Oh, and one more treat to celebrate the end of the Cmdr. Hadfield era on the ISS as he readies for his return tomorrow.

Here he is singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, in space.

Your head now has permission to explode.

Guitar. Singing. About space. IN space. as;dlifja;woif;lkajfds

*salute!* Aye aye! http://dw-t.tumblr.com/post/27389158619/needs-moar-chopin

This is one of the oldest songs in my memory, learned around late elementary. It was also the one that my last piano teacher in high school had selected as THE example to use to start torturing my playing into shape. We must have torn the piece apart over a period of three months before I finally understood what true “legato” meant.

It also has the minor distinction of being the first and only piece to which I have composed an entire, original fantasy scene for, and the images always flash through my head whenever I play. I don’t know if the “story” has helped its expression, but maybe one of these days, I’ll find a moment to write it out.

While this is one of my favorite pieces ever, I had not given serious thought to making a recording of it until, funny enough, I watched Prometheus yesterday with a friend. I had stayed over at their house overnight and while I was waiting for them to get ready in the morning, I plunked out a piece on the piano - just one - and that was Chopin’s “Raindrop Prelude”. Then we left for brunch.

Then we hit the movie theater to watch Prometheus (David - best amalgamation of android and creepy!HAL ever, btw), and the opening began … and it’s the exact same piece! That, on top of what happens in the movie and the recap of the Prelude at the end does not exactly associate warm and fuzzy feelings with it in my mind anymore. o.o

(Btw, I noticed that the Fazioli Luminal makes yet another movie appearance! At least one can see it in all its glory this time, unlike in Percy and the Olympians, where you could barely even tell there was a piano back there. If you’re ever in Vancouver BC, check out Showcase Pianos, who is the one who had loaned it out for at least the shooting of Percy. The owner, Manuel, is a sweetheart and will let you play it if you ask nicely. :)



Listen to the Higgs Boson

When I visited CERN last year, I was blown away not only by the science, but by the incredible amount of artistic creativity in the people that live and work at the biggest science experiment in the world. We met people in bands, people who painted murals, videographers, and so much more. So this little project by the folks at ATLAS to ‘sonify’ the Higgs finding just has me grinning. They assigned notes to data points and what came out was this lovely little habanera rhythm that corresponds with the Higgs. 

It’s such a fun piece of music. 

Nice find, Chels!

Still mostly lurking, but I simply could not leave this be! Who knew Higgs was so much fun? (And I totally agree that some of the most imaginative and aesthetically talented people I’ve met are “scientists”. :D)


Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; 

Original Story: YouTube

Hahahaha, o man, that’s adorable.



If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music …I get most joy in life out of music.”

-Albert Einstein

Happy Birthday, Al!

My last piano teacher, after haranguing me on my timing, said that Einstein was a terrible musician because he couldn’t count.

True or not, I guess we’re all grateful that he decided to give physics a shot first!


Musical notation by Ludwig van Beethoven (I)

What I find interesting is that the crossed out sections look like they’re faded - as if this was old stuff he was revisiting (I have no idea if that’s true or not - I’m a writer, I make up stuff all the time la la la).

But I’d like to think that it’s the same deal as when I wrote stuff 10 years ago and I’m revisiting it now and going OMG WHUT HOW DOES THIS CRAP EVEN D: and crossing EVERYTHING out with BIG BOLD BLACK MARKS while laughing maniacally before finally writing down how things SHOULD have happened.

(Well, except that I’m not Beethoven, of course, so even what I write now is probably not, you know, like Symphony No. 7 or something.)


iPad 2 pushes sheet music, and page turners, off the stage

Full Story: Washington Post

“Bell isn’t going electric. He’ll step onstage with his prized 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius in hand to play a program of Brahms and Ravel, among others. Haywood, however, will carry a new prop for the Steinway, his multi-touch page turner, better known as the iPad 2.

Since early last year, Haywood’s Apple-accessorized lifestyle has allowed him to replace paper scores with digital ones archived on his iPad, a shift made possible through a wide array of technology, including the abundance of downloadable scores and Bluetooth-controlled foot pedals for page-turning.”

Something which I have been researching avidly for the better part of a year! Best program for simply storing music sheets has been Forscore so far, though there is another program I have not tried yet which is supposedly able to turn the page for you by analyzing your playing. I would also rather use an existing device like, say, my iPhone with its accelerometer as the bluetooth controller, than to buy a separate hardware device.

Another amazing advantage - putting new music in. I can go to a lesson or a friend’s house, they could suggest that I learn something, and I can use my iPhone (higher res camera) to take pictures of the pages right then and there and have them all compiled into my iPad’s Forscore app on the spot.




This is fun. Try it in fullscreen. Extra points if you tilt your head. You’re only human.


AMAZING! \o/ Maybe if I imagined Bach like this I wouldn’t dislike playing Baroque so much …

Thanks for the link, Winz! :D Will be forwarding for all its worth.

(via ridyr-writing)


What Music Looks Like

A Drum Solo As Recorded With Motion-Tracked Sticks

It’s like the drummer is painting a kinetic song. FastCo wonders if this is the predictor of an era when motion data and experience is tracked daily, and our behaviors and movements could be equal parts art and study. 

I wonder what my day would look like, tracked and drawn? Makes you want to be a bit more exciting and elegant, eh?

For more visual interpretations of music, check out the wonderful project The Shape of Song.

(via Co.Design, video: Ghost Drummer on Vimeo)

I love how they vary the duration in which the lines remain, particularly toward the end, and how they pan and zoom to really give you a feel for the 3D space in which it occupies. Now I wanna see what fingers running up and down a keyboard looks like. :D


Mandala - A Planetary Musical Palindrome by Daniel Starr-Tambor

This is trippy. And simply an amazing feat of creativity. Daniel Starr-Tambor composed this abstract musical composition by assigning each planet(oid) a particular note along the natural harmonic series, ranging from Mercury’s B to Pluto’s C# two octaves up. The notes are played in a pattern corresponding to orbital periods of each planet.

I’ll let his description tell you the rest:

With more than 62 vigintillion individual notes, “Mandala” is the longest palindrome in existence. Composed using the first nine partials of the Natural Harmonic Series repeating at the accelerated tempos of our solar system, Mandala would continue without repetition for over 532.25 septendecillion years. In homage to “Art of the Fugue” by J.S. Bach, “Mandala” has been crafted to include the “musical signature” of it’s author: the stereo imaging is arranged to reflect the exact position of the solar system at the moment of his birth, from the perspective of the Sun as it faces the constellation Libra, so that each note chronicles his birthday on every planet.

Did I mention that this was amazing? Well done, sir. If you aren’t as blown away by this as me, we can’t be friends.

(by starrtambor)

Worth watching throughout not just for the delicate “melody” line, but some very, very cool facts that go along with it!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww duuuuuuuuude …





lol this’ll be me in the last panel one of these days. except that i’ll delight in driving everyone crazy by playing every single variation on “heart and soul” i can remember on repeat.

(via mochisquish)


The NWA of DNA

I’ve talked about Baba Brinkman before, the Evolutionary MC. This past year or so has been a huge one for this science-minded rapper, with a live show off-Broadway in NYC and an album of evolution-inspired rap songs funded by The Wellcome Trust. It’s good, too.

Above is his ode to DNA, the code that underlies all life. Many more videos of his at the link above.

(via Creatology, Scientific American Blog Network)

It’s … it’s MUSIC … about SCIENCE … with BELLYDANCING. How could I not reblog this with three of my favorites combined into one?! D:

*brb as I scrape my brain together again after the ‘splosion*



Daft Punk’s Derezzed played on 5 floppy drives.


Hahahaha hoooly hell!



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