Take a minute out of your sunny friday afternoon to listen to Dan Bull‘s serenade to the NHS and the ridiculously catchy rhythmic critique of the proposed changes to the system by Sean “NxtGen” Donnelly (who is hoping to get the tune to number one when it’s released). Three cheers for political rap!
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No, it’s an interactive concept piece by @RizMC. It’s an interesting idea, not your bog standard promo jobby. It’s worth a glance if you’ve got fifteen minutes to burn. It’s a bit tedious to start with but I rather enjoyed the ending. Be warned though, it does not work in internet explorer, not even the latest version. I used chrome. Also, don’t go near it if you’re offended by psychobabble, or having your time wasted as it leaves you feeling like a cross between Pavlov’s dog, Skinner’s Rat and Schrödinger’s Cat. Do it and tell me I’m wrong. I dare you.
…Okay, okay, it’s not the stuff of legends but it’s an interesting idea.Follow Neurobonkers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
I came across this a little while ago and thought it was worth reposting now that I’m geek enough to have my own blog. It is a piece of code that takes an MP3 file and for each beat it stretches the duration of the first half while shrinking the duration of the second half giving an awesome “swing” like effect. The genius is in it’s simplicity.
For more “swingified” mixes, the source code and instructions for how to do it yourself check out this post at musicmachinery.comFollow Neurobonkers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
Warning: This post contains satire. Satire may me harmful to your health.
Today for the first time in human history, hits from every drug ranging from ecstacy to crack cocaine can be downloaded and “I-Dosed” straight in to your brain with only a few taps of the keyboard and the click of a mouse. The only paraphenalia that is needed is a pair of headphones and a will for self destruction. Welcome to the brave new world of I-dosing.
I-dosing, Binaural Beats or Digital Drug-taking is a new scourge currently sweeping the internet by storm, it is is a grave and dangerous threat to the people of America, online dealers have sprung up everywhere to sell drugs to you and your children in the form of MP3 files.
Digital drugs can have the effects of ecstasy, heroin, crack cocaine and LSD but dealers claim they can also be used to treat insomnia, headaches, exhaustion, PMS and relieve pain. Either way, all your children have to do to obtain these drugs is type a few words in to google and hey presto they’ll be rolling around on the floor like this….
These shocking sites are even offering opportunities for your kids to work as runners, selling the drugs in a play ground near you….
So what action needs to be taken?
Due to the sudden onset and unknown effects of digital drugs we must immediately ban MP3 files containing i-doses, this action is currently being rushed through congress. This however is insufficient, due to the freedom the internet provides, idoses will remain in cirulation on file sharing networks. Further there is currently no way of telling innocent MP3 files from idoses, the only option available to the goverment is therefore to ban MP3 files. This raises the further issue that MP3 files can be converted to MP4 files or the larger WAV files, these file types must therefore also be made illegal.
Forecasters are predicting that no sooner than MP3 files, MP4 files and WAV files are, banned children will begin “zipping” idoses and sending them to each other via the internet and their mobile phones. This presents the gravest security threat to America since it was discovered that marijuana was not just a humble weed. The only solution to the problem of digital drugs is therefore to take the internet offline immediately and ban the distribution, production and appreciation of all forms of music as well as mobile phones and devices that can be used to listen to music.
…Okay okay, I’ll stop insulting your intelligence, though I hope you can see how this entire case is a fantastic metaphore for the futility of the “war on drugs”. Amazingly however, this week the media and even the authorities in parts of America are still taking this prank very seriously indeed. Schools have actually banned devices that can be used to listen to music as well as websites including youtube in response to this. Worse still, schools have used this as an excuse to enforce drugs tests on students and have written to children’s parents encouraging them to prevent children from having these devices and access to the internet.
You may wish to refrain from watching the following video from News Central, it’s pretty tedious, the droning stupidity of the correspondent and her epic failure to find anyone who has the faintest clue what they’re talking about is the stuff of legends…
Update 18/7/10 – And this story hits the big time, TIME magazine just covered the story with no analysis what so ever. Nothing can stop the crazy “soccer mums” banning their poor squealing kids from the internet now. Prepare for screaming scenes in super markets across America…. “mammmmmmmmmy I promise I won’t idose I promisseeeeeeeeeeeeee”
20/7/10 – The story reaches the Daily Mail.
Ok so what is it and how does it work?
“Binuaral beats” essentially work by playing two slightly different frequencies in each ear. The brain judges where a sound is coming from by analysing the difference betweenthe sounds in both ears. Upon hearing a binuaral beat through stereo headphones the brain is forced to conclude that the sound is emmitted from inside your own head. In theory this should be mildly confusing, in practice it sounds a bit like a vacum cleaner or a static ring depending on the variance in frequencies. FYI the first three praragraphs of the wikipedia page are generally accurate up until the word “hypothetical” at which part the bullshit meter starts to go haywire.)
What I find even more interesting however than the effect itself is that this is probably one of the most spectacular demonstrations of the placebo effect and mass hysteria ever recorded in such extraordinary detail. Binaural beats are very well understood and have been demonstrated to cause very small changes in brain activity which result in relatively negligible changes in the way we feel. However tell some kids that “this choon gonna make you trip balls” and a few of them will have the time of their lives rolling around the floor laughing their ass off.
Mass hysteria, though there have been many examples over the course of history (article coming soon) we know very little about the type of people that are affected and the mechanisms behind it. I for one would be fascinated to find out whether any of the videos on youtube are genuine hysteria or whether they are all intelligent kids ripping the piss out of their own Beaurau of Narcotics. If so this may go down as the greatest hoax since the US army fended of German troops with inflatable tanks.
If you have ever experienced binuaral beats in any way or have tricked anyone in to believeing they are high on binaural beats (with or without effect, prank or genuine, whether or not you believe this to be hysteria, placebo or the real thing) please email me a brief report in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “digital drugs”. (Any material recieved may be used for academic published works but your names and contact details will be removed)
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