The DeadTest™ Vol. 22 – Name That Tune in 3 Notes or Less

by Peter Wendel
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JerryStealFaceFeatured SongMango.comThere isn’t much to the 22nd volume of the DeadTest™ collection. All the audio you’ll be working with fits comfortably on the head of a pin – minimalism at its best. There are no long lyric passages or soaring guitar solos to navigate. To pass this particular test, you’ll need to identify songs from just one, two – or if you’re lucky, three – isolated opening notes or chords.

It sounds like a fool’s errand, but you’ll be amazed by your brain’s surgical precision. How can one or two isolated notes give away one solitary song amid the clutter of thousands (even tens of thousands) stored in your mental database? Pretty cool.

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DeadTest™ Vol. 22 – Name That Tune in 3 Notes

The 22nd volume of the DeadTest™ is as minimalist as it gets. All the audio you’ll be working with fits comfortably on the head of a pin. There are no long lyric passages or soaring guitar solos to navigate. To pass this particular test, you’ll need to identify songs from just one, two – or if you’re lucky, three – isolated opening notes or chords.

It sounds next to impossible, but you’ll be amazed by your brain’s surgical precision. How can one isolated note give away one solitary song amid the clutter of thousands (even tens of thousands) that are stored in your mental database? Talk about a finely tuned machine. Feed your head, folks – early and often.

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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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