four second, three beat
shock horror comprises notes
D#, C, F#
Two duns and a lingering duuun at the end.
Headlines from all over the world and over the morning coffee I settled on “Dun, Dun Duuun! Where did pop culture’s most dramatic sound come from?”
I admit it is one of those mornings where the last thing I want to do is start working.
I know what waits at work today and I am not in any hurry to stand up, set the coffee cup in the sink and make that long trek upstairs.
When I get there and I get logged in, master of my password that I am, they will be waiting for me.
End of the year spread sheets.
In a world gone crazy and where ‘Statistics, more statistics and damn lies” still rule, when it comes to statistical reports I always ask, what do you want then to show?
I think back to the old show, Yes, Minister, where the last thing to do before leaving for a multi national summit was to write the final communique that would be sent out at the conclusion of the summit.
As Sir Humphrey Applebee would say, how would know what to meet, talk about and agree to if you didn’t have the agreement agreed to before the meeting?
I feel that way about stats.
Tell me what you to say or what you want to prove and I will provide the stats.
Do you want to say that 33% of all users embrace the technology or that 2/3 of all users reject the technology?
Just let me know.
Before I read about dun, dun duuuun, I read “Memories of office life: I was trapped in the longest, most anarchic meeting of my life” and when I read the line, “I believed that, gremlin-like, something terrible would happen if I was exposed to spreadsheets after midnight – I would reveal I didn’t actually understand them“, I knew I wasn’t alone.
The history of dun, dun duuuun was just what I needed.
Wonderful and almost all embracing information that had absolutely no bearing, meaning or import to anyone, anywhere.
I have to love the writer and editor that got and gave the okay for this story.
Useless trivia reigns!
I can start my day.
And what is the history of dun, dun duuuun?
Amelia Tait, tech and internet phenomena writer for the Guardian traces the history of the sound to 74-year-old composer Dick Walter, who has arranged music for programmes such as The Two Ronnies and The Morecambe & Wise Show.
“It’s musical shorthand which says a lot very quickly,” Walter says of the first of five melodramatic exclamations that run all the way down to Shock Horror (E). But where did he find the inspiration? Walter’s mother, an amateur pianist, used to play Edwardian and Victorian melodrama in the house, while he was a lover of jazz as a teen. He explains that for centuries, composers have used a particular musical interval to denote tension. Its name? Diabolus in musica – or “the devil’s interval” to you and me.
The devil’s interval is a dissonant combination of tones that unsettles the listener because it is unresolved. You’ve likely heard the devil’s interval as the opening two notes to The Simpson’s theme tune, as well as the beginning of Maria from West Side Story (Walter helpfully sings both). Yet in both cases, the tension is immediately resolved with the next note, producing a pleasant effect. “But if you don’t resolve it, you’re left feeling unsatisfied,” Walter explains, “That’s what it boils down to.”
Diabolus in musica – or “the devil’s interval”?
This is so perfect.
This IS JUST the way to start the day.
And, as Mr. Walter says, “That’s what it boils down to!”
Dun, Dun Duuuun!