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Re: Fox TV Special

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 13:18:20 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 09:59:00 -0500
Subject: Re: Fox TV Special

>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Fox TV Special
>Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 00:28:49 -0500

I may have said something confusing here. At one point, I wrote:

>Musical notes don't generate colors. The vibrations of sound --
>relatively slow vibrations of air molecules -- have no relation
>to light. There's no way at all to translate the wavelengths of
>sound into light.

And then, a little later, I seemed to contradict myself:

>It's possible, of course, to build a machine or create a piece
>of software that translates sound into color (I have a screen
>saver that does this), but the translation is totally arbitrary.

I could have been much clearer. I meant to say that nature
provides no way to translate sound into light. They're
completely different phenomena, with no intrinsic relationship.
Sounds have no relationship, in purely physical terms, with
colors. You can't prove that a particular frequency of sound is
equivalent to a particular frequency of light.

But you _can_ create arbitrary equivalents. You can build a
machine or a piece of software that will produce light when it
senses sound. If you create something like this, you can decide
that a given sonic frequency should generate a bright green
light. But that connection is completely arbitrary. It's just
your own choice. You could just as well have decided that the
frequency should generate red light, or no light at all.

Anyone who disagrees with me should contact the company that
makes Gizmos software. Gizmos is a package that includes
delightful solitare games, useful calculators, and other tools
and toys, all designed to look and sound quite elegant. Among
the toys is a screensaver that creates a lightshow when you play
an audio CD on your CD-ROM drive. I'm sure the Gizmos folks
would be thrilled to know that they'd tapped into the secrets of
the universe.

(Just don't remind them that they allow us to configure the
lightshow so it works the way _we_ want.)

Greg Sandow

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