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The Austin 100: A SXSW 2017 Preview Mix Tkay Maidza is performing at this year's South By Southwest music festival. Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images Tkay Maidza is performing at this year's South By Southwest music festival. Every year, the SXSW Music Festival serves a daunting, days-long feast of sounds from around the world. Picked from a playlist that spanned more than a hundred hours, these 100 songs represent a broad and exciting cross-section of SXSW's many highlights. As in previous years, The Austin 100 is just the beginning of NPR Music's SXSW 2017 coverage, so keep coming back to NPR.org/SXSW for full concerts, photos, videos, commentary and, of course, many more recommendations to come. The Austin 100 Playlist Aaron Lee Tasjan, "Little Movies" [MP3] Nashville, Tennessee Tasjan's spacey, genre-obliterating Americana positively sparkles. Adam Torres, "I Came To Sing The Song" [MP3] Austin, Texas Agnes Obel, "Familiar" [MP3] Copenhagen, Denmark Lyttelton, New Zealand

Tantric “Sluts” or Living Goddesses: Why it Matters With recent media revelations about ritual sex, nude yoga and “yogasms” – sex has become a hot topic in the yoga world. Well, in honour of Women’s History Month, I’m joining the fray. Because let’s face it, nothing is more juicy or salacious than the forgotten high priestesses of sex, the “debauched” yoginis of Tantra. While much conventional scholarship has designated these women as low-caste “sluts” exploited for ritual purposes, religious scholar Miranda Shaw has unearthed a very different history. Her book Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism claims these women were no mere ‘consorts’ but powerful gurus once held “in awe, reverence and obeisance”. Her book is a biographic treasure trove of Tantric women teachers spanning the Pala Period of India (8th -13th centuries). Female Tantrics were called by many names, Dakinis (woman who flies) Vidyadharim (knowledge-holder) Vira (heroine) but the most common term was Yogini (keeper of the occult secrets). Like this:

All Rise | Everloving Records Streaming + Download Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. $9.99 USD credits released January 25, 2005 license all rights reserved The Conversation: In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers. How data is transforming the music industry Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits. Decisions about how to market and sell music, to some extent, still hinge upon subjective assumptions about what sounds good to an executive, or which artists might be easier to market. Big data is a term that reflects the amount of information people generate – and it’s a lot. Unsurprisingly, harnessing this data has shaped the music industry in radical new ways. When it was all about the charts In the 20th century, decisions about how to market and sell music were based upon assumptions about who would buy it or how they would hear it. At times, purely subjective assumptions would guide major decisions. Record charts are constantly evolving.

Carl Jung’s Psychological Diagnosis Using Mandalas Mandalas have been used in many ancient cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American, Australian Aboriginal as a symbol of the universe and wholeness. Literally speaking, mandala is a geometrical form – a square or a circle – abstract and static, or a vivid image formed of objects and/or beings. It’s a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our connection with the infinite. Interestingly, Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, explored the psychological effects of mandalas, while studying Eastern religion. Carl Jung refers to the mandala as “the psychological expression of the totality of the self.” According to Jung, “In such cases it is easy to see how the severe pattern imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder of the psychic state– namely through the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements. Carl Jung’s first Mandala Image source

Fair Organ Preservation Society Changa by Graham Hancock One recent evening six sovereign adults, taking full responsibility for their own consciousness and their own bodies, gathered for sacred ceremony with changa, a herbal mixture rich in monamine oxidase inhibitors and infused with the forbidden fruit of DMT. I was one of those adults and the two bowls I smoked were respectively my twelfth and thirteenth journeys with inhaled DMT. I have done regular work with DMT over the years in its incarnation in the Ayahuasca brew, more than 50 journeys since 2003, but as everybody who chooses to explore these realms knows, drinking Ayahuasca is special, there is usually a fair degree of negotiation with the brew, the experience is drawn out over several hours and the loving spirit of the vine, Gaian mother of our planet, is the guiding hand. I am happy to say that the two bowls of changa I smoked a few evenings ago treated me much more gently. There are immense forces infiltrating our society and narrowing our minds that work against this mission.

The Marimba Robot Composes and Plays Its Own Music At the Georgia's Institute of Technology, Shimon plays some marimba jams. Shimon is also not human, but a robot using deep learning and artificial intelligence to play music of its own creation. Being fed a variety of over 5,000 songs from Beethoven to Lady Gaga along with a library of 2 million motifs and riffs, Shimon is one of the world's first synthetic musicians. Mason Bretan, a Ph.D. student and Georgia Tech, perfected Shimon's musical abilities after seven years, enabling him to comprehend music played by humans and extemporize over the pre-composed chord progressions. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "An artist has a bigger idea of what he or she is trying to achieve within the next few measures or later in the piece," Bretan says in an interview. As long as researchers continue to feed Shimon different source material, the music-creating robot will produce a different sequence that can't be predicted by researchers. Source : Georgia Tech New's Center

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