The mad scientist of music | Mark Applebaum

Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects. This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the "rules" of your own creative work. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)

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100+ komentarze:

Alex Martinelli
Alex Martinelli:
i bet, if you give him mayonnaise, he would play it.
I feel like this guy is trolling the whole time
J. S.
J. S.:
This is earth radio, and now, "human music"...
Timothy Bradley
Timothy Bradley:
I was a music student when he was at UCSD- I remember the pretentiousness being real but a lot of it is due to him being an incredible musician and working on a level I could not appreciate. I sang in a group on one of his early choral compositions under his direction and it was strange stuff but he obviously knew exactly what he wanted out of us and it wasn't random sounds to him- there was definite order to his apparent chaos. He kept up with Ed Harkins, Phil Larson, Bert Turetzky, George Lewis, and Vinny Golia in improvisations I witnessed at UCSD and that's a tall order. Sometimes this kind of music is like modern art where it looks crazy simple or absolutely random but you realize that the performer/artist can do incredibly crafted conventional pieces- but they choose to do what they do for reasons most don't understand. I think it is funny that he followed the standard "weird music" concert format where the performer/composer/group comes out and crushes a standard (ie his Beethoven piano playing) then does their weird sounding stuff afterwards as a "proof" they're not just bad at playing. It's like a very early realist Picasso being displayed next to his late work.
Jason Jrake
Jason Jrake:
I like to think of this as a conscious, meta talk on the inherent narcissism and pretentiousness of giving a TED talk, barely veiled as something about musical theory.
Paulo Filho
Paulo Filho:
sounds like he got so bored of the piano that he just became an alien
Kyler Sander
Kyler Sander:
Is Mayonnaise an instrument? Yes Patrick, yes it is.
Jordan Decker
Jordan Decker:
This dude just impressed an entire crowd full of people with industrial dance hand movements paired with some music a child wrote with a bop it
I'm so bored I started to read the comments instead
I was expecting to hear some interesting good music composed by him
But now i realize why the title is "MAD" scientist
This inspired me to create my own sound effects for a video. My definition of music is sounds organized to be pleasing to the ear and enjoyable to the listener. The sounds he makes are sound effects and really cool but not my definition of music. Sound effects vs. musical sounds--2 different things. This is not a criticism, just an observation. What he's doing is really inspiring and cool. Not all of it sounds musical to me it but could be used as part of a musical project.
Dude needs to add "undershirt consumer" to his credentials.
He is thinking so far out of the box...he's in space. But not space as you know it.
this is what my anxiety sounds like
Jacob Trull
Jacob Trull:
but does it djent
Jacklyn Isasi
Jacklyn Isasi:
Wintergatan: *am I a joke to you*
This is like when Ross was trying to make "music" on Friends
Zappa explored like this and did similar work, but it was more cohesive.
I feel like I lost 15 minutes of my life watching a video of a guy who has a great idea (take standard music principles and concepts and place them outside of the box and run with it) but his way of going about it is like if a bus had a accident running into a 747 plane in outerspace with a band playing music to the event while Spock talked to some aliens with wind chimes going.. To take an idea and make it great requires organization and planning and if he has spent this much time making a 100 page masterpiece, it makes me wonder if it is worth the time to look it over. Granted he approaches things with a attitude of: here's what I find interesting and I don't care if people like it or not. I approach his concepts with: it's a concept that is not new or exclusive to you (perhaps lighten your credits to yourself next time) it's been done many times before you and I don't care for it, and I don't care if you like it or not. That's just my opinion. May not be a complement to him but it probably won't bother him or me anyways.
Rise Of Thought
Rise Of Thought:
I'm pretty sure Looney Toons already did this soundtrack.
Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard:
He was like:
Hey, nobody paying me for playing piano. I will do weird things because there is always some freaks who will pay me to freak them out. Lmao. Humans are dumb.

Its from an interview with Mark Applebaum
Dean Power
Dean Power:
sounds exactly like what i hear when im in a quiet room on acid lol
Charles Michaels
Charles Michaels:
But is this music ???
No....... It's noise.
(Identity Theft).
Pat Turn
Pat Turn:
This should be called 'how to be a chad in 2020'.
Fuckstarvin ESKcrew
Fuckstarvin ESKcrew:
I just heard him talk about how good he is and then he played a childs toy from a dr suess book
bern steiner
bern steiner:
Probably a cousin of Weird Al Yankovic :)
General Talk
General Talk:
Postmodernism in music or better yet, Musical Nihilism.
Shrap Nelface
Shrap Nelface:
"It's good to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out." I find this quote fits here quite well.
Ivan Alekseev
Ivan Alekseev:
I'm don't like / understand all of these modern arts, but the moral of this speech is very valuable.
His main art, here, is describing his art so artfully as to make it seem like it's really art. It actually is but your mind isn't really convinced. Very clever....
Class: *is quiet*

My Stomach: 5:47
Micah Brossiet
Micah Brossiet:
this dude really needs to grow a beard
Me at start of this video: Hmm I hope I'll become smarter and learn some "essence" of music watching TED video.
Also me watching this video at 14:39 : LOOOOL, Mooomm come here!!
Eric London
Eric London:
The very intelligent get bored easily, the stupid stay happy , and the ones in the 'middle', are well adjusted ?
The real question.. is that George Carlin in the middle at 11:48?
If Howard Stern did LSD and bongs, he'd be Mark.
Bo Horn
Bo Horn:
Bet he can't do guitar hero on expert though.
King Kebo
King Kebo:
This man structured his TED talk about music into verses and choruses. Beautiful.
Edward Zaleski
Edward Zaleski:
I like the idea that "the ear" is both a shared as well as a singular sense and point of interpretation of music.

Applebaum as a composer, inventor, interpreter, etc. occupies the role of Active Ear as well as Passive Ear, whereas the listener or audience while also active in interpreting his work, is passive in that adaptation and and assessment of sound comes to a terminus after the intellectual and emotional impact is received.

Besides the training of learning to identify music and how to notate that music for the purposes of recreating it either digitally or live is the composer's use of the medium which comprises of both his/her ear as well as the projected outcome of music/sound on the listener's. This is a complex route to follow. Mark Applebaum explores that route even further beyond the beaten path of known quantity tonality and pattern and in doing so he expands the medium, albeit perhaps incrementally but importantly.
Now I know how someone that can't read feels like when they open up a telephone book.
no one ever gave this fella any acid huh.
Ivanildo Cafu
Ivanildo Cafu:
The lost member of Pink Floyd
Dark Web Pharmacist
Dark Web Pharmacist:
Aw...Can I play with your baby?

Play how, Mark?
Everything 2.0
Everything 2.0:
14:57 me playing random sounds on a sound effects keyboard on electronic piano.
Meta Mentality
Meta Mentality:
"But is it music?" Sure, If you want it to be. Is it good? No.
I really love his approach of "I don't care if they like it as long as I like it"
So instead of asking "Is mayonnaise an instrument?", we should be asking "Is mayonnaise interesting?".
This what happen when a brilliant mind meets too much spare time
Mickael S. Vardo
Mickael S. Vardo:
Listening to Applebaum "improving" Beethoven is like going from the cathedral to the cafeteria.
Kevin Fager
Kevin Fager:
The most interesting part to me is that regardless of where our creativity takes us, we question its validity and relevancy the whole way. Just bc of where it started/the point of origin. It started at playing notes on a piano. Ended at creating movements illustrating strange sounds. But creativity is all encompassing. There is no real divide between visual, musical, theatrical or performance art. It’s free expression. And we shouldn’t feel limited by what we know. The exploration is what art is.
The number of people whinging that this music doesn't appeal to them... pretty sure he said he makes this music to keep *himself* interested...
When you see him, you're like, yup musical genius, no need to play anything, here is your award
Justice Boofer
Justice Boofer:
Decades after Frank Zappa played the bicycle on the Tonight Show starring Steve Allen.
Roger Effa
Roger Effa:
I'm curious to know if he got any kind of inspiration and\or motivation from hearing any of Frank Zappa' s material\recordings. Some of what's done here reminds me in a big way of Zappa & the experimental things he did throughout his lifetime.
Zappa is the only person I've ever seen "play" a bicycle that was turned upside down. He did that on a late night tv show in the early 60's. Jack Parr, Steve Allen I'm not sure who's show it was. Maybe Johnny Carson?
K Log
K Log:
Graham Haslett
Graham Haslett:
You know, if you straightened his hair, took away his glasses and gave him a goatee, he'd be Dave Grohl
Jordano Doemos
Jordano Doemos:
Я думал это Корнелюк... 😅
I like what he said about keeping things interesting. My daughter attended boarding school with a number of musical prodigies who were so bored with their training they abandoned their instrument altogether. All that effort, discipline and talent gone to waste. I feel anything that can keep creative people actively engaged in their art is a good thing. Frank Herbert's 'Dune' had it wrong, fear isn't the mind killer, boredom is.
Christopher Hubbard
Christopher Hubbard:
Interesting, I wonder if someone who has a different discipline at the same level who also becomes bored would be just the same? Or are we now talking about some sort of mental shift in to a different paradigm that only people who have reached this level understand? .. personally without meaning to offend his clear intelligence he came across as slightly loony but that's how I'd describe it not that he is?? Unless it's all a compleat act and he knows it and is playing this new role simply for shuts and giggles? Either ways fascinating slightly scary but highly entertaining.
jerome dragon
jerome dragon:
Frank Zappa explored this question long ago.
Cyan Light
Cyan Light:
Guy: "Don't be afraid to take risks and explore ideas you find interesting which may fall outside of the conventional scope of your field."

Youtube commenters: "Different! DIFFEREEEEENT!!!"
When he speaks about the role of improviser. Can you imagine this is how Bruce Lee applied the same rule?
10:29 Must add "Comedian", above all. Ah, boy... If only anyone who feels bored with his work had the same creativity! He could also add "Youtuber", with over 4M views here. :-) I liked most the ending: "take on roles in your own work"... Respect, professor, respect.
did it stimulate my brain? yes. but it did not find resonance.
Der Wolf. Das Lamm. Auf der grünen Wiese.
Hurz! Und das Lamm schrie „Hurz!“

Ein Lurch lugt hervor.
Dillion Roy
Dillion Roy:
For anyone that is having trouble understanding the way he is relating his message. I believe he is saying: "Don't worry about the way other people think of your ideas. Do what is interesting to you."
Denny Boy
Denny Boy:
А что Корнелюк уехал в Америку???
Ecce Porfirium
Ecce Porfirium:
Portuguese artist by the name of "Dr Sound" does this for like 30 years now

"joao ricardo barros oliveira"
*He's so musically talented, that even his nose whistles..... A LOT.*
Twenty years later a musical genius deciphers his hieroglyphic tunes only to find out its the kars4kids jingle
Google Plus Blows Chunks
Google Plus Blows Chunks:
This is what music school will do to your brain. Trust me on this one.
in hoc signo vinces
in hoc signo vinces:
The question, really, is not "is it music", but "is it beautiful / transformative / spiritually elevating"? YouTube brought me here from a Benjamin Zander video, and the contrast makes things so clear.
But this is where creativity goes to die, around the fall of a civilization. We've been there before, hopefully we'll be here again a few times. Nothing new under the Sun, but the lack of originality is staggering.
Bad Ash
Bad Ash:
This is what happens when you go to college and take psychedelics after being sheltered for your adolescence
Ecce Porfirium
Ecce Porfirium:
i asked my parents if i was autist, they show me this video and now im confused
Is Beethoven improved by his
im just losing my precious time here
Doc Watson
Doc Watson:
While it’s not pleasing sonically....
The ability to write the scores he writes is crazy.
Christopher Peterson
Christopher Peterson:
"That one guy" (That is his name) is a far better mad scientist of music. Created his own instrument and much better music.
Ligeti did it to where it was still an art form, many years before this guy. The sounds he produced actually affect you. It lived on the brink of being music and some undefinable thing. This speaker, however, is just making noise. The abstract notation and improvisational playing are this guy’s forte. Maybe in the rest he’ll find something remarkable someday, but not today, unfortunately.
Heyward Shepherd
Heyward Shepherd:
Remember that guy who incorporated a toilet tank float ball into a musical instrument? Naw, neither do I.
Julius Lapi
Julius Lapi:
he gets bored pretty easily
philip sajet
philip sajet:
ok, love this guy, he is a perfectly repulsive genius.
Stardust Wonder
Stardust Wonder:
You know what, I'm just gonna say it...I don't know why, but I feel so much hatred toward this, and hate myself for it...Anybody feeling the same?
Vytautas Urnikis
Vytautas Urnikis:
4:47 - Ross Geller playing on his keyboard
Stardust Wonder
Stardust Wonder:
Is it music?
Me: No.
Is it interesting?
Me: No.

I still think that instrument was cool though, would be really good for a soundtrack.
Mitchell Waltmann
Mitchell Waltmann:
Is there any way to tell if he’s actually really pretentious or just being really self-aware
I thought it was interesting the path he took to simply remind us, to sometimes take a moment and pay attention to the boundaries we define everything, including ourselves by. Sometimes that is all it takes to make small but revitalizing changes to our lives. Subjective experience and sense of achevement may very well be more important outside group defined boundaries than within.
The Dolphin
The Dolphin:
I just watched 16 minutes of total self indulgent wankery, sometimes known as art.
Maureen Sinisi
Maureen Sinisi:
Sounds a lot like the stuff I would listen to from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. These sounds remind me of the background music in Sci-Fi music. It's interesting and fun!
john walker
john walker:
16:50 of life I’ll never get back- that’s what this video was.
Nicholas _
Nicholas _:
And yet, not a single cowbell.
Johnmark Hatfield
Johnmark Hatfield:
If he was bored, couldnt he have just took up some new hobby? His life seems like a complete waste of thought and time. Music, theater, art, etc should bring a community together, not just for one persons entertainment. I dont know how he pays the bills, but i hope this isnt his day job.
Theres my damn 10mm socket!!
Ghazy Pangerang
Ghazy Pangerang:
Is this "contemporary" music?
Oh man, Zappa would have loved this guy's instrument.
     It seems like people either love or hate this guy. I don't understand the hate, at least not the majority of it. If somebody could explain, that would be great.
     I, for one respect his willingness to think outside of the box. I get the feeling that people who dislike him think he cannot grasp the beauty of simplicity or something. The beauty of being limited and making the most out of those limitations.
     But I disagree. Whether he is original in these crazy instruments or experimentation in regards to sound design and art, I believe that there is only a reason to dislike his works due to personal taste, but not simply because they are different. He seems to seek to find new ways of expressing oneself through art, or creating entertainment. Exploring the limits of potential sounds and images and combinations between the two. 
     I'm a 8-bit music composer at the moment (like old NES music), and I appreciate the limits of composing such music. But I cannot see anything wrong here. There's nothing wrong with exploring and sharing with others what has been found through said exploration. So, seriously, what is the problem?
Smilin’ Jonesy
Smilin’ Jonesy:
Reminds me of the alleged music of John Cage.
Delbert Osborne
Delbert Osborne:
I can't believe that I almost watched the whole video, deffitly not my taste. However I do appreciate his ingenuity and willingness too explore possibilities. Keep exploring 🎺🎻🥁📱☎️📞📟📠🔋🔌💻🖨️⌨️🖱️🖲️💽💾📀
Observe Notify
Observe Notify:
Good music of pleasurable frequencies and vibration, also needs good sound producing audio amplifiers and is the combination of both.