Music is meditation. My greatest musical inspirations have come at moments where I allowed spirit to flow naturally without any expectation. Music is teaching me how to be in the moment, and how to recognize these synchronicities and how to align myself with them in order to maximize my energy. How could I ever not indulge this wonderful new found self-awareness?
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.
Hailed as the greatest #pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the #TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.
The word “epic” is thrown around a lot these days to describe art or other media that people like. If you want a good idea of what “epic” really looks like, however, you need to see Desert Breath, a truly epic art installation near the Red Sea in Egypt. 17 years after its completion, this mystical desert spiral is still clearly visible on Google Earth…
At the core of Google’s freshly announced experimental Project Tango smartphone platform is a vision processor called the Myriad 1, manufactured by chip startup Movidius and its CEO Remi El-Ouazzane. The chip is being used by Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects Group, retained in the Motorola split, to enable developers to access computer vision processing never before seen on a phone…
The kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit. These spirits are often seen with multiple tails, the most powerful having nine tails. It is said that with every century they have lived they gain another tail. Kitsune temperaments vary, some being good, helpful, and associated with the fox god Inari. Others are tricksters and lead people into misfortune. Some powers of the kitsune include the ability to possess people, transform into a human shape (though they are always revealed by their shadow or reflection which shows their fox form), and can create a fire called kitsunebi that they use lead people off the paths at night into the dangerous unknown.
Steve Perlman believes his company’s pCell technology will revolutionize the wireless industry, eliminating congestion, dead zones, and unreliable connections. Read this article by Dan Farber on CNET News.