Modern Day Illuminati?

As of late, I swear I’ve been delving too deep into the hidden virtual streets of the internet and YouTube.
I’ve managed to uncover a whole bunch of crazy looney conspiracies revolving modern-day Pop & Music culture.
It is an uncommon knowledge that almost every track or piece of musical composition is set in 440Hz. This frequency, contrary to many, is known as the industry standard for fine tuning musical compositions.

Does it make today’s music more ego-centric & so called ‘unconscious’?
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With the likes of Tupac Shakur & Notoroious B.I.G having such wild attention going out of hand during the rise of Old School Hip Hop in the 90s, many artists and rappers have followed in the wake of such artists in America & continue to churn out ‘Pop Hits’ or ‘Trap Hits’ for the BillBoard Charts and consumers of the industry.

Is mankind doomed to musical imperfection? What about those artists who claim to be ‘conscious’?
What is the true meaning behind the endless music videos of drug consumption and gang violence? Is this what’s really going on in the world behind closed doors?

I have to admit, I too, have been fallacy victim to today’s musical fiascos. Not only do I find myself actually enjoying the music, at time’s I catch myself spitting some bars freestyle over a ‘Logic Type Beat’ and taking videos of myself getting lit.
As catchy and cultural today’s music evolution is, it certainly is taking the world by storm and there seem’s to be no stopping it.
You know what they say, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

Advertising is a huge cornerstone of what drives the industry today, you’d see subliminal messages everywhere from interview pictures, music videos, award shows and even on websites.  Especially prominent in music videos, today’s music artists tend to incorporate both unobvious and obvious marketing tactics to advertise their ‘style & demeanour’ or the things that they are advocating through their craft. Don’t get mistaken, this doesn’t mean that your favorite artist or rapper doesn’t love the music or aren’t passionate about it anymore, but they’ve clearly fallen for the big bucks that these corporations and industry giants seem to have on never-ending access. We’re talking not just millions, but billions of dollars being pumped daily into popular culture today.

Some of these artists’ are completely unaware of what they’re in for and they may have just regretted their past’ decisions. It’s crazy what a bunch of money and fame being offered to you instantly can make you do. Many famous stars who have been prominently dominating the industry who have seemed to called it quits, proves everyone otherwise only to return much later in the years..this is the power of the industry today.

To be continued..
Keen to know more? Drop us a comment below!

Written by Yoji Amashiro

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Singaporean Solar Energy Firm to offer electricity for sale

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Singapore Telco Company Starhub set to offer electricity for sale in conjunction with local solar energy firm Sunseap. The program will be officially soft-launched next month at the Open Electricity Market in Jurong.

From April 2018 onwards, households & businesses can opt to buy electricity from a retailer with flexible price planning. The surge of electricity is courtesy of the companies’ new clean energy souces and options. The Energy Market Authority(EMA) has been progessively offering alternative plans to consumers’ since 2001. Mr Howie Lau, chief marketing officer at StarHub, expressed jovially in the press release: “Working together with Sunseap, we are excited to offer households a compelling way to live a lower carbon footprint lifestyle using the sun’s energy.

“Leveraging each other’s expertise, we will bundle essential services from mobile, pay TV, broadband and electricity in attractive packages for customers, who are becoming more environmentally aware.”

The rest of Singapore’s electric consumers’ will have this option extended to them in the second half of the year 2018.

More information at www.ema.gov.sg.

Sourced from ChannelNewsAsia.com
Photo(s) by Starhub & Google Images
Article written by Yoji Amashiro

Terrible mistakes in Human History


From the dark secrets of Dupont & Coca Cola…finally revealed! Is it true or are they just speculations & pointless allegations? Or possibly could it be a trade myth?
Let’s find out more by watching this video and discussing about it afterwards.

“It’s a brand’s business making sure you get a warm, fuzzy feeling like when you crack open an ice cold Coke. So it should come as no surprise the lengths they go to protect their image. From computer giants IBM to the cuddly charity Kids Wish Network, there is a lot that brands are trying to keep from you.” – Youtube Video Channel Alltime10s

Are these corporations posing a major threat to the environment? But how do we tell the good guys from the bad, evil daddy corps?
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out.

 

Written by Yoji Amashiro
Image credits from charlesmccain.com

The Essence of Life?

Sometimes, it’s not the song that makes you emotional, it’s the people and things that come to mind when you hear it. – Tiesto.

It is very unlikely that every human culture across time has not enjoyed the elation of listening to music. Even the secluded indigenous tribes, that has limited contact with modern society, has its own form of music performed during their rituals, invariably accompanied by dance. There is no concrete evidence to show exactly when and how music came about to be one of the most essential form of expression and entertainment within our lives. However, there are evidences of music being a part of cultures in our ancient past.

 

“Music is the easiest method of meditation. Whoever can let himself dissolve into music has no need to seek anything else to dissolve into.” – Osho

In 1995, a discovery was made deep within a cave in Slovenia that was occupied by the Neanderthals. A flute was found, made from the femur bone of a cave bear, that was dated to be approximately 45,000 years to 80,000 years old. The flute, according to musicologist Bob Fink, has four finger holes that matches four notes of a diatonic scale (i.e. Do, re, mi). The Slovenian National Museum even had a clay replica of the flute made which was played by the musician, Ljuben Dimakaroski. Archaeologists have also discovered primitive musical instruments that dated approximately 12,000 years ago that includes scrapers, which produce a rhythmic scratchy sound, and rattles. These are strong evidences of how music has played an important role in moulding our cultures even till today. Music has been used in a lot of different application throughout our past. From the call to arms, rituals, ceremonies, to just plain entertainment, music is known to be one of the most universal form of expression of being human.

In the recent article written by Clara Moskowitz from Space.com, Researchers informed, during the SETIcon in 2010, that Extraterrestrial Civilisation will most likely be interested in our arts and music rather than our technological advances. They further explained that if contact were to be made by them, their level of technology would have surpassed ours. We will probably have very little to teach them in terms of mathematics and science. However, our music and arts, which are profoundly and singularly human, would pose to be much more interesting to them. Read more on this article here.

“There are certain things that have universal attributes, like music. Something of greater magnitude is conveyed by them. They connect us with the universal storehouse of life and knowledge.” — Swami Paramananda

How about the science of music? There are a few studies done to show the benefits of experiencing and learning music. Researchers at the University of Vermont College of medicine, using a database produced by the National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance (MRI) study of Normal Brain Development, analysed and studied brain scans of 232 healthy children and teenagers. They are aged between 6 and 18 and the main goal is to specifically study the brain development of children and teenagers who play a musical instrument. The research team found that the more a child or teenager is trained on an instrument, the more it accelerated the cortical organisation in anxiety management, emotional control and attention skill. You can read more on this study here. Mood and Music are also closely interrelated. Listening to a certain type of music changes the mood which will not only affect how you feel, it will also change your perception. Another study, done by researcher Jacob jolij and Maaike Meurs of the Psychology Department of University of Groningen, shows that music has an even more drastic effect on perception; people sometimes will still see happy faces when they are listening to happy music and sad faces vice versa. This research suggest that the brain builds up expectations on the basis of our experiences and mood as well. Read more on the research here.

Below is the info-graph of the different parts of the brain on music.

Even with the explanation above, it creates only a generalised view of how music affects a person’s brain. Music typically also affects the mood, emotions, creativity and also personality of a person.
Here is an article written by Bell Beth Cooper on some of the amazing effects of music to our brains.

There are a number of musicians that truly believed that their composition, were guided by the divine. Ludwig Van Beethovan was a great and inspiring composer and pianist. His hearing started deteriorating during his 30s and he became almost totally deaf in the last decade of his life. However, he continued composing and many of his most admired work was composed within the last 15 years of his life. He typically refused to take credit for his music. “I have a gift that people say comes from god. I believe it to be true” – Ludwig Van Beethovan. Music has also been known to have a healing effect toward psychological disorder. Research have shown that by adding music therapy to mental health treatment, it improves the symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Read more on the research here. Music therapy has also demonstrated efficacy as an independant treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

If broken down to the most simplest form, music is basically vibrations that occur or are created in variations of different patterns composed as a form of human expression. Our ears are indeed only a part of the highly complex vibrational processing system. Just like every other sense, we tend to filter and examine these vibrations on the lower level of operations within our brain, before advancing into our consciousness as sound or music. As defined in Wiki, Music is an art form, social activity or cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence. This shows that music, is basically interpreted, individually and its effects on an individual differs from the various reality of experiences and perception. Music is indeed a form of human expression that has enveloped our known reality, and within its vibrations, patterns and sequences, lies a deep understanding of our profound self which connects us to a higher form of understanding and being. Music is everywhere yet nowhere to be found. It is in our essence of life, a vibration that not only resonates infinitely within, but throughout the cosmos as well. In it we find sadness, grief, despair, hope, understanding, beliefs, dreams, aspirations and even divinity. All matter is a vibration in a structure of space and time and our lives are just notes within the symphony of life.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

Article written by Fariq Yusoff