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Date: 10/30/09 09:01 AM

52 Responses to Bobby McFerrin Messes With Your Mind [Video]

  1. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15774 posts
    October 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm
    Link: Bobby McFerrin Messes With Your Mind - You can`t resist it!
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm
    Opie, my mind just imploded. But in a very pleasant way. This may just be the most epic thing I`ve ever seen.
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    Center706 Male 18-29
    144 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:21 am
    My god, Bobby McFerrin once again impresses the poo out of me. Thanks for the epic post opie. Now if only more posts on here were as awesome.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2704 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:23 am
    god I love bobby! he`s getting old looking but still great as ever.

    I love the ending, "to phrase the question scientifically...what the hell just happened?"

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    Jahnell Female 18-29
    6 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:25 am
    i absolutly loved it!!
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
    3369 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:32 am
    Very clever Mr McFerrin.You`ve just shown IAB how easily the human mind can be tricked into filling in the blanks!


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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7470 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:37 am
    they made some great music. it made me smile.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm
    Clever!
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    I think it is safe to say music is in our heads. It is instinctive.
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    shunpo_31 Male 18-29
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    October 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    "To phrase the question scientifically, Larry what the heck just happened here?"

    We discovered the power of SCIENCE!! Constructive/destructive wave interference + the human brain + a smidgen of creativity = MUSIC!!

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    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
    897 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    Yep, that made me smile. Bobby McFerrin is still awesome after all these years!

    For the younger IABers, here is where we first learned of his awesomeness:

    Don`t Worry Be Happy

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    heartx3jess Female 18-29
    1578 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    i love this. i must admit that i sang along.
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    speedy_3909 Male 13-17
    360 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    by the end I was singing along :P
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    ilitrt Male 30-39
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    October 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    Humans utilize music because it allows us to manifest the higher vibrations in the universe we are tuned to. Everything vibrates.
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    MagsHeadroom Male 18-29
    86 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    ilitrt, you best be trollin`.
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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    October 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    That was bad ass. The human brain is so incredible, that the audience could predict that his motions meant notes he hadn`t even taught them, and that`s exactly what he wanted.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
    3844 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    This is the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    Yay! Science!
  19. Profile photo of LandoGriffin
    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    October 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    I just noticed after all this time: Guy in the center seat, with a blue shirt under his suit jacket: Daniel Levitin, Stanford professor, author of "This is your Brain on Music"
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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
    516 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    The human ability to recognize patterns and lengths of tone difference between the visual stimulation of Mcferrin`s body movement is in fact quite amazing.

    But it`s nothing we haven`t been able to do before, no?

    I don`t think it relates as much to the natural connection between humans and music as it does with the natural connection between humans and brain power.

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    parkm Male 13-17
    742 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    Wow,I didn`t even realize what was amazing about it until I was two pages away.
    It`s that they match the tone of EVERY other audience member,not that they predict what notes he haven`t explained are.
    Jeez,took me long enough.
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    captainkat Female 13-17
    159 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Bobby McFerrin is one of my most favorite people in the world :) i heard him singing vivaldi concerto in g minor for two cellos with a cellist and it was one of the most beautiful things everrrr
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    mykunter Male 40-49
    2424 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    Loved it
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
    2593 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    Isn`t he the guy who sang "don`t worry be happy"?
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    Genocyde Male 30-39
    712 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    Whatever the lengthy explanations I think we can all concur...that was awesome.
  26. Profile photo of Winter_ICE_0
    Winter_ICE_0 Male 13-17
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    October 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm
    `Isn`t he the guy who sang "don`t worry be happy"?`

    That`s Bob Marley buddy.

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    MOTBO Male 18-29
    153 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    "Humans utilize music because it allows us to manifest the higher vibrations in the universe we are tuned to. Everything vibrates."

    String theory FTW. :P

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    doug1963aaa Male 40-49
    347 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    WinterIce: ermm, no it wasn`t Marley...
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    ometatherion Male 30-39
    174 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm
    "Friday, October 30, 2009 5:28:54 PM
    "Humans utilize music because it allows us to manifest the higher vibrations in the universe we are tuned to. Everything vibrates."

    True.......but this was cool

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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
    516 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm
    "Isn`t he the guy who sang "don`t worry be happy"?"

    Yes, he is.

    "It`s that they match the tone of EVERY other audience member,not that they predict what notes he haven`t explained are."

    Uhm...Actually, I`m pretty sure the amazing part is in fact that they predicted the undemonstrated notes.

    If the audience`s unity in tone repetition was the amazing part, then it`d have to be equally amazing if that same audience could all shout "Blue!" at the same time that Bobby held up some blue cardstock.

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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Er, I don`t get it. So it`s amazing that people know what tone to sing based on his movement? I don`t see how that`s amazing at all.
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    Plague555 Male 18-29
    553 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm
    That made me happy :)
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    jetro3 Male 13-17
    7 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    the picture says it
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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    October 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    "Er, I don`t get it. So it`s amazing that people know what tone to sing based on his movement? I don`t see how that`s amazing at all. "

    Everyone in the audience knows the exact next note in the pentatonic scale even without him showing them because it comes in a pattern in the human mind

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    ExplosiveDJ Male 13-17
    81 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    Wow, he is good at cheering people up! :)
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    Er, I don`t get it. So it`s amazing that people know what tone to sing based on his movement? I don`t see how that`s amazing at all.

    I feel a bit sorry for you, that you don`t get it.

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    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3045 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    opie, this is one of the coolest things you have ever submitted.

    Leave it to the smart chick to counter the large amount of lameness present on IAB these last three or four months!

  38. Profile photo of philippic
    philippic Male 18-29
    1704 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 12:13 am
    almost as good when i saw him fall down that flight of stairs!
  39. Profile photo of Jerm_Leather
    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
    897 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 12:55 am
    @Winter_Ice_0:

    Argh! No, it isn`t freakin` Bob Marley, simpleton. The song was released in 1988 and Bob Marley died in 1981..

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    trp712 Male 18-29
    2239 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 4:35 am
    Jerm, don`t forget about ol` ZombieBobMarley.
  41. Profile photo of amped35
    amped35 Male 13-17
    255 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 8:17 am
    ub3r 1337 h4x
    very cool
  42. Profile photo of imyownpeople
    imyownpeople Female 18-29
    163 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 8:55 am
    "Er, I don`t get it. So it`s amazing that people know what tone to sing based on his movement? I don`t see how that`s amazing at all. "

    I agree, but I think that comes from being trained in classical music since I was 8. I can`t see what the big deal is as they are following a major scale to a simple song. Now, lets say they were to suddenly go into Dorian Mode and the crowd still followed. I`d be drating impressed then.

  43. Profile photo of Jerm_Leather
    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
    897 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    @trp712:

    Oh yeah! I totally forgot about Zombie Bob Marley. He probably recorded it, and then Bobby McFerrin stole it. LoLz.

  44. Profile photo of amped35
    amped35 Male 13-17
    255 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/vide...
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    bananajojo Female 18-29
    1401 posts
    October 31, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    oh cool, i like it
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    f4ce73 Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm
    @imyownpeople:

    Trained in classical music since you were 8, huh? Bullcrap, unless you are 8 and a half or you never studied theory because that is not a major scale. If he switched to Dorian mode all he would really have to do is move up a note in the major scale. Not too hard, especially if you don`t know what you`re doing. In fact, modulating is often easier to those not realizing they are doing it. They just follow along like they`ve heard it a million times because they probably have.

    McFerrin is using a pentatonic scale. Learn it. Teach your kids it. 5 notes and they all resolve/end on any of them. That`s why Orff used it. That`s why you can jam with 5 year olds with it.

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    blargendarg Male 30-39
    376 posts
    November 1, 2009 at 1:15 am
    to those in the dark, try again, there is something to get here. best iab post in months.. thank you much-
  48. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    November 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm
    that was so effin awesome.
  49. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
    1593 posts
    November 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm
    Awesome. I love Bobby McFerrin
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm
    that was neat....
  51. Profile photo of Subushie
    Subushie Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    very very cool post.
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    MichielMaf Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2010 at 12:38 am
    haha epic WIN!

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