Friday is Science Day:  We have several items to go over this morning.  They’ll expand your mind.  A good thing.

Today’s notes deal with my book Dimensions Next Door: Hacking Space-time which you can find either in electronic version of Kindle or in paperback.  Five stars in the Amazon reviews, so a thank you is due.

One is a note to long-time reader (and Peoplenomics subscriber) Nick who studied the odd topic of sonoluminescence  (sound-created light) in grad school.  He had called some weeks back but with my Outlook crash, laid back with a root canal, eye issues…well, that’s my excuse list.  Nick, call me when you can. The point he raised (wondering whether my book was about sonoluminescence, in some way?) is first-rate thinking.

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The answer however, is “No!” but with a whole bunch of asterisks.

The first is that sonoluminescence is a little different (though likely related) to where Dimensions Next Door (DND) goes.

In sonoluminescence. relatively high-level SPL’s (sound pressure levels) are use to create something like high-temperature fusion down at the atomic/molecular scale.  This likely exploits something akin to the Kanzius resonance where (~13.65 MHz) radio energy breaks down salt water to Brown’s Gas.  (Hydrogen and Oxygen).

Except the acoustic frequencies have a different effect, creating micro fusion if you want to think of it that way.

The key difference between sonoluminescence-driven micro-fusion and the lower-temperature, apparently space-time bending phenomenon reported in the literature (and described in my book), is that what my book describes seems to occur more broadly and isn’t confined to a particular molecule or atom.

Great point, though.  Again, this comes back to the matter of learning to tune acoustical effects.  Humans have learned the tuning/waveform idea and are just beginning to investigate the processes of Nature being exposed.

Item #2 is I’d like to say public thank you to Gary Garritan, who all grown-up studio musicians will recognize as the creator behind such amazing audio products as Garritan Personal Orchestra 5,  Garritan World Instruments, and a whole lot more.

I hope I’m not speaking out of school here, but communicating with him has raised a whole new layer of deeper-thinking about where this “acoustical manipulation of reality” may lead.

At the furthest bounds, when one reads about anomalous effects such as the aircraft-involving time travel reports in the Bermuda Triangle, and then talks to FAA radar experts about the occasional “odd jumps” made by predominately lower altitude single-engine aircraft on ATC radars, we wonder just how this “tuning” process might work. How does a phenomena – not often seen in Nature, reduce to practicum that may then be engineered?

Remember:  The resonances of many aircraft (particularly three-bladed single-engine birds at under 10,000 feet) seem associated with spacetime distortion.  At frequencies  an order of magnitude lower, the ragdon/dengchen trumpets (described as being used by monks in Tibet for levitating massive stones up mountains) is a gravity effect.

The question crystalized (largely from my communications with Garritan) was a reframing of how we consider the problem.  It’s a kind of “mega” sound effects collection when you think about it.

Here’s  where it sits this morning:  Question is whether specific sound waveforms result in specific physical effects?  What’s the waveform?  What’s the maximal effect frequency (or band of spectrum)?

Progressively, this led to another question:  Is there some ultimately emotional waveform or beat (or combination form) (call it “sound” for short) that would have maximal impact on human emotional states?

Music is evocative of emotional states which is why it gets packaged into religious ceremonies.  Are there more than woo-woo based healing sounds?  Or aggressive sounds?  Or…well, pick an emotion – what is the waveform of sound that evokes it?

With apologies to religionists who may be offended by such inquires, are we really trying to reverse-engineer aspects of the “Voice of G*D?”  Remember all that noise up on the mountain Moses was on?

I proposed an experiment for Garritan or any music scholar to consider – since he’s much more plugged in to the high-end of musical thinking than we are here in the Outback.  (I have a hard time conducting my self in public, lol…)

The proposed experiment (using Garritan’s genius for sampling, for example) would measure listener galvanic responses to different instruments and at varying repetition rates (Beats per Minute).

Take a simple, simple but well-known melody (like “Happy birthday to you….“) and play that at a consistent SPL (remember that’s sound pressure level, right?) going through ALL the samples in all of Garritan’s products (especially  World Instruments).

Anyone ever map musical instrument galvanic response as a matrix before?  If so, I’ve never heard of it.  It could revolutionize music creation, though.

From this, I would expect several things would materialize:  First would be combinations of instruments that first singly (and then in combinations and key BPM’s) have maximal emotive impact on an audience.

This is a bit complicated, in once sense:  We don’t have any idea how distinct the reactions would be.

Will they be down in the statistical noise, or would be be a clear signal that jumps off the data cross-tab?

This would all need to be done in a defined test plan:  Maybe the first day of testing would just be classes of instruments.  Woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, reeds (repeat, lol)… which class (if any) pops out of the galvanic skin test responses if any?  (Professional reference:  Electrodermal testing notes over here.)

No idea what class my didgeridoo is in.  Is Georgewinds a section?  No string, no reed, no brass…guess it would be wood and wind, then…

After doing the classes, following sessions would zero-in on what the highest (skin resistance change) response rates would be within each class.

Personally, I’d like it to be tympani’s in drums, violins in the strings, French (or Flugelhorns) for the brass, with maybe a tuba in there somewhere.

That’s because a tuba, you see, unwound, has a primary resonance down in range approaching purported levitation frequencies used by monks in Tibet.  Wikipedia reports of big-ass, low frequency tubas: the Conn 36J Orchestra Grand Bass from the 1930s, and the current model Hirsbrunner HB-50 Grand Orchestral, which is a replica of the large York tubas owned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Those (and denchens and ragdons) as outliers…have they been sampled and has that been looked at on a ‘scope?

Somehow, I don’t think IRS would allow UrbanSurvival or Peoplenomics purchasing one of the jumbo tubas as a “allowable business expensive” for financial websites business,lol.  I’m wild-ass guessing the mega-tubas not be free, lol.

The second outcome (back to the Old Man Labs testing schema) might be (staring at the oscilloscope, right?) clarification of what the emotion-evocative waveforms look like.  This might result in either engineering a) new instruments or b) new synthesizer waveforms (which might be patentable…wannbe buy the first “Emotizer Waves?”)/

Third?  What if music is keyed to our DNA?  In other words, if we mapped the DNA makeup of those people used in the testing group  ( tests, right?) where we measured skin resistance, might we find a correlation between DNA/ancestry and what instruments are maximally evocative?

Wouldn’t it be a hoot (pardon the acoustic pun) if those of German background, fior example, actually tested and reacted more  to oom-pah tuba sounds than, oh, Mongolian DNAs?

I don’t mean to invent a new field (music engineering?) but that’s really what this circles around to.  Acoustical engineering with a side of Notation.

And as if THAT’s not “out-there” enough?

The IEEE (international electrical engineers whozzits) came out with a press release Thursday headlined “Winners of the 2017 IEEE Maker Project Competition Announced.”

Blah, blah, blah….UNTIL we got to one runner-up WINNER:

DIY acoustic levitator for improved diagnosis and microgravity.”

Looks ultrasonic whereas we were looking at the low end of spectrum…but wow!

Read that again:  Exactly the field we’re talking about.  Take a few minutes to watch this mind-blowing video showing homebuilt acoustical levitation at work!


Here’s the link if you have video off:

Don’t hear the sound of it do you?  Say, that’s a BIG TIP-OFF that it’s likely ultrasonic.  Yet here comes another set of experiments screaming down the road:

IF ultrasonics can levitate this nicely, what about varying the beat and pulsing it?  We know pulses have something to do with IT (VoG) because there’s a high frequency beat (around 125 Hertz) implicit in  the 2,500 RPM spinning of a three-bladed propeller.

Thinking never stops around here.

Now we can simplify:  Could the computer lash-up and the acoustic array be cost-reduced?  Could a simple .MP3 player push the waveform be substituted in lieu of the computer?  What are the high frequency limits to MP3 compression and would we be into native .WAV files or….(the mind reels).

One last, thought:  It seems to me that the required SPLs for an effect to materialize may decline as frequency is reduced.

In other words, the effect seems to be larger at a lower frequency with the ragdon/dengchens (20 HZ and lower) while utilizing distance from source and focusing for the larger effect.

The smaller transducers (a super high frequency speaker) seem likely to require more energy inputs at higher frequency.

In between the 10-20 Hz data *(stone lifting) and the computer driven levitators, we note the SPL’s involved in disappearing Flight 19 were likely higher than Tibetan monks can generate, but lower and much less intense than focused ultrasonics.

Off to the lab this weekend, but with a different project on tap.  My buddy “the major” up in the Seattle area has been after me to build him a “light crown” so I need to build up some more of those.  Need to get Elaine and the major testing the design.  *(It’s in DND somewhere but I forget which chapter…)

Innovation never stops, does it?

Looking Ahead

On this weekend:  A discussion of home budgeting software.  Wednesday of next week a piece on the future of The Automatic Company.  It’s where ERP (wrought by BPR) meets robotics and web deliverable products.

Along the way, it’s why government needs to unhook from human-based income taxes and begin to value-ad taxation of both machines and humans, alike.

Parenting Never Stops

Dream on.

Son George II was born in 1980.  Says now (despite all kinds fatherly counsel to the contrary) that he’s thinking about getting his Base Jumping card.

Say what?

George II, unlike his more reasonable pilot father (moi), now has more than 500 freefalls.  Loves skydiving and his honey is a base-jumper extraordinaire.  *(Possibly extraordinairette – not sure how kangaroo social justice courts on socialist media have ruled on this.)

To get “the card” a base-jumper wannabe has to do four jumps:  One off an antenna support, one from a building, one from a span (bridge), and one from earth – like a cliff.

Tells me about friends who are going to up Baffin Island this year to do a ton of summer base-jumping.  Highest sheer cliffs in the world up there…over 4,000 feet to hear him tell it. Since he’s an EMT and working on his paramedic cert, I wish he’d be happy with ground crewing.  He’s what you want at the bottom of a base jump – just in case.

Meantime, “The Great Book of Base” (jumping) published in 2010 is now a rare book to be watching for at garage sales. I mentioned this when it was around $100 a copy.  Now? Used in good condition?  Fetching $275 and up on Amazon.  Bitcoin-like pricing.

I’m telling you straight: Parenting never stops.  Especially when a 38-year old is still going on 16.  Not surprisingly, his 68-year old dad is also going on 16, as well.

Kids Drive Me To Drink

Which was convenient since both National Bootlegger’s Day and National Hot Buttered Rum day fell this week.

Today is National Popcorn day.  We’re waiting for Act IV to come out…either that or the first blockchain enabled popcorn…sure, why not.  Anything for hype, right?

Write when you get rich…and with time off over the weekend, who are you working for after Miller time today?