Culture: Music: Feature
Manual cranium bass phaser   (+5)  [vote for, against]

Oftentimes disk jockeys will phase out the bass of a tune and drop it back in as a song breaks.

I have replicated this effect in my brain. While listening to music in my closed-back headphones, I manually adjust the air-pressure in my head by inhaling on my thumb, which reduces bass considerably. Stop inhaling, bass comes back in.

-- theleopard, Jul 28 2011

Korg Monotron filter deck
Like this, only, inside your mind. [theleopard, Jul 28 2011]

Is that a similar thing as the "Walk outside of the club for a breather" effect?
-- zen_tom, Jul 28 2011

No, in fact, it's the opposite. Stepping out for a breather removes the treble, leaving only the bass. If you stepped out for a breather, whilst inhaling strongly on your thumb, you'd essentially nullify all sound in the surrounding area, and your head would explode.

By the way, smoking and yawning (not necessarily at the same time) produces the same effect.
-- theleopard, Jul 28 2011

//smoking and yawning (not necessarily at the same time) produces the same effect// What, making your head explode? I must watch out for this in future!
-- pocmloc, Jul 28 2011

[theleopard] If you do that while listening to "A day in the life" played backwards, then, not only does your head explode, but it forms a singularity in the space-time continuum.
-- mouseposture, Jul 28 2011

I grow some stuff in my closet that does all this and more.

And I don't share it, either.
-- Alterother, Jul 28 2011

The title is better than the idea, which turns out to be disappointingly non-lethal.
-- 8th of 7, Jul 28 2011

//"A day in the life"// Ah, so when "He blew his mind out in a car" he was merely adjusting his intra-cranial pressure, and the purpose of the sound effects in the song is to simulate the effect for the benefit of those without thumbs.
-- spidermother, Jul 29 2011

[Alterother], you don't have to share. And what I'm brewing in my spare bedroom travels poorly, but when it's ready we'll try it. Perhaps you can share your proprietary venison tenderizing technique ;-)
-- normzone, Jul 29 2011

I find that a 60/40 dual-purpose tire does well for releasing the essence of the meat without overworking it.
-- Alterother, Jul 29 2011

Okay, I just tried it. [El Leopardo] is right. It works.

I felt a damn fool when I looked up and found my wife watching me, tho...
-- Alterother, Jul 29 2011

//Okay, I just tried it. [El Leopardo] is right. It works.//

You'll all be trying it now. And you'll see... you'll see I'm right.

Apart from you [8th]. All your heads will explode.

All your heads are belong to us.
-- theleopard, Jul 29 2011


-- 8th of 7, Jul 29 2011

Come on, hands up. Who's tried it after reading this?
-- theleopard, Jul 30 2011

Great heavy metal band name.
-- doctorremulac3, Jul 30 2011

+ 4 ur reply 2 zen in the 1st anno.
-- pashute, Jul 30 2011

The "Walk outside of the club for a breather" effect is similar to the "Look at a blank wall after staring at an arc welder" effect. In each case, a sense has been overloaded and distorted; in each case, some of the damage is permanent.
-- spidermother, Jul 31 2011

Permanent, yeah. I would amend your description to "wonder what you're looking at after staring at an arc welder, because you sure as hell can't see it."
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

Gazing longingly and staring directly at the arc are two different things. Ogling the latest Miller has never been known to cause blindness, only poverty and spousal wrath.
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

Hey, I didn't start this debacle, I only exacerbated it. If [spidermother] had said 'welding arc' instead of 'arc welder,' we wouldn't be in this mess. But who am I to argue semantics?

I'm [The Alterother], that's who.
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

I knew there was a reason I liked you.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 31 2011

Nice callback. I laughed so hard I woke up the World's Laziest Dog (even shooting clays off the back porch w/ a 12ga. hasn't done that).
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

<obligatory Python reference>

"We have found a witch, may we burn her ?"

-- 8th of 7, Jul 31 2011

I need a manual cranium Varon-T disruptor phaser including PHASed Energy Rectification, whilst under the influence of selenium and rhodium nitrates."oh yes"
-- skinflaps, Jul 31 2011

Have you ever drunk a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster ?

"Like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped round a large gold brick"

Highly recommended.
-- 8th of 7, Jul 31 2011

Yes, it's something like that, but not really.
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

//Have you ever drunk a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster ?//

I can't say that I have.However,green apple tea sounds apple-ealing.
-- skinflaps, Jul 31 2011

Crap, I've forgotten the exact line from the book. Now nobody will get to see what a clever intellectual I am because I can reference obscure details of a counterculture icon. Oh, well.

There actually is a mixed drink called the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster; several, probably, but the one I'm thinking of was supposedly "approved" by Adams himself, whatever that really means. I don't really remember anything about except that it's served in a highball glass, is potent enough to get one insensibly drunk, and, yes, is topped with a lemon slice. I tried to look up the recipe, but the only website our @$#% ¥*!!! sattelite internet will load is HB.

Could be worse. Could be Fakebook.

<later: thanks for the link, [21]!>
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

Exact details are unavailable, but anecdotal evidence from the few survivors can be summarised as:

1. It contains Blue Bols and several other clear liquids with a high alcohol content.

2. A highball-style glass is used for delivering the drink (weapon? Challenge? Medication?), but may be of a larger size, typically of the order of half a litre.

3. A slice of lemon is obligatory.

4. A pellet of solid carbon dioxide is used instead of water ice. This results in a beverage that bubbles, is quite cold, and is topped with a dense white vapour.

5. Addiction to the beverage is immediate, and there is no known cure, other than having another one.

6. Consumption is rarely immediately fatal, a fact invariably bemoaned at some length by those who survivve to experience the resulting hangover.
-- 8th of 7, Jul 31 2011

That sounds like the one; I definitely remember the CO2 pellet and the blue curacao. I think champagne and Everclear may also have been involved.
-- Alterother, Jul 31 2011

Mind-caving inebriation aside, one might be able to affect further sonic manipulations using simple cranial adjustments. Perhaps thorough and repeated blinking might cause an elevation in pitch, or tickling your incus with a straw may invoke a flanging effect (and vomiting).
-- theleopard, Aug 01 2011

//Well tickle your incus//

I'm gonna use that. That's right up there with curdle yer girdle.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 01 2011

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