Jun
12
2008

With a little help from my friends: Remember the Beatles and assist scientists

Do you remember us?: "I'm Ringo." "I'm Paul." "I'm George." "And I'm John, and we're the Beatles."
Do you remember us?: "I'm Ringo." "I'm Paul." "I'm George." "And I'm John, and we're the Beatles."Courtesy biggeststars
Scientific studies, for the most part, aren’t all that much fun, right? We get poked and prodded by high tech equipment, injected with foreign substances and shaken or stirred about

But how about recalling your favorite memories related to Beatles music? Yes, there is such a study going on right now and you can get involved at absolutely no cost.

More precisely, the Magical Memory Tour wants to analyze the dynamics of human memory using Beatles songs, movies, concerts and news clips as the focal point. By visiting the research project website, you can include your own specific Beatles memories, read and rate other peoples memories and learn about human memory works.

The researchers will be analyzing which types of experiences evoked from Beatles moments create the most intense memories. More specifically, they want to see how experiences from our lives can be associated with music, personality and public perception of the Beatles.

FYI: Here is a list of the top 10 topic areas of memories associated with the Beatles that the project has amassed through the website so far:

1. John Lennon - in memoriam
2. Help!
3. Television appearances
4. Yellow Submarine
5. The White Album
6. Revolver
7. Magical Mystery Tour
8. Yesterday
9. The Beatles Songbook
10. Octopuses Garden

And of course, you’re always welcome to share your favorite Beatles memories here with other Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Alice Salles's picture

I loved this post!

May I link it to my page?

Thanks!

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 3:00pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Link away!

posted on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 7:49pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

"Poked and prodded by high tech equipment, injected with foreign substances and shaken or stirred about"

Except for the high tech equipment, it all sounds like rock and roll to me.

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 3:50pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, baby!

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 4:26pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Thor (God bless his Viking heart!) has tapped into one of my favorite areas of investigation (lately anyway). There's so much Beatles material out there, (their own output, not to mention all the fan stuff), I can spend hours online checking it out.

YouTube is a great source and here are a couple YouTube videos of the Beatles at work that I’ve come across. The first is of them playing THINGS WE SAID TODAY at the Indianapolis State Fair in 1964. The clip starts at the end of SHE LOVES YOU but they go right into THINGS next. It's Beatlemania at its best, although the police in the video don't seem to share the fans' enthusiasm.

Also, here's a very interesting promotional video of them playing REVOLUTION. It dates from about 1968/69 and I believe in this one they’re singing live over a pre-recorded instrumental track. This was made after they quit touring so it gives you a glimpse of them at a more mature stage in their career. Both clips have pretty good audio.

BTW here's a trick for watching YouTube videos. If you add the tag: "&fmt=18" to the end of any YouTube video URL (don't include the parentheses) and hit return, it will play the video back at a higher resolution. Try it with the above clips and see if you can tell the difference.

If you want to get into some real academic analysis of the Beatles’ music, check out Allan Pollack's analysis of the Beatles’ songs. He goes through each and every Beatles recording with a fine-toothed comb. Some of it’s a bit stuffy especially if you don’t know a tonic from a sub-dominant triad or a C# from a C-augmented chord, but it’s certainly worth reading. As is Mark Lewisohn's Beatles Recording Sessions book which goes through the session notes for each day the Beatles recorded at the Abbey Road studios.

The ultimate Beatles memory show to see nowadays is The Beatles’ LOVE show put on by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. EMI producer George Martin and his son re-edited the group’s master tapes for the show’s musical track with the understanding nothing could be added but anything in the masters could be utilized and blended in whatever way they wanted. (In my opinion Martin, who produced most of the Beatle’s recordings, was just as important an element as were the four talented individuals that made up the group). LOVE was an amazing show both visually and aurally, even if the guy behind me thought it was more important to chat on his cell phone (twice!!) during the performance. Despite that guy's boorish behavior, if you’re a Beatles music fan, this is the show to see.

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 5:47pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Hey Mark:

I think we could do a complete scientific study just of your Beatles memories!

posted on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 9:51am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Paul is dead, man, miss him, miss him.

posted on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:10am
montygram's picture
montygram says:

who is paul. i am sorry for youre loss

posted on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 3:47pm
Thea's picture
Thea says:

I'd like to be,
Under the sea
In an octopuses garden
in the shade.

Best Song Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 1:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am a big fan of the beatles. My favorite song is I'm looking through you.

posted on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 8:57am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I buried Paul.

posted on Thu, 06/19/2008 - 10:27am
ErleneFletcher's picture

I just say one work for Beatles. They were rock!!

posted on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:55am

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