10 buildings with extraordinary acoustics Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Photography: courtesy of Visit Seyðisfjörður It is all too easy for architecture to be seen and not heard. Instragrammable visuals may be at our fingertips, but it is impossible to photograph an echo. Sad news, considering the most memorable of spaces are those that heighten more than just our optical sense. What’s more, much of new architecture is focused on controlling sound, rather than celebrating it.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft is Halfway to Jupiter A computer-generated image depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Bound for Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached the halfway point on August 12, 2013 and should arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. A DIY CCD Camera for Astrophotogra Take last year's 4 megapixel digital camera castoff and refit it as a sleek, electronically cooled astro-camera that is ideal for snapping some stellar shots of stellar sights through a telescope. Who's soul isn't stirred on a warm summer's eve while the stars and planets dance overhead? Gee, if only you could capture and hold onto that moment. Well, if you have a telescope and a discarded 2 to 4 megapixel digital camera, then you're already halfway there--halfway towards owning and operating one of the premiere cameras used in astrophotography; the CCD or Charge-Coupled Device astronomy camera.
untitled What if I told you that you could have the power to heal yourself and your loved ones with the gift of music... Without dangerous drugs...without expensive (and dangerous) surgeries...and absolutely without spending your life in a hospital! Would that be okay with you? Great! Astrophile: Tour the scenic lava lakes of Io - space - 28 June 2013 Astrophile is our weekly column on curious cosmic objects, from the solar system to the far reaches of the multiverse Object: A lava lake trioAmbience: Diverse, but generally sweltering Take a trip to Io, one of Jupiter's many moons, and you will find pools of boiling hot lava nestled among the erupting peaks of raging volcanoes. Welcome to the Lake District from hell. Now researchers have pored over snapshots taken by a passing space probe to make freshly detailed descriptions of three of Io's infamous hotspots: Pillan, Wayland Patera and Loki Patera.
Black Midi: compositions so complex humans can't perform them / Boing Boing Rhizome takes a look at the world of Black Midi, compositions with so many notes that to print them as musical notation would result simply in a giant blob of ink on the page. We've previously written about Circus Galop, an inhumanly-polyphonic test suite for automatic pianos. This stuff makes it look rather minimalist. [via] Friday Freak-Out: Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" (1969) Dutch psych-rockers Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz,” from their 1969 LP At Home. Salty water oozes up from Jupiter moon's hidden ocean - space - 07 March 2013 If you could lick Jupiter's moon Europa, it would taste like earthly seawater. A fresh look at the moon's icy surface has revealed magnesium salts – the best evidence yet that material can seep from Europa's buried ocean to its frozen surface, providing a glimpse of the . "We think the ice shell of Europa is serving as a window into the ocean below," says Kevin Hand of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Europa likely has a sea salt composition similar to our own ocean." Glimpses of Europa from the passing Voyager spacecraft in the 1980s first hinted that it might harbour a liquid ocean.
The history of electronic music from 1800 to 2015 120 Years of Electronic Music* is a project that outlines and analyses the history and development of electronic musical instruments from around 1880 onwards. This project defines ‘Electronic Musical Instrument’ as an instruments that generate sounds from a purely electronic source rather than electro-mechanically or electro-acoustically (However the boundaries of this definition do become blurred with, say, Tone Wheel Generators and tape manipulation of the Musique Concrète era). The focus of this project is in exploring the main themes of electronic instrument design and development previous to 1970 (and therefore isn’t intended as an exhaustive list of recent commercial synthesisers or software packages.) Modes of interaction for performers and composers: Atonality and just intonation as a theme in instrument design. New composition tools: Musician-free composition
There has been an error Read more: Click here to read a longer version of this story JUPITER'S icy moon Europa is pockmarked by curious domes and depressions. How they formed has been a mystery, but now it seems they are areas where liquid water once appeared close to the surface. Hear Seven Hours of Women Making Electronic Music (1938- 2014) Two years ago, in a post on the pioneering composer of the original Doctor Who theme, we wrote that “the early era of experimental electronic music belonged to Delia Derbyshire.” Derbyshire—who almost gave Paul McCartney a version of “Yesterday” with an electronic backing in place of strings—helped invent the early electronic music of the sixties through her work with the Radiophonic Workshop, the sound effects laboratory of the BBC. She went on to form one of the most influential, if largely obscure, electronic acts of the decade, White Noise. And yet, calling the early eras of the electronic music hers is an exaggeration. Of course her many collaborators deserve mention, as well as musicians like Bruce Haack, Pierre Henry, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and so many others. In recognition of this fact, musician, DJ, and “escaped housewife/schoolteacher” Barbara Golden devoted two episodes of her KPFA radio program “Crack o’ Dawn” to women in electronic music, once in 2010 and again in 2013.
NASA Joins Europe for Exploration of Jupiter's Icy Moons: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto Jupiter’s diverse Galilean moons – volcanic Io, icy Europa and rock-ice Ganymede and Callisto – make the Jovian system a miniature Solar System in its own right. Ganymede is the only moon in the Solar System known to generate its own magnetic field. JUICE will observe the unique magnetic and plasma interactions with Jupiter’s magnetosphere in detail. “Jupiter is the archetype for the giant planets of the Solar System and for many giant planets being found around other stars,” says Prof.
Visible Cloaks: Synthesis and Systems According to the dictionary, synthesis is the combining of constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity. Apart from the familiar technical sense of creating complex sounds from simple waveforms, synthesis also describes what we do when we take our influences and inspirations and make them the foundation of our own musical voices. Of course, influences and inspiration can come from anywhere, and as with any flow of information, filters are needed to fish out what is potentially useful. Increasingly, algorithms are doing a lot of the filtering for us (Spotify playlists, Youtube recommendations, etc.) – and while the machines are getting better and better at predicting what might interest us based on our past behaviour, nothing beats being personally led into a musical world one didn’t even know existed and immediately falling in love with it.
Scientists Detect Hidden Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Liquid water may lurk beneath the frozen surfaces of Jupiter's moon Europa and other icy worlds. Extending ocean science beyond Earth, planetary oceanographers are linking Europa's ocean dynamics to its enigmatic surface geology. Although never directly observed, this hidden sea holds the key to Europa’s enigmatic surface geology, scientists believe. Any liquid water represents a potential habitat for life. A team of researchers at the University of Texas with assistance from a computer modeler at the Max Planck Institute in Germany has put together a computer model that might just explain the peculiar surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team suggests the odd surface terrain patterns likely come about due to convection.
Listen to 6 weird sounds from outer space - Strange Sounds Outer Space looks all quiet from the ground. But with the right equipment you can record weird noises emitted by planets, stars and other celestial bodies. Discover six weird sounds from outer space