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I have a friend who says:

"They took the voices of french people, saying common phrases, and they put them into this machine and measured the waves, you know, evened it out, and then took some Debussy.  It was the same shape, same form, I'm telling you."

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Wed Mar 26th, 2008 at 08:10:20 PM EST
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I have heard this. It is especially true of the stresses and rhythms -- as well as the melodic shape of the tones. Janacek and other Slavic composers, thinkers, had elaborate theories about this, I believe. This is one justification musical nationalists had for collecting folk music and using it as an inspiration for their art music.
by John Culpepper on Sun Mar 30th, 2008 at 12:59:55 PM EST
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