Saturday, March 24, 2018

John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to saxophonist and professor Yusef Lateef in 1967, who included it in his seminal text, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Where Lateef, as he writes in his autobiography, sees Coltrane's music as a "spiritual journey" that "embraced the concerns of a rich tradition of autophysiopsychic music," Alexander sees “the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s" quantum theory.
Neither description seems out of place. Musician and blogger Roel Hollander notes, “Thelonious Monk once said ‘All musicans are subconsciously mathematicians.’ Musicians like John Coltrane though have been very much aware of the mathematics of music and consciously applied it to his works.”

Coltrane was also very much aware of Einstein’s work and liked to talk about it frequently. Musican David Amram remembers the Giant Steps genius telling him he “was trying to do something like that in music.”
Hollander carefully dissects Coltrane's mathematics in two theory-heavy essays, one generally on Coltrane’s “Music & Geometry” and one specifically on his “Tone Circle.” Coltrane himself had little to say publically about the intensive theoretical work behind his most famous compositions, probably because he’d rather they speak for themselves. He preferred to express himself philosophically and mystically, drawing equally on his fascination with science and with spiritual traditions of all kinds. Coltrane’s poetic way of speaking has left his musical interpreters with a wide variety of ways to look at his Circle, as jazz musician Corey Mwamba discovered when he informally polled several other players on Facebook. Clarinetist Arun Ghosh, for example, saw in Coltrane's "mathematical principles" a "musical system that connected with The Divine." It's a system, he opined, that "feels quite Islamic to me."
Lateef agreed, and there may be few who understood Coltrane’s method better than he did. He studied closely with Coltrane for years, and has been remembered since his death in 2013 as a peer and even a mentor, especially in his ecumenical embrace of theory and music from around the world. Lateef even argued that Coltrane's late-in-life masterpiece A Love Supreme might have been titled "Allah Supreme"were it not for fear of "political backlash." Some may find the claim tendentious, but what we see in the wide range of responses to Coltrane's musical theory, so well encapsulated in the drawing above, is that his recognition, as Lateef writes, of the "structures of music" was as much for him about scientific discovery as it was religious experience. Both for him were intuitive processes that "came into existence," writes Lateef, "in the mind of the musican through abstraction from experience."

Friday, March 23, 2018

How the Las Vegas Gunman Planned a Massacre, in 7 Days of Video

Using exclusive surveillance footage obtained from MGM Resorts, we pieced together the last days of Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman. He plays video poker, laughs with hotel staff and hauls bag after bag of weapons into his suite.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cobra Kai Trailer - The Karate Kid saga continues

Watch the official trailer for Cobra Kai, a YouTube Red Original Series. Premieres May 2! In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in COBRA KAI, a YouTube Red Original Series. COBRA KAI is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BREAKING: Austin serial bombing suspect identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation

I'm Just Asking ........ Why No Footage Of The Vegas Shooter Entering The Mandalay Bay Hotel with a Military Arsenal of Guns ???  But You have Fedex Video and you call this Propaganda Journalism??

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Male Escort EXPOSES Vatican Secrets

A dossier contains the names of 34 Catholic priests who are “actively gay.” Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

Stunning lenticular cloud spotted by Uzay ve Bilim over Egypt on February 28, 2018

                                "It Was A Cloud By Day  and A Pillar Of Fire By Night "

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jewish Republicans Call for Dems Who Support Louis Farrakhan to Resign

Several Democrats have been conceding to pressures to disavow Louis Farrakhan, with statements being put out to denounce the anti-semitic nature of some of his rhetoric. But those targeted for resignation over their association with the Minister have each stopped short of succumbing to demands for them to step down.
Earlier this week a lobbying group that dubs itself The Republican Jewish Coalition, called upon seven members of the House of Representatives to give up their seats for having met with the controversial Nation Of Islam leader in the past. Among those named were Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Danny Davis, D-Ill.; Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Al Green, D-Texas; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.
The Coalition's focus on a Democratic Party-Farrakhan connection comes days after infighting was sparked among Women's March organizers following reports of co-chair Tamika Mallory having been at a recent Nation Of Islam function, during which the Minister referred to powerful Jews as his enemy. As a result of the discovery, several organizers have begun to isolate Mallory, with the Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii group revoking her scheduled keynote speech at a Seattle luncheon, for example.
Rep. Meeks took the time to lay out his condemnation of Farrakhan's words, but in-kind, he also called out the Republicans chastising him for not using their own advice and addressing President Trump's divisive words. "Farrakhan's anti-Semitic messages are upsetting & unacceptable, Meeks tweeted. "Also upsetting that right-wing blogs suggest otherwise & try making this a black vs. Jewish community issue. Still waiting for those blogs to condemn Trump's racist remarks."
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