In this episode of the podcast, Ben talks about the relationship between a content creator and their audience, and reads through Kevin Kelly’s article, 1,000 True Fans.
Table of contents
6:10-20:05 1,000 True Fans, by Kevin Kelly
20:05-23:16 Closing thoughts
This episode features excerpts from the track Magical Realism, composed and produced by Ben Tibbetts.
In this episode of the podcast, Ben introduces himself and reads through Tim Urban’s article Everything You Should Know About Sound.
Episode One: Everything You Should Know About Sound
This episode features excerpts from a live performance of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8 by violinist Celaya Kirchner (used by permission).
Table of contents
07:53-36:35 Everything You Should Know About Sound, by Tim Urban
36:35-38:56 Closing thoughts
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Aaron Long has worked as a director, animator, character designer, and storyboarder on shows such as Bojack Horseman, Greatest Party Story Ever, and Triptank. I became interested in Aaron’s work through watching his original project Sublo & Tangy Mustard, an online series featuring two street mascots for a sub sandwich shop.
You can watch Sublo & Tangy Mustard for free via YouTube and Newgrounds. For more information about Aaron Long visit AaronLongCartoons.com.
To value something is to think it is important. To believe something is to think it is true. What things do I value, and how are those things connected to what I believe? Continue reading
As of this writing, the official page of the White House looks like this:
But we shouldn’t forget it once looked like this:
A while back, I took notes on a video compilation of Elon Musk talking about entrepreneurship. The other day, I noticed him making some interesting remarks about art during a conversation with Steve Jurvetson at Stanford.
Getting a piano generally in tune seems like a complicated task. In fact, it is literally impossible to tune a piano perfectly. For an explanation of this surprising problem, see this video from Minute Physics.
Although it’s not my expertise, a student recently asked me how often they should have their piano tuned. I did a little casual research (thank you, Google). It seems like the consensus among piano technicians is between one and four times a year. Here are summaries of some of the top results: Continue reading
Kissability by Katherine Duke is a short, easy read. The longest chapter is only nine pages. However, it offers a lot of material, and a huge number of different perspectives.
The people who responded to Duke’s questions are very honest about their experiences. Their anecdotes are sometimes really funny. I especially like the advice from John’s dad in Chapter 10, who sat him down as a boy and began by saying, “Son, girls are like eggs…”
Other times, they’re gut-wrenchingly sad. When William is asked, in Chapter 7, what he thinks the best or most beautiful parts of his body are, he just replies, “N/A”.
Much of the book seems uncategorizable, like the fictional dialogues comprised of different people’s answers to the questions, or the pages that consist only of poetry or single-sentence quotes. Continue reading
The European Union Youth Orchestra performing at The Young Euro Classic international festival in Berlin, 2015 (from Wikimedia Commons).
This is a list (based on this other list) of some historically famous music with links to sheet music and recordings.
Billie Holiday at the Downbeat club, a jazz club in New York City, circa February 1947.
Musicians and non-musicians alike frequently use the word “song” to refer to any short musical experience. I’m not a fan of that usage.