29 June 2005

Synaestheticals 3: R & D

Tomorrow is Familiarisation Day at College where all next years students come in to 'taste' what's out there in the world of Further Education. The Theme in the Psych. Dept this year is "Messing With Your Mind", a somewhat shameless attempt on my part to dumb down the complexities of neuroscience into bite-size nuggets of psychobabble and casual abuse.

One of the sub-themes will centre around various experiments in synaesthesia including one based around my rambling here and, especially, here.

The students will have to listen in pitch dark to various songs chosen by me (I'll tell them the CD comes from a top Swedish Psycho-Think-Tank) and doodle whatever shapes the song 'takes' in their minds. We'll then collect the information and work on ways to categorise it (the boring Research Methodology bit - as Martin Sheen said in Apocalypse Now: "I don't see any method...at all.")

To join in, here's the track's I'll be playing them - they'll get about 30 secs each:

Smile Around The Face Four Tet
Quiet Pillage 23 Skidoo
Bowl Of Oranges Bright Eyes
Habanera Kahimi Karie
torment by the ghouls A.vomit
Pull Up The People M.I.A.
A.Y.O.R Coil
Where Is My Mind? Pixies
The Lighthouse Ana Da Silva
Further Back And Faster Coil
Kim Wilde Charlotte Hatherley
Orbis De Ignis Dead Can Dance
Dub From The Stars Serge Gainsbourg
Wake Me Up Girls Aloud
Single Again The Fiery Furnaces
Misery goats Pere Ubu
Blue Bell Knoll Cocteau Twins
Keek Venetian Snares
my baby's crying The Von Bondies
kelsomiinannaama Kemialliset Ystavat
One Perfect Sunrise Orbital
Oh Yeah Can

Look for the coils, the rounds, the edges and the lines and then get back to me...

Another sub-theme will focus on John Lilly's (the psychedelic dolphin chattering Doolittle) "Cogitate" experiments whereby the word cogitate repeated endlessly eventually starts to morph into all kinds of weird phrases, noises and sayings...

Well, education's all just crowd control now innit?




Oh, and if Kek's out there...me and Psychbloke are coming to Circle on the 8th...send me an e-mail (I've lost yours after a circuit bend in my Mac) if you fancy meeting up...

Oh and if Nick or any of the other West Country Mastif are around...

8 comments:

kek-w said...

Let's rock, baybeeee....

Psychbloke said...

Hey kids, we can say 'fuck'.....
What about that Blur and Oasis then eh?

Loki said...

i intend to rock indeed...

and, Psychbloke, even if you didn't desire with all your heart to be back in the Bridgy fold that would be a cheap shot...

20jazzfunkgreats said...

u gonna be scanning and posting the results i hope?

Scott said...

I love Danielle dax, from the moment I 1st saw the Cat House video. I still listen to her to this very day. Tragic that she vanished into utter obscurity as she did. Not to me though, a loyal priest in the temple of Dax I do reamain always.
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the X said...

...interesting!
if you'd done that at a scandinavian uni, they'd probably fire you!
the dogma/narrow-mindedness is that high...
you'll report back how it went, we hope?
like the selection...
i happened to be listening to a bit of gong just now, that exact record even, which is amusing

the X said...

(did i say gong?...i mean can...*cough*)
BTW, what are the chances of a throwing your shirts together and embark on a supportive raindance for us up here in heatwave-struck scandi land? we could need a good rainy week or two now...people tend to lose their minds a bit in the heat, i hear, and that's not good...
please send us some rain, oh you shamanic-depressive magus' ones...

kek-w said...

Dead can Cough...I've got all their LPs, me.

Bulgarian Choral Free-Ska group...they play detuned egg-slicers and dustbin lids. Actually, they're total bollocks, truth be known.

Hey, fellow Idiots, we got anything approaching a plan for friday evening? I'll probably stay in a B&B (but not the same one as last time...)...were you going anywhere first b4 the Cube, or going straight there? Anyone else coming....? Is Nick allowed out to play...?

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