Reverse Audio Quiz

Tyler Gimple Has Come Unstuck in Time

Reverse Audio Quiz: 3.5 Stars

I have always been fascinated by TIME. Does Time really matter? Speaking of time… What is it exactly? In modern physics time is no more than a spatial dimension that is no different from up or left. It is explained as numbers and some other hieroglyphics that are only understood by those fluent in math. In mathematics, time is an exotic R4 is a differentiable manifold that is homeomorphic but not diffeomorphic to the Euclidean space R4. Oh now I get it… might as well have told me that in Ukranian. Would have made the same amount of sense.

Can you believe that guy Einstein? He turned the world upside down when he wrote in his 1920 manuscript defining General Relativity that “Every reference-body has its own particular time; unless we are told the reference-body to which the statement of time refers, there is no meaning in a statement of the time of an event.”


Here we see a Stereographic projection of a Clifford torus, which is the set of points (cos(a), sin(a), cos(b), sin(b)), which is a subset of the 3-sphere. This has to do with time somehow… So it goes. Так, наприклад, у реальному світі, контур тіні предмету — це проекція контуру цього предмету на пласку чи наближену до пласкої поверхню — проекційну площину. If you didn’t understand that second part particularly well, that actually was Ukrainian so don’t feel bad.

You may be wondering where the title came from, but then again you might not be. Anyway for the viewers in the former group here is the genesis of the title. One of my favorite books is the anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which is an anti-war protest of the fire-bombing of Dresden during the Second World War. In this book, Kurt Vonnegut is telling us how crazy and disjointed the world at war had become by distorting space and time itself. The famous line, “Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time” is a focal point of the story.  He becomes “unstuck” at the moment he is captured,  taken as a prisoner of war and confined to a slaughterhouse, and starts having flashbacks and flash forwards to other phases of his life. The human mind depends on the arrow of time moving in only one direction and we are disoriented and confused when that arrow of time becomes unhinged. And that’s where the title comes from… so it goes. 

Persistence of Memory by Salvadore Dali

Salvadore Dali and Einstein agreed that we don’t really know what time is, however Dali expressed this in art and Einstein expressed it with math equations.

You’ll notice (if you haven’t lost interest before you listen to the audio file) that I quote Omar Khayyám, “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” I kinda like the guy.

Why time? Why 24 hours in a day 7 days per week 30 days per month except the months that don’t have 30 days and why 365 days per year except the years that don’t have 365 days. Why do we measure time by the duration of a rock spinning and orbiting a ball of burning fire? So… we have something (I guess it’s a thing, but that’s another conversation) that we can’t explain and it controls us, defines us, rules us, is us. Why does it go forwards? Well then again what is forwards in a spatial dimension that can’t be explained except by homeomorphic but not diffeomorphic spaces? What happens if time goes backwards? Well our music would be backwards too.

Finally I’m getting to the assignment, took me a lot of time didn’t it? You’ll notice (Dr. Polack) that the assignment itself is more than literally interpreting the assignment by playing a song backwards. I kind of thought it was more novel or even opposite interpretation of the assignment, and even justified in write up, showing experimentation with special features/techniques of tools; fine attention to media assemblage, graphic details, transitions, and sound levels.

The song you are guessing begins at the 3:03 mark.

Now it’s your turn for some action. Below are the hints for the song. Having a hard time reading it? Well time doesn’t always go forwards you know…

  1. .poem a as written Originally.
  2.  .total verses 4 Has
  3.  .Bowl Super The and Finals NBA the in victories championship their before immediately song this to listened Manning Peyton and Bryant Kobe Both

After you have thought about which song this is, leave a comment of your guess. Then see if you were right by clicking this link, Answer to the Quiz!

Make a guess. I knew you had it in you!

Tutorial and References on answer page.

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Play DJ & Make a Song

Come See my Laptop, Live!

Assignment: Play DJ & Make a Song: 4 Stars

Music has gone from being created by instruments making natural air vibrations that sooth the ears to living entirely inside the world of a computer. Music in today’s day and age is primarily produced in music production applications on a computer. Lyrics have come and gone from music. A lot of popular rappers do not even attempt to say words anymore. In fact after listening to an evolution of rap video it’s apparent that rap has really gone down hill lately. I wanted to explore what some of the DJ’s who produce this music would be like in real life. The character in the video is a cross between an arrogant condescending DJ and a Donald Trumpian politician.

Scientists say that the human brain is programmed to create, listen to, and respond to many different types and sounds of music. Civilizations from around the world, including primitive cultures have all produced music. Music is very prominent in the Bible, for example, King David was well known for his interest in the harp or lyre. Genesis 4:21 describes Jubal as the inventor of musical instruments. 

As times have progressed, music has progressed with it. It has become more diverse, more ubiquitous and more sophisticated. Yet the origins of music are always present in the rhythms and melodies of music. The image below reflects this progression.

Music Evolution
Music Evolution

Music composition has undergone incredible transformation from spontaneous music to careful orchestration. In classical periods of music, there was mathematical precision to much of music, especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Even the appearance of music on the page can be beautiful.

Old Fashioned Sheet Music
Old Fashioned Sheet Music

Synthesizers were elaborate electronic devices that created modern electronic music. It is hard to trace the history of synthesizer because the instrument, if you could call a synthesizer an instrument, is not well defined. The first synthesizer came out in the mid 19th century. Modern day synthesizers like in the image below began being produced in the 1970’s. Complex circuitry drove these complex instruments. They did not exist solely within the confines of a computer program. They were actual physical machines. 

Early Synthesizer
Early Synthesizer

Then there is modern computer software using standard computer platforms that bring music creation to the desktop and makes it available to every school child or adult. Garageband is a particular favorite. It is incredible to note that in the last few years concerts and even entire music festivals are performed without a single instrument. Music made only on computers attract thousands of young music fans for Electronic music. The meme below shows how thousands of young music fans flock to these types of concerts simply to hear a computer play music. 

Come see my laptop Live!
Come see my laptop Live!

It is a sad commentary on our modern world to think that music has evolved from a fundamental aspect of human nature to a “commoditized product” pushed by an arrogant, obnoxious, and financially driven “music-industrial complex.” Even the live performance has been taken over by laptops and effects. I tried to emphasize this idea in the “Epic Battles of History” YouTube video comparing Mozart to Skrillex.

Finally it’s time to see what the jerky DJ’s, some of which I assume are good people, who create this type of music would be like in real life.

Presented below is my Play DJ & Make a Song Production.

(Drum Roll Please.)

Remember this is only a character :).

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Software/Websites Used: Garage Band, Itunes, and Imovie