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by Masily box
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4360
Views: 622962

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Xeio wrote:I guess they're sort of getting rid of the difficulty to kill homunculi...?


I don't think you quite understand how much of a badass Roy is in this continuity. :D
by Masily box
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Indian Classical Music
Replies: 2
Views: 1550

Re: Indian Classical Music

I'm no expert, but it's useful to know that there's a fairly significant divide between the traditions of Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) musics. My impression is that the Hindustani tradition has more culturally diverse influences, and it's the one that is most familiar to Wes...
by Masily box
Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Theory Fail
Replies: 23
Views: 5514

Re: Music Theory Fail

I really beg to differ... Music theory is all about explicating the stylistic conventions of a particular genre of music. Even if a person was trained in one style of music, that doesn't necessarily mean that their later compositions are going to reflect the style they were trained in at all. And ju...
by Masily box
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Theory Fail
Replies: 23
Views: 5514

Re: Music Theory Fail

To be picky, ii to IV is a pretty rare move in music from the classical era. (Way less common than IV to ii.) But why are we trying to use theory from classical music to talk about popular 20th century genres at all? That would be like trying to use Old Norse grammar to understand a sentence by Jane...
by Masily box
Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

I just realized that I never actually gave any suggestions regarding the OP, so now I really feel bad for hijacking the thread. :( To learn about music fundamentals (how to read music, what an E-flat major triad is, what chord inversions are), somewhere like musictheory.net is probably a fine place ...
by Masily box
Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

I recognize that I'm just splitting hairs, and that it's only loosely related to the main topic, but: The melodies from Bach's chorale harmonisations are largely modal, and the phrygian cadence, used extensively by various composers from the period you mentioned has modal origins. Liszt used modes, ...
by Masily box
Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

He meant that different intervals evoke different things, just as different modes do.
by Masily box
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

ChocloManx wrote:wtf, modes are hella important


Not if your goal is to understand any composer from JS Bach through Wagner.
by Masily box
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

On the other hand, my jazz contacts tell me that mode is a well-defined and rather important concept in jazz theory (though one that has very little to do with any medieval or renaissance conception of mode). But if you're interested in jazz, apparently you should worry about (what they mean by) mod...
by Masily box
Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Places to learn Music Theory
Replies: 22
Views: 3451

Re: Places to learn Music Theory

It depends on what you mean by music theory. When most people say "music theory," really what they mean is music literacy--learning what the letters of the musical alphabet are and how to spell words with them. For that sort of thing ("what are the notes of an E major scale?", &q...
by Masily box
Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why Chuck Is Awesome [Spoilers]
Replies: 122
Views: 16271

Re: Why Chuck Is Awesome [Spoilers]

Oh, I'm certainly not forgetting the previous seasons. Somehow I tolerated them, cause I love the show so much, but for whatever reason I can't take it any more... So I was wondering if it's the show, or it's just me. I guess it's just me. :(
by Masily box
Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why Chuck Is Awesome [Spoilers]
Replies: 122
Views: 16271

Re: Why Chuck Is Awesome [Spoilers]

Is it just me or is the fanservice a lot worse this season? The last two episodes I've tried to watch, I had quit in the middle because it was getting so bad. I'm not really sure I feel inclined to come back, now. :?
by Masily box
Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7765

Re: Shakespeare Thread

Shakespeare was a talentless hack who is impossible to take seriously. You seem to be basing your argument on a notion of artistic expression that I find to be pretty wacky; I'm not going to try to argue you out of it. But I would like to try to convince you that Shakespeare was more than a talentl...
by Masily box
Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Theory help
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Re: Music Theory help

I agree: it's not clear to me what you mean by "theoretically correct."

Also, note that the seventh chord notation you're using (Cmaj7, G7, etc.) is more of a jazz notation than one that's used in classical music theory.
by Masily box
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does the college you go to actually matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

Re: Does the college you go to actually matter?

The short version: "Elite" schools don't magically make people successful. It's the other way around - successful people get into "elite" schools. This is true, but let me point out that this has important consequences. At a place like Yale, MIT, or Harvard, you'll be surrounded...
by Masily box
Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 3765

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

Unfortunately, I think so. I've know lots and lots of STEM majors who couldn't write coherently, couldn't reason their way out of a box, and had no appreciation of or critical aptitude for the arts. So anecdotally I've seen people on both sides who would struggle if transplanted to the other. So I'm...
by Masily box
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Romantic Period
Replies: 12
Views: 1519

Re: The Romantic Period

Not to put a damper on our fun--good music is good music, no matter what--but Debussy and Prokofiev are hardly what most people would consider Romantic composers. It would be about as accurate to call Mozart a Romantic. Some of my favorite Romantic works: 1. Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (Dietri...
by Masily box
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Looking for a category...
Replies: 6
Views: 1650

Re: Non-declarative utterances

Well, you're certainly right... Like I said, I'm looking for a better term, and I don't think that 'non-declarative' really fits the bill. Don't be misled by the title of the post: I'm trying to define a category based on the set of exemplars, rather than on any particular concept I already know. 'N...
by Masily box
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Looking for a category...
Replies: 6
Views: 1650

Looking for a category...

I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for, so I'm hoping that if I ramble around my problem someone will be kind enough to point me in the right direction, so here goes... I have a vague impression that a category exists that would contain all (or most) of the following sorts of utterances: 1) vocat...
by Masily box
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4360
Views: 622962

Re: Go Away Dub Watchers: The Proper Anime Thread

I felt that way after the first couple episodes of Brotherhood, but it gets a lot better. (I prefer it to the old FMA so strongly I can't even say...) At the beginning, I think the creators didn't want to waste too much time rehashing stuff that you've already seen in the old show. Once the plots st...
by Masily box
Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How does the brain learn music?
Replies: 28
Views: 3933

Re: How does the brain learn music?

OP, your basic hypothesis that linguistic and musical behaviors share a good deal of cognitive equipment is, I think, a pretty good one. It's a viewpoint that's been studied in great detail by Aniruddh Patel . Basically, he argues that music and language share a lot (though not all) of the same brai...
by Masily box
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: Studying Music 2.0

Well, naturally Babbitt is going to advocate devoting all of a university's resources to his own form of music: in the competition for resources, people tend to be self-interested. But, actually, a couple points to augment his argument: "serious" music is the kind of music that requires st...
by Masily box
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: Studying Music 2.0

I think you mistook my meaning. I was contending that musical structures are invariant under transposition only in a very limited context (of which equal temperament is a significant part). As for Babbit, the title "Who cares if you listen?" was not his own. Basically, he's just pointing o...
by Masily box
Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: Studying Music 2.0

The more well-known Bach example is actually quite similar to the Shosty one: Bach famously based a fugue subject on the notes BACH (where B is the German name for B-flat, and H the German name for B-natural). I'm not quite sure I understand what the Wikipedia quote is trying to convey. More general...
by Masily box
Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: Studying Music 2.0

music theory is mostly arithmetic modulo 12 I wouldn't say mostly. Certainly there's a lot of interesting stuff to be said by equating the pitch-classes w/ Z12, but it's only one modest sub-branch of theory as a whole. (Moreover, if you're going to use math to theorize about music, you can bring in...
by Masily box
Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: Studying Music 2.0

Why would you put a common-tone dim7 in inversion? Doesn't it make sense to keep the tonic in the bass?
by Masily box
Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7765

Re: Shakespeare Thread

This summer I saw such a good produc-
tion of Macbeth in Stratford, Canada,
it blew my mind; I'm going back there in
a month to see it again. As for films,
I've got a strange love for the Branaghs, Much
Ado
especially. I also love
Imogen Stubbs and Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night.
by Masily box
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?
Replies: 39
Views: 5643

Re: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?

More substantial post later when I'm not about to go to bed, but: This is completely untrue: The ivy leagues basically require volunteerism now. and this is unhelpful at best: A last thing to consider is your background. The ivy's are looking for diversity so the more 'diverse' you are the better yo...
by Masily box
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?
Replies: 39
Views: 5643

Re: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?

Well, first of all, keep in mind that there's probably no one here qualified to answer that question, unless we've got someone from the Harvard admissions office lurking... Next thing to ask yourself is what you mean by "an Ivy" and why you want to go to one. There are huge differences bet...
by Masily box
Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 3106

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

...but don't blame me or any other person who uses 'fag', but blame the first ones who used it... This isn't about what you mean when you use it, it's about what you accomplish by using it. And one of those things you accomplish, whether you're aware of it or not, is the collateral hurt (not just &...
by Masily box
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 3106

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

Guys, remember, we're discussing an issue here--it's natural that we don't all start from the same point of view. We're not here to fight. To try to get back on topic, my own experience doesn't bear out the notion that stereotypes/cliques suddenly develop during high school--I saw plenty of that in ...
by Masily box
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 3106

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

First of all, who said I got "offended"? I personally don't feel hurt by this usage of "gay"/"faggot". I still recognize that other people are. Second, I don't "choose" to asssume anything about what anyone means. Here's my reasoning, again: many of my GLBT fr...
by Masily box
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 5749

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

Dude, that Chomsky quote must be from super early on. I'm not sure how well it accords with traditional views of Chomsky's take on language, anyhow, seeing as how his syntactical rules allow for the construction of sentences of unbounded length. To respond to userxp's post (though I'm not quite sure...
by Masily box
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 3106

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

And the word 'fag' is a simple derogatory term used to describe someone you don't like. Common slang, convenience, etc. Sir Elderberry already said it, but it's really important, so it's worth saying again: You may think that this is true. Hopefully you'll admit, though, that you can't speak for th...
by Masily box
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 3106

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

The biatch/slut: I don't know if I'm allowed to use obscenity, but you know, w/e. 8D Most girls probably don't show their true colors 'till HS, but most of them are perverts , sometimes equal to or more than few men. I'm not exactly sure what you meant to convey by this, but all that I get from it ...
by Masily box
Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hinge Propositions and Their Epistemic Importance
Replies: 5
Views: 2766

Re: Hinge Propositions and Their Epistemic Importance

Oh me yarm yes, a topic on Wittgenstein! I heartily approve. I should, however, admit that I haven't actually read On Certainty , nor have I completely read (let alone understood!) all of PI and the Blue/Brown Books. With that caveat (which means, basically, that I have no idea if I'm addressing any...
by Masily box
Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is/was your college GPA?
Replies: 64
Views: 8336

Re: What is/was your college GPA?

Just graduated with a 3.93/4.0 from Yale.
by Masily box
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 5749

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

Along with everyone else, I don't think that the way you're trying to invoke Gödel applies here. But I recognize that you're just using it as a heuristic to remind yourself of something else. I think that your basic insight about language (which includes the question of music genres... after all tho...
by Masily box
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite piece of classical music
Replies: 72
Views: 5255

Re: Favorite piece of classical music

This is essentially an impossible question for me to answer, but a few pieces worthy of consideration would be: Schubert's Winterreise , particularly as sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau the Rite Debussy, La Mer Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 Steve Reich's Drumming William Duckworth's...
by Masily box
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: That sleepy baby melody........
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: That sleepy baby melody........

saxmaniac1987 wrote:Brahm's


Johannes Brahms.
Brahms' lullaby.

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