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Composer Timeline: History and Music!

Here is a working document i've prepared, showing major composers (133 so far), ranging from Renaissance until today, on a timeline with their lifetime and key compositions. That helps understanding how their style evolved along with their musical environment.

Click on the image below to open the Excel spreadsheet:

What future? Venus project, Zeitgeist movement

Let's talk about the future!

Here is a fascinating proposal of futuristic society: no more money, mass robotization and computerization of optimal decisions, abundance and variety of goods, in the frame of available resources and environmental sustainability. The project also postulate that people born in this culture without scarcity nor competition would be free of greed, theft, and related violence. They would simply have the pleasure to what they are good at to serve the common good.

With the 100th birthday of the founder Jacque Fresco, they released their flagship documentary about the project:

Unlike in communism, computerized science and abundance allows sound decisions without corruption. Administration would be minimal and transparent.

On the flip side, i don't think the issue of democracy can be discarded as they suggest, since many decisions are not only scientific: e.g. "What shall we maximize: freedom, happiness, aesthetics, or survival chances? (see my "map of ideals") Bioethics: Shall we allow human genetic engineering? Do we want Brave New World? How much freedom of speech do we allow in the face of science?"
We need democracy to avoid a technocratic dictatorship.

Further on the issue of robots and computerized decisions, like in "I, robot", I believe we could see some phenomenon of interpretation of basic principles (e.g. "Harm no human") which would imply some sacrifice once applied at global level, violating these same principles. e.g. "To save the group we might sometimes sacrifice few." With nascent consciousness, robots might not be so good at philosophy!
Again, that calls for some democracy, or at least a check-and-balance of powers.

Hamauzu - FFX Unreleased illusion: A Sheet Music

Discovered around 2005 thanks to a software extracting video game's sounds, this unreleased track from Masashi Hamauzu for Final Fantasy X might even never appear in the game. It sounds remotely related to the soundtrack song "Illusion", hence its name.

The original song can be heard here (rare record, hot stuff!)

10 years down the line, the able ears of my friend Katchum have at last pierced the mystery of this fantastic harmony. I've put it in sheet music and proposed chord notations.

(On the second page i've not cleaned the alterations (# and b) because I'm bad at that I thought the pitch issue could be solved and then repeat the first page content..)

One bug remains clear, and that might be the reason why the music would not be used in the game: each repetition of the melody lowers the pitch by a semitone.... that means that as the music goes on and on.. the pitch would dip lower and lower.. too bad! (that also doesn't help musicians playing it)

Emoto-rice, blessed be the food!

What if our emotions had influence on water? This apparently obscure idea has been held by the controversial Japanese writer Masaru Emoto, who drew relationships between ice crystal shapes and emotions which were focused on water before freezing.

I've gained interest in this claim after the release of prof. Montagner's proof about the so-called "memory of water", which shows that water emits electro-magnetic (EM) waves based on the chemical it contained after high dilution, but water can also memorize EM waves emitted into it, and behave as if a new chemical substance is present. Since I believe our emotions primarily rely on brain and organs' neural activity, which in turn consists of electric signals that also generate small local EM waves, it leaves a tiny chance for both theories to rationally connect!

The experiment which i've done is another Do-It-Yourself test proposed by Emoto: influence the decay of rice by focusing emotions on it.
Here is my result after 112 days:

Maybe the religious tradition of blessing food before eating once simply used to be a rational sanitary measure!

I'm giving more information and pictures here below:

Continue reading...

Hylian, now in the hands of Nintendo

Version 1 of the tutorial of my Hylian language was sent to the Nintendo staff in Kyoto last October. The release CC license allows utilization of the language even partially and modified, including for commercial purpose. An inside contact is following up what they're doing with it. :)

Compo : Chronos

Here is my latest creation, a music composed for the 24h-contest Noctaventure on the topic "Tempus fugit": time flies (when we're having fun). I classify it as an "etude" because of its construction constraint: a Re-Re clock pendulum ostinato, lasting throughout all the score.

The colours and melody evolve through various emotions, following the steps of human life: childhood, youth, then grief, panic on the face of death, confrontation against time, and finally the enlightenment of a teaching bringing peace.

The beautiful surprise and originality of this music is how an Indian melody naturally sprung out from the harmonic evolution, bringing a hypnotic climax to the topic: Krishna in his transcendent form as eternal Time-Spirit.

Here is the PDF music score.
Here is the mp3.

Cardinal Cycle, a universal cultural framework?

Through the creation of the Hylian language, I've drawn correspondences between space (cardinal points) and time (sun, moon, seasons, life). More recently with the attempt to encompass all fields of education into 4 groups, I've been suggested a comparison with the European 4 elements. That triggered an extension of the initial "cardinal cycle" into something connecting all the Eurasian continent!

The Chinese cardinal points introduces a 5th item, central to the 4 others. This suggests similar central points, with transcendent character compared to the 4 others.

One thing at least is not universal: the link between the cardinal points and the moments of the day (through the position of the sun), which is only valid in the northern hemisphere. North-South is reversed in the southern hemisphere!

We see that Chinese culture is built between cycles of even and odd number. On one hand the Yin-Yang duality, the cycle of 4 seasons, and 4 cardinal points, often combined with the 8 combinations of the Taoist trigram. On the other hand, the cycle of the 5 agents, 5 music notes, 5 tastes, and then extended into the cycle of the 10 heavenly roots through multiplication by Yin-Yang.
However with the 5 agents, the "earth" holds a status similar to the others, not central.

For those who saw the movie "Divergent", we can also match the 5 factions following this order: Amity (farmers), Dauntless (fighters), Candor (judges), Abnegation (selfless servants), and Erudite (scientists).

Éducation Totale - Mapping out Education

The recent reading of the Wikipedia article on Jedi has lead me to realize how various fields of teaching and education can complement each others. Jedi are said to be "Polymaths", a rare word implying the mastery of many fields of knowledge, and at the Renaissance, mastery of arts as well. Since Jedi, like most Asian monastic traditions, blend also physical training and wisdom, I came out with the following map of education:

The 4 fields of learning (Sport, Art, Science, Wisdom) are linked to 4 components of the person (Body, Heart, Mind, Soul), and nurture them with 4 types of food or accomplishment (health, beauty, science, peace).

Further, 4 types of historical teaching are proposed, giving emphasis on pairs of fields.

  • Sport+Art : Antique education as proposed by Plato
  • Art+Science : Renaissance polymath, like Da Vinci
  • Science+Wisdom : Medieval scholastic
  • Wisdom+Sport : Asian monachism

It is to be noted that back then, the definitions of the 4 fields were not as restrictive as shown here. For instance, Asian monks haven't excluded science but have been including part of it into their wisdom.

We could also imagine another very pragmatic education model based solely on Sport and practical Sciences: a nation of robots with no emotions nor conscience! Yet another vertical combination would be Wisdom with Art: nerdy people alternating between aesthetic thrills and peaceful meditation.

Maybe an accomplished man has to explore and balance all these fields?

Sonata for Oboe and Piano, ready at last!

After years of work, hours of joy and desperation, here is my first large scale musical work:

Sonate pour Hautbois et Piano (listen online)

And here is the score:

The next step is to have it performed and recorded into a CD, and get it up there on Amazon.. ;) Targeted by end of this year.

Alfunepta script: Alfuni on 7 segments

Here is a version of my universal script Alfuni, simplified to fit a 7 segment digital display. This script is not strictly phonetic as it is mostly meant to offer a panel of characters to write most languages of the world. Letters can bear several phonetic values. The script can even be used with simple literal match, eg: write "Fountains" instead of the phonetic "Fawtenz", especially when Alfunepta doesn't have the required sounds.

The TTF file is available by clicking on the picture.

Here is the usual 1st article of the universal declaration of human rights, as sample text (literal match is used):

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Alfunanto script: Alfuni for Esperanto

In the wake of some discussions about new Esperanto writing systems, I had the idea of recycling my old Alfuni script for the reduced scope of Esperanto sounds.

(click on the picture to download the TTF font)

  • Plosives are tall, fricatives are deep, africatives are therefore both tall and deep.
  • Mute are straight, voiced are crooked.
  • Nasal and approximant are marked by a hook
  • Vowels are small

Letters within a word can be grouped without ambiguity, which saves space. I also introduce the consonant Dz, for the sake of symmetry.

Simplifications include the combination of vowels into the consonant table, a feature that i tend now to always keep (W and U, Y and I, clearly match. H and A match in Arabic)

Here is the 1rst article of the universal declaration of human rights:

Ĉiuj homoj estas denaske liberaj kaj egalaj laŭ digno kaj rajtoj.
Ili posedas racion kaj konsciencon, kaj devus konduti unu la alian en spirito de frateco.

Hylian, a language with musical roots!

My constructed language now explores the possibility of links with the melodies of the Zelda universe, looking for known words and roots, and then extracting new roots to create new words!

Memory of Water and ElectroMagnetic Biology

Since 2005, a mind blowing experiment has repeatedly proven a chain of phenomenons which totally change the way we think about biology and medication.

In this serious French TV report on the France 5 channel, the Nobel biology award Luc Montagner shows how he replicates the results obtained by Jacques Benveniste in the 80's, and much further!



Ranked by the significance, the results are:

  • At high dilutions (up to 10^12) and agitation of water having contained a chemical substance (hormone, drug, etc.), this substance is statistically absent in water, but water behaves as if it still contains the substance: water seems to have memorized the signal of the substance.
  • Some chemical substances emit electromagnetic (EM) signal in the low frequency range (10 to 50,000 Hz) in response to ambient EM noise. This signal can be measured by ordinary microphone coil and recorded on computer (in WAV format). The emission of this signal on pure water will cause the signal to be present in the water: again water will behaves as if it contains the substance! The proposed explanation is twofold: some molecules would interact through EM waves instead of direct contact as classical chemistry teaches. Then if water is capable of keeping this signal it would replicate the effect of the molecule in their absence. Prof. Marc Henry from Strasburg university explains that this memory would occur in what quantum physics call "coherence domain", which are vacuum bubble of the range of 10^-10 meters, formed of water molecules, in which the EM waves can be trapped. (As a consequence: no need to physically bring medication, you could only download the signal and "print" it on water! Good news for countries in great need for medication, but bad news for pharmaceutical industry which would be replaced by download platforms like Itune or Amazon for music!)
  • DNA also emits an EM signal, which is... its entire genetic code! In the above TV report, the following experiment in France is shown live: a known DNA is strongly diluted and agitated in water, then its EM signal is recorded into a 6 seconds WAV file which is emailed to a lab in Italy. There the Italian fellow researchers emit the signal on a sample of pure water for few hours, and then run a process called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction, which aims at duplicating a DNA sample into many identical copies). This process causes the same original DNA (98% identical) to form itself in Italy, apparently based on the signal "printed" on the water! The persistence of DNA information after the molecule is physically gone opens new ways to understand some viral diseases.

We had the 3D printer which allows you to download and replicate physical items. Now we have the same with living things! Need a special medical herb in your space station? Just get its DNA signal from Amazon and make it grow ex-nihilo!

One of Luc Montagner's publications : « DNA waves and water » 2011 :

Around the Vietnamese Language

Here is a quick summary of several creations around Vietnamese:

  • A Korean-inspired script: KoreoViet
  • A user manual for everyday life Nom, the ancient Vietnamese writing: Nom for Dummies
  • More recently, an attempt to reconstruct Nom... in a Japanese manner ! : Binary-Nom

Laramin now goes fully ideographic !

Since 2012, a new script has been developed for Laramin, my first constructed language. More than ever it fits the project since it's purely ideographic.

Laramin has always put the emphasis on "meaning in itself" as far as such thing is possible. That is, all derivations, declensions, and conjugations are done using radicals with independent meaning. The targeted reading experience is to have a very analytical language structure (all words and grammatical aspect can be broken down to few fundamental ideas) only using direct visual symbols. (not like: "A" is a deformed ox head loosely pronounced "a", which in some contexts is an indefinite article..)

Larasem (for LARAmin SEMantic script) is made of simple visual components shared by all human civilizations: hand, foot, eye, tree, branch, cup, etc. Most Larasem combine several components to form an ideogram. This method can be compared to the Chinese 会意字 which also puts together ideographic components. More explanations can be found in the introduction PDF.

Here is a sample :

Carte des Idéaux - A Map of Ideals

A la suite de la tuerie de Charlie Hebdo, les réactions ont été vives de tous bords. Après une réflexion sur les divers idéaux invoqués, j'ai imaginé une carte pour les représenter, par affinités (vert) et conflits (rouge). Les outils neutres sont en gris.

Par "ordre naturel", j'entends l'équilibre selon lequel la nature s'agence en l'absence d'intervention humaine. Cet idéal se focalise sur la nature intrinsèque des choses et leur rôle (Dharma au sens large).

Les dilemmes enfin visualisés !

  1. Dilemme de la Naissance : Nature <> Égalité (Les hommes ne naissent pas égaux en facultés ni chances)
  2. Dilemme de la Prospérité : Mérite <> Égalité (L'accumulation systématique des richesses fausse l’égalité des chances, et peut se compenser par la redistribution, elle même posant un problème de mérite.)
  3. Dilemme du Don : Indépendance <> Partage (La main qui donne domine celle qui reçoit, le don implique une part d'humiliation, justifiant un désir d’indépendance)
  4. Dilemme des Nations : Liberté <> Unité (La constitution d'un groupe sacrifie la liberté de ses membres, et endommage sa diversité interne en magnifiant les traits communs, et isole le groupe de l’extérieur en renforçant sa singularité.)
  5. Dilemme de Rousseau : Liberté <> Engagement (S'engager, c'est manifester sa liberté tout en la détruisant... pour ensuite la régénérer en de nouveaux choix.)
  6. Dilemme de l’Identité : Tradition <> Changement (L’identité des choses résident aussi dans leur dynamique d’évolution.)
  7. Dilemme du Progrès : Satisfaction <> Critique (Être facilement satisfait est source de bonheur, mais coupe la dynamique de progrès par critique. Dans Fahrenheit 451 et Brave New World, on évite toute vexation en excluant le débat critique au profit du divertissement.)
  8. Dilemme de la Censure : Vérité <> Charité (Certaines révélations au mauvais moment peuvent rendre inutilement malheureux ou violent.)
  9. Dilemme de la Sagesse : Justice <> Pardon (Pardonner peut apparaître comme un déni de justice.)

Et au fait, où est Charlie ?
Peut être entre les dilemmes des nations, du progrès, et de la censure: on préfère garder sa liberté de critiquer et de tuer* plutôt que de supporter les inconforts pour une cohabitation pacifique.

- "liberté de tuer", c'est à dire de faire justice soi-même: un droit qu'on aurait jugé naturel et fondamental à une époque préhistorique et proto-historique pas si lointaine que ça !

Cette liste de dillemmes peut rappeler la liste d'ideologies douteuses faite en 2010.

KoreoViet alphabet now on Omniglot!

The webmaster just gave me the green light for adding my constructed script into the big collection of his website Omniglot. (KoreoViet is an extension of the Korean writing system to transcribe Vietnamese.)

Hylian, a Language for Zelda

It's time to get this out of my to-do list: a constructed language that came to my mind in September last year!

(Click on the picture to see the introduction PDF.)

The challenge is to develop a language in the frame of the samples already present in the games of The Legend of Zelda. The universe of the games contains a lot of names (characters, places, items, events, etc.) which serve as basis for the vocabulary of Hylian here. It would therefore be relatively easy to learn for a fan, already familiar with the world of Zelda.

Here is the ad-hoc alphabet:

(Click on the picture to get the TTF font.)
"C" is pronounced like "Sh".

In short, words are based on Roots, formed of 3 consonants. These Roots can be derived with vowels. For example:
Zelda => ZLD, which can give :

  • Zolud: wisdom,
  • Zoldi: wise,
  • Zalod: sage,
  • Zilud: temple,
  • Ezoulud: to get wiser,
  • etc.

Here is another set of examples:

And here is an example of text:

Fans can discuss it on the Zelda Universe forum. For the language specialist forum, it's here: Hylien sur l'Atelier.

Some of you might remember a similar project, my first constructed language:

Portes de Corne et d'Ivoire

Certains rêves révèlent parfois des réalités et connexions cachées de notre inconscient. A ce titre là, ils peuvent s’avérer plus "vrais" que le monde éveillé où règnent souvent les préjugés et dissimulations, par convention ou pudeur.

Homère a symbolisé cette idée dans l’Odyssée par un jeu de mot entre Corne/Ivoire (en grec Keras/Elephas) qui sonne avec Réalise/Trompe (en grec Krainoo/Elephairomai). Les rêves prémonitoires ou révélateurs venant par la porte de corne, tandis que ceux qui ne réalisent pas ou égarent viennent par celle d'ivoire.

Gates of Horn and Ivory

Cette idée m'est revenue ce matin à la suite d'un tel rêve. La veille au soir j'avais regardée le film "L'Histoire sans fin" qui parle aussi de l’équilibre entre imaginaire et réalité (le livre plus que le film apparemment, qui se conclue sur la liberté grisante de l’imagination). On m'a aussi récemment offert le livre "La création du monde" de Jean D'Ormesson, qui évoque cette référence de l’Odyssée.

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