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The Best of TED: The Power of the Pentatonic Scale

By Brian | August 1, 2010 | Share on Facebook

Here’s another installment of my Best of TED series, in which I share talks from the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference that have struck me over the years as particularly insightful or fascinating.

Today’s installment isn’t even a TED talk at all, but it was posted by TED on their website under a heading called Best of the Web which, “highlight[s] inspired talks on sites other than TED.com.” In this short video, famed musician Bobby McFerrin turns an audience at a science festival into a musical instrument, first by “tuning” them to sing certain notes when he hops up and down on the stage at certain spots, and then by using the innate knowledge of music we all seem to be born with to get them to independently infer other notes in the (pentatonic) scale. If you’ve ever doubted the power of music, or the genius of Bobby McFerrin, watch this:

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