Great Stalacpipe Organ: Haunting Sounds From Middle Earth

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located in Luray Caverns in Virginia, USA.  It’s operated by a custom console that produces electric impulses.  The impulses are sent to small rubber mallets that tap ancient stalactites of varying sizes.

The organ was designed and built in 1956 taking Leland W. Sprinkle a little over three years to complete.

Great Stalacpipe Organ

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Photo by Jon Callas

From concept to construction

The original design of the organ/console had many features including a pedal which provided “Harmonics, Reverb and Solo.” But, these features were removed in favor of amplifying every note at a constant level instead. Furthur to the audio, it was simplified for aesthetics.

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Photo by Jon Callas
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ took over three years to complete.  Sprinkle would find and shave down appropriate stalactites to produce the notes.  37 stalactites spanning 3.5 acres were then wired to rubbers mallets and attached  to the appropriate keys of the organ.

The hounting sounds are heard throughout the 64 acre cave system.  However, when open to the public, the use of loud speakers is used to enhance the overall sound experience.

 

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Photo by Jon Callas

Step inside these beautiful and historic cavern system with this amazing 4k video tour of the cave by TRIUMPHRAINBOW on Youtube.

The result is hauntingly beautiful and can be heard below.

Conclusion

Finally, lets briefly talk about legacy. In 1956, Leland W. Sprinkle took someting  creative and brought it to life.  Not only was it a musical masterpiece built for the world to experience and talk about, he left a sustaining intrument to inspire new ideas for generations.  If you enjoyed the post, please share it and subscribe for updates.  I really enjoyed writing this post. Creating music in unique ways is the ultimate creative experience.

 

 

 

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard.  Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that.  Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

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That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving.  Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

 

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool

Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Nothing Boring About Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is an ambitious idea that makes sense. Elon Musk, is known for his innovation and very ambitious ideas that are quickly driving change around the world. The man behind Tesla and Space X has introduced The Boring Company. The company’s goal is to build a tunnel system under cities to transport cars at high rates of speed. According to Musk, this type of transportation, in a tunnel system, could be the future of transportation in big cities. He suggests that moving the transportation system underground rather to the air, is a more viable solution.  If you go deep enough, you cannot detect the tunnel below the earth.  The earth is very good at absorbing sound and vibration, making the system almost undetectable.

“The challenge with flying cars is that they are quiet noisy and that is not anxiety reducing.”

Trips traveling at 125 mph or 200 km/h through tunnels.

The idea is to create a network of underground tunnels that integrates entrance and exits points at various points around the city.  These points would only use the space of a single parking spot. The elevator delivers the vehicle onto an electric platform from the street to the tunnel system. Trips traveling at 125 mph (200 km/h) through tunnels would deliver vehicles to their predefined destination in minutes with very little risk of accident.

 

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has branded itself as a drilling company, however, it’s more than that. It’s an idea of ​​transforming traffic and infrastructure in major cities. Cities in the United States and around the world. There are currently plans to implement a network of tunnels in Los Angeles to function as an alternative to the main highway systems.

“It’s easier to go down than it is up with a 3D tunnel network,” says Musk. “As layers of tunnels get used up we can continue to go down.”

Tunneling has always been expensive, but not for Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Cost per mile costs have always been a roadblock in the tunneling world. Musk has an ambition goal of achieving a 10 fold reduction in the cost of tunneling. But he is putting his money where his mouth is. He suggests that this can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Cutting down the diameter of the tunnel decreases the cost in half.  Musk is attempting a 12 foot wide tunnel.
  2. Using a tunneling machine that reinforces the tunnel wall continuously.

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What about autonomous vehicles? That’s still a thing, right?

Musk is already working towards autonomy with his innovative electric cars. But he believes that when transportation becomes fully autonomous. It’s an absolute that there will be more vehicles will be on the road. Thus, creating more congestion on the streets of an already stressed infrastructure.  Further, the electrification of vehicles will become more affordable as most automakers already, have some sort of electric program in place.

 

Musk is trying to solve the impacts of innovation before they happen. You’re seeing this with The Boring Company and his renewable energy ventures such as the Solar Roof Shingles. He is a true futurist in that sense and is taking this project very seriously by already building the system in the parking lot of SpaceX.  Please share comments below and get involved in the conversation.

-Anders Vanderkool

 

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Classical Music Brings Out The Creative Monster

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Classical music brings out the creative monster.

By Anders Vanderkool

Classical music brings out the creative monster that’s inside you. It helps find that great idea that you came up with at 3 am. That idea you were too lazy to write down. Classical music can help you find that creativity. Certain classical pieces have been shown to increase the brain’s cognitive function and IQ.  This is known as the Mozart Effect. Children learning classical music at a developing age are said to have higher cognitive functions and advanced brain development.

 

“The Mozart effect can refer to: A set of research results indicating that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning;”

The melody draws out the creativity process

The melodies and rhythms of classical music operate independently from each other. Melody is directly related to boosting the creative imagination. Rhythm increases serotonin levels in the brain. Increased serotonin levels boost areas of the brain that are responsible for critical and logical thinking. The cadence of the body can be stimulated through the music’s rhythm. Those cadences can be a heartbeat, walking, or even dancing and they are used to alter the effects of clinical depression and anxiety disorders.

 

The creative monster is alive and well

The melody that engages your creative side of the brain can take you anywhere. It’s an opportunity to develop something new that can take your mind in an alternate direction. A direction, maybe you hadn’t thought of going in. The melody takes you on a journey of ideas. Then there’s the logical side of the brain that problem solves ideas with logic and fact based thinking. In fact, classical music is logical and mathematical in many ways. This is why rhythm synchronizes the patterns of sound that the body creates.

“The melody provides a story line and sound bed for the creative thought to ponder through. The music will dictate the mood”

Good ideas need help sometimes

Sometimes, good ideas are locked inside the subconscious. One way of unlocking those hard to find ideas is by listening to classical music. Good ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes they just require a little help to bring them to the surface. creative monster
In contrast, music with vocal elements, generally will impact concentration levels and act as a distraction. That being said, the effects of music on the brain depend on the activities being performed. If a task requires a more cognitive function, sometimes music can interfere or distract from the task at hand.

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What does classical music do for you?

In closing, classical music can provide you with more focus, memory, and overall ability to concentrate.  It helps bring out the creative monster that sometimes hides inside your head. It can help spark new innovative ideas or bring clarity to an existing problem.

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