Listen To Twiddle’s Arkansas-Themed Set From Fayetteville Tour Opener [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgTwiddle kicked off their run of winter tour dates on January 30th with a headlining show at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Vermont-native quartet made sure to make the tour’s opening performance a memorable one, as they filled their two sets (plus an encore) with a mix of 14 total covers and originals themed around the great state of Arkansas. You can finally listen to the full show audio below, or download it here on nugs.net.The show started with a performance of “Apples”, inspired by the official Arkansas state flower, the Apple Blossom. The opening tune transitioned into a disco-friendly cover of “Funkytown” before returning back to “Apples”. Next came one of their newer songs, “River Drift”, followed by a rendition of “Invisible Ink” that segued into John Denver‘s “Country Roads” and, finally, back into “Invisible Ink”. The first set continued with more Arkansas-inspired performances including “Milk” (the official state beverage) and “The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle” in which the song’s title character was born in the state’s capital of Little Rock.Related: Twiddle Adds Northeast Spring Tour Dates With Lespecial And Gatos BlancosThe second half of the show opened up with “Gatsby the Great”. The Gatsby mentioned in the song’s title was inspired by keyboardist Ryan Dempsey‘s pet duck, which obviously relates to the fact that Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest. “Gatsby” transitioned into “Polluted Beauty” (and back into “Gatsby”) before continuing with “Honeyburst” and “Beehop”, pulled from the fact that the honey bee is Arkansas’ official state insect. Next came “Second Wind”, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes of the World” (with a tease of “Gubb Dump” during the solo) to close the set. Twiddle’s night finally came to a thrilling end with an encore cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World”.Twiddle – 1/30/2019 – Full Show Audio[Audio: edmund.edwards]Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for ticket info for all upcoming Twiddle shows.Setlist: Twiddle | George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR | 1/30/2019Set One: Apples (%) > Funkytown (Lipps Inc. cover) > Apples > River Drift, Invisible Ink > Country Roads (John Denver cover) > Invisible Ink, Milk (&), The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle (@)Set Two: Gatsby the Great (!) > Polluted Beauty > Gatsby, Honeyburst (?) > Beehop (?), Second Wind (Darryl Worley cover) > Eyes of the World* (Grateful Dead cover)Encore: Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)Show Notes:* “Gubb Dump” tease during solo% The Apple Blossom is Arkansas state flower& Milk is Arkansas state [email protected] Ricky Snickle was born in Little Rock Arkansas! Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest? The Honey bee is Arkansas state insectlast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Welcomes Page McConnell At NYC Comeback Show [Video]

first_imgOn Friday night in New York City, a new 100-minute documentary about Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Between Me & My Mind, premiered at the Beacon Theatre as part of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The emotional film follows Anastasio and his Phish bandmates through the preparation process of 2017’s Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, the crafting of the “Soul Planet” New Year’s Eve gag—when they transformed the World’s Most Famous Arena into a pirate ship–and the emotional and often uncertain process of creating Ghosts of the Forest as Trey’s dear friend Chris “C-Cott” Cottrell struggled with and eventually succumbed to his stage 4 cancer diagnosis. The documentary also features heartfelt one-on-one conversations between Trey and his father, his mother, his wife, and his two daughters.Following the world premiere of Between Me & My Mind, Trey Anastasio Band took the Beacon Theatre stage for a special performance. TAB’s last performance together was at Radio City Music Hall for A Concert For Island Relief with Hurray For The Riff Raff, Aaron Neville, and a Dave Matthews solo acoustic set in January of 2018.Trey Anastasio, Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton, Ray Paczkowski, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, and Cyro Baptista made their triumphant return to the stage with a wicked one-set show. During the set, the reunited group delivered TAB originals (“Mozambique”, “Cayman Review”, “Curlew’s Call”, “Dark and Down”, “Money, Love and Change”) and Phish crossover favorites  (“First Tube”, “Everything’s Right”, and “Sand”). For the encore, Trey performed a solo acoustic version of the heart-throbbing Phish tune, “More”, before welcoming his fellow Phish bandmate Page McConnell to the stage for versions of “Heavy Things” and the TAB debut of “Blaze On”.Trey Anastasio Band – “More”, “Heavy Things”, “Blaze On” w/ Page McConnell [Video: LazyLightning55a]Trey Anastasio Band will go on to play in New Haven, CT tonight, April 27th, followed by two nights at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th. The band will also perform in St.Petersburg, FL (5/28), St. Augustine, FL (5/29), Atlanta, GA (5/31 & 6/1), along with two, two-night Colorado runs in Denver and Vail this summer. Trey Anastasio Band also has current festival performances set for The Peach Music Festival, LOCKN’, and Bourbon & Beyond. For a full list of Trey Anastasio’s upcoming side project tour dates, head here.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY | 4/27/19SET 1: First Tube, Everything’s Right > Mozambique, Cayman Review, Curlew’s Call, Dark and Down, Money, Love and Change, SandENCORE: More [1], Heavy Things [2] > Blaze On[2][1] Trey solo acoustic.[2] Page on keys.last_img read more

Lotus Offers Career-Spanning Setlist, Covers Allman Brothers Band At Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Photos]

first_imgOn Saturday, jamtronica pioneers Lotus‘ recent spring run in support of their latest LP, Frames Per Second, culminated with a headlining blowout at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The five-piece band consisting of Mike Greenfield (drums), Jesse Miller (bass, sampler), Luke Miller (guitar, keys), Mike Rempel (guitar), and Chuck Morris (percussion) tapped an impressive support lineup for their Red Rocks bash including experimental electronic duo Ghostland Observatory, Denver-native electronic producer Jade Cicada, and Colorado’s own jam favorites Magic Beans. Following Magic Beans’ Red Rocks debut, keyboardist Casey Russell would later sit-in with Lotus during their headlining set.Lotus’ Luke Miller Expresses Elation & Gratitude Ahead Of Red Rocks ThrowdownLotus opened up their set with “Middle Road”, off of their 2013 Build release, followed by an exploratory take on fan-favorite “Livingston Storm”. With the quintet settling into their highly-anticipated return to one of the country’s most beloved outdoor amphitheaters, “Livingston Storm” smoothly segued into “MacGuffin”, the first tune of the night off of the band’s December 2018 Frames Per Second release. Luke Miller stepped up to take the lead on “Destroyer”, followed by a silky-smooth pairing of “Aquamarine” into “Spiritualize”.The biggest surprise of the night came next, as Lotus invited Magic Beans keyboardist Casey Russell on stage to lend a helping hand on a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. Rempel laid down some well-executed guitar work before Russell got his chance to shine with a bubbly, evolving funk solo on the organ. Lotus closed out their set with a trio of older tunes, as the band worked through “Plant Your Root”, “Shimmer and Out”, and a set-closing take on “Wax”.Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Ali Jay.For a full list of Lotus’ upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Lotus | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2019Set: Middle Road, Livingston Storm > MacGuffin, Destroyer, Aquamarine > Spiritualize, December Sun, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (with Casey Russell of Magic Beans on organ), Plant Your Root > Shimmer and Out, WaxLotus | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2019 | Photos: Ali Jay Multimedia Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Mind power

first_imgSTOCKBRIDGE – The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is housed in a former Jesuit seminary built in the 1950s, on a rise with broad views of the Berkshires. The long hallways have the institutional feel of a high school, except that everyone is speaking in respectful tones, and rolled yoga mats are everywhere, like baguettes in Doisneau’s Paris. On the walls are limited-edition photographs of lean people doing yoga in front of moss-dappled Indian shrines. At the gift shop on an early February weekend, visitors could have their tarot read, or a photographic portrait taken of their aura. And one of the featured speakers, offering a weekend-long seminar, was a senior professor at Harvard University, Ellen Langer.Langer is a famous psychologist poised to get much more famous, but not in the ways most researchers do. She is best known for two things: her concept of mindlessness – the idea that much of what we believe to be rational thought is in fact just our brains on autopilot – and her concept of mindfulness, the idea that simply paying attention to our everyday lives can make us happier and healthier.Read more herelast_img read more

HKS community takes action during fall Public Service Week

first_imgThe students, faculty, and staff of Harvard Kennedy School will amplify John F. Kennedy’s call to “ask what you can do” during the School’s Fall Public Service Week (Oct. 12-17). During a year in which HKS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s presidency, public service week will include a panel with current and former Peace Corps leaders, a student-organized Special Olympics event on Oct. 17, and numerous activities and talks on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility to education to development.“Public service is not only our mission, but the driver behind all that we do,” says HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “While we at HKS undertake public service all year, Public Service Week gives us a chance to focus on and to celebrate what inspires us.”The Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. is sponsored by the Institute of Politics and will include three former Peace Corps directors:  Elaine Chao, Mark Gearan, and Gaddi Vasquez, as well as the current director, Aaron Williams. The event will be moderated by HKS Academic Dean Mary Jo Bane, who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia in the 1960s.The student-organized Special Olympics event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Harvard Soccer Field. Dean Ellwood and the Harvard football team will be among volunteers who will check in athletes, support the awards ceremony, and cheer on the participants.“Public Service Week is more than a chance to work face-to-face in the community,” says Rachel O’Leary, co-chair of the HKS Student Public Service Collaborative. “It’s an opportunity to transform our good words into good deeds.”last_img read more

Where money meets politics

first_imgJames M. Snyder Jr., Harvard’s newest professor of government and an economist by trade, is one of a handful of experts unraveling the enduring puzzle of American elections: how they unfold, and how they are influenced by campaign financing, interest groups, the media, and the economy. In short, what are voters thinking when they cast their ballots?No one really knows, of course. But with the right data, surveys, and programs to tease out inferences, he said it is possible at least to arrive at broad models of voter behavior. Along the way, some conclusions can prove surprising, such as: A voter’s personal economic travail has less influence on her vote than perceptions of how the larger economy is doing. “Do people engage in ‘pocketbook voting?’ ” Snyder asked. “The answer seems to be no.”The implication is that “people are not narrowly expecting the government to help us — but we expect the government to handle the economy well over time.” Despite the common wisdom, a person’s vote is not driven wholly by local or even personal considerations, said Snyder. “People are rewarding — or punishing — an incumbent for national outcomes.”This is just a sliver of what scholars like Snyder infer from vast data sets of election results and complex voter surveys.He has also observed that while the economy drives votes, partisanship drives them even harder. Identifying with a political party applies even to independents, said Snyder, because this growing fraction of the electorate is seldom purely neutral; most are “leaners,” he said, weakly preferring one political camp or the other — but strongly voting with that camp.Snyder, the son of a peripatetic executive with General Electric Co., moved five times in his childhood, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Italy, and upstate New York. “Dying GE cities is the theme here,” he said, with the exception of still-vibrant Milan, Italy, where he landed as a 10-year-old. His mobile childhood turned him inward and gave him a precocious ability to focus, which served him well as a student (he excelled at math) and later as a scholar. “It helps you detach yourself from the world,” said Snyder of that fruitful inwardness, “and focus on your research world.”By the time he arrived at Duke University as a freshman in 1977, Snyder was toying with the idea of majoring in philosophy. Then came a life-changing moment: an introductory economics course with H. Gregg Lewis, a legendary pioneer in labor economics. “He made everything clear, and was interested in students,” said Snyder, and “he was very funny.”In his junior year came another inspiration, a stint as a programmer for two economists, Henry Grabowski and John Vernon, in the days when “programming” meant dealing with decks of punch cards. The rich data wowed Snyder, along with the intensity of effort it took to derive conclusions from it. “I thought: ‘My gosh, this is such a nice life,’ ” he said of economics scholarship. “You basically get to do what you like all day long. It might be 10 hours a day, but it’s your 10 hours.”His Ph.D. studies at the California Institute of Technology, though, slighted the importance of the empirical in favor of pure theory. “We never looked at a data set,” said Snyder. But his first job, a seven-year stint at the University of Chicago, awoke him to the realities of his new profession. “It was clear,” he said. “Economists look at data all the time.”Now, after an 18-year stop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a continuing appointment at the London School of Economics, and a longtime association with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Snyder is known for his creative and rich data sets. He is writing a paper on American media coverage of political scandals and is co-writing another on levels of U.S. political corruption in the mid- 19th century. Who got rich, the study asks, and how did wealth correlate with time in office?Snyder has also investigated how campaign contributions influence modern political decision-making. His conclusion — that such money doesn’t make much difference — defied conventional wisdom. Politicians know that constituents have diffuse interests, and they can’t be ignored in favor of the one that gave the maximum contribution, said Snyder, because “too many people want too many different things.”Outside of work, the trim, energetic Snyder plays tennis, bikes to work from his home in Belmont, and sails – all of that “when I can.” Even travel to Europe’s Mediterranean rim, a favorite pastime with his wife and 15-year-old daughter, is tempered by the demands of work. Said Snyder, “I used to have a life.”last_img read more

Rescuing ancient languages

first_imgIn fluent English with a soft accent, Pedro Mateo, a Harvard postdoctoral fellow in linguistics, recalled the restrictive signs plastered on the walls of Guatemalan schools in the past.They read “no native languages,” said Mateo, whose mother tongue is the increasingly rare Mayan language Q’anjob’al.Then, as now, Mayan languages were often sadly associated with impoverished communities. School officials wanted students to speak the dominant Spanish instead, because it was considered the language of progress and prosperity.“You didn’t want to be discriminated against,” said Mateo, adding that even for its native speakers, the Mayan language can carry a “negative connotation.”Now with Harvard Linguistics Professor Maria Polinsky and several colleagues in her lab, Mateo is helping to preserve, promote, and better understand the ancient Mayan languages.In May and again in June, Mateo and other members of the linguistics lab will visit Mexico and Guatemala to gather data on the grammar and the architecture of the languages Ch’ol, Chuj, and Q’anjob’al.Expert linguists like Polinsky and her team explore language design and structure in an effort in part to understand how and why certain languages vary greatly but also resemble each other. Such work, they say, helps provide understanding about how the human brain works.“What’s really unique to humans as a species is our language abilities,” said Jessica Coon, also a post-doctoral fellow in Polinsky’s lab, who will travel to Mexico in May. “By studying a wide range of diverse languages we can get a glimpse at the common threads that tie all language together and explore further what that tells us about cognition.”In Central America, the Harvard crew will work with local communities to observe and record both child language and the ways that parents speak to children, which can differ significantly from how they speak with other adults.“People often think that little kids just talk funny. But the mistakes they make are consistent and can tell us about the structure of the language they are acquiring, as well as about human language more generally,” said Coon.A second component of their work involves “ergativity.” It’s a universal feature in Mayan languages, one that sets the standard English sentence on its head.“Ergativity is a way of encoding who is doing what to whom in a sentence that is different than English,” said Polinsky. She offered the example of a Mayan language that might use the sentence “Me went, I bought coffee.”“They have different ways of saying ‘I,’ ” said Polinsky, “depending on whether you use the verb ‘to go’ or ‘to buy.’ ”In addition, most Mayan languages put the verb first in a sentence, a feature found in about a tenth of the world’s languages.To study Mayan ergativity, Polinsky and her team developed a series of pictures created with the help of a Mayan artist that show various scenes.In one double image, a snake bites a chicken. Next to it, a chicken bites a snake. Researchers show the images to a test subject, then play a single ambiguous recorded sentence. Next they note the subject’s preference and how long it took her to chose one image over another.“You are asking them to identify which thing the sentence represents,” said Polinsky. “Their preferences tell us a great deal about the structure of the language.”The Harvard team realizes there is urgency in their work.There are 30 Mayan languages currently spoken, but experts fear those numbers are on the decline. In 1976 there were an estimated 50,000 speakers of Chuj. Now there are about 40,000.Aside from gaining knowledge about Mayan languages and linguistics in general, the researchers also hope to give something back to their Mexican and Guatemalan host communities.By training native Mayan language speakers who will then help them both to acquire and translate the data they collect, the Harvard team aims to inspire in the locals a sense of pride and empowerment.“You don’t want to treat your native language consultant as a vending machine, where you put your quarter in, the sentence comes out, and you are done,” said Polinsky. “The idea is that you want to get people involved in the work you do.”“In our experience, you can never force people’s pride in their language from the outside,” she said. “What we can do is provide this perception that their language is valuable, and if the impression is strong enough, hopefully that will help people keep it alive.”last_img read more

Making the ‘ride’ choice

first_imgTo own a car or not to own a car? That is the question in cities like Boston and Cambridge. Whether ’tis nobler in the winter to suffer the shoveling and parking wars after snowstorms or to rent a Zipcar just to fetch groceries makes for a seemingly lose-lose proposition.But as gas prices rise, and traffic remains congested, two new start-ups are looking to give Harvard’s weary travelers more options. Zimride and RelayRides have partnered with the University’s CommuterChoice Program in hopes of making community-based car sharing easier.Zimride, a social networking site, allows drivers and passengers to post their ride times — dates for a one-time trip to New York, for example, or their weekday commuting schedules — so they can pair up for carpools.RelayRides offers more straightforward financial transactions: Car owners can register their cars, set hourly rates and hours of availability for their vehicles, and rent them out to other RelayRides users, a process akin to renting a Zipcar, but often cheaper.CommuterChoice has been promoting the services around campus since last fall. The Harvard network on Zimride.com currently has nearly 900 members, while RelayRides.com boasts 100 cars and 2,000 renters in the Boston area. Registration on both sites is free for members of the Harvard community.“Any time we add a benefit, it’s all about giving people more choices,” said Kris Locke, manager of CommuterChoice. “But we’re also trying to get people to take more sustainable modes of transportation to work, and any time we can offer a new program to help with that, that’s what we try to do.”When it comes to promoting sustainable behavior, new research shows, car sharing works. A recent study out of the University of California, Berkeley’s, Transportation Sustainability Research Center estimated that over the past decade, between 90,000 and 130,000 cars have been taken off the road because of Zipcar and similar services.Accounting for car owners who give up their vehicles and carless commuters who forgo the decision to purchase one, the study’s authors found that for every car-sharing vehicle in use today, nine to 13 automobiles have been taken off the road.“People are changing the way they consume things,” said Shelby Clark, M.B.A. ’10, co-founder of RelayRides, who launched the company while at Harvard Business School (HBS) and was named a runner-up in last year’s Business Plan Contest. “It doesn’t make sense to own something if you’re better off just being able to access that good” within the community.Ben Ganzfried ’09, a research assistant at the Harvard School of Public Health, is one such potential customer. He’d prefer not to buy a car, he said, and with a Zipcar membership he can make the occasional visit to his grandmother or to the grocery store.He signed up for RelayRides in December and has found it to be a cheaper, more convenient alternative. (Harvard also offers a discount on Zipcar memberships. The regular Boston rate is $60 a year; Harvard affiliates pay $25 a year.)“In my experience, a RelayRides car has never been more than three blocks from my house, and it has always been available when I have needed it,” Ganzfried said.Car sharing makes sense financially and environmentally, Clark said, and it can be lucrative for those who rent out their cars. (One RelayRides user who keeps his car on the HBS campus makes up to $600 a month, Clark said.) But he also hopes his company and others like it will help restore a sense of trust and sharing among neighbors.“It’s helping to renew the sense of community,” he said. “The conduit is the Internet. Services like RelayRides are just the matchmaker.”Indeed, some Harvard employees who use both sites have found them to be a good way to meet new people while snagging a cheap ride.Ramona Islam, a curricular design and research librarian at Widener Library, signed up for Zimride in the fall, hoping to find a ride to Connecticut for Thanksgiving. She expanded her network to search for rides beyond Harvard and found a man in Brookline who, for $20, took her and two other passengers to their destinations on his way to New York.“I was a little bit nervous,” Islam said. “But after talking with him on the phone and finding out other people were going, I thought the chances for disaster were slim.”On the ride she talked with her trip mates about everything from dancing to political organizing to religion. The trip went so smoothly that Islam arranged to meet up for a ride back to Boston at the end of the long weekend.“It was actually really nice,” Islam said. “I would encourage more people to take advantage of it, because it has great potential the more people sign up for it.”last_img read more

HGSE student wins literary prizes

first_imgRebecca Givens Rolland, a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was recently named the winner of two literary awards: the 2011 Dana Award in Short Fiction and the 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire First Book Prize for her book of poetry, “The Wreck of Birds.” For more information, visit http://www.rebeccarolland.com.last_img

When the beat goes off

first_imgRhythm pulses inside the brain of a Ghanaian drummer, sitting in a physics laboratory in Gottingen, Germany. His hands caress the skin of a bongo drum, guided by the metronome’s tick through his headphones. He plays for five minutes, filling the sterile lab environment with staccato sounds, as a team of physicists records him, searching for a pattern.But the researchers aren’t interested in what he does correctly — they are listening for his errors. Though the drummer is a professional, like all humans, his rhythm is imperfect. Each time his hand hits the drum, his beat falls ahead or behind the metronome by 10 to 20 milliseconds. On average, he anticipates the beat, and plays ahead of it, 16 milliseconds ahead — less than the time it takes a person to blink, or a dragonfly to flap its wings. What the physicists want to know is: Are these errors random, or correlated in a way that can be expressed by a mathematical law?Rhythm research has implications for both audio engineering and neural clocks, said Holger Hennig, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Eric Heller in the Physics Department at Harvard, and first author of a study of the Ghanaian and other drummers in the journal Physics Today. Software for computer-generated music includes a “humanizing” function, which adds random deviations to the beat to give it a more human, “imperfect” feel. But these variations tend to make the music sound “off” and artificial. The fact that listeners are turned off by “humanized” music led Hennig and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Germany to wonder whether human error in musical rhythm might show a pattern. Perhaps the “humanizing” features of computer-generated rhythms fail because they produce the wrong kind of errors — deviations unlike the kind humans produce. There are rhythms inherent in the human brain, which may affect our musical rhythm. The primal bio-rhythm in the neurons of the Ghanaian drummer might be echoed in the rhythm of his music, the physicists suspected.When they analyzed the drummer’s playing statistically, Hennig and colleagues found that his errors were correlated across long timescales: tens of seconds to minutes. A given beat depended not just on the timing of the previous beat, but also on beats that occurred minutes before.“You can have these trends,” said Hennig. “For example, the drummer plays ahead of the beat for 30 consecutive beats, while half a minute earlier, he tended to play slightly behind the metronome clicks. These trends are pleasant to the ear.”The trends, Hennig found, are correlated: Patterns of fluctuations are likely to be repeated. “This property is found for short and long patterns — hence on different timescales, ” Hennig explained. “The pattern can be seen as a fractal — a self-similar structure.” Fractal patterns are the recurring shapes seen in snowflakes, the leaves of a fern, and “even the coastline of Britain,” Hennig said. “If you zoom into a fractal, you see something that looks similar to the whole thing again.” Deviations in human musical rhythms, like snowflakes and coastlines, are fractals.The discovery that human errors in musical rhythm follow a pattern could influence how audio engineers “humanize” computer-generated music.In a paper published in 2011 in the journal PLoS ONE, Hennig and his lab mates showed that rhythm deviations follow this pattern whether the rhythm is played by hand, foot, or vocals — suggesting it is intrinsic to musical sense. They also produced versions of a pop song “humanized” using either the usual “random-error” method, or a new “long-range-correlated-error” method where the timing of the beats was related. Seventy-nine percent of listeners said the correlated-error version “sounded more precise,” while 64 percent of participants preferred it to the random-error version, suggesting that people prefer music that deviates from perfection in a natural way: “a mix of predictability and surprise,” Hennig said.So these deviations in rhythm patterns seem to be intrinsic, and preferred. But how do they relate to the beat of our brains?“There are different clocks in the brain,” Hennig explained, “clocks on different timescales, like circadian clocks on a 24-hour timescale. However, for the millisecond regime it is totally unknown which neuronal network allows the human to be so precise.”The same long-range correlations discovered in musical rhythm have been found in the fluctuation of auditory nerve firing in cats, in human brainwaves, and in heart rate during sleep: Head, heart, and hand seem to march to the same drummer.Going forward, Hennig hopes to find the link between the beats of brain and body, to help neuroscientists hone in on the mysterious timekeeper of the brain.last_img read more