This Post Is About Prosody (vs. Procrastination in the name of Pattern Extraction)

No, really. My exceptional book club is discussing "The Soap Opera Effect." In case you don't want to read the article (which I didn't but I did read it) it's a setting in Smart TVs which inserts AI-generated frames to smooth out motion in fast-moving scenes. Motion-smoothing was invented because some people found that action unnerving when it didn't match expectations.

This is why we care about prosody, right? Right.

Tina Ross taught me the word, but Bill Goodell has been teaching me to be mindful of prosody in songwriting without using the word (like making horse sounds, for example.)

Our ability to assign emotion to patterns we find (or don't) is something that fascinates me, possibly because I missed that class or maybe didn't get to it when I dropped out of college? In other words, I don't know how much everybody else is aware of human knee-jerk reactions when the brain processes something the person isn't really logging.

I used to believe that some people can discern finer grains of detail than others; now I think most people can​ but they don't find it interesting enough to do so consciously. Most people would like me to stop finding discernment interesting and go do something that cleans up the space between me and everybody else. The problem with that is that still nobody comes over to see the things I like.

What I like may seem weird, but I assure you it's all in the name of science.


Further Reading: 

Prosody in Linguistics - Researchgate  Every circle of humans is an opportunity to add to your personal universe. I got this tidbit from Tina Ross's circle of humans who show up to hear her play live every Sunday at 7PM on Facebook. Come over. 

Prosody in Songwriting - The Song Foundry   I'm getting good at extracting mentors from my circle of people, and extracting lessons from my mentors. Stand by - pretty soon I'll have one on sequencing. 

Take This Horse - Gates & Goodell    When I finally had the pleasure of meeting el Chaparrito Bill F. Goodell in person (because he paid for album cover art in frequent flier miles) I heard him tell this story a couple of times. The first time he said Take This Horse, I yelled across the table between bites of Albondigas, "That's a song." When I got home, I wrote it & sent it to him. Bill and John knocked out a suitable arrangement in a couple hours. Please enjoy the delightful result

The Soap Opera Effect - digital trends   If you can recommend more evidentiary articles about fine-detail irritations, please do. Even if you cannot, please just believe people when they say something annoys them. 


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