Posted tagged ‘Music’

Brain Bon Bons, because it’s been too damn crazed today to finish any of the posts in waiting — Sade Diva/Goddess edition

April 28, 2010

Reminded via a spectacularly off-topic comment on this Balloon Juice thread, please, enjoy with me this grand blast from the past:

Beyond all the obvious awesomeness of this, my get-off-my-lawn media maker’s heart leapt at the glorious grain and feel of an image shot on real film.

There’s bite to these pictures, even in this stomped-on Youtube form, and for all that I love the creative flexibility modern video cameras give us now (out with students shooting on a tricked out Sony Z7U this morning, and rocking with it) there is something really lovely about the sense of dimension that comes from the way our eyes, mine at least, see the physicality of light trapped by tiny 3-D grains of silver and projected back through the frame.

I wouldn’t go back, except under special circumstances, but I’m damn glad I got to feel the reality of sprocket holes passing under my fingers, and the sense of space and color that a good cameraman could layer onto those rolls of coated plastic.

So there.

I feel better.

Because I’ve Got Too Much On Today to Blog Seriously…And I’m Feeling Spacey…And Did I Say That I Love You….

March 3, 2010

Can’t be an orbital kind of day without casting mind and ear back to tone deaf, (sic!) cult-hero, sonwriting/producing murderer-suicide Joe Meek* and this hit:

And just to make sure the weirdness gets its full run, consider this make-my-backbone-quiver, oh-my-fsm-I’m-back-in-Second-Grade-classroom-film-experience account of the machine that forged some untraceable synaptic connection to yield the song above:

*a)  You couldn’t make Meek’s story up, and b) perhaps not everyone’s mind thinks telecommunications satellites and the strange, strange world of London’s early ’60s music scene when they feel that wave of not-enough-coffee disorientation, but apparently I do.

Sunday Arts Section: Amazing Sound Engineering/Music Video Dept./Stand By Me

May 17, 2009

What you have here is a truly wonderful conjunction of modern recording chops and a global sensitivity.  Enjoy.

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I’m Baaack…with a little treat from the road: Unified Theory of Music edition

June 30, 2008

Real blogging on science, civic life and all the serious stuff to start almost immediately, but while my vacation hangover persists, one treat passed on to me by Travis, the 16 year old son of a dear old friend of mine (and a friend himself, now, as he has clearly reached the age of reason…heh.)

It seems that all known post-Baroque music, with the possible exception of settings of Vogon poetry, can be traced back to a single, well known Manchurian candidate of a ditty. See the proof of this subset of a Theory of Everything for yourself:

My informant, Travis, tells me that there are music videos for all fourteen songs referenced above. Consider it a challenge to run them down. (To be fair: one of the fourteen is a setting of the song against found images, not a true, music video.)

Just to get you started, here’s one:

Consider this an announcement of the return of Inverse Square.

A Monday Morning pick-me-up.

March 16, 2008

So, my sister sends me this link.

I watch it, despite the sense of instant lame-hood when I find myself tapping toes to a Billy Joel song.

But then I asked myself, in all this fire we didn’t start, how much of what the Hon. Mr. Joel sees as incendiary in the last half century or so falls under the heading of science?

Even stretching it pretty far to tech/engineering, I make it 16 images/ideas out of 120 in the song. And I only get that far by counting the Studebaker, just because I like the engineering ideas in that car. (The Edsel didn’t make the cut, even as an example of a negative elenchus.)

Out of my 16, five connect to space flight, (and I counted a sixth for Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, and a seventh for the aerospace/political significance of the U2, just possibly the coolest airplane ever built. (Care to dissent, James Fallows?). The rest are a motley mix of gee whiz and bad news: H-bombs to vaccines to dacron, to my man Albert Einstein.

All in all, I actually think that Billy Joel and his unbelievably dedicated illustrator have caught the central fact of American science interest pretty well: the boffins are good for entertainment, for killing folks, for healing folks, and for gadgets.

Watch the video. It’s fun, and in the end, deeply troubling as well.

And you’ll curse me all day as the tune will not leave your head.

Image: Unknown artist, “The Great Fire of London with Ludgate and old St. Paul’s,” 1670. Source: Wikimedia Commons. One of my favorite fun facts: When Old St. Paul’s burned in the Great Fire (1666), the sixty tons of lead in its roof melted and flowed — a river of glowing metal — from the cathedral precincts a few hundred yards down hill into the Thames. A torrent of lead. Now that’s a conflagration — and in fact it is believed that the blaze turned into a true firestorm by late in the first day of the disaster.

Election frivolity: Mancrush edition

February 5, 2008

More from my new favorite folly, mancrush.com

Barack Obama scores well: coming in at 11th 5th place as the man other men would most want to be — only one behind science’s top contender, Charles Darwin (sliding rising since I first posted on this meaningful topic.)

Hilary Clinton is, for obvious reasons, not a contender in this particular contest, though both Bill and George make the list:

As for the regard in which the Republican contenders are held? At least in this venue, not so much. Neither McCain nor Romney make the list at all (which has, after all, 1644 entries). Huckabee does score — but only at number 996.

Don’t blame me. I’m just your humble reporter.

PS: More wierdness. Adolph Hitler is on the list, at 1643. That’s pretty near dead last, but not quite. Who’s less crush-able, by whatever “standards” this site employs?

John Brown. John Brown! Wild eyed, hard charging, violent anti-slavery revolutionary. (Deplorable methods, perhaps– but he was at least on the good guys’ side, in case you were checking). Below Hitler? To quote the funniest movie of the last decade, Galaxy Quest: “Ohh! That’s not right.”

(at about 5:50 into the clip.)

Update:  A couple of links added, at which point I discovered that in the post election glow, Barack Obama rose from 11 to 5, still trailing Charles Darwin, also on a tear, by one.   That puts Darwin behind just Ernest Hemingway, JC, and Tom Brady as the fourth most admired/envied man in history.  The other big news — Jesus has slipped!  Ernest Hemingway now ranks first in the minds (sic) of men.  Who knew?