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Music

The Copper Beech

06/08/2015

“The copper beech is my favourite type of tree particularly in spring when the leaves are still slightly translucent and the most beautiful colour against the silver grey bark. Although the music is inspired by light flickering through the leaves, the title refers to the colours I associate with the key signatures of the track.” Source: Track by Read More

Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott: The Chopin Project

05/13/2015

At times, one can hear the instrumentalists rustling through their papers, mixing in with palpable breaths and creaks of the piano and retro recording equipment that craft this illusion to become much more than simply makeshift. The deliberation that the two instrumentalists had placed into the creation of The Chopin Project being as human as Read More

this week in Tremendous – #7

02/22/2015

A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY. CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside   [via Colossal] While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made Read More

Math That Swings

01/03/2015

Via Nautilus, “Rhythm’s the Thing“: A 2013 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant, [Vijay Iyer] is versed in seeing the world through the lens of science. Iyer’s Yale undergraduate degree in math and physics paved the way to his Ph.D. in technology and the arts at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation explores Read More

this week in Tremendous – #5

12/24/2014

A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY. 25,000 streets. Unspoken landmarks. Obscure monuments. The London cabby exam (dubbed “The Knowledge”) may be the most difficult test in the world… a world full of travelers who happen to Read More

Inherently Musical

12/20/2014

Visual and auditory information often mingle within the mind. Perhaps there is something inherently musical in the experience of abstract art. Wassily Kandinsky’s abstractions were the result of a lifelong preoccupation with the relationship between sound and colour. He discovered his synaesthesia at a performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in Moscow: ‘I saw all Read More

The Power Plant

12/16/2014

In 1972, composer Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard to live on campus and serve as the ‘Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry,’ a post first established in 1925. The most famous aspect of this prestigious role is the delivery of six public lectures. Bernstein’s cross-disciplinary investigation centered around music’s relationship with language. “In any sense in which Read More

The Nearest Geometry Comes To Music

09/26/2014

In the 1960s an American architecture professor, William Huff, coined the term ‘parquet deformation’ to mean a regular pattern of tiles that transforms as you go from left to right whilst maintaining the regularity of the tiling. Huff never made any floors like this – he was interested in the way that the pattern must Read More

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