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10 MARCH, 2011

What Pi Sounds Like

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We love the intersection of math and creativity. And we have a soft spot for unusual ways to create music. (Previously, we’ve seen that anything from produce to the HIV virus to your apartment can make music.) Earlier this week, we explored extraordinary mind of autistic savant Daniel Tammet, whose synesthesia allows him to experience numbers in color, sound and texture. But what if one could use ordinary tools to translate one source of cognitive input into an entirely different sensory experience?

That’s exactly what Michael John Blake did in his musical interpretation of the number Pi, translating each of the first 31 decimals into a note and performing the piece on varioius instruments to a tempo of 157 beats per minute. Priceless.

via Coudal

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07 MARCH, 2011

10 Years of Bicycle Film Festival in 3 Minutes

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We love bike culture and independent film, so we’re big fans of the Bicycle Film Festival, which has been celebrating the bicycle through music, art and film since 2001, pushing the frontlines of the urban bike movement. In less than 3 minutes, this lovely 10th-anniversary compilation captures the spirit of the festival with an inspired remix of footage from the hundreds of films that graced the festival’s roster over the past decade.

To join the movement, submit your cinematic homage to the bike by April 1.

Thanks, Heather

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28 FEBRUARY, 2011

The Wisdom of TED in Kinetic Typography

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What cross-disciplinary self-actualization has to do with motion graphics remix.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be reporting live from TED 2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder. Last week, we warmed up with 5 must-read books by some of this year’s TED speakers. Today, we’re revisiting a Brain Pickings remix culture original, part of the TEDify project, celebrating what we most love about TED: The incredible cross-pollination of ideas across different disciplines that radically alters how we see the world and what we make of our role in it.

 

Previously on TEDify: The secret of happiness, as articulated by a collage of TED perspectives.

For complete coverage of this year’s event, keep an eye on the Twitter feed and swing by here starting tomorrow for exclusive soundbites and photos.

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24 FEBRUARY, 2011

Carl Sagan / Egyptian Revolution Mashup

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We love, love, love Carl Sagan remixes. For the past couple of years, we’ve had a favoite: Carl Sagan + Sigur Rós. But this priceless mashup of Sagan’s iconic Pale Blue Dot and the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions may just be the best one we’ve seen to date.

For more of Sagan’s genius, don’t forget his iconic 1980s TV series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, was recently restored and remastered — we couldn’t recommend it more.

Thanks, Kirstin

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