Looking for Some Music to Stream while you go about your business? The Lightning in a Bottle Festival (see my POST from 2/27) just ended their MixTape competition, and 33 people submitted mixes. Basically the only requirements were that the mix could only include artists that were on the Line-Up for the Festival, and it had to be 30-60 minutes long.
So… aside from the amazing MUSIC taking place at this 4 day festival on Memorial Day Weekend, there is also AMAZING ART! The folks running this festival just recently released the ARTIST LINE-UP for “Lightning in a Paintcan” (raising funds through a silent auction for the DoArt Foundation, a non-profit organization). Here is a ScreenShot to give you a taste of the Phenomenal Artwork you can catch live at the Festival.
Some of the Artists that will be painting LIVE at LIB 2011
If you haven’t seen the documentary, My Heart is a Drum Machine you have got to check it out. Here is the IMDB page. It is available on Netflix (under Documentaries) and was shown at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2009 . This flick looks at the idea that rhythm is the undercurrent to everything around us, and is like a fundamental language of the universe; also that our pulse, our heart, is beating steadily like a metronome or a drum machine!
It features many well known musicians and artists talking about what music means to them. As a DJ, singer, and music-maker, this movie tugged at my heartstrings, but as a media scientist, and lover of space exploration facts, I was excited to find out there there is a set of golden LP records catching a ride on Voyager 1 and flying through outer space beyond our solar system .
Voyager's Golden Turntable!
The Voyager 1 satellite was launched in 1977 and has been going strong for the past 34 years. It was built to last only 5 years. Actually, it just zoomed past Pluto recently into the outer shell called the “heliosheath” and is heading out of our solar system! On the website for this satellite, they are saying it should be sending data for another 10 years.
What?!? First of all, this thing was build in the 70’s and it’s still ticking. Second, this satellite is millions of miles away and we can still communicate with it and get data? Those scientists definitely were long-term planners and severe geniuses. My favorite part of this whole thing? NASA is KEEPIN’ It TIGHT!!! …sending Turntables into Outer Space. If any other lifeforms come across the Voyager 1 (which happens to be the 3rd human artifact to leave our solar system), they will encounter a set of decks among the things that define humanity. I for one, am pleased!