Monday, July 15, 2013

So Far Away: Music & Gastronomy

I've already shared my excitement with the fact that a platform like Coursera exists! So far I've taken at least 20 courses there and am continuing doing so. At the moment the two most interesting are "The Science of Gastronomy", offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the second part of "History of Rock" by University of Rochester. In my view music and gastronomy go hand in hand, and that's why I'm so happy I can take the two together.
The one on gastronomy promised to introduce me to a number of scientific principles underpinning cooking, cuisine preparation and the enjoyment
of food. After the 6th week they claim that I will be able to
  • develop an appreciation of the scientific basis of various cuisine recipes;
  • develop our my own recipes by integrating some of the scientific principles into new dishes;
  • recognize the influence of the material world on human perception from the different senses;
  • be able to continually take on cooking and dining as an art of integrating sciences;
Sounds promising, doesn't it :)

Now the one on Rock music: as a lifetime rock & roll fan, I was so enthusiastic when I saw the first part offered on Coursera a couple of months ago. It was a really good work examining the history of rock, from the early 1940s to 1970. Unfortunately listening was not allowed during the video lectures, due to the problems with music rights. But in every lecture there was exhaustive list with songs to find online or to see the links posted by the others in the forums.
The second part of the course reveals the history of rock from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. Lots of fantastic music and fine musicians.
A song of one of the musicians discussed this week reminded of a man, who's far away, unfortunately not only in terms of distance... The name of the musician is the songwriter and singer Carole King, and it stays in the Hall of Fame, and the name of the man... eh, it stays so far away...


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Initially I understood the history of rock to be a geology course. :-p

SoulCooks said...

geology, lol

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