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by Masily box
Fri May 22, 2009 3:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is it even worth it to go to an expensive college?
Replies: 19
Views: 1953

Re: Is it even worth it to go to an expensive college?

I don't know about expensive schools, but I do know that prestigious schools are worth considering. They're prestigious for a reason. They tend to have well developed alumni networks, career advising offices, fellowship/grant offices, and so on that can make a huge difference for you outside of the ...
by Masily box
Wed May 20, 2009 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Shakespeare Comparison
Replies: 10
Views: 1236

Re: Shakespeare Comparison

It's not really on the honor code. For reasonably well thought-out original ideas, it's almost always pretty clear when they've been lifted from someone else. The chances of independently stumbling upon exactly the same insight as one that made it into a published journal article are pretty slim.
by Masily box
Wed May 20, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Why the hell am I paying this school-
Replies: 27
Views: 4103

Re: Why the hell am I paying this school-

Many professors do miss class for half a week to a week to go to a national or regional conference. That isn't slacking: it's part of their job. Many of the other problems I've seen mentioned in this thread probably are related to universities' increasing reliance on adjuncts to teach many of their ...
by Masily box
Tue May 19, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)
Replies: 10
Views: 2649

Re: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)

I'm not familiar with the term "maximalism" referring to the Schoenberg+ school of music. It does strike me as a misnomer (more so than minimalism): what exactly is it trying to maximize?: "Precompositional" constraints? Well, in that regard, it's actually closer to minimalism th...
by Masily box
Sun May 17, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Shakespeare Comparison
Replies: 10
Views: 1236

Re: Shakespeare Comparison

sje46 wrote:Just because some of your arguments is similar to what a famous series of reviews says, does that mean you cheated? No.


Er, actually, if your argument is similar because you read that review (and failed to cite it), that's the definition of plagiarism.
by Masily box
Wed May 13, 2009 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10300

Re: Classical Music Dying?

Most movie scores are classical music. ew ew ew: NO (sorry, I realize that's not productive. slightly longer version: many movie scores may use instruments and styles derived from classical music, but they aspire toward entirely different goals. it's like saying "most text messages are literat...
by Masily box
Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical music and covers
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: Classical music and covers

Yes: part of the issue is that the virtuosity demanded of classical instrumentalists is so much greater that they have far less time for composing. Another issue is that classical compositions (as we've treated them for the last ~200 years) are meant to last . They're meant to continue yielding new ...
by Masily box
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 29th amendment: the second renissance
Replies: 54
Views: 3299

Re: 29th amendment: the second renissance

SOSkanesumi ARK wrote:equal rights for robots law


Amazingly, though, the US doesn't even have an Equal Rights Amendment for women yet.
by Masily box
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music with crescendos?
Replies: 41
Views: 16993

Re: Music with crescendos?

Yeah, I'm not sure if you meant it this way, but the OP reminds me of the "literary" use of crescendo to mean climax, which drives me batty. Don't use a technical term if you're going to use it wrong . (Not necessarily a rant aimed that the OP, but even so, I think you might mean "mus...
by Masily box
Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Where can I hear Elfish, Tengwar, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1004

Re: Where can I hear Elfish, Tengwar, etc.

Everything else is just peoples interpretation of the same information. Not true at all. Conlanging was a huge portion of Tolkien's life (he once quipped that he created LotR to have a world to put his languages in), and he left volumes of notes, sketches, ideas, etc. What ended up in the published...
by Masily box
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Where can I hear Elfish, Tengwar, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1004

Re: Where can I hear Elfish, Tengwar, etc.

Er, I don't know about sound recordings, but this is where I always point people with an interest in Tolkien's various elvish languages:

http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/
by Masily box
Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many tone rows are there?
Replies: 14
Views: 2251

Re: How many tone rows are there?

but whatever I'm not going to get into a huge set theory argument with myself here. Ah, but those are among the most fun kinds of arguments to have. :D FWIW, I think set theory is fantastic, but it's worth keeping close to mind what it's assumptions about equivalence are. (And remembering that equi...
by Masily box
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Counterpoint
Replies: 5
Views: 911

Re: Counterpoint

well, I've got to heartily disagree with vers. Species counterpoint study can be a really rewarding experience, and actually it's hard to imagine appreciating much of the art music of the last 500+ years without having studied it. And, actually, I always thought 4th species was a lot more restrictin...
by Masily box
Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "I Love You"
Replies: 7
Views: 2526

Re: "I Love You"

This certainly seems like it belongs in the linguistics subforum. (Agreed and moved. -L) It's actually an interesting issue. It's been about four years since I've really done much with linguistics, but if you'll tolerate out of date info (and ideas from generative grammar): Linguists have noticed th...
by Masily box
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 37636

Re: SAT Scores

holy necromice, batman!

(1580/1600 old sat, 1600/1600 gre :D)
by Masily box
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many tone rows are there?
Replies: 14
Views: 2251

Re: How many tone rows are there?

billiamo wrote:Turns out there's only 208 chords?



Only to the extent that C major and F minor are the same chord. :D
by Masily box
Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Doing your Master's at your Alma Mater
Replies: 15
Views: 2109

Re: Doing your Master's at your Alma Mater

I'm in exactly the same situation, though for me it's an MA/PhD program. Unfortunately, my best $ offer is here, too, so it's going to be really hard to convince myself to go anywhere else.

So I second the question. Anyone have any perspectives on this?
by Masily box
Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Worst Exam Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: Worst Exam Schedule

Back in December 2007, I had one week in which I had 60+ pages of papers due, plus some messing around in R for a relatively easy Bayesian stats class. The next week, over the course of 5 days, I had 4 three-hour exams.

I'm relatively glad that's over.
by Masily box
Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: John Cage's 4'33"
Replies: 32
Views: 4155

Re: John Cage's 4'33"

It's not gimmickery. Cage was a well-established composer before he wrote the piece, and he didn't write it to gain notoriety; it's a natural product of some of his speculations on the nature of music. If you listen to other pieces of music written by him, you'll find that he actually was a fairly d...
by Masily box
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: John Cage's 4'33"
Replies: 32
Views: 4155

Re: John Cage's 4'33"

Yep, that looks like it. Peters No. 6777. I've got a shirt that has the cover on the front and the Tacet page on the back.
by Masily box
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: John Cage's 4'33"
Replies: 32
Views: 4155

Re: John Cage's 4'33"

Well, one of the editions of the score says that the piece can be performed by any number of people for any length of time, and that 4'33" was just the original timing. Others disagree. (Also, in one of those terrific coincidences in music history, 4'33" translates to 273 seconds, approxim...
by Masily box
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many tone rows are there?
Replies: 14
Views: 2251

Re: How many tone rows are there?

I see what you mean. But actually, the requirement that you cycle through an entire row before reusing a pitch class places really strict limits on what kinds of sounds are possible. Statistically, in a piece of tonal music, you'll get lots more of certain notes, whereas in 12-tone music, things can...
by Masily box
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Maximum hour guidelines
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Maximum hour guidelines

Surely you're not learning everything related to a given topic in a course. Build on stuff that interests you, and teach yourself. Also, do look into doing actual research. It can be interesting and give you a sense of what the field is actually like. (You say "and I don't have any experience a...
by Masily box
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many tone rows are there?
Replies: 14
Views: 2251

Re: How many tone rows are there?

Antimatter Spork wrote:No it doesn't. It sounds as different as is technically possible!



Not sure what you mean by this. That it sounds incredibly different from common practice music?
by Masily box
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many tone rows are there?
Replies: 14
Views: 2251

Re: How many tone rows are there?

The answer is that there are 9,985,920 distinct "row classes," though how you get there is a little complex. Luckily, that's what music theory journals are for: Julian Hook, "Why Are There Twenty-Nine Tetrachords? A Tutorial on Combinatorics and Enumeration in Music Theory" in Mu...
by Masily box
Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:30 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does college look at what classes you take in HS?
Replies: 14
Views: 2351

Re: Does college look at what classes you take in HS?

I'm basically reiterating what other people have said, but just to make the point that they're right: 1)Would they look favorably upon me taking Calculus AP in my senior year, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with medicine? First: it has a lot to do with medicine. Second, almost any colle...
by Masily box
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Has College Been Glorified?
Replies: 34
Views: 3990

Re: Has College Been Glorified?

They are even talking about making a deal to stop offering merit-based scholarships... (so they can avoid bidding against each other, and once again charge your family every drop they can afford) Um, actually, Harvard and Yale already don't offer merit-based scholarships, and haven't for years. The...
by Masily box
Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Prepping for ACT/SAT
Replies: 38
Views: 2622

Re: Prepping for ACT/SAT

Isn't anyone else bothered by the notion of SAT prep courses? They advertise that they just teach to a test. They're a way of gaming the system that you have to pay for; consequently they bias the system in favor of wealthier college applicants. From the individual student's perspective, I'm sure th...
by Masily box
Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Best textbook you've used?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Best textbook you've used?

I don't actually have a lot of experience with textbooks per se (books written specifically with a college course in mind, problems after each section, etc...), but two academic-ish books that have been particularly meaningful for me: The World's Major Languages , edited by Bernard Comrie and Elemen...
by Masily box
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Philip Glass
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Philip Glass

More interesting, yes. But sometimes un-interesting things are more beautiful than the interesting ones. Well, perhaps we'll just have to disagree on this one. The scope of my imagination doesn't contain things that are both beautiful and boring. I suppose we're miscommunicating, though: for me, th...
by Masily box
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Has College Been Glorified?
Replies: 34
Views: 3990

Re: Has College Been Glorified?

If you want to go to or want to go to an Ivy league or big name school for undergrad, you are just a pansy.Yes. I'm calling you all out. PANSIES. There is nothing that these schools can provide that a small liberal arts college or state university cannot other than bragging rights. Hm. Somebody's n...
by Masily box
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Has College Been Glorified?
Replies: 34
Views: 3990

Re: Has College Been Glorified?

I was in almost exactly the same boat going into my second semester of senior year in high school. The good news: college turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be. Intellectually reinvigorating, liberating after a boring ass-highschool, full of awesome people, and so on. As for college re...
by Masily box
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Philip Glass
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Philip Glass

I meant neither to be pedantic nor to disrupt the discussion of Glass's music. In fact, isn't that one of the values of minimalist music: that it challenges our aesthetic conceptions of what music is/can be? So I posed a serious question (albeit somewhat glibly): would we consider any sound that gen...
by Masily box
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Philip Glass
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Philip Glass

I Am Raven wrote:It has all the elements music requires: emotion.


So a baby crying is music?
by Masily box
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes
Replies: 11
Views: 6041

Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

I work at a university library, and (like most universities, as far as I can tell) we use LC. (That is, I believe, the more usual abbreviation.) Also I interned at the Library of Congress for a summer once.

So I think my preferences are obvious...
by Masily box
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Funniest Songs
Replies: 37
Views: 3646

Re: The Funniest Songs

I absolutely adore the Craigstlistlieder by Gabriel Kahane; I don't think any piece of music has ever made me laugh out loud so much. Then again, my Schubert-geekiness knows no bounds, so perhaps the piece couldn't find a more sympathetic audience than me.
by Masily box
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:56 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3532

Re: Grad School 2009!!

Me! I am, and the wait (which I expect to last till March) is driving me crazy. The list is: Indiana University Eastman School of Music (~Rochester University) University of Chicago Yale University University of British Columbia I'm applying for their programs in music theory, though one of my main ...
by Masily box
Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sight Reading
Replies: 10
Views: 1537

Re: Sight Reading

Studying music theory helped my sight reading a lot , even on the piano, which isn't my main instrument. I don't mean just basic music literacy stuff (like scales and keys), but harmony, voice leading, counterpoint, form, all the good stuff. It made me consciously aware of what the notes on the page...
by Masily box
Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Help me get into music theory
Replies: 14
Views: 2383

Re: Help me get into music theory

was there a primer in that book? I don't remember... I must have skipped it. Anyways, I thought that there were lots of problems with the rest of Levitin's book, including some pretty basic factual errors. They say that some of the simple ones were fixed in the paperback, but I'd still be wary. It w...
by Masily box
Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ivy League Schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2127

Re: Ivy League Schools

Eleni wrote:And of course, the physics department at Princeton is stellar.


i see what you did there

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