Symphony of Science - The Case for Mars! (ft. Zubrin, Sagan, Cox & Boston) & The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
Two more fantastic pieces of music that celebrate science from "Symphony of Science". Science FTW!
Back in 1998 some friends of mine did what actually was their third parody of the classic Star Trek series - but this time something was different! *I* was in it as well - actually I got to play TWO bit parts in "Schattenspiele". Only recently I decided that this work of art is way too funny to not present it to an English-speaking audience as well, so I took it upon me to write and add subtitles for all you poor shmucks out there who don't speak German. Without further introduction I give to you:
Star Trek: Shadowplay!
Meet Jitandri, a businessman selling suits made in China and, more important, a man who recently was touched by God and now knows THE TRUTH. And he wants to tell you about THE TRUTH.
He also wants to tell you about nasty youtube commenters and that they'll regret their comments some day soon (and judging from the way he looks at you you'll know he means business and is probably preparing several sets of concrete shoes already...).
Jitandri wants to take you on a journey to knowledge and I thought I'd help him with this great task - after all that's why he is recording his ... lessons in front of a blue screen, right? Or do you believe God hasn't told him about blue screens?
So lean back and enjoy Jitandri's journey - together you will go to places he never would have dreamt about seeing!
Wow... When I heard "Still alive" after playing through the fantastic game "Portal" for the first time it made me cry like a baby and laugh at the same time. Jonathan Coulton wrote a song to end one of the most original game experiences many players have had in ages and the combination of the literally crazy atmosphere in the game, the mixture of weird melancholy and evil jokes in the lyrics plus the high one sometimes gets from simply having made it through a good game completely overwhelmed me.
Since that day this is one of my absolute favourite tunes.
This version here, sung by a children's choir just blew me away like that first time...
The choir-teacher deserves a medal for this! :D
... just "wow!"
I came across these clips on youtube: They feature popular scientists like Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and many more and then ... turn them into music, using Autotune.
Those tunes hit something deep inside me - they tell of the beauty and the wonder in the universe, and the fascination of trying to figure out how might work...
I'm a big "fan" of science - like music it's become an important part of who and what I am. And somehow "Symphony of Science" got together some of my absolute favourite quotes from popular scientists, exactly those who sum up what makes it so important for me that we try to find out all these things... :)
The cosmos is within us, we are made of star-stuff!
No, not Karl Bartos' old band I want to talk about, but making music not just with electronic or electric instruments but with the electricity itself.
Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you: ArcAttack!
Those dudes built two Tesla Coils in their garage and use the distinct noise those make when unloading - which you can tune by adjusting the flux-phase-thingamajiggy - to play music at raves.
Now, it doesn't sound what you would call "nice". But it was never meant to be. Compare it to Scottish bagpipes, if you like. They weren't meant to sound nice either. They were meant to make you crap your pants in terror, because you were about to get you head cut off by some berserk Scottsmen!
ArcAttacks musical tesla coils work on a similar basis. They are meant to make you crap your pants in terror, because if you get too close to them they will fry you to a crisp. Literally.
If nothing else, then ArcAttack definitely can claim that they got the single most potentially deadly musical instrument in the world there.
AngryAussie is one of my favourite content providers on the youtube - as the name suggests he's from Australia and he's angry (duh). Well, to be more precise the AngryAussie is a character he came up with which he uses to talk about topics that he cares about.
Well, when I say "talk" I mean "rant". His clips for me are somewhere between a filmed editorial article and a standup comedy act (I hope I don't anger him more with that description). Not unlike George Carlin he uses explicit language to bring his point across and there's always something behind his rants that, to me, makes a lot of sense - no matter what his topic of the week turns out to be.
Recently he spent a vacation in Tasmania and now is sharing some of his not-so-angry holiday videos with the youtube community - quite the nice place, it seems! I noticed that he is using some electronic tunes in the background of those clips and contacted him, offering my music for this - and guess what, he likes it. So here's a short clip he did about Kangaroos with a fetish for motorcars and a museum for Robot Convicts with "The Final Strand" as background music. Cool. :)
Oh - and I also added two of his other videos so you can get an idea what he usually does. Check out his youtube channel, it's really worth to have a look! Aaand he's got a blog, so go and visit that as well! No worries, eh?
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I did a youtube clip for my arrangement of Gustav Holst's "Neptune, the Mystic" from the Planet Suite. I hope you enjoy it - and if so: don't forget to rate it. :)