 17, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

I couldn't stop at suggesting a wedding day scent for Chelsea Clinton, the bride-to-be, so I'm going to make a recommendation for the mother of the bride, too. I'd read somewhere once, that both Bill and Hillary Clinton wore Caswell Massey Number Six, a classic lemony eau de cologne (comparable to 4711 but a bit spicy, like Eau de Guerlain), so I figured Number Six would be a fine choice for Madame Secretary and the former President, except on such a momentous occasion, why not go all out with something more...I don't know, just more?

Enter Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin (2008), a dazzling, spicy and hedonistic blend of dark chocolate, rum and pepper. When I first smelled this mysterious purple concoction, I thought it smelled like my Persephone perfume which featured dark chocolate, sandalwood Mysore, pomegranate, blackberry and purple flowers, very intoxicating and seductive...but actually, since Persephone was white floral-hearted (magnolia) and Gourmand Coquin is rose-based, Gourmand Coquin smells more like Frapin 1270: rich, peppery, boozy, but with the added lemon-vanilla cakey hypersweetness of L de Lolita Lempicka. It's still rather seductive and intoxicating, but the vanillic aspect makes it youthful, playing up her spunky side. Woods give it bold strength, while rose lends traditional romantic flair.

The dry down stage is redolent of indolic civet and labdanum, implying naughtiness in a Maurice Roucel way (although this isn't one of his creations). For comparison, Laurence Dumont Tendre Madeleine has a similar musky, indolic dry down combined with woody-vanillic Gourmand feel. There are references out there claiming that Hillary Clinton has worn Thierry Mugler Angel, the definitive hypersweet Gourmand, so Gourmand Coquin should be right up her alley. It smells like the banquet of a lifetime; I hope fans of Chopard Casmir and Aquolina Pink Sugar are listening.

Fragrance of the Moment

Annick Goutal Un Matin D'Orage Butterfly Eau de Toilette (2009)(Image:

Described as "A unique interpretation of the gardenia perfume, after a summer storm", Neiman Marcus lists the following: Notes of magnolia, jasmine sambac from Mysore, Sicilian lemon, Indonesian champac, green perilla leaves, and ginger.

On Annick Goutal's website, I learned the following: "20 years after Gardénia Passion, created by Annick Goutal back from a trip to Japan, her daughter, Camille, composes, after a stay in this country, Un Matin d'Orage. That of a Japanese garden after the rain : a fresh and dewy scent, when the sun's rays are piercing the balmy mist that rises from the rain-drenched earth."

If I could scent Chelsea Clinton for her wedding day, I just might pick Un Matin D'Orage. A fresh and sweet, watery, Green jasmine scent, I think it smells pretty, clean and bright, like Marc Jacobs Blush (2004). If you like transparent white floral blends such as Kate Spade (2002), and citrusy ones like Love by Kilian (2007) and Guerlain Les Voyages Olfactifs Tokyo (2009), you'll like this. If you like Blush and already own it, you could think of it as Blush in a girly bottle for a change of pace.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Write Like

Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. I Write Like

Here are some of the famous authors I got when I had it analyze my song lyrics:

Cory Doctorow - Genres Science fiction, postcyberpunk

David Foster Wallace - Period 1987–2008
Genres Literary fiction, Nonfiction
Literary movement Postmodern literature, hysterical realism

Ursula K. Le Guin - Genres Science fiction, fantasy

Neil Gaiman - Period 1980s–present
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction, Dark fantasy

Bram Stoker - Period Victorian era
Genres Gothic, Romantic Fiction
Literary movement Victorian

My blogging, however, is more Dan Brown.

Now it's your turn!


Related links:

'I Write Like' Website Goes Viral, Authors Bewildered Jake Coyle | 07/16/10 Huffington Post Tech

Typealyzer - What Personality is that Blog?

Pink Manhattan blog is INTP.

INTP - The Thinkers

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Imagine (featuring Noa) by Khaled

Legendary King of Raï, singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Khaled and singer Noa released an Arabic and Hebrew duet cover of "Imagine", included on Khaled's album, Kenza (1999).

Here are some other favorite tracks of mine from this cool album: E'dir E'sseba (also featuring New York based musician Josh Roseman on trombone) & Melha (arguably my very fave).

Friday, July 16, 2010

BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher

Watch live streaming video from wkrg_oil_spill at

Watch: Live Oil Spill Cam

"If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn't crack and if the relief wells being prepared are completed successfully, this could be the beginning of the end for the spill. But that's a lot of ifs, and no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond the moment (...) President Barack Obama, who has encouraged, cajoled and outright ordered BP to stop the leak, called Thursday's development "a positive sign." But Obama, whose political standing has taken a hit because of the spill and accusations of government inaction, cautioned that "we're still in the testing phase."

"The worst-case scenario would be if the oil forced down into the bedrock ruptured the seafloor irreparably. Leaks deep in the well bore might also be found, which would mean that oil would continue to flow into the Gulf. And there's always the possiblity of another explosion, either from too much pressure or from a previously unknown unstable piece of piping." BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher by Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber - AP posted: 9:53 PM 07/15/10 DailyFinance

Related link: (Video) ROV films oil leak coming from rock cracks on seafloor. -

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Plato Code, Pythagoras and Harmonic Science

(Image: From the Wikipedia page: Tesseract - Created by Jason Hise with Maya and Macromedia Fireworks. A 3D projection of an 8-cell performing a simple rotation about a plane which bisects the figure from front-left to back-right and top to bottom. Wikimedia Commons)

It's been said that religion is the cause of wars in our shared world. As far as I can see, there are some people who have religious beliefs and can still live and let others live; there are many others who can't rest until their beliefs become universal, and won't stop at anything until this is possible. So, maybe religion isn't the real cause of wars, but it's the way some people need to make everything fit a perfect order, an idealistic view of the way things should be, if only everything and everyone were completely controllable, and complexities could be eradicated, or reduced to elegant, symmetrical, perfect simplicity. Perhaps the question, then, should be: Why do some people need reality to prove itself to be perfect, to the point of intolerance? It's not as if the world will crumble if it doesn't reflect our perfect vision of the way the world ought to be; the sun still rises and sets each day, and changes occur whether we like it or not. It's as if we expect the world we see to be a mirror, a reflection of ourselves and our minds, not something that exists outside of ourselves. Maybe perfectionism is a form of narcissism, and certain personalities are more drawn to a religion that appears to be something other than monistic but in fact is. Monism can take on many faces, and I believe the math religion, or sacred geometry, which can be considered a fringe theory under the New Age umbrella, is one of those paths.

Is Plato Code a doorway to another The Secret, Blavatsky's root race theory or Glenn Beckish conspiracies? I'm not sure, but I think it can be for some people. My searches for clues as to what the Plato Code might mean have led me where I did not want to go, like this site promoting Darwinism, which, is not the same thing as Darwin's theory of evolution, but, better known today as social darwinism, theories related to Nazism. Here's an excerpt from the article: "Darwinian evolution becomes a veneer of adaptation that depends on pre-existing and universal harmonic laws intrinsic to Nature.", from which point, the discussion turns to - you guessed it - Pythagoras' 3:2 ratio and harmonic patterns in the human body! Why do we have five fingers on each hand? Why, it must have something to do with the pentatonic scale, since they both have to do with the number's a universal harmonic law! I don't think it's an important question, and honestly, I find references to the proportions of the human body as some kind of map to find proof of universal truth grotesque. Even seemingly innocuous talks of chakras and correlating color frequencies lead to "harmonically guided social evolution" and how "harmonic patterns truly are the grand scientific musical template for all coherent systems in Nature, repeated over and over in all things, especially life – yet,they remain completely ignored and written off as happenstance by modern evolutionary theory." Weren't there reasons why modern science writes off 19th century darwinism as pseudoscience? Many people were killed for mystical beliefs such as these, and we should not forget.

I think it's cool that Dr. Jay Kennedy found a pattern in Plato's works which could be seen as allegorical, but beyond creative writing, I don't see why we need to read into the patterns to find some new revelation. I found countless references related to Plato, Pythagoras, Fibonacci code, A440Hz, A432, UFOs, pyramids, etc., but in the end, it's back to "harmony" in symmetry (which is why neoclassical aesthetics always featured symmetry in architecture, and called asymmetrical modern art "degenerate"), how the "goal" of evolution is to find "harmonious" things and, following that logic, to discard the rest. Their idea of natural selection is not natural - it's idealistic and controlled, like how, in the classical world of music, they tell musicians how to feel music; you don't get to - they tell you what to feel and you follow rules. Respected institutions tell you how the composers felt when they wrote the pieces, and you follow their interpretation of those original feelings as their vessel. While classical training yields excellent technical skills, and while there is such thing as what we call harmony in music, what actually is harmonious is subjective (and a propagandist-photographer like Leni Riefenstahl could tell you how images can be manipulated to fit, or not fit, so-called standards of ideal beauty, to discriminate against groups of people with, just like music snobs write off pop music as garbage - it's universal!). These are ideas that lead to discrimination through our perceptions of aesthetics, not natural science.

The article seems to indicate that world peace can come if we can reintroduce Pythagorean musica universalis and sacred geometry as respectable, noble science. What an ideal New Age it would be, to have everything in Order! But this can be a dangerous form of futurism, a zeitgeist of the past. We need to remember that Plato is known today as a philosopher of science, not a mathematician, musician nor scientist. Plato's school of thought is called Idealism, and Idealism is a form of monism.

From Definition of Monism (
Monism in religion
For some, monism may also have religious/spiritual implications. Recognizing this, some inveigh against the 'dangers of monism,' asserting that in order to resolve all things to a single substrate, one dissolves God in the process.

Others say that the "single substrate" is God. Theological arguments can be made for this within Christianity, for example the Roman Catholic doctrine of "divine simplicity", as well as in many other religions (Hinduism and Judaism in particular).

Historically, monism has been promoted in spiritual terms on several occasions, notably by Ernst Haeckel. To the dismay of some modern observers, Haeckel's various ideas often had components of social darwinism and scientific racism.


"Even the smartest and best-educated people happily accept the contradictory belief that space is both curved (Einstein) AND an empty void." The Suppression of Ancient Harmonic Science - by Richard Merrick,

"Although the basic idea is intuitively simple to visualize, solving Einstein's equations is not, and even today nearly a century after first being written down they have only been solved in a limited number of cases. The simplest is when there is no energy momentum, in which case there is no curvature, the universe is flat. There are also solutions in which space-time contains no matter and yet is not flat. Whereas this runs counter to the naive philosophies of previous centuries, in general relativity this can occur due to the fact that signals propagate at the finite speed of light, c, rather than instantaneously. If something happens that causes the distribution of energy suddenly change, such as a supernova explosion or a star collapsing to form a black hole, the gravitational waves will radiate outwards at the speed of light. Gravitational fields are themselves full of energy that spread onwards. If the original material source of the gravitational wave is removed, the wave can continue to spread. So one could imagine the region of the universe devoid of matter but whose space-time is rippling with gravitational waves. So much for the emptiness of the void!" -- The Void by F. E. Close

"Although Aristotle himself had more pluralistic tendencies than monistic ones, but his followers in Mediaeval philosophy had turned his tenets into a static monistic system. In contrast, the actual history of dynamic monism starts with Hegel which even won the Catholic Church around the end of 19th century." Marxist Thought & Monism -


Here are related links, if you're interested in how circular thinking exists not only in the religious world but in the scientific as well:

"The classic philosophical treatment of the problem of induction was given by the Scottish philosopher David Hume. Hume highlighted the fact that our everyday functioning depends on drawing uncertain conclusions from our relatively limited experiences rather than on deductively valid arguments. For example, we believe that bread will nourish us because it has done so in the past, despite no guarantee that it will do so. However, Hume argued that it is impossible to justify inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning certainly cannot be justified deductively, and so our only option is to justify it inductively. However, to justify induction inductively is circular. Therefore, it is impossible to justify induction." -- Problem of induction

The Inductive (Scientific) Method

The difference between deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning is important to understand (also see scientific method), to understand how they are used to prove or disprove metaphysical theories.

Related links:
Science Historian Cracks the 'Plato Code' - Pink Manhattan July 01, 2010

Plato Code: Just Intonation and Fibonacci Code? - Pink Manhattan July 02, 2010

Plato Code, Pythagorean 729 and Vincenzo Galilei - Pink Manhattan July 06, 2010

Added on November 26, 2010: Prince Charles Explores 'Mysterious Unity' Of The Universe In New Book - Pink Manhattan

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight - Aircraft could stay in the air indefinitely, charging batteries from the sun's rays - by Eliane Engeler, Associated Press

Solar plane lands after completing 24-hour flight by Eliane Engeler, Associated Press

Swiss solar plane passes biggest test 08/07 07:18 CET

Swiss Solar-Powered Plane Makes its Maiden Flight - US Department of Energy, April 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

John Coltrane - I'm Old Fashioned

Album: Blue Train (1957)

Written by: Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer

Personnel: John Coltrane tenor saxophone, Paul Chambers — double bass, Kenny Drew — piano, Curtis Fuller — trombone, Philly Joe Jones — drums, Lee Morgan — trumpet

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Plato Code, Pythagorean 729 and Vincenzo Galilei

A Musical Message Discovered In Plato's Works by NPR Staff

If you're interested in Dr. Jay Kennedy's discovery of Plato Code, check this article out, and scroll down to comments where a professor mentioned that The Republic had Pythagorean references. He talks about one of the passages Plato wrote about tyranny, in which he uses the number 729 as a metaphor to say that a tyrant is 180 degrees from being a good man. The number 729 is apparently a Pythagorean number which was calculated by using the 3:2 ratio, the same ratio as the one Pythagoras used for the circle of fifths in music. Please visit the article and find the comments because I don't want to copy what he wrote here. I will share that he recommended a book by Ernest McClain called Pythagorean Plato.

Upon further investigation, I found out that 729 is also an esoteric number symbolizing the sun, which eventually led me to numerous sites discussing 729 and pyramids, A440Hz and NWO. Here is one interesting site: Pythagoras: All is Number - In this article, an explanation of the Tetraktys can be found.

All of this is fascinating, but I still can't find the reason for the numbers in Dr. Jay Kennedy's Plato Code: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9. Here's an article of interest at this site: Intervals in the Greater Perfect System (Ancient Greek Origins of the Western Musical Scale, in which it states, "The number series 4 : 6 : 8 : 9 :12 :16 is often associated with the greater perfect system and the theory of proportion." Close enough, but that still doesn't explain Plato Code in full. (Edited to add: I rechecked the Above Top Secret thread on A440Hz & NWO, and found that their table of harmonic numbers under 1000 correlated to Plato Code - the only number missing is 1 - so, there may be something to this). For all I know, the Plato Code was a set of musical, theatrical liner notes that told you which mode to play at which passage in the script. Then again, there could be a secret code embedded within a pentatonic scale. What I do find riveting is the history behind Pythagoras' work and Pythagorean followers, how passionate they can be about their beliefs in sacred music.

Slightly Out of Tune: The Story of Musical Temperament (pdf) by John Favaro - Viareggio, 12 April 2003

I stumbled upon this fascinating article during my quest for an explanation of Dr. Jay Kennedy's Plato Code. Upon reading this article (among many others on the topic of music theory, particularly Pythagorean tuning and Just Intonation), I find myself wondering if all that we are taught about idealism is natural, and if what's considered natural is in fact an unnatural, controlled idealism, whereas we desire mirror images of qualities, even in the material world, which we deem divine. I've learned that some people feel we need to return to just intonation for esoteric reasons, desiring to return to roots and authenticity. You can see in my writings that for me, returning to simpler music to preserve just intonation sounds like a prison sentence.

Today, jazz musicians have figured out that you can freely improvise in altered chromatic scales over a dominant 7th chord which, by the way, can be altered with the base note played up a devil-invoking tritone. Music has made quantum leaps; for me, it's a little late to go back to playing only on a pentatonic scale for pleasure (unless they don't want us to experience pleasure, especially the physical, sensual kind), or old style tuning just because some people think it's divine, immutable truth. Just intonation is good for certain kinds of music, but it's not my focus, musically speaking.

Kircher, Arithmologia (BibliOdyssey)

In the same article, I learned about Vincenzo Galilei, the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei's father, a musician with progressive ideas. If Pythagoras was an idealist, Vincenzo Galilei saw limitations in those ideals. Here is an excerpt in the piece addressing the problem with assigning the role of divinity to math and music:

"Gioseffo Zarlino wrote one of the milestone musical treatises in history in 1558, called le istitutioni harmoniche. Isacoff: "Zarlino believed that music is a force that can balance body and soul, and bind together the parts of the world; it can do all this because it is a system built on harmonic proportion--the ratios discovered by Pythagoras," And in fact Zarlino developed a scale based on Just Intonation--one that preserved the Pythagorean fifths and perfect thirds.

"Vincenzo Galilei wrote Diagolo della musica antica et della moderna in 1580, and refuted all of this. He said that pure thirds and fifths may be an ideal, but in practice it is a fantasy. For example, singers continually adjust their singing together to produce exactly the intervals needed to be harmonious--they are never exactly thirds or fifths. In other words, there was nothing sacred about the ratios of thirds and fifths."

It seems clear in Vincenzo's words, that he was an accomplished enough musician to understand that good music is created by ear, perceived dynamically, not by calculations. According to Wikipedia: "Vincenzo Galilei (c. 1520 – 2 July 1591) was an Italian lutenist, composer, and music theorist, and the father of the famous astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei and of the composer Michelagnolo Galilei. He was a seminal figure in the musical life of the late Renaissance, and contributed significantly to the musical revolution which demarcates the beginning of the Baroque era. (My interjection here: and along came J.S. Bach and the Well-Tempered Clavier)

"Vincenzo, in his study of pitch and string tension, produced perhaps the first non-linear mathematical description of a natural phenomenon known to history.[1] This was an extension of a Pythagorean tradition, but went beyond it. Many scholars credit him with directing the activity of his son away from pure, abstract mathematics and towards experimentation using mathematical quantitative description of the results – a direction which was of utmost importance for the history of physics, and natural science in general."

Although Vincenzo Galilei is honored as the precursor to Bach and well-tempered tuning; he clearly isn't loved by those who want to preserve, or return to, the Pythagorean tradition (and as you will see, such a debate can go beyond music, into a heated feud): Galileo by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., 1983

I think that by the time we get through deciphering the Plato Code and seeing how it connects numerologically to the ancient Babylonian sun god, the Egyptian pyramids, Indian ragas and all, we'll have to ponder if Pythagoras and Plato's esoteric interdisciplinary works combining music, math, science and morality were somehow incorporated into early Christianity of the Roman Catholic church.

Related links:

Added on July 10, 2010: Plato Code, Pythagoras and Harmonic Science - Pink Manhattan

Science Historian Cracks the 'Plato Code' - Pink Manhattan July 01, 2010

Plato Code: Just Intonation and Fibonacci Code? - Pink Manhattan July 02, 2010

I - Allegro

Elissa Lee Koljonen playing Violin Concerto in E major (BWV 1042) Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach. Accompanied by Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra). Conducted by James Judd. Visit You Tube

Need a Job? Help Wanted at the N.Y. Philharmonic

Need a Job? Help Wanted at the N.Y. Philharmonic - by Daniel J. Wakin, July 5, 2010 The New York Times

Next season the New York Philharmonic will have a rare 12 openings, or roughly 12 percent of its instrumental work force, thanks to a confluence of retirements, departures for better jobs and long-unfilled positions. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has 10 vacancies, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 9, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic 7.

Fragrance of the Moment

Attach Stevie Nicks to a scent and you know I'm there. Seriously, though, this is a nice scent, and I can imagine the bella donna liking a scent with a bit of playful goth elements in it. I can't find the official notes for Michele Bergman Black Gardenia perfume oil, and I'm too lazy to search for them, but I'll tell you what I smelled off the bat was a sweet, lush fruit note: apple, pear or peach. I was looking for a sexy Fruity Floral Oriental, a delicious scent with something fresh and fun to offset deep, dark white florals, and this is it: Black Gardenia, indeed. The heart is a sweet tropical gardenia, with a soft, somewhat banana-like pikake feeling to it (it reminds me of the very popular cult perfume Child oil a lot). But the pièce de résistance for me is the combination with the sandalwood finish; the base notes are quite smoky and rich (there might be some frankincense in here as well) and I'm actually reminded of Caron Narcisse Noir, although this is not as smoky as the classic Caron. I'm also reminded of Loree Rodkin Gothic II oil - gosh, I love that stuff, too. Overall, it's a great combination of candy, fruits, flowers and incense - like a stroll through East Village on a summer evening, the vibe is all about peace, love, rock 'n' roll energy and just a touch of urban mysticism.

I hope you're enjoying your summer as much as I am!

(Image: Lucky Scent)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Madina Lake - One Last Kiss

Wishing our hero Matthew Leone a full recovery. Happy July 4th weekend from Pink Manhattan - Madina Lake marathon continues.

Please support the band by buying downloads and CDs!

Update: Sweet Relief helping to raise money for Matthew Leone of Madina Lake Jul.3.2010 (with update on Matthew by brother Nathan)

Friday, July 02, 2010

Madina Lake - Welcome to Oblivion

Madina Lake Bassist Matthew Leone is a HERO

How many people would have simply walked on while a woman was getting beaten by a degenerate asshole? How many children grow up wishing there was someone brave enough to intervene when their mothers are being abused? Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone didn't let it go, and although he paid a price for his courage and compassion, he'll always be remembered as a true hero.

Madina Lake Bassist Matthew Leone Hospitalized After BRUTAL Attack In Chicago - Huffington Post, First Posted: 07- 1-10 01:30 PM | Updated: 07- 2-10 10:09 AM


"Matthew Leone, the bass player for Chicago-based band Madina Lake, remains hospitalized Friday after a brutal Tuesday attack in Chicago.

"Madina Lake singer Nathan Leone described the events that led up to his brother's injuries in his blog on Wednesday, explaining that Matthew saw a woman being beaten on the street by her husband and intervened. From Nathan's blog:

"Being the most amazing, strong, heroic and incredible person I know.. even though the guy was twice his size, Matthew intervened. He managed to subdue this guy for a second and since his wife was beat up pretty good called the cops.. as he did so the guy jumped him from behind and beat him. This guy did things I can't even type. After words, [sic] he and his beaten wife left Matthew unconsious [sic] on the street.""

The police have found the attacker. Read on at Huffpost.

Also read the story here: Leone recovering from attack after aiding stranger; arrest made
July 1, 11:35 PM Chicago Indie Music Examiner Jyn Radakovits

"With MTV news reporting that Leone has no health insurance, other bands and fans have been rumored to attempting to make a PayPal donation to help offset the medical costs. Twin brother, Nathan Leone has been acting as his brother's spokesmen on the band's site and on Twitter."


Plato Code: Just Intonation and Fibonacci Code?

Just Intonation - Wikipedia

Just Intonation Explained

I am neither a musicologist nor mathematician, but I think I see something in the number sequence in Dr. Jay Kennedy's Plato Code: just intonation, or harmonic cycle. So, the numbers are: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9

A brief presentation with pictures and graphics: 'A Visual Introduction to the Musical Structure of Plato's Symposium' (pdf) (from New Research on Plato and Pythagoras by Jay Kennedy, University of Manchester

Pythagorean tuning says the only consonants (harmonious notes, or not dissonant) are fifths and octaves. It wasn't till 15th century species counterpoint that we have the idea that 5:4 (major third) isn't bad. I was looking at the diagram I found on Wiki which I posted above. 2:1 is an octave, 3:2 a perfect fifth, 4:3 a perfect fourth (flipped perfect fifth), and 5:4 is a major third. To continue with this theory, 6:5 is minor third, and 9:8 a 9th, or major second. These numbers, when looked at from the standpoint of the harmonic cycle, appear as if they could correlate to the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144...

The numbers start with zero, for music can not sound unless it began with a rest; then, you have the first note, then the same note an octave higher, then a perfect fifth, a perfect fourth, and all other intervals after that.

So, could someone please take a crack at it and verify if all this is related to the golden ratio?

Related links:

Plato Code, Pythagoras and Harmonic Science - Pink Manhattan July 10, 2010

Science Historian Cracks the 'Plato Code' - Pink Manhattan July 01, 2010

Plato Code, Pythagorean 729 and Vincenzo Galilei - Pink Manhattan July 06, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Science Historian Cracks the 'Plato Code'

(Image: Circle of Fifths, Hidden Origins of Western Music)

"The hidden codes show that Plato anticipated the Scientific Revolution 2,000 years before Isaac Newton, discovering its most important idea -- the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. The decoded messages also open up a surprising way to unite science and religion." Science Historian Cracks the 'Plato Code' - Science Daily June 29, 2010

"The recurring pattern, Kennedy says, chimes with the 12-note Greek musical scale, supposedly pioneered by Pythagoras. And after dividing the texts into equal 12ths, the Manchester academic found that "major turns in the argument and major concepts" matched the spacings of musical notes. In every 1,000 lines in the 12,000-line "Republic," for example, Kennedy observed that Plato turned to the theme associated with the relevant note on the scale." Scholar Claims to Have Unlocked 'The Plato Code' - by Theunis Bates, AOL News

Here is Dr. Jay Kennedy's study in depth: "Unusually among Plato scholars, I was therefore familiar with the numerology and music theory which was at the heart of early Pythagoreanism. This interdisciplinary preparation enabled me to see and decipher Plato's musical symbolism (...) It is surprising that Plato could deploy an elaborate symbolic scheme without disturbing the surface narratives of the dialogues, but in this respect he does not differ from other allegorical writers like Dante or Spenser." New Research on Plato and Pythagoras Jay Kennedy, University of Manchester

The significance of the number 12 isn't only musical and mathematical, but also coincides with the use of the number 12 in astrology, or ancient astronomy.


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"The Greek mathematician and astronomer Pythagoras is frequently credited with originating the concept, which stemmed from his semi-mystical, semi-mathematical philosophy and its associated system of numerology of Pythagoreanism. According to Johannes Kepler, the connection between geometry (and sacred geometry), cosmology, astrology, harmonics, and music is through musica universalis [1]." Musica universalis - Wikipedia

"Pythagorean tuning is a system of musical tuning in which the frequency relationships of all intervals are based on the ratio 3:2. Its name comes from medieval texts which attribute its discovery to Pythagoras, but its use has been documented as long ago as 1800 B.C. in Babylonian texts.[1] It is the oldest way of tuning the 12-note chromatic scale." Pythagorean tuning - Wikipedia (The irony is that the "perfect" theoretical system of tuning sounded out of tune, so it had to be tweaked. Also see here: The Pythagorean Comma You Tube)

"Women were given equal opportunity to study as Pythagoreans; however, they learned practical domestic skills in addition to philosophy.[12] (...) Pythagoras is also said to have preached that men and women ought not to have sex during the summer, holding that winter was the appropriate time.[13]" Pythagoreanism - Wikipedia (I wonder if he subscribed to the men's maxim of his time, Kama Sutra)

"The number 5 was the "human" number since it was the sum of the firstmost even and odd numbers, 2 and 3. Two and three were thought of as the primal opposites among the numbers, three being masculine and two being feminine. Here we can find a geometrical analogy in genital symbolism (Figure 4)." Means, Meaning, and Music: Pythagoras, Archytas, and Plato by Scott Makeig,

"Plato says two is a digit without meaning as it implies relationship, which introduces the third factor." Numbers and Their Meanings - Crystalinks (Meaningless feminine number two, huh? Maybe it's a stretch to say Plato was a

"The Church called this interval "the devil's interval" or "the devil's chord", and disallowed it in any music. Since the Roman Catholic Church was in those days powerful enough - through fear, mostly - they effectively eliminated it from all subsequent European music." Some types of music were suppressed - Light Bridge Music

The Devil's Music by Finlo Rohrer, BBC News Magazine

Blues - Wikipedia

"The language of music is no different, except that music is primarily a vehicle for communicating emotion, and only secondarily ideas. But communicate it does, and inasmuch as it conveys negative, false, venal, or evil emotions or states of being, such as rebellion, chaos, anger, violence, atheism, or moral relativism, music must be considered bad. However, where it appeals to our higher emotions and aspirations, whether by lyrics, tempo, or melody, music is good, and at times, even heavenly." Morality of music: Because music primarily communicates emotions, its morality may be judged according to whether the feelings conveyed are positive and noble or negative and base. (Cover Story: Music)

Music, Numerology and Pseudoscience Pink Manhattan January 2, 2010

Seal of Solomon Pink Manhattan December 16, 2009

Victoria's Secret Riviera Sun Pink Manhattan December 14, 2008

Related links:

Plato Code, Pythagoras and Harmonic Science - Pink Manhattan July 10, 2010

Plato Code: Just Intonation and Fibonacci Code? - Pink Manhattan July 02, 2010

Plato Code, Pythagorean 729 and Vincenzo Galilei - Pink Manhattan July 06, 2010