University of Minnesota undergraduate Daniel Crawford and geography professor Scott St. George, are back with a new composition that uses music to highlight the places where climate is changing most rapidly.
Based on surface temperature analysis from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the composition "Planetary Bands, Warming World" uses music to create a visceral encounter with more than a century’s worth of weather data collected across the northern half of the planet. (The specific dataset used as the foundation of the composition was the Combined Land-Surface Air and Sea-Surface Water Temperature Anomalies Zonal annual means.)
Crawford composed the piece featuring performance by students Julian Maddox, Jason Shu, Alastair Witherspoon and Nygel Witherspoon from the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.
As Crawford explains in the video, “Each instrument represents a specific part of the Northern Hemisphere. The cello matches the temperature of the equatorial zone. The viola tracks the mid latitudes. The two violins separately follow temperatures in the high latitudes and in the arctic.” The pitch of each note is tuned to the average annual temperature in each region, so low notes represent cold years and high notes represent warm years.
Crawford and St. George decided to focus on northern latitudes to highlight the exceptional rate of change in the Arctic. St. George says the duo plans to write music representing the southern half of the planet, too, but haven’t done so yet.
Through music, the composition bridges the divide between logic and emotion, St. George says. “We often think of the sciences and the arts as completely separate — almost like opposites, but using music to share these data is just as scientifically valid as plotting lines on a graph,” he says. “Listening to the violin climb almost the entire range of the instrument is incredibly effective at illustrating the magnitude of change — particularly in the Arctic which has warmed more than any other part of the planet.”
I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality.
I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered one people, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation.
I believe all of our voices should be heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer.
I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world.
I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations. It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color.
I believe in an end to the prison industrial complex in America and a renewed justice system that is based on fairness and truth.
I believe in universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are acknowledged and treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola.
I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.
I believe in common sense gun laws that serve to protect children and families and society from unnecessary violence.
I believe in Peace & Love & Unity. I believe that this vision can be a reality.
And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.
Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children.
Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother. We Are Here. We are here for all of us. Alicia Keys.
An ALL NEW Song Around The World in honor of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. The Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, "Ripple" turns into a PFC Song Around the world as part of the "Songs Of Their Own" series...
"Ripple" is in support of the Playing For Change Foundation's music schools and programs for children worldwide and we need your help. Watch the video and then let’s turn that inspiration we all share into something bigger. Join the "Ripple Effect" campaign so we can all leave the world better than we found it, one heart and one song at a time. As Jerry Garcia said, "Let there be songs to fill the air..."
JOIN THE #RippleEffect CAMPAIGN HERE: playingforchange.com/ripple
Special Thanks to Supporters: The Jerry Garcia Foundation (jerrygarciafoundation.org), The Ripple Foundation, SeaChange (schange.com), Michael Klein and Judi Hunt.
A record player that is programmed to play slices of wood.
A record player modified by artist Bartholomaus Traubeck translates tree rings into piano music. While the record player's programming creates the translation, each tree slice plays a unique piece of music. The full record 'Years' features seven recordings from different Austrian trees. Listen to all here: traubeck.com
Official Music Video for "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop" by Neil Young and Promise Of The Real from the upcoming album 'The Monsanto Years'. Neil takes out his frustration on StarBucks for being a part of the GMA which is against GMO labeling. "I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO." Order here: neilyoung.com/monsanto
Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electic drill, a funnel and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.
Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has recorded 31 albums, toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, North America and Asia as well as performed at most major festivals around Australia.
Linsey has devised many large Festival pieces such as "BimBamBoo" and "Sound Forest", as well as collaborating on many music and theatre projects around Australia. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA, and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. Linsey has also worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe.
Iconic rock guitarist Slash and singer Myles Kennedy composed this song to help IFAW stop the needless slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks and raise awareness of the global elephant crisis. Proceeds of the sale of the digital downloads of this song will go to IFAW to directly help in the fight to stop the killing of elephants and stop the trade and demand for ivory. DONATE: http://ifaw.org/ivory
"Music for Pieces of Wood grows out of the same roots as Clapping Music: a desire to make music with the simplest possible instruments. The claves, or cylindrical pieces of hard wood, used here were selected for their particular pitches (A, B, C-sharp, D-sharp, and D-sharp an octave above), and for their resonant timbre. This piece is one of the loudest I have ever composed, but uses no amplification whatsoever. The rhythmic structure is based entirely on the process of rhythmic "build-ups" or the substitution of beats for rests, and is in three sections of decreasing pattern length: 6/4, 4/4, 3/4." -- Steve Reich
Performed by Third Coast Percussion:
David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, Owen Clayton Condon
with special guest Matthew Duvall of eight blackbird. www.vicfirth.com
Playing For Change Band performing Miriam Makeba’s classic hit, “Pata Pata” live at Apogee Studio’s in Santa Monica, CA. Pata Pata is the name of a traditional dance from South Africa. PFC Band live and on fire!! “Saququka sathi bheka, nants’ iPata Pata…” playingforchange.com
Saving My Tomorrow Part 3 premieres Wednesday, April 22 at 730pm, only on HBO.
HBO Documentary Films: itsh.bo/I83ODm.
California, Big Yellow Taxi, Both Sides Now...
Joni Mitchell live at the BBC in 1970.
Performed by Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton in Los Angeles, California as part of Playing For Change's Live Outside series. “Candy Man Blues” was first recorded almost 90 years ago by Mississippi John Hurt and the music lives on from generation to generation. Timeless songs to make you smile. www.playingforchange.com.
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Band members Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba performing a traditional Congolese song titled, “Marie”. This video was filmed on the Island of Anguilla. playingforchange.com
Neil Young (Jimmy Fallon) sings his classic song "Old Man" alongside Neil Young.
Al Gore has teamed up with Pharrell Williams to announce a second round of Live Earth concerts to promote awareness of climate change. The pair made the announcement with producer Kevin Wall at the World Economic Forum in Davos Wednesday.
Live Earth Road to Paris will take place on six continents over 24 hours on June 18 and will be anchored from Paris and New York. Organisers are aiming for a global television audience of 2 billion across 193 networks. It will be supported by a yearlong campaign in partnership with leading brands, NGOs and non-profits, organisers say. liveearth.org
Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar (सुरश्री कॆसरबाई कॆरकर) (July 13, 1892 - September 16, 1977) was an Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. She is considered one of the finest and most powerful Indian classical singers of the 20th century.
"O day, arise! The atoms are dancing. The souls are dancing, overcome with ecstasy. I'll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them. All the atoms in the air and in the desert know well, they seem insane. Every single atom, happy... or miserable, becomes enamoured of the Sun, of which nothing can be said."
Poem Of The Atoms by Rumi, Music Composed by Armand Amar.
Getsemene - Playing For Change - Live outside series
Jason Tamba playing "Gethsemane" in the spot where he first learned guitar in his hometown of Lukala, Congo. Sung in Kikongo, the lyrics advise us to listen carefully to our inner voice. Though we may speak different languages and have different cultures, music unites us, inspires us and shows us that we all share the human heart. www.playingforchange.com
Home Free sings Angels We Have Heard On High.
Home Free, a pop and country-tinged a cappella group out of Mankato, Minnesota, structures itself like a traditional barbershop quartet, with a lead tenor, two harmony voices, and a bass, with the fifth member providing percussion sounds. The group, with its built-in nostalgia, has a particular affinity for Christmas and holiday tunes.
New holiday album FULL OF CHEER:
Hang Massive - Kanthi Song - From new album AS IT IS (2014).