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Bob Milne Rocking Out

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Bob Milne's piano playing chops are undeniable. But it turns out it's not just musicians who appreciate his talents -- as we describe in our Inner Voices episode, he caught the attention of neurologists with his ability to talk and play complex two-handed rythyms at the same time.

Bob also has other brain-bending abilities, as we mention in our story about him. If you want to try your ears at the experiment we describe in Inner Voices, here are the four symphonic pieces we use to illustrate Bob's musical genius (they're also plain lovely to listen to one at a time):

PS The player above works if you log into Spotify. Otherwise, here's a list of the tracks: 

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

Brahms: Symphony No 2, First Movement

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, Op. 19 No. 1


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Comments [4]

Joe Blow from Canada

As an opinionated commentator, I can't believe this is the kind of "garbage" that Radiolab is putting on their podcast. You are supposed to be only discussing things that fall into my narrow view of "scientific" and you expect me to accept a podcast about a pianist? You claim you are a science podcast and you chose the piano over the theremin? Ragtime music has been proven to be the 3rd least scientific form of music, please consider Japanese Taiko drumming for your next "music" podcast if you really must break the mold that I have placed you in.

I will not be "not-paying" to listen to this science-less fluff in the near future. As a non-paying consumer of your product I reserve the right to tell you how and what you should be putting on your "science-only" podcast (despite the fact the you do not advertise it as such.) Please consider real science based material such as reading the Periodic Table of Elements verbatim including all the molecular weight values and valences. I like numbers.

Yours Falsely,

Apr. 21 2016 10:42 AM
Lyra Yeats

This video was amazing. The piano is such a majestic instrument. I have always wanted to learn how to play it, but growing up I never had the patience for it. One of my best friends plays it though and tried to teach me how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I could not do it, I was really bad. So, therefore I enjoy watching people do what I cannot do and that is why I enjoyed this video so much. But, maybe he was trying to communicate a message through his song about something. Who knows?

Mar. 31 2015 07:55 AM

Could this be a version of synesthesia?
It seems that everyone that can do amazing things with their mind is just using one part of their brain to do the job of another. Doesn't this also happen when someone loses a sense?

Oct. 28 2014 03:45 PM
Jules Madey from Columbia County,NY

No where near the fantastic capability of Bob Milne, but as a long time ham radio operator, I knew guys back in the 50's who could carry on a morse code conversation on the radio and a verbal conversation with me at the same time. These morse code expert operators also spoke of old newspaper telegraph operators they'd seen who could carry on two separate morse conversations, one with each hand, and still be able to simultaneously hold a verbal conversation.

Oct. 27 2014 10:13 PM

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