Today, while listening to my music library, I listened to Bill Bruford’s 1979 album One of a Kind. Damn, this is one of the finest pieces of music ever recorded. Each of the musicians in the band – Bill Bruford on drums, Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Jeff Berlin on bass, and especially Dave Stewart on keyboards – were at their peak on this album. Brilliant.
Just got a great idea via my pal Scott MacDonald – I’m going to listen to all 24,935 songs in my iTunes library…in order.
I’m a bit of a music collector, and after 40+ years of collecting albums, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and MP3s, I’ve amassed a fairly large collection. At one point I had well over 40,000 songs in my iTunes library, but thanks to iTunes Match‘s 25,000 song limit, I’ve pruned it down quite a bit. I know for a fact that I haven’t listened to many of the songs, and they are still present due to packratitis and good intentions of “I’ll listen to them some day“. I’ll hopefully be able to delete many of these once and for all. Another thing I plan to do is rate all albums, and if I have the energy, most of the songs too.
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about song writing and the structure of music, but don’t know where to start, this free online book is filled to the brim with pages that make understanding music theory easy.
Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. This textbook is meant to support active student engagement with music in the theory classroom. That means that this text is meant to take a back seat to student music making (and breaking). It is not the center of the course.
Fire is inanimate, yet anyone staring into a flame could be excused for thinking otherwise: Fire dances and swirls. It reproduces, consumes matter, and produces waste. It adapts to its environment. It needs oxygen to survive.In short, fire is uncannily lifelike. Nowhere is this more true than onboard a spaceship. Unlike flames on Earth, which have a tear-drop shape caused by buoyant air rising in a gravitational field, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls. Untethered by gravity, they flit around as if they have minds of their own. More than one astronaut conducting experiments for researchers on Earth below has been struck by the way flameballs roam their test chambers in a lifelike search for oxygen and fuel.
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.