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Old 08-03-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
Erick Mead
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Re: Kiai -- Precision & Abandon

Dave Lewin wrote: View Post
Can we say that the sound gives further benefit?
if so, what?
And so the Japanese don't get ALL the credit --- speaking for my Southern and Celtic forebears, (a bit of the Creek wrong side of a blanket somewhere) they possessed a powerful tantric battle secret, known to those born to it -- or disclosed only to the worthy -- I would say, among other things -- this:

Civil War mystery may be solved by modern technology.

(PRWEB) June 28, 2005 -- The famous rebel yell, long known to have an unnerving effect on Union soldiers in the American Civil War, has just been examined by the History Publishing Company. Using as its core base, the only known yell by a living Confederate soldier recorded early in the Twentieth Century. History Publishing Company, through the use of sound technology, has emulated the sound of a company of soldiers charging a Union line.
This is Mr Bracken's YouTube piece with some of the historical background narrated, the individual yell ( @ 2:32 - 3:00) and the mixed version simulating a company of men doing the the same. The rendition of a company charging in this manner through some mixing magic is quite .... well -- you judge for yourself. ( @3:02 - 3:50):

The history of the recording before that point is interesting. Mind you, Mr. Alexander, the Confederate veteran, was 90 when he was recorded in the 1930s, not the sharpeyed, sh*t-kicking, shootfire young'un he was when he larnt'it.

The effect was startling, said Don Bracken, Senior Editor of History Publishing and Civil War author (Times of the Civil War, ISBN 1-4208-0694-7). It wasn't a frightening sound in the nightmarish or fiendish sense. It was an audible sensation of being overwhelmed. It was like having a sonic tidal wave approach you. What might have unnerved the Union soldiers who reportedly fled from it was a sense of helplessness."

The rebel yell has long been a source of curiosity to students of the Civil War. It was a recognized fact that seasoned Union veterans would become unnerved by it. When we came across the recorded yell made in the early Twentieth Century, of an actual Confederate veteran of the Army of Northern Virginia, we knew we had to take it a step further," said Don Bracken."Technology has made it possible to do that."
The individual version in the short sharp segments is virtually indistinguishable from proper kiai. And when I say tantric secret -- I am not really kidding -- Union soldiers who faced this in hot earnest described:

"... a peculiar corkscrew sensation that went up your spine when you heard it" along with a claim that "if you claim you heard it and weren't scared that means you never heard it".
"Then arose that do-or-die expression, that maniacal maelstrom of sound; that penetrating, rasping, shrieking, blood-curdling noise that could be heard for miles and whose volume reached the heavens--such an expression as never yet came from the throats of sane men, but from men whom the seething blast of an imaginary hell would not check while the sound lasted."

-Colonel Keller Anderson of Kentucky's Orphan Brigade


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