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Background: a year ago I happened to be shoving a
into a disposal and I happened to turn the disposal off with
the pineapple half in and half out of the disposal with its
fronds sticking out of the drain at the bottom of the sink and
there happened to be a tape recorder with bendy
guitar sounds on it that I had let run out of battery juice so
that it just slowed down and gradually stopped playing and
when I turned off the disposal I heard that the tape
had started back up and sounded like it was screaminmg in
pain, and when I touched the fronds it sounded like I was
yanking the vocal chords out of a dying man.
One amazing thing I forgot to mention in the linked
emotion amplifyer idea was that later on that week I was
experimenting around with the same tape player -- the one
with the almost dead batteries -- and I decided to try one of
those really fancy plumey ostrich tail or wing feathers that
people use as pens at their weddings. When I held the
feather up in the air and rested the root of it on the tape
player, the sounds that came out were unbelievable. It
sounded a lot like a huge piece of lightly crinkled tinfoil
swaying gently in the wind, plugged into a distorted
with feedback. A truely unbelivable sound.
A third thing that happened was that I had recorded a
periodically repeating series of sounds from a video game
was playing them on the recorder and I let it run out of
and I put it on my stomach as I was lying down and it started
back up again in time to my slow breathing, and every
made no matter how small was reflected in the sound of
Finally the other night I was going to sleep and it was
uncharacteristically quiet and as I was drifting off to sleep I
could hear that same type of sound - this time without a
tape player around - and much clearer and more dynamic
and quieter - the same as the
and the breathing but amplifyed - in my ears and by playing
around with making subtle movements all over my body I
could tell that it was the sound of my whole nervous system
doing that same feather-pinapple thing and i was
thinking that the similarity must be that all of those things,
fruit, a feather, a body and a nervous system are all wound
electromagnetically some way and if you amplify them you
get great sounds number one but also you can hear
that you never thought were there.
I guess there must be some kind of application here for
biofeedback. Would someone who is better with electronics
than I am and who has more time on their hands please take
this and run with it?
Pineapple emotion amplifyer
[JesusHChrist, Jun 19 2005]
Plant Music -- look 3/4 way down the page for "Stereofernic Orchidstra"
Rare Plant Biofeedback Music. For anyone in the DC area, there is a talk on plant music being given at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater on July 25th at 7pm [JesusHChrist, Jul 19 2005]
||I didn't post on the original idea, but I'll post this now. I've got to believe we're talking about the same root cause.
||I used to have an early model phase shifter, back in the 70s when such things were popular. This one was unusual in that it had a pedal attached to a potentiometer, which one would use to adjust the modulation on the fly. It would produce an effect almost but not quite exactly like a Leslie tone cabinet. It worked nicely with my 73 Rhodes.
||I discovered quite by accident one day that by half-ways plugging in the quarter-inch phono jack, the device would produce sounds evocative of the slaughter of several emus with a dull axe. Another emu would die with every 'beat' of the device, and depressing the pedal would increase the death rate.
||-- and that's how you came about your bakename (waaughhssqeeeek! )
||Hey! zeus: What are those sentences all about? You sort them out and I'll have a stab at the electronics-types answers. I'll need a couple more details before I can come up with a decent explanation but I reckon they'll come out if you just organise the idea...
||[waugs]: The half in plug is not touching the socket and a spark is jumping across the air gap. The air gap is acting as a capacitor: voltage builds up to a level where the potential difference between contacts is enough to spark across. The more you press the pedal down, the higher the rate of voltage change and the more frequent the emu deaths.
||[JHC]: I take it back - the explanations are all there in your Pineapple emotional amplifier idea.
||//....and as I was drifting off to
sleep....// I think we have the first
inklings of an explanation here.
||[Base] Actually there may be a dietary consideration...