Michael Jackson – Beat It (Demo) (1,562,041 plays)

lacienegasmiled:

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

MJ. Genius.

(Source: harrattanparhar, via lacienegasmiled)

Bruce Lee is focused.

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Bruce Lee is focused.

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siphotos:

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 fight. Ali turns 72 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GOAT

siphotos:

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 fight. Ali turns 72 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GOAT

nprfreshair:

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates drummer Kenny Clarke's incredible contribution to jazz:

January 9th marks the 100th birthday of drummer Kenny Clarke. One of the founders of bebop, Clarke is less well-known than allies like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, but his influence is just as deep.
That thing that jazz drummers do — that ching-chinga-ching beat on the ride cymbal, like sleigh bells? It gives the music a light, airy, driving pulse. Clarke came up with that, and that springy shimmer came to epitomize swinging itself.
Before him, jazz drummers kept time lightly on the bass drum. Kenny Clarke used bass drum sparingly, often tethered to his snare, for dramatic accents in odd places — what jazz folk call “dropping bombs.” He drew on his playing for stage shows, where drummers punctuate the action with split-second timing. Clarke kicked a band along.

image via drumlessons

nprfreshair:

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates drummer Kenny Clarke's incredible contribution to jazz:

January 9th marks the 100th birthday of drummer Kenny Clarke. One of the founders of bebop, Clarke is less well-known than allies like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, but his influence is just as deep.

That thing that jazz drummers do — that ching-chinga-ching beat on the ride cymbal, like sleigh bells? It gives the music a light, airy, driving pulse. Clarke came up with that, and that springy shimmer came to epitomize swinging itself.

Before him, jazz drummers kept time lightly on the bass drum. Kenny Clarke used bass drum sparingly, often tethered to his snare, for dramatic accents in odd places — what jazz folk call “dropping bombs.” He drew on his playing for stage shows, where drummers punctuate the action with split-second timing. Clarke kicked a band along.

image via drumlessons

insteadofwatchingtv:

Penguins: Popularity, Peril, and Poop

Save the penguins.

nprfreshair:

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, NPR has compiled music that captures his legacy:
The Mandela Playlist: A Life And Legacy, Told In Music

nprfreshair:

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, NPR has compiled music that captures his legacy:

The Mandela Playlist: A Life And Legacy, Told In Music

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA

motherjones:

THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with…

Dignity. Wisdom. Strength. Compassion.

Dignity. Wisdom. Strength. Compassion.

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

condenasttraveler:

Look at These Incredible Photos of Zanzibar’s New Underwater Hotel Room

condenasttraveler:

Look at These Incredible Photos of Zanzibar’s New Underwater Hotel Room

tedx:

What sound looks like … in GIFs: TEDx speaker Fabian Oefner visualizes sound

Above, GIFs from photographer (and TEDxWarwick speaker) Fabian Oefner’s talk at TEDGlobal 2013, Psychedelic science.
Says Fabian of his work:

Sound travels in waves, so if you have a speaker, a speaker actually does nothing else than taking the audio signal, transform it into a vibration, which is then transported through the air, is captured by our ear, and transformed into an audio signal again.

Now I was thinking, how can I make those sound waves visible? So I came up with the following setup. I took a speaker, I placed a thin foil of plastic on top of that speaker, and then I added tiny little crystals on top of that speaker. And now, if I would play a sound through that speaker, it would cause the crystals to move up and down. Now this happens very fast, in the blink of an eye, so, together with LG, we captured this motion with a camera that is able to capture more than 3,000 frames per second.

This is what that looks like. As Bill Nye says, "Science rules!"