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Could You Be A Musical Genius?

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As it turns out, the science behind what could make you a musical genius is more than just practice. Sure, it's true Mozart did put in plenty of work over a full decade to produce his life's masterpieces, but his already above-average intelligence—thought to lie between 125 and 155—probably also contributed to his musical talents. In fact, a recent study suggests a high intelligence coupled with dedicated practice and "domain-specific skills" (a knack for music to begin with) are all ingredients for musical genius, dispelling the notion that just anyone could be a potential savant. Yet conflicting studies show that significant head injuries can tap into the phenomena of an "acquired savant." In the case of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a degenerative brain disease, patients demonstrated higher levels of creativity and artistic expression as their conditions declined. Other cases tell of individuals who suffered different types of everyday trauma to the head, only to emerge as prodigal pianists and the like.

So what really led to Mozart's magic? Was he innately talented, an intellectual genius, an intense rehearser or all of the above? Check out this playlist and explore the different theories surrounding the amazing gift of musical genius.

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Dubstep. Is. Awesome. While some people may hear noise, we hear amazing musical genius. The aural creativity of Dubstep, and its embrace of inharmonic sounds, makes it the most recent member of the long-established Avant Garde community. There is a long history of avant garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as MUSIC, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres have primed listeners, allowing mainstream audiences to enjoy the beautiful noise of Skrillex, Bassnectar & the whole Dubstep movement. Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise: Tweet at us! @pbsideachannel (yes, the longest twitter username ever) Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta) Made by Kornhaber Brown (http://www.kornhaberbrown.com) Video Links: Elders React to Dubstep: http://youtu.be/WgII2gDY-Rw Thomas Middleditch's Disgusting Dub Step Drop: http://youtu.be/z_SQO3vv3p8 Ballet Mechanique: http://youtu.be/9SgsqmQJAq0 videos of Skrillex used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7sQTF8Q1Vc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgU7XMUyAqY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOofWzI3flA Bassnectar video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqKnMS5fkX0 Music Links: First Of The Year (Equinox) - Skrillex [OFFICIAL] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXDgFwE13g Dubstep Dishwasher http://soundcloud.com/thelivingtombstone/dubstep-dishwasher Muzak ( The Theme from Taxi Driver) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnk4fg14Eho Discussions on previous episode: http://boingboing.net/2012/07/26/will-minecraft-and-makerbot-us.html http://kotaku.com/5929166/so-minecraft-might-actually-be-able-to-teach-us-some-serious-stuff http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/726357/pbs-idea-channel-video-minecraft-as-a-model-for-the-future/ Want some more Idea Channel? Here's last week's episode: "Will Minecraft and Makerbot Usher In the Post-Scarcity Economy?" http://youtu.be/klQ7bb8bBsQ Want another one? Here ya go: How Did Sherlock Holmes Pave the Way for 50 Shades of Grey? http://youtu.be/beJdVmiQijM You want more? Check this one out: "Does the Kinect Make Microsoft an Arts Benefactor?" http://youtu.be/h4VMbeB5Hlk
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In this segment from his Floating University lecture, Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, explores what makes an artist good. Find out more at http://www.floatinguniversity.com/lectures-botstein
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Daisuke Inoue was a drummer for several Japanese bands, and spent hours memorizing popular songs. At least, that is, until he realized how much easier life would be if he could automate the band. Learn more in this episode. Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between. Viewers will learn the stories of unsung inventor heroes and their trials, tribulations and successes. Check out new episodes every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please subscribe to Stuff of Genius: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Watch more episodes here: http://www.youtube.com/hiddengeniusshow Twitter https://twitter.com/stuffofgenius Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheHiddenGenius Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/1113173011...
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Nine-year-old piano prodigy Gavin George displays his amazing perfect pitch and invites viewers to test their own musical ear in a fun, interactive music game! PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them. Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind. Check out THNKR! www.youtube.com/thnkrtv Watch PRODIGIES playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1860C67A2998C0B Follow THNKR on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thnkr Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv Check out our Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thnkr/
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The incomparable 9-year-old piano prodigy Gavin George brilliantly performs Étude in F major, Op. 72, No. 6 by Moritz Moszkowski. The piece is renowned for its speed and the advanced technical dexterity it demands. Gavin plays before a crowd of thousands at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, on June 30th, 2012. He was the featured performer at the Daughters of the American Revolution's annual Continental Congress Convention.
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Often times really, exceptionally good at one specific cognitive skill (like math or music), savants are not always very functional in society and might not even be able to tie their own shoes. These are 25 super smart prodigies who have trouble doing everyday things. https://twitter.com/list25 https://www.facebook.com/list25 http://list25.com Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-super-smart-prodigies-trouble-everyday/ Here's a preview: Derek Paravicini Temple Grandin Tommy McHugh Thristan Mendoza Jerry and Mary Newport Rüdiger Gamm Orlando Serrell Leslie Lemke Henrietta Seth F. James Henry Pullen Matt Savage Gottfried Mind James Charles Castle Ellen Boudreaux George Widener Jason Padgett Richard Wawro Stephen Wiltshire Alonzo Clemons Tony Deblois Gilles Trehin Flo and Kay Lyman Jedediah Buxton Daniel Tammet Kim Peek
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/01/15/Malcolm_Gladwell_at_City_Arts__Lectures Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell uses The Beatles as an example to question the existence of genuine musical prodigies. He attributes a large measure of the band's success to the experience they gained while playing as the house band for a strip club in Hamburg, Germany. ------ Readers of Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker articles, reviews, and profiles know him to be an author of wide-ranging curiosity about the world and the way it works. His choice of subject matter ranges from the psychology of athletes in pressure situations to the salesman who masterminded the popularity of the George Foreman Grill. What sets Gladwell's writing apart is his use of research in fields such as epidemiology, behavioral psychology, and other social sciences. His ability to incorporate ideas from these fields in a manner that is both relevant and understandable makes Gladwell a unique, cutting-edge journalist. In his most recent work, Outliers: The Story of Success, Gladwell explores what makes the most famous and successful individuals different. Throughout the book, Gladwell's intelligence and fresh perspective synthesize divergent ideas in order to make a broader point about the way our culture works - City Arts & Lectures Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He is the author of three books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference; Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; and Outliers: The Story of Success.
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A concussion helps a man to work on his musical talent. A dive into the shallow end of a pool caused one man a serious concussion and progressive loss of hearing and memory. But it also gave him the incredible ability to play the piano without any classical training whatsoever. He sees square blocks of white and black in his mind, and his fingers follow their wave-like pattern on the piano, allowing him to compose unique melodies. He can't write or read music, but he can create songs seemingly from thin air. This condition the accident gave him has been diagnosed as acquired savant syndrome, which can happen when a blow to the head unlocks a talent or skill that one was not born with or taught. There are more cases of acquired savant syndrome, but it is an extremely rare condition having only been found in 30 people. Other cases include Alonzo Clemens, who is able to build detailed animal sculptures in minutes though his verbal and cognitive skills stopped developing as a toddler. And a man named Orlando Serrell who was hit in the head by a baseball when he was 10 and can remember the weather every single day that passed from then on.
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Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown. Australian newsreel titles read: 'Vic. 8 Year Old Wonder: BOY MUSICAL PRODIGY PLAYS 4 INSTRUMENTS - Ian McDonough recently startled radio listeners with his musical perception. Dick Fair introduces him to you - '. Victoria, Australia. Australian radio commentator Dick Fair talks to 8-year-old musical prodigy Ian McDonough. Ian tells Dick he can play the violin, piano, clarinet, organ and tin whistle and that he can tell what notes played on the piano are without looking at the keyboard. Dick says "You must have perfect pitch". Several shots of Ian playing a jaunty tune on the piano (no sheet music in sight), then he plays the violin, accompanied by a lady at the piano. Then Dick looks on as the woman plays notes and chords and Ian, looking away from the piano with arms folded, says what they are. Next we see Ian playing a little tune on the tin whistle, and the same tune on the clarinet. He bows and we hear applause (dubbed). 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:2463.01