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Sufjan/Son Lux/Serengeti “Museum Day” & Björk “Hollow (video)

7th Mar 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

As previously announced, Sufjan Stevens will team up with Anticon artists Son Lux and Serengeti under the name s / s / s for an EP, Beak & Claw, that will drop on March 20th (the vinyl is available for pre-order now).

Yesterday, they posted a song from the release called “Museum Day,” a slow-building jam with some big, auto-tuned hooks from Sufjan.

Hear it below:

Yesterday also saw the release of the official music video for Björk’sHollow” (from Biophilia)…quite colorful and science-y… HD video below:

Talking about the video, Björk says:

It’s just the feeling when you start thinking about your ancestors and DNA that the grounds open below you and you can feel your mother and her mother, and her mother, and her mother, and her mother 30,000 years back. So suddenly you’re this kinda tunnel, or trunk of DNA… All these ghosts come up so it ended up begin a Halloween song and quite gothic in a way… It’s like being part of this everlasting necklace when you’re just a bead on a chain and you sort of want to belong and be a part of it and it’s just like a miracle.

Which is what we were all thinking, of course.

~Dan – np: John ZornMoonchild: Songs Without Words

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why the spinning…

30th Dec 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

“Why alcohol makes your head spin” by thegnome54:

Science!  Be safe out there while you’re celebrating the ringing in of 2012!

~Dan – np: Trent Reznor & Atticus RossThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Science: neodymium magnet down a copper pipe

9th Aug 11 (Tue) 2 comments

Coooooool…

The movement of the magnet induces an electric current in the copper and with the electrical current comes a magnetic field, which makes the magnet attracted to it. The magnet doesn’t stick to the wall as it falls because the induced current, and its corresponding magnetic field, are perfectly distributed so that the magnet feels magnetic force equally from all sides.  The magnetic field slows the magnet, but can’t stop its fall because if the magnet stopped moving, the induced electric field would go away and the magnet would start falling again.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Future iPhones – what you can/cannot film & photograph?

9th Jun 11 (Thu) 2 comments

Most people take spontaneous photo and videos these days with their iPhones or other smartphones.  What happens when you’re at a concert and you pull out your phone and suddenly recording doesn’t work, because the iPhone thinks that you don’t have the proper permissions to take video…

via dvice

Apple has filed a patent that could help combat the latter, though still hinder the former. That is: a patent that protects intellectual property rights, but treats everyone like a potential pirate, rather than a valued customer.

The patent deals with making the iPhone sensitive to infrared signals, the kind that could let the device know that it’s somewhere where filming and photography aren’t welcome. A movie theater, for instance, shoots out these IR beams to interact with hearing aids for the impaired, and a museum or art gallery could put up receivers to let phones know they aren’t welcome.

These “IR signals” could easily be used to block photography or video recording anywhere— including rallies, protests and by the police.  While I’d gladly accept the casualty of people not being able to flip out their iPhone in front of me at a concert, the tactic of blocking film & photos at rallies, protests, etc seems very scary to me.

More science/tech talk about it HERE at PatentlyApple.

~Dan – np: Marc RibotRootless Cosmopolitans

Pendulum Wars

18th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Fanfarlo Winter Tour // Symphony of Science

6th Jan 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

So, I missed the last Fanfarlo U.S. tour… but that’s OK, they coming through again… yippie…

U.S. Winter 2010 Tour

February 20 – El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
February 22
Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
February 23
Doug Fir Portland, OR
February 24
Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
February 25
Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
February 27
Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
February 28
Larimer Lounge Denver, CO

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In other news, there’s a new Symphony of Science song / video out.  It is “The Unbroken Thread,” featuring Carl Sagan (yet again), along with David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, and it is biology themed.  The clips used in this installment come from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, David Attenborough’s Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, The Life of Mammals, The Living Planet, BBC Life, XVIVO Scientific Animations, IMAX Cosmic Voyage, Jane Goodall’s TED Talk, and a clever Guinness Commercial. The themes present in this song attempt to explore the wild diversity of life on our planet, the intricacy and origin of its mechanisms, and its close relation to all other life forms.

If you don’t know what Symphony of Science is… it started with “A Glorious Dawn” with Carl Sagan (from Cosmos).  It’s a brilliant auto-tuned mashup, and they also released it on vinyl (best of the year for me in 2009).  You can download the mp3s of the various songs over at the SOS site.

~Dan – np: Good for CowsBebop Fantasy
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obliquity of the ecliptic

24th Dec 09 (Thu) 1 comment

obliquity of the ecliptic is the
reason for the season.

On today, tomorrow, and the next 180 or so days, have a wonderful day that is now longer than the day before.  If there’s anything else going on this weekend… well, have fun.  Hopefully you are warm, fed, and with loved ones.

Oh, and if you celebrate Christmas, here’s a traditional Icelandic Christmas song for you, covered by Sigur Rós [courtesy of SR’s official webpage]:

♪♫ ég fæ jolagjöf
jólajólagjöf
einn pakka frá afa og ömmu
og líka frá pabba og mömmu
♪♫

And finally… don’t eat the red snow…

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas & Brass EcstasySpirit Moves

PS- the quote at the top of the page is an adaptation of one of Mr. George Hrab‘s funny tweets

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