On Web Searches That Brought You Here

This post is an exercise in reflexivity and feedback loops.

My WordPress blog homepage provides me with various statistics on total page views, most popular posts (yes, top post honor is still held, by a country mile, by an entry on M.C. Escher), and so on. One interesting statistic is something called “Search Engine Terms.” This reveals the top search queries that led users, in one way or another, to my blog. The queries are interesting because they provide some sense of what readers are thinking about and obsessing over. Here, then, are a few search queries from this past week, along with some commentary:

How did j dilla create his drum sounds?
J. Dilla (1974-2006) was an influential hip hop producer renowned for his beat-making. I don’t know exactly how Dilla composed, but he did sample extensively using an Akai MPC machine. Read more here.

How high is the high note on titanium?
Titanium is a 2011 hit song collaboration by DJ David Guetta and vocalist/songwriter Sia Furler. I believe the highest note sung by Sia is a high e-flat (a 10th above middle C). Read more here.

Proprioception exercises.
Well, this query got me thinking about balance and posture at a musical instrument–crucial things, if like me, you play an instrument that requires you to stand. There are many online tips for developing one’s sense of balance, though none at this blog. Read more about kinesthetic sense here.

How has African music influenced electronic music?
The main influence seems to be the notion of a rhythmic timeline. In African drumming traditions, this timeline pattern is often played on a bell. In electronic dance music, the timeline idea is manifest in the four-on-the-floor kick drum and some type of off-beat hi hat or cymbal part. But it can also be heard in other percolating parts. The key is to make the music have a forward momentum through a steady pulsation. Read more here and here.

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