Music and science collide in amazing demonstration

(CBS) - Okay everyone, it's time for some science! This time we're going to take a look at the power of pentatonic scale, a musical scale with five notes per octave, in this amazing demonstration that shows something interesting in the way our minds work with music. Check it out!

I bet many of you had no clue that you already knew the pentatonic scale, did you?  Ah, science, how do I love thee? Let me the count ways... The video was posted by YouTube user waspalive who writes about it:

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale using audience participation at the event "Notes Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus" from the 2009 World Science Festival. Do people instinctively know the sound patterns of the pentatonic scale? Is there a base level of musical knowledge in all of us, just waiting to be tapped? Or is the pentatonic scale simply so common in Western music that it has become ingrained in all of our minds?

A big salute from us here at The Feed to Bobby McFerrin, whom you might remember from the hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" amongst other works, for a fascinating demonstration that had us hooked (and actually learning) from beginning to end.


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