Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rhythmspeak

What this post isn't: Examples of rhythm in nature, a treatise on how life parallels rhythm or how rhythm is where music began

What it is: An appreciation of rhythm

Take a metronome pulsing at a fair clip. Add a second metronome that beats at half the speed, synced with the first and you have your basic 4/4 going. Turn this system on and leave it by a kettle of water on medium heat. Come back in 6 minutes and look at how the bubbles in the boiling water react to the sound.

Fine, so there's no relation...but there could've been.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Respected Sir,

You should have left that last line out. Countless of us would have gone and tried the experiment otherwise, no doubt!

Sincerely,
-Michael Jayasuriya

indra said...

hehe :) MJ, thanks for reading, and more so for commenting. I'd debated adding that last line with myself.

The expt seemed almost plausible, didn't it? You and I both knew that nothing was going to come of it, but for a moment, there was a fascinated sense of expectation..The last line swiftly brought us back to reality, disappointing us.

I think it's in that twinge of disappointment that we discover our innate appreciation of rhythm.

Abe said...

ah this sounded very much like the set-up to the next youtube meme (a la the coke-mentos explosion)... you have no idea what leaving the last line out would have done for kettle sales among US uni students. Tcha, no business sense, this one.