You Are Listening To…
First, a website that combines ambient music with police radio scanners from your favorite city, placed over a photo of that city. It's oddly hypnotic and eerily beautiful. Try it with Atlanta: http://youarelistening.to/atlanta
This site shows why Internet is awesome. Such a simple concept with such a fascinating result, but it is only possible because the artist (and I do think this is art) has access to freely shared music from SoundCloud, scanner feeds from RadioReference.com, and Creative Commons licensed photos from Flickr.
The Great Potato Phantom
With the baseball season winding down, here is the story of Dave Bresnahan, a minor league catcher who
"peeled and sculpted a potato in the shape of a baseball. Behind the plate in the fifth inning, with the potato concealed in his mitt and a runner on third base, he threw the potato wildly past his third baseman, hoping the runner would think he made an errant pick-off throw."
Depending on how you measure success, this was either a brilliant triumph or a bonehead career move for Bresnahan, who didn't have much promise as a ballplayer anyway.
"A Blade of Grass Has the Status of a Flower"
And finally, I found this video on Stellar last week. It features Arvo Pärt, one of my favorite contemporary composers, giving a masterclass about one of his most famous compositions, "Fur Alina." I was transfixed. Watch as he strains to find the right words to describe his own work. I thought it was a beautiful window into the mind of a truly great artist.
My favorite line: when he says that the two piano melodies interact "like two people whose paths seem to cross, and then they don't."