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    somethingaboutblacktop

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    Jolene (33 R.P.M) - click for .mp3

    Unsure where this came from, if not the palsied hands of the good Lord himself.

    Simple premise: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” slipped from 45 to 33 rpm. Nothing more; no studio trickery, no trip hop drum breaks. The guitar lopes back in and around itself. The bass becomes elastic, hot rubber. The violin stabs become sustained cello lines. The backing choir’s split harmony rattles around, slinking ghostly into the corner.  And most importantly, Parton’s once-frantic vocal is transformed from bubblegum country scrawl into something approximating field holler reverence. 

    An already perfect song made transcendental..

    gin-and-disappointment

    Well, this changes everything.

    random-nexus

    This is strangely awesome!However, the link to the MP3 is broken for me, so I hunted it up on YouTube, you’re welcome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMrfM711vXI

    createdd

    I will never understand why this Christmas song goes so hard.

    constantlycomic

    OKAY MOTHERFUCKERS LISTEN UP

    BECAUSE THIS SHIT IS NOT CAROL OF THE BELLS

    IT IS CHRISTMAS EVE/SARAJEVO 12/24 AND IT IS SO MUCH FUCKING MORE THAN CAROL OF THE BELLS.

    so during the bosnian war (which was this nasty-ass conflict in bosnia and herzgovina) there was this badass cello-playing motherfucker named vedran smailovic. He was from Sarajevo, was upset about all the shit and nastiness that came about through this war (this was full-on brother-killing-brother shit!) that he went around to bombed-out, blown up buildings and funderals––where he was at risk of FUCKING SNIPER FIRE––and playing the cello. This guy was so set on providing one tiny spot of beauty in a seriously nasty war he was risking being fucking SHOT OR BLOWN UP.

    AND THIS IS THE GUY WHO INSPIRED THIS SONG.

    He’s why there’s the calm cello part at the beginning before everything gets all violent-sounding. It’s THEMATIC.

    THAT’S WHY THIS CHRISTMAS SONG GOES SO FUCKING HARD.

    grammarmancer

    WHY ISN’T MORE CHRISTMAS MUSIC LIKE THIS?????

    warriormaggie

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedran_Smailovi%C4%87

    There’s the wikipedia article about him and yes…true story…

    vivat-grendel

    It’s also important to understand that Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 was not originally a Trans Siberian Orchestra song. It was originally recorded by Savatage, a metal band, for their concept album “Dead Winter Dead,” and when some Savatage members formed TSO, they adopted that song as a TSO song because yeah it’s fucking amazing.

    breelandwalker

    Friendly reminder that this exists.

    Friendly reminder that Vedran’s performances also included a pile of rubble that used to be a fountain IN THE CENTER OF A TOWN SQUARE WITH NO COVER.

    When asked years later why he’d down something so apparently suicidal, he shrugged and replied that it was his way of proving that “the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place, despite all evidence to the contrary.”

    May we all be as brave and stalwart in protesting violence and injustice as Vedran “The Most Bad-Ass Cellist Ever” Smailović.

    Also, despite what some articles may say, Vedran was not an old man when this happened. He’s only in his early 60s today, which would have made him no older than 37 when he was playing in the ruins of Sarajevo. Never let anyone tell you it’s only old men who can make a difference.

    theflyingheadb

    (laztozia)

    JUST A REMINDER TO EVERYONE THAT ANAKIN SKYWALKER WAS SO MUCH OF A DRAMA QUEEN

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     That, in an alternate timeline where he was redeemed and went back to the light side AND didn’t die…

    HE WORE A COMPLETELY WHITE SUIT. BECAUSE OF COURSE HE DID

    rowantheexplorer

    I’m surprised that a redemption AU like that wouldn’t have him tone down some of the faceless creeper elements of his armor. Seems to me that he would have at least reduced his mask/helmet to the bare minimum required for his breathing apparatus. He could rock one of those Kel Dor style masks in honor of Plo Koon, who was a hero of his as a kid, and he could have a somewhat less evil-looking countenance. All in white with no other changes, he just seems like he’s getting ready for a secret snow planet attack.

    dragon-of-sapphire

    Ani is a drama queen, not a smart man. I would not be surprised if the first thought in his head would be “Yes, a white suit will show off my redemption” and gave it no further thought.

    rowantheexplorer

    True. Anakin is just… so dumb. I’m not sure how the Republic ever decided he would be a good general. He has no sense of strategy or tactics, he just throws endless bodies/resources at a problem until the problem goes away. I think that’s part of why he never liked the Death Stars; they represented a psychological warfare campaign as much as a physical one, and he just never got it.

    darioargenthoe-deactivated20181

    this is what plays when you’re dying and your life is flashing before your eyes

    nero-neptune

    *puts this on my End Of The World playlist*

    pointedahead

    Ok @peachcrushedvelvet is 100% accurate but here are several other situations I feel this beautiful creation could apply to

    1. End of the world type of experience as noted above by @nero-neptune i.e. meteors falling and people running, things exploding and desperately trying to survive

    2. Desperately running through your house avoiding attackers (guns, projectiles, of some type)

    3. You’re in a library and you accidentally knock something over which knocks over all of the shaves domino style and you’re running down the hallway with them falling in the background. 

    Everybody please contribute

    pyocyanin

    4. You finally experience love at first sight, but they’re in the middle of a bank heist and you’re getting caught in the cross fire

    5. You’re getting arrested in roller skates at the laundromat

    6. Intergalactic space travel in the form of a gay cruise

    ithinkimdemi-iknowimobsesed
    • you are falling off a very tall biulding
    waiting4codot

    Fallout 1976

    mckitterick

    8. You're racing through an evergreen forest, on the run from professional assassins. You reach the summit of a hill and pause to evaluate options. There, beyond the valley just ahead, you see your safe house - home, where your partner and friends are probably about to sit down for dinner, unaware of the half-dozen armed killers descending the slopes toward them. Your phone ran out of power this morning, and your handgun ran out of ammo hours ago. The fighting knife on your thigh falls naturally to hand...

    Brendan: Idris Elba is aggressively quick in changing his mind to let Mako be the co-pilot. He’s like, “No you can’t! Oh, I have a nosebleed. You know life is short, go ahead.”

    Diana: There is a deleted scene that I think was in between there about his realization.

    Andrew: Oh really?

    Diana: Also in the deleted scene he’s shirtless so that’s the real crime against humanity.

    Andrew: What? There was a shirtless Idris Elba scene?

    Diana: There is a cut, shirtless Idris Elba scene!

    Brendan: Yeah he’s cut! (Get it?)

    Diana: I do! But yes, he’s shirtless and it shows he has the same burn marks as Raleigh because he piloted a jaeger alone, but they cut it and I’m like, you fools. This would have made $100 million dollars more.

    Andrew: You’re goddamn right it would have! That is shocking and disappointing.

    - The Talk From Superheroes Podcast on the Dumbest Thing Pacific Rim Could Have Done

    Listen to more episodes here, on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

    sounddesignerjeans

    some of you have been saying to me, “Hey, you’re a heathen who fears neither God nor death, right? Nuke The Sound Of Silence.”

    so, after a lot of stalling, here is “The Sound Of Silence, But The Instruments Are The Vocals And The Vocals Are The Instruments.” What does that mean, you ask?

    You are about to find out. Enjoy the ride.

    sounddesignerjeans

    that’s what I like to hear

    captainbunnicula

    It feels like my ears are upside down??

    zahnegott

    i love this sound designer you did not disappoint me

    superflyingthing

    This is the last thing you hear before the AI take over and assimilate you.

    w-r-o-u-g-h-t

    this plays at the end of portal 3

    vrabia

    one minute into this my eyes started fucking watering

    theavc

    The slowed-down Chipmunks are both brilliant and terrifying

    By now, we’re all pretty used to people speeding up vocal samples to make them sound like Alvin And The Chipmunks. It’s how Kanye West launched his career. But what happens when you slow down Alvin And The Chipmunks so much that the vocals sound like they were sung by a regular human? As it turns out, you get an amazing collision of pop vocals and sludge-filled doom metal instrumentals.

    Toronto-based electronic musician Brian Borcherdt, best known for his work with Holy Fuck, is the mind behind chipmunkson16speed, which is the result of finding both a bunch of old Chipmunks records and a suitcase record player with 16 RPM setting.

    More at avclub.com

    thehumanzee

    This is insane.

    riverofwater

    this is the best song in the world? 

    helloclarice

    I might listen to this on a regular basis now…

    abloodymess

    It’s like really good? Like if this was a real band, I would go see it. 

    attackofthekillerderk

    Three things: 1) This is really dope. 2) I can’t believe the people who originally made these recordings didn’t go on a massively successful run as a goth-rock band, which would have led to a massive spike in bass-bass-drums-keys quartets. 3) How much money am I gonna have to pay the National to start covering songs in this style? 

    sheshitsinsilence

    Gregorian monks singing “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

    mrjackles

    EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND LISTEN TO THIS RIGHT FUCKING NOW

    reichenballs

    Why is this a thing that exists?

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    whimmy-bam

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL

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    yeidldeidlmotherfucker

    “on the boooooolovarrrd of brooookennnn dreeeemmsss”

    extraordinary-ish-ginger

    I turned this on and at that moment my roommate opened the curtains, and I immediately had this epic video in my head of us cleaning our apartment, and raising a castle around it with hammers and magic.

    elodieunderglass

    I’ve introduced so many people to Gregorian: the best way to do it is to slip it into a normal playlist.

    sexy-noble-6

    IT’S BACK

    As chair of the NASA committee for the Voyager Golden Record which rode (rides) aboard the Voyager spacecraft, Carl had his son, Nick Sagan (then 6 years old) record “Hello from the children of planet Earth” in English as the last of the greetings in 55 different languages.

    You can hear all 55 greetings yourself via the audio above, and enjoy the below interview “Nick Sagan on the Legacy of Voyager: A Q&A with the son of Carl Sagan and one of the voices on the Voyager Golden Records” via IEEE Spectrum below:

    When the twin Voyager space probes launched nearly 36 years ago, they captured imaginations (and spawned the first Star Trek movie plot) by carrying a high-tech greeting card from the human race—a gold-plated phonograph disc with descriptions of humans, greetings, and Earth’s location.

    Voyager’s extraterrestrial invite was spearheaded by the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan. Nick Sagan, Carl’s son, was only 6 when he recorded ”Hello, from the children of Planet Earth” on the disc. Today he’s an award-winning science fiction writer, best known for his work on TV’s ”Star Trek: Voyager” and the Idlewild book trilogy. His graphic novel series, Shrapnel, is in development for a film and video game, and he has a deal for a show on the Science Channel. Here, Sagan—who spoke to Spectrum Radio last year—talks about how Voyager inspired him.

    IEEE Spectrum: What do you remember of the Voyager project?

    Nick Sagan: It was very quick and mysterious to me. There were greetings in many different languages on the disc, and my folks thought it would be nice to have a kid represent one. My dad plopped me down in front of a mic in a room at Cornell University, where he taught, and asked me what I would want a visiting extraterrestrial to know. I came up with ”Hello, from the children of Planet Earth.”

    IEEE Spectrum: None of it struck you as odd?

    Nick Sagan: These questions were normal in my home. When your dad is an astronomer, there’s a certain focus on this. We’d go out and look at the stars, and there were often astronomers and science fiction writers, like Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, over our house for dinner.

    At the time, I was too young to fully understand what Voyager was. But now I’m humbled to be part of it. There’s a possibility that a piece of me will exist long after I’m gone and the Earth ceases to exist. It’s a kind of immortality.

    IEEE Spectrum: How did Voyager and your father inspire your writing?

    Nick Sagan: Voyager is an attempt to communicate with the universe and articulate our biggest questions and deepest yearnings: Are we alone? How did we get here? It was reaching out and hailing the universe in friendship—a message in a bottle cast upon the cosmic tides.

    When I was a kid, my dad and I would talk about those questions. He was a more positive person, so he could look at both sides, recognize the challenges for our species, and ultimately bet on us. Often I would play devil’s advocate. As I write, I continue those conversations in my mind as a means of holding on to him.

    As technology gets more powerful, there’s an ability for fewer people to do more damage, so an important question is whether we can triumph over our darker impulses. I feel like there’s a responsibility as a science fiction writer to point out areas where things might break or go wrong. It’s analogous to being a scout in a primitive society.

    IEEE Spectrum: Given human behavior, is it such a good idea to try to contact other intelligent life?

    Nick Sagan: For decades, all of our broadcasts have been soaring out into space—and at the speed of light, which is much faster than Voyager. Those are more likely to be intercepted first. So if something nasty shows up, blame the media!

    A more sobering thought is that SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] has spent years searching for signals indicating intelligent life, and all they’ve found is silence. Is that because intelligent species cross a certain technological threshold and self-destruct? I wonder if there are other ”Voyagers” out there, other messages in bottles drifting through the cosmos, sent in the hopes of being remembered.

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    For more on the Voyager Record, I recommend watching the early-1970’s NASA documentary “And Then There Was Voyager”

    litterbot

    Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

    Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

    squaremomgsquad

    JESUS CHRIST

    proudtobeinvisiable

    This really works.

    buzzfeed

    oh wow

    mckitterick

    The newest Rickroll, eh? (The attached bluegrass is the opposite of what's described in the post.)