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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Birds on The Wires

Birds on The Wires
Dream-Like Song
Created From Birds Perched On Electric Wires

Proves Nature is Creative

We all know birds sing, 
but writing music?
"Reading the newspaper one morning, I saw this picture of birds on the electric wires," says video creator Jarbas Agnelli."I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating."

Interpreting the position of birds as musical notes resulted in the beautiful piece you hear above. The work was made over an original photo shot by Paulo Pinto and published in 2009 in a Brazilian newspaper "O Estado de São Paulo."

I've made this short video to demonstrate my interpretation of the birds as notes.
Music made with Logic.
Video made with After Effects.
Jarbas Agnelli


Since it's in C, and most of the notes are pentatonic (except for a few F notes), it's not really surprising that this sounds good. It doesn't show that nature is perfect, rather that man is creative.

Especially with the opportunity the composer took to time each note to two-quarter-time measures... creative; and in this case, technically adept... 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Perihelion and Aphelion

The closest point to the Sun in a planet’s orbit is called Perihelion

The furthest point is called Aphelion

The planet moves fastest at perihelion and slowest at aphelion.


Planets in our Solar System orbit the Sun. The orbits of some planets are almost perfect circles, but others are not. Some orbits are shaped more like ovals, or “stretched out” circles.

Scientists call these oval shapes “ellipses”. If a planet’s orbit is a circle, the Sun is at the center of that circle. If, instead, the orbit is an ellipse, the Sun is at a point called the “focus” of the ellipse, which is not quite the same as the center.

Since the Sun is not at the center of an elliptical orbit, the planet moves closer towards and further away from the Sun as it orbits. The place where the planet is closest to the Sun is called perihelion.

When the planet is furthest away from the Sun, it is at aphelion. The words aphelion and perihelion come from the Greek language. In Greek, “helios” mean Sun, “peri” means near, and “apo” means away from.

GIFs extracted from Year On Earth

Standard of Beauty & Photoshop Before and After

Standard of Beauty & Photoshop

Model Before and After

Time-lapse video shows the radical effect of photoshop on model's body - AMAZING!

The clip, created by, shows a girl turned into a bombshell glamor model with the help of a hair and make-up artist and of course, Photoshop.

See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In this video. There is the reason that even when I was in really great shape, wore a size 4, and was healthy, it was never good enough for me. All of my logic and intelligence have trouble combating what I've seen as "perfect" day after day for my entire life.

Well, I want to see more of this. I want to show my daughter, over and over, why the images of so many women she sees aren't realistic. And what I really want is for us to stop turning beautiful women into drawings and passing them off as real. 

(comment by Laura Willard)


Thanks to: Mike Annese (photographer), Emma Hack (hair and makeup), Tim Piper from Piro (director), Sally Gifford (talent). A viral ad of a model being transformed using photoshop as shown on Good Morning America and the Today Show. Created for the purpose of media education. Music track "Body Evolution" by Friends of Monkeys, published by Monkey Dream LLC.

Photoshop Diet


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Do Not Believe in Anything Simply Because...

Do Not Believe in Anything
Simply Because...

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.


Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.


Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 'Sleep'

Eric Whitacre
Virtual Choir  'Sleep'

  • Minh Nguyen - So this is what humanity together sounds like
  •  Nina Kulinczenko  - I LOVE all of this, I have never seen anything soo Powerful in My Life, Amazing Grace ! I hear your song, I can't stop crying tears if Shear Delight !!!
  •  V Sh  - Eric Whitacre music is so extraterrestrial and at the same time it seems to connect with something so deep inside that one is certain that must be the soul that's vibrating in response.. (whether or not it actually exists, when you're inside the music - there's no doubt). So to me he was like a weather...not a person. A gentle wind that blows these sounds against me.. And it was shocking to see this video. Thank you, very inspiring.
  • Big Voice Movie - Awesome video! It's amazing how Art can bring people together and touch the soul like no either medium can.
Eric Whitacre
A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong


Eric Whitacre:  A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong
* In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premieres April 7 (yes, on YouTube!).

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at



Eric Whitacre's 
Virtual Choir 3
'Water Night'
HD (high definition)  About 1,850 results
  1. by EricWhitacreVEVO   1,374,944 views -  "Sleep" is available now on Eric Whitacre's new album "Light & Gold." Amazon - iTunes
  2. by EricWhitacresVrtlChr  744,694 views    Water Night, the new album on iTunes. 
  3. Thumbnail 12:33   Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir Live  by TEDtalksDirector   54,911 views - Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries ...

  4. 203,702 views   Eric Whitacre is a world-acclaimed composer and conductor. His Virtual Choir project began in May 2009 as a simple experiment ...

  5. if you want to sing up to be in the Christmas choir for one of the biggest churches in the U.S. you can visit this site ...
  6. Thumbnail 4:48   Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre - Virtual Choir 4 with Soprano Solo   Learning audio track with virtual choir and sample soprano solo. This song was originally titled, "Bliss," but has since been re-named 

  7. Thumbnail 4:43   Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4 - "Fly to Paradise" (formerly "Bliss") Solo Audition by Nikki Eoute   You can watch the actual submitted track here 
  8. Thumbnail 4:46    Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4 - Fly to Paradise - Solo Audition   First of all I want to give credit where it is due: The music is by the amazing Eric Whitacre: The choir ...
  9. Eric Whitacre and his physical choir are joined on stage by 4000 voices in his virtual choir. Performance on 5th June at the Barbican 
  10. Thumbnail 4:43   Eric Whitacre - Virtual Choir 4: Bliss (One-Man Choir Multitrack)    Here is a multitrack mix of all 8 of my submissions for Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4: Bliss (
  11. This is a step-by-step video that explains the process of submitting a video for Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4: Bliss. The video ...
  12. Thumbnail 5:31   The Seal Lullaby (2013) Virtual Choir - Cantores Connexi - Eric Whitacre   Cantores Connexi, an international virtual choir, performs The Seal Lullaby by composer Eric Whitacre. 20 singers from 20 ...
  13. Eric Whitacre, composer and conductor of The Virtual Choir shares his story on how he has re-mastered the choir for the digital ...
  14. by Schicksenjaeger   This video was made with some members of the german choir "Junges Vokalensemble Hannover" while recording for Eric ... 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Most Photographed Places In the World, Mapped

The Most Photographed Places
In the World
By Benjamin Cosman  
December 31, 2013

Google has done it again. 
This time, it has compiled a heat map of the most photographed places in the world. And it's absolutely beautiful:
Look at Europe. Damn. There's some seriously intense photographing going on in that continent. Depending on whether or not you count Turkey, Europe is home to four of the top five most photographed places in the world. 

Those top five cities are, in order:
1. New York City
2. Rome
3. Barcelona
4. Paris
5. Istanbul

Europe has strong representation in the rest of the top 10 as well, with Venice, Florence, Monte Carlo, and Budapest all among the most photographed places in the world. Buenos Aires, in South America, lands in the top 10 as well.

Here are the top areas in the U.S.

And Manhattan specifically

How did Google calculate these rankings?  

It looked at all the photos uploaded to its Panoramio service – which lets users tag their photos on Google Maps – and sorted through the most tagged locations. It's no surprise, then, that the top 10 features some of the best tourist destinations around the world. Of course there's good old NYC at the top. I mean, people just can't help but snap pictures of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.  

Did I mention that Google's map is completely interactive (see below)? 

You can take a look at the most photographed places around the world, filter by region or type of location, and even check out the Panoramio photos uploaded for each location. Pretty cool.