Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mozart, Monsanto and kittens!

So Denmark will be functional when all the rest of us are in the dark.... and interested in going solar? Why power generators are terrified of solar

Fleeing from zombies is fun and good exercise!

Mr. Etch A Sketch vs Mr. Etched in Stone.

A bit of the newly found Mozart.

Poland gets mad about dead bees and Monsanto

All about ALEC and what it is doing to this country.

Fucking Fracking.

Scientists Build a Camera That Sees Around Corners

Eating chocolate could actually help you lose weight... well, okay then!!

And then there are kittens...


Steve Bates said...

A bit of reality about wind power in America today: Our House is on a 100% wind power plan, which is great, except for one thing: Reliant Energy is very careful never to let the price of wind power drop below the price of conventional sources, which in Houston are nuclear and fossil fuels. We can feel good about our choice, but we cannot save any money by our choice.

Steve Bates said...

BTW and FWIW, I tend to agree that the composition is by Mozart... Wolfgang Mozart, a very young Mozart still learning his craft. The craft is superb even that early; the style could be any of the Mozart family, but I hear no basis for disagreeing with the assignment to Wolfgang.

(Yes, I have had enough coursework to serve as a basis for me to make such a statement. Yes, that was a long time ago...)

ellroon said...

How strange... power companies really want to keep all that money rolling in, don't they?

And I'm glad you can hear Mozart in that composition. I can get fooled really easily...

Steve Bates said...

I had one grand experience in writing a movement to sound like a great composer, and I learned one thing: it isn't as easy as you might think.

There is a Bach sonata for flute and (concertizing) harpsichord that is missing a major chunk of the first movement. This is because it was written on the leftover bottom 3 staves beneath another composition: staff paper was not something to waste, even back then. Someone later cut it up, presumably to perform the work occupying the bulk of the page, and they weren't too careful what happened to the leftovers. So it has been a tradition for a couple of centuries for other composers to complete the fragment. I took on the task as a semester project, nominally in music theory, practically in composition.

The segment I wrote was craftsmanly and workable on the original instruments (hey, I play both of them; I should know), but try as I might, I could not get rid of the occasional "bumps" ... flaws in continuity, awkwardness in counterpoint, etc. After I wrote it (and heard it performed), I went back and found several other completions by other composers in history; they, too, had such problems.

I concluded eventually that no one could sound like J.S. Bach but J.S. Bach. Well, so be it!

ellroon said...

Amazing what you can learn by trying to imitate the masters. We were taught pointillism, cubism, etc by trying to paint in the style of... wasn't as easy as we thought it should be!