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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Out of Sane

Posted by shanoah on November 14, 2008

Well, you know, Sean, the key to being a mad scientist is the word mad. Most people are sane, which is an awfully boring thing to do. Most people are robots. Whereas a mad scientist takes over the world with robots! So to truly be a mad scientist, first you have to explore on the other side of sanity. Or was that to achieve enlightenment?

I always get the two mixed up. Becoming enlightened and becoming a mad scientist are such similar goals. In any case, lets start with a bit of meditation.

OM – The Moody Blues

Here we go. Perfect music for it. The Moody Blues were into this sort of thing well before the Beatles were. Next, lets try some astral projection.

The Best Way To Travel – The Moody Blues

You may have noticed something similar about these two songs. No, not just that they are Moody Blues songs, or even that they are both of of “In Search of the Lost Chord”. These are both Mike Pinder pieces.

A lot of the spiritual side of the Moody Blues music came from Pinder[1], especially with his amazing work on the Mellotron. For those not familliar with the Mellotron, it was a precursor to a synthesizer.

A true mad scientists music device, it amount to a piano where pressing any key causes a tape head to go over a piece of magnetic tape with a sound sample on it of up to 8 seconds. Now, that 8 second limit is a big thing. It means that you have to switch notes fast, and be really good to play it. The sound is also very distinctive, and the Mellotron is very prone to mechanical failure.

And Pinder is probably the most skilled Mellotron player in existance. He is also very good at fixing it. Somewhere else you may have heard a Mellotron, though. Pinder told the Beatles about the instrument, and where to get it.

They followed up on it, got one, and you can hear the result on “Strawberry fields Forever”.

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

Hear it? Paul plays the intro on a Mellotron.And now I’m thinking about cranberry sauce for some reason…

[1] And much like Roger Hodgson[2] and Supertramp, the Moody Blues are worse off without him, though not as worse off as Supertramp.

[2] Also much like Roger Hodgson, Pinder settled down in the Grass Valley area, one of the areas I grew up in, as you may recall…

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2 Responses to “Out of Sane”

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  2. Real Magic said

    Wow, What a great site. Lots of information and well written. 5 stars.

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