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References to Huxley and his views on music are easy to find. E.g. this article "Aldous Huxley and Music in the 1920s", Music & Letters 64 (1/2), 25-36, 1983, hosted at Jstor where I can only access the free preview: THE IMPORTANCE of music in the writings of Aldous Huxley has always been recognized, yet it is not often remembered that the confidence ...


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Russian folk music (and other Slavik folk music, as well) has lots of strange rhythms in it. Tchaikovsky, probably taking his cue from folk music, wrote the second movement of his 1893 Symphony Pathétique in 5/4 time. He wasn't the only or the first Russian composer to have done this, but it's probably the most famous piece of 5/4 music that Huxley might ...


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TL;DR: weapons exactly like this are more of a "cool trope" in fiction than something that actually existed, but they're similar to some real-life ninja weapons which presumably inspired them directly or indirectly. I found a very informative Quora thread about "long metal claws strapped to your hand" weapons, their usefulness and historical precedents. ...


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