Bobby McFerrin Messes With Your Mind [Video]

Submitted by: opiebreath 7 years ago in

You can"t resist it!
There are 52 comments:
Male 23
haha epic WIN!
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Male 1,646
very very cool post.
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Male 3,915
that was neat....
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Female 1,593
Awesome. I love Bobby McFerrin
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Female 3,598
that was so effin awesome.
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Male 376
to those in the dark, try again, there is something to get here. best iab post in months.. thank you much-
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Male 2
@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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Female 1,401
oh cool, i like it
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Male 897
@trp712:

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

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Female 163
"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.

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Male 255
ub3r 1337 h4x
very cool
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Male 2,238
Jerm, don`t forget about ol` ZombieBobMarley.
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Male 897
@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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Male 1,704
almost as good when i saw him fall down that flight of stairs!
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Male 3,059
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!

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Male 12,138
[quote]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. [/quote]

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

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Male 81
Wow, he is good at cheering people up! :)
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Male 2,788
"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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Male 7
the picture says it
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Male 553
That made me happy :)
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Female 3,562
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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Male 516
"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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Male 174
"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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Male 347
WinterIce: ermm, no it wasn`t Marley...
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Male 153
"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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Male 976
`Isn`t he the guy who sang "don`t worry be happy"?`

That`s Bob Marley buddy.

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Male 712
Whatever the lengthy explanations I think we can all concur...that was awesome.
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Male 2,593
Isn`t he the guy who sang "don`t worry be happy"?
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Male 2,436
Loved it
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Female 159
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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Male 742
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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Male 516
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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Male 3,842
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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Male 10,440
Yay! Science!
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Male 3,842
This is the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life.
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Male 1,106
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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Male 86
ilitrt, you best be trollin`.
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Male 14
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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Male 360
by the end I was singing along :P
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Female 1,578
i love this. i must admit that i sang along.
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Male 897
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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Male 1,381
"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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Male 10,339
I think it is safe to say music is in our heads. It is instinctive.
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Male 25,416
Clever!
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Male 7,611
they made some great music. it made me smile.
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Male 3,369
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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Female 6
i absolutly loved it!!
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Male 2,703
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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Male 144
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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Male 12,138
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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Female 15,763
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