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(NPR)   Scientists attempt to quantify The Funk. Difficulty: by referencing Pharrell   (npr.org) divider line 68
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2014-05-30 02:04:59 PM
Two parts distilled Isley Brothers
One part James Brown's for goodness sakes just look at them cakes
Three parts Betty Davis

Stir, pour in to a brick shiatehouse mold, walk the Atomic Dog, serve fresh on an Ohio Players album cover and enjoy.
 
2014-05-30 02:21:47 PM
I'm assuming that the standard unit of Funk is equal to the amount necessary to blow the roof off the mothasucka.
 
2014-05-30 05:35:14 PM
I'm convinced Pharrell is an alien.
 
2014-05-30 05:36:37 PM
watch out now, you'll break ya neck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_iC0MyIykM
 
2014-05-30 05:38:09 PM
"Just a few weeks ago, six Iranian teenagers for posting a video of themselves dancing to the catchy song."

Just a month ago, a woman died after losing control of her car while texting someone about how happy "Happy" made her feel.
 
2014-05-30 05:38:09 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I'm assuming that the standard unit of Funk is equal to the amount necessary to blow the roof off the mothasucka.


uncut Funk only
 
2014-05-30 05:38:29 PM
One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.
funkmusicnews.files.wordpress.com
/no clue what a Pharrell is
 
2014-05-30 05:38:45 PM
 
2014-05-30 05:40:27 PM
Q: What makes people dance?

A:

www.beer100.com
 
2014-05-30 05:41:36 PM

whither_apophis: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I'm assuming that the standard unit of Funk is equal to the amount necessary to blow the roof off the mothasucka.

uncut Funk only


I cut some funk once.  The bosses sent me home that day.
 
2014-05-30 05:43:13 PM
img.fark.net
Old Gregg has it
 
2014-05-30 05:44:08 PM
Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1
 
2014-05-30 05:45:13 PM

Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.
[funkmusicnews.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]
/no clue what a Pharrell is


RIP pretty much everyone in that group
 
2014-05-30 05:45:56 PM
Jeez, back this up with some Bobby McFerrin and yer good to go....

Seriously - I'm quite possibly the least "funky" man on earth, but I'd pay good money to see Chuck Brown reach up through his grave and strangle this little fark.
 
2014-05-30 05:47:27 PM

kindms: Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1


i1.ytimg.com

JAMMIN' ON THE ONE......

obscure?
 
2014-05-30 05:48:09 PM
If you have a room without a roof I'm thinking tornado.
 
2014-05-30 05:48:37 PM

brap: Two parts distilled Isley Brothers
One part James Brown's for goodness sakes just look at them cakes
Three parts Betty Davis

Stir, pour in to a brick shiatehouse mold, walk the Atomic Dog, serve fresh on an Ohio Players album cover and enjoy.


THREAD OVER.
 
2014-05-30 05:52:45 PM
 
KIA
2014-05-30 05:52:45 PM
Go on, rub some funk on it!
 
2014-05-30 05:58:55 PM
FUNK THREAD!!!
 
2014-05-30 05:59:20 PM

Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.
[funkmusicnews.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]
/no clue what a Pharrell is


I still have my P-Funk Army dog tags somewhere from catching George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars during college in the mid-90s.
 
2014-05-30 06:00:03 PM
"Beat me daddy, eight to the bar"
 
2014-05-30 06:01:27 PM
never heard of them.
 
2014-05-30 06:01:39 PM
 
2014-05-30 06:02:28 PM
"The more rhythmically complex the music is ... the easier it is to engage different body parts,"

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-30 06:04:16 PM
Funk? They attempted to measure what makes people want to dance in music. The only mention of "funk" in TFA is this: "Classic dance tunes in disco, funk, hip-hop and rhythm and blues also hit this sweet spot of syncopation, Witek says."

Don't let misleading headlines stop you though, farkers.

/We want the funk. Gotta have that funk.
 
2014-05-30 06:04:34 PM
Time to return to the Mothership
 
2014-05-30 06:06:40 PM
rootsandwires.files.wordpress.com
NPR author pictured above
 
2014-05-30 06:07:59 PM
www.thefunkstore.com
 
2014-05-30 06:08:44 PM

Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.

/no clue what a Pharrell is


This.

/CSB: i grew up a few houses down from one of the Ohio Players. At Halloween, it was cool seeing the gold records on the wall. Nice folks.
 
2014-05-30 06:14:14 PM
i420.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-30 06:14:17 PM
I see Bootsy has been take care of so here's Larry Graham

i1.ytimg.com

images.wolfgangsvault.com
 
2014-05-30 06:17:53 PM
Well, just don't fake it on a nasty dunk, is all.
 
2014-05-30 06:20:25 PM

kindms: Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1


Bootsie sez that James Brown always said that the funkmeister's duty is to be down on the one.

/wordtoyahmuthah.on1
 
2014-05-30 06:24:48 PM

OooShiny: kindms: Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1

Bootsie sez that James Brown always said that the funkmeister's duty is to be down on the one.

/wordtoyahmuthah.on1


Down on the one.
Up for the down stroke.
 
2014-05-30 06:26:25 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-05-30 06:32:47 PM
 
2014-05-30 06:37:08 PM
For funk's sake those comments were a bottomless pit of unfunkitude.

Need to hose the Lawrence Welk off before it sticks.


www.glittersnipe.com
 
2014-05-30 06:41:23 PM
Cause teenagers are unimaginative social sheep
 
2014-05-30 06:52:45 PM
The funk is a living creature.
 
2014-05-30 06:54:31 PM
Have we reached Peak Pharell?
 
2014-05-30 07:06:48 PM
For all the funk lovers, if you ever get to Tokyo check out a music store called Disk Union. They have an entire floor devoted to soul and funk that is generally unavailable in the West due to copyright restrictions. I came home from that trip with about 20 CD's of music you will never find online. Link
 
2014-05-30 07:07:17 PM

Ecobuckeye: Have we reached Peak Pharell?


assets.nydailynews.com

Almost. We need to set up a new base camp on the brim.
 
2014-05-30 07:08:30 PM

busy chillin': watch out now, you'll break ya neck:


island style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3JMq4wLWdw
 
2014-05-30 07:15:09 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.
[funkmusicnews.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]
/no clue what a Pharrell is

RIP pretty much everyone in that group


Well, to be fair... P-Funk has had like 300 members
 
2014-05-30 07:15:55 PM

BlousyBrown: kindms: Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

JAMMIN' ON THE ONE......

obscure?


Not at all obscure to anyone who watched Cosby in the 80s.  That was so cringe-worthy, even to 8 year old me.
 
2014-05-30 07:16:38 PM
Zero parts wearing the t-shirt of the band you are going to see
 
2014-05-30 07:21:20 PM

TheManofPA: Zero parts wearing the t-shirt of the band you are going to see


And that was the final reference i was looking for.
 
2014-05-30 07:26:08 PM
Funk it up

i763.photobucket.com
It's the plague that makes your booty move
 
2014-05-30 07:46:10 PM
I will not be quantified!
 
2014-05-30 07:56:47 PM
Rose Royce - Yo Yo
 
2014-05-30 07:57:46 PM

Badafuco: Funk it up

[i763.photobucket.com image 850x850]
It's the plague that makes your booty move


Excuse me. It's a closed session.
 
2014-05-30 08:09:18 PM
back in the early 90s when i was workin on my comp sci degree one of the projects i worked on was an attempt to quantify the 'funkiness' of a beat using neural networks.

basically i had 256 inputs (2 measures mapped to the 16th notes of kick, snare, close and open hat) and would train it with transcribed beats and a subjective weights of funkiness, i was using measures from sources like the funky drummer break, some various NWA and PE loops, stuff like that

the idea was then i could brute force generate new ones and score them to find new beats that were funky..

it didn't really work out though. part of it is that it's a bit tricky to transcribe some of them correctly, (and at the time i was kind of a noob about drum programming) but a bigger part was that subtle things like microtiming of the percussion, ("pocket" etc) actually plays a pretty big factor.. also the timbre and envelope of the individual sounds is as important as the actual pattern of them, not to mention stuff like swing/shuffle timing.. the main thing i discovered was really that most good breaks were pretty similar compositionally and it was those little factors that made most of the difference..

with advances in DSP and being able to extract stuff automatically i think there might still be something to work with there but nowadays it's faster for me just to write it the way i want and not worry about the automation

was interesting to study tho
/csb
 
2014-05-30 08:14:00 PM
oh and just another vote for the meters....  just kissed my baby
 
2014-05-30 08:39:12 PM
 
2014-05-30 08:47:48 PM
Scientists attempt to quantify The Funk
The mother ship has left and they were not on it.
 
Ehh
2014-05-30 09:31:23 PM

kindms: Funk is on the 1

Everyone knows that.

So funk = 1


Verily, as sayeth the Bootsy of Collins, "Come down on the one."
 
2014-05-30 10:50:15 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I'm assuming that the standard unit of Funk is equal to the amount necessary to blow the roof off the mothasucka.


Nah nah nah nah.

Do do do do do.
 
2014-05-30 10:53:13 PM
I got ants in my pants and I need to dance.
 
2014-05-30 10:55:28 PM

Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.

/no clue what a Pharrell is


You can't get in without your funk card, baby

I'm a rock star water walker baby.

/ just Bootsy.rubber band
 
2014-05-30 11:00:20 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: Krustofsky: One cannot accurately quantify the Funk until they've been aboard the Mothership.
[funkmusicnews.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]
/no clue what a Pharrell is

RIP pretty much everyone in that group


*sniff*

Maceo with Fred come to my city every year. Once, just once, Bootsy showed up with them.

"Glory be, the funk's on me."
 
2014-05-30 11:04:01 PM

patrick767: Funk? They attempted to measure what makes people want to dance in music. The only mention of "funk" in TFA is this: "Classic dance tunes in disco, funk, hip-hop and rhythm and blues also hit this sweet spot of syncopation, Witek says."

Don't let misleading headlines stop you though, farkers.

/We want the funk. Gotta have that funk.


You are arguing with yourself. Funk does that naturally, son.
 
2014-05-30 11:07:01 PM

pute kisses like a man: The funk is a living creature.


The funk is legion.
 
2014-05-30 11:11:34 PM

LewDux: Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link


Gee your swell!
 
2014-05-30 11:27:36 PM
Clap your hands if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Yeah, that's how the shiats werk, yo, it's the illusion of freedom of will.  Everything I do is something my mind mechanism makes me feel like it was what I wanted to do.  So even when I put my gun down and raise my hands, thinking back on it it was something I decided I wanted to do rather than end up in the morgue.  Did I set out that morning with the intention of giving up my best handgun on the sidewalk and surrendering to police in front of a crowd near the farmer's market?  No.  But it felt like I made every choice that caused the final outcome.  So you can say that I did indeed choose to put my handgun on the sidewalk.  But at the same time, it kinda felt like to all only made sense in hindsight and some gaps were being filled in by my mind after the fact.
 
2014-05-30 11:35:50 PM
Ask yourself are you funky enough to be a globe trotter? Are you?
 
2014-05-30 11:39:48 PM
I'm the whitest white boy who ever got off the bus from Whitetown, but I gotta have me some funk. Praise Bootsy, Clinton and Brown, and tear the roof off that shiat.
 
2014-06-01 12:42:32 AM

cretinbob: just......


Brilliant
 
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