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Legend of Zelda Song Performed on Wine Glasses

In my own geeky way, I find this festive. Here's a man performing the "Song of Healing" from the video game The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask...on wine glasses. Using tight choreography, he multiplies himself and plays five parts simultaneously. Lovely and weird.

More from this guy ("Sp0ntanius") after the jump.

From the YouTube description:

The "Song of Healing" is a song from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. It is the second song Link learns after reclaiming the Ocarina of Time. After returning from the third day, Link visits the Happy Mask Salesman in Clock Town's Clock Tower. Upon seeing Link got his ocarina back, he conjures an organ out of nowhere and teaches Link the "Song of Healing", removing the Deku curse on Link. A slower version of the song is played in the area beneath the Clock Tower and a faster version is used as the theme song of the Happy Mask Salesman.

The "Song of Healing" heals troubled spirits and souls, turning them into masks. It is an essential song, used to obtain the Deku Mask, the Goron Mask, the Zora Mask, Kamaro's Mask, and the Gibdo Mask. It can also be used to repair a broken sign like "Zelda's Lullaby" does in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It is one of the songs Wolf Link howls during a cut-scene with the Hero's Shade in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Link can play the "Song of Healing" on the Ocarina of Time by playing Left-C, Right-C, Down-C, Left-C, Right-C, Down-C. The actual pitches of the notes translate as follows: B, A, F, B, A, F. Interestingly, the notes for the "Song of Healing" are the exact same as "Saria's Song" when played backwards.

Composed by Koji Kondo
Transcribed by Sp0ntanius

If you liked that, how about the Palace Theme from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link? This brings back memories.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Stradivarius Violins Get Their Distinctive Sound By Mimicking the Human Voice
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Italian violinist Francesco Geminiani once wrote that a violin's tone should "rival the most perfect human voice." Nearly three centuries later, scientists have confirmed that some of the world's oldest violins do in fact mimic aspects of the human singing voice, a finding which scientists believe proves "the characteristic brilliance of Stradivari violins."

Using speech analysis software, scientists in Taiwan compared the sound produced by 15 antique instruments with recordings of 16 male and female vocalists singing English vowel sounds, The Guardian reports. They discovered that violins made by Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, the pioneers of the instrument, produce similar "formant features" as the singers. The resonance frequencies were similar between Amati violins and bass and baritone singers, while the higher-frequency tones produced by Stradivari instruments were comparable to tenors and contraltos.

Andrea Amati, born in 1505, was the first known violin maker. His design was improved over 100 years later by Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments now sell for several million dollars. "Some Stradivari violins clearly possess female singing qualities, which may contribute to their perceived sweetness and brilliance," Hwan-Ching Tai, an author of the study, told The Guardian.

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A 2013 study by Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also pointed to a link between the sounds produced by 250-year-old violins and those of a female soprano singer.

According to Vox, a blind test revealed that professional violinists couldn't reliably tell the difference between old violins like "Strads" and modern ones, with most even expressing a preference for the newer instruments. However, the value of these antique instruments can be chalked up to their rarity and history, and many violinists still swear by their exceptional quality.

[h/t The Guardian]

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