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Bobby McFerrin Tickles The Pentatonic Scale Buried Inside Your Mind

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

At the World Science Festival in June, Bobby McFerrin did this demonstration with the audience. It's a little exercise using a pentatonic (five-note, rather than seven-note) scale, and it's really something.

Over at BoingBoing, which is where I saw it, they're having an interesting discussion in the comments about what can and can't be learned from it, but it'll give you a kick the first time you see what he's up to, and it certainly may make you think that people respond to music and musical scales in ways we only partially understand.

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