muzak reality

Muzak is functional music, around since 75 years. It affects those who hear it but doesn’t require a conscious listening effort. The key to Muzak's effectiveness is "stimulus progression," which offers a psychological "lift" to its listeners - a subconscious sense of progress/results achieved via  fifteen-minute block soundbites. Research on physiological/psychological effects of Muzak have shown that it … Continue reading muzak reality

hip-hop, creativity and brain functionality

Hip-hop, an artistic expression/culture formed during 70s in Bronx, is a combination of terms — “hip” was used in African-American vernacular English starting in 1898, meaning current or in the know, and "hop" from “to hop.” Hip-hop was the creative coalescence of the then popular funk music, self-appointed disk-scratching DJs, break-dancing MCs, improv lyricist-rappers and complementary street art (graffiti) which visualized … Continue reading hip-hop, creativity and brain functionality

goedel vs escher vs bach – life and self

This isn’t a review of Goedel Escher Bach (GEB) but a vivid recommendation for all polymaths/curious types. The book not only details interesting life episodes of Kurt Goedel, M.C. Escher, and J.S. Bach, but also exposes the unifying framework of mathematics, art and music, while attempting to contextualize the “self” as a result of a … Continue reading goedel vs escher vs bach – life and self