Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Tim Westergren of Pandora & the Music Genome Project

My newest video for Time Mag­a­zine is about Pan­do­ra, the inter­net radio ser­vice.  I vis­it­ed the Oak­land offices of Pan­do­ra and spoke with founder and Chief Strat­e­gy Offi­cer Tim West­er­gren.  We dis­cussed var­i­ous rec­om­men­da­tion engines used by oth­er com­pa­nies and what makes Pandora’s Music Genome Project dif­fer­ent.

Link to the Pan­do­ra video on Time’s web­site

They Might Be Giants Video for Time

Here Comes Sci­ence is sup­pos­ed­ly a kids’ album but it’s my favorite They Might Be Giants album.  I love it.  And I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to inter­view John and John at their Brook­lyn rehearsal stu­dio, and attend one of their fam­i­ly shows at the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry in New York City.  It’s our newest video for Time Mag­a­zine:

Link: They Might Be Giants of Sci­ence

I've Been Scooped Again

A cou­ple of the pre­sen­ta­tions at today’s “Let’s Have An Awe­some Time Doing Sci­ence” con­fer­ence were con­duct­ed via Skype video.

Uri Alon of the Depart­ment of Mol­e­c­u­lar Cell Biol­o­gy & Depart­ment of Physics of Com­plex Sys­tems at the Weiz­mann Insti­tute in Israel, gave a par­tic­u­lar­ly fun pre­sen­ta­tion enti­tled, “Peace Love Sci­ence Hap­pi­ness.”

He per­formed his song “I’ve Been Scooped Again” – with audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion from across the globe.  Here’s a snip­pet:

Music & Lyrics ©2009 Uri Alon

“Let’s Have An Awe­some Time Doing Sci­ence” was a 3-day sci­ence con­fer­ence (and part uncon­fer­ence) held at UCSF’s Mis­sion Bay Cam­pus, Oct. 8-10, 2009. Sci­en­tists from var­i­ous fields and at all stages of career devel­op­ment met to dis­cuss ways to help make sci­ence as fun, sup­port­ive and nur­tur­ing as pos­si­ble.

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Zoe Keating Performs at ETech 2009

One of the many high­lights of the Emerg­ing Tech­nol­o­gy con­fer­ence was the Wednes­day evening per­for­mance of Zoe Keat­ing: “Using a 17th Cen­tu­ry Instru­ment to Cre­ate the Music of the 21st Cen­tu­ry.”

Zoe uses a cel­lo and a lap­top to make beau­ti­ful mul­ti­lay­ered music. She plays with her­self.  It’s loopy.  Very cool.

Excuse the rough cam­era work up front – it was shot on a tiny Flip cam­era – and it gets much bet­ter a cou­ple min­utes in when I get to the close­ups.


Paul Simon – The Way We Look to a Distant Constellation

These are the days of mir­a­cle and won­der
This is the long dis­tance call
The way the cam­era fol­lows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a dis­tant con­stel­la­tion
That’s dying in a cor­ner of the sky
These are the days of mir­a­cle and won­der
And don’t cry, baby, don’t cry
Don’t cry

– Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bub­ble” (from the Grace­land album)