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FIRST and above all, an explanation must do justice to the thing that is to be explained, must not devaluate it, interpret it away, belittle it, or garble it, in order to make it easier to understand. The question is not "At what view of the phenomenon must we arrive in order to explain it in accordance with one or another philosophy?" but precisely the reverse: "What philosophy is requisite if we are to live up to the subject, be on a level with it?" The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: "To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon..."

Schelling, Philosophie der Mythologie. qtd. in V. Zuckerkandl, Sound and Symbol.

"Heartache" is a poeticism, but here it becomes an actual fact because his pride would not let him suffer the pain in his soul. The "lump in the throat," the so-called globus hystericus, comes, as everyone knows, from swallowed tears. His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms. All this was a rationally understandable and perfectly intelligible process, which could just as well have passed off consciously, had it not been for his masculine pride.

The Portable Jung, p.31

The conviction of ignorance is a necessary first step to the acquisition of knowledge, for no one is going to seek knowledge on any subject if he is under the delusion that he already possesses it.

W.K.C. Guthrie. The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle.

... practically all the religions we know might be defined as state-specific technologies, operated in the service of a priori belief systems.

Charles T. Tart

What's your name?
You must have a name.
Of course.
I'm not just anybody.
Right.
What's so hard?
Just a name!
If you want,
spell it backwards.
What's your name?
Raven.
You must feel better already.
Spelled like the bird?
Yes, Raven.
- First name?
- Ralph.
What did you say?
Nothing.
Keep writing.
Refugee... victim
of robbers and horse thieves...
beginner... sensitive... destitute...
specialist and layman
all in one, you might say.
One thing at a time, Mr. Raven.
Where do you live?
Where do you sleep?
Around.
Around? Here and there?
The pizzeria, "Casa dell'Angelo."
You sleep in the oven, I suppose?
- You don't believe me?
- No!

Film: Faraway, So Close! (In Weiter Ferne So Nah)


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comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
Good point. I wouldn't expect any of these crazy strings to wear well.
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answered Recording electric guitar with pc - suggestions to get a great metal sound
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comment Is that a hemiola or what?
Yeah, I wanted to, but couldn't quite decide how to comment on them. Learning how to pronounce subsesquialtera definitely makes one a nerd. Similar, I'm sure, may be said of learning how to spell it. ;)
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trying to get a better image
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Oct
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comment Guitar getting out of tune quickly
I wouldn't try the trick of over-tuning on a cheap guitar, it might not bear up to the extra strain. But otherwise agree. +1 Welcome to the site!
Oct
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comment Did any player pianos use card decks?
I spared this part because I felt I'd subjected everyone to enough of my imaginings for one night: The motivation for this question was imagining using such a card-controlled player piano to play "collage" music constructed of "samples" from other pieces. Like an "acoustic" DJ.... (maybe that melody from Moonlight Sonata really does lead straight into the shipwreck from Scheherazade!)
Oct
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comment Did any player pianos use card decks?
Found the page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_music
Oct
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comment Can you develop relative pitch just by playing music?
One crazy difficult exercise for ear training is: try to whistle a chromatic scale.
Oct
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comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
The Theosophist,I.4. January 1880, "The Ensouled Violin" by Hi'larion Smerdis, F.T.S. (likely a pseudonym for H.P. Blavatsky)
Oct
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comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
@M3NTA7 With triangular wires, you'd have a top and a bottom. With the edge up, they might be easier to bend; edge-down might be easier for stretches and gymnastics by improving the grip of the string on the fret, and a softer profile in contact with the fingertip. I'd expect a similar whip that I imagine ribbons would produce; but it might also be capable of springy whips, too (if the center of the string length were to rotate around the core, like a pendulum).
Oct
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answered Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
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asked Did any player pianos use card decks?
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comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
Found a nice discussion about hex/round cores at music-electronics-forum.com/t19507 .
Oct
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comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
I found a ghost story in The Theosophist where the second best violinist, continually overshadowed by Paganini, makes a set of strings from his own teacher's gut.