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A squeaky escalation starts things off, an orchestra warming up; like in that famous Beatles song. An edgy, nails on the blackboard shift into helicopter blades. Slow building punching elevator doors repeatedly closing into a hollow cello tunnel where an aircraft starts up and stops. The sawing heartbeat of a panther morphs into a subway [...]

by Nigel Beale In 1913 Igor Stravinsky’s composition The Rite of Spring got the same kind of reception I suspect Mats Sundin might get today at an Ottawa Senators’ weenie roast. There were riots. Science journalist Johan Lehrer blames the debacle on brain chemicals, stating in Proust Was A Neuroscientist that our brains are specifically [...]