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Nerd. Music fanatic. Purveyor of awesomeness.
Nerd. Music fanatic. Purveyor of awesomeness.

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An Active Night over the Magellan Telescopes
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN); Music Credit & License: Airglow by Club 220
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170221.html

The night sky is always changing. Featured here are changes that occurred over a six hour period in late 2014 June behind the dual 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The initial red glow on the horizon is airglow, a slight cooling of high air by the emission of specific colors of light. Bands of airglow are also visible throughout the time-lapse video. Early in the night, car headlights flash on the far left. Satellites quickly shoot past as they circle the Earth and reflect sunlight. A long and thin cloud passes slowly overhead. The Large Magellanic Cloud rises on the left, while the expansive central band of our Milky Way Galaxy arches and pivots as the Earth rotates. As the night progresses, the Magellan telescopes swivel and stare as they explore pre-determined patches of the night sky. Every night, every sky changes differently, even though the phenomena at play are usually the same.
2017 February 21

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"If Sebastian, and perhaps Chazelle, really want to save jazz, the solution is to let people freely choose what they enjoy about the music. La La Land shows that people will like jazz if it’s introduced to them without condescension; perhaps the director could step outside of the film’s narrow vision and realize this, too."

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"There was a landslide of albums released in 1997 that shaped the state of music for the next two decades. From The Chemical Brothers and Drexciya to Missy Elliott and Erykah Badu, here are some of the best albums from that year turning 20 in 2017."

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"If you are a black person who does not try to be palatable for a white audience, but instead focuses on your own culture and experience, this is seen as a transgressive act. If you are a woman who does not try to make work that is appealing to a male audience, this is also seen as a transgressive act. Being awarded for your art is nice, but when you center radical black female thoughts and aesthetics as Beyoncé did with “Lemonade,” you’re not going to be rewarded by the same system you are subverting. “Lemonade” did not translate black womanhood for a white audience. It told a story about a black woman to other black women, and did not explain these experiences to make white people more comfortable."

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"It’s a task you’d think might be uncomfortable for a songwriter or producer — pinning down the mercurial nature of song and cutting it into clean shapes. They generally go about this by sharing the roots of their tracks, then tracing the stories of how they were technically conceived. For non-music-nerds, this description might sound like a boring and unnecessary demystifying ritual. But the process actually sees the artists at their most comfortable — and, as a listener, it can leave you in awe. In the same way that seeing an x-ray of your own body can make your existence feel even more wildly unfathomable, the podcast can reveal the divinity in the micro."
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