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What’s The Loudest Possible Sound?

What’s The Loudest Possible Sound?

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[MUSIC] If I had a machine that allowed me to suddenly… transport myself elsewhere, the air filling the vacuum where I used to be would collapse with enough force it would burst the eardrums and cause nausea in anyone standing nearby. Teleportation may sound like a cool idea, but thanks to sound itself, it’s a […]

How Blind People See With Sound… feat. Molly Burke!

How Blind People See With Sound… feat. Molly Burke!

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Brian: “It’s a high pressure stakes game here…[laughing]” You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation… …and why I’m walking around blindfolded making weird noises. Hey smart people, Joe here. So recently, I got to try something that made me feel like I basically had superpowers. And you can do it too, at […]

What is Cubism? Pablo Picasso’s Three Musicians at the MoMA

What is Cubism? Pablo Picasso’s Three Musicians at the MoMA

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How a Spy Changed the Sound of Horror Movies

How a Spy Changed the Sound of Horror Movies

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Have you ever wondered how those sounds became associated with horror films? Sounds are critical to most films– they can help establish a scene’s mood, provide insight into characters, and alert the viewer to important information. There are two major camps of film soundscapes. Sounds that the audience can hear (but the characters on screen […]

The Case for Performance Art | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

The Case for Performance Art | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

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NARRATOR: You’re minding your own business in an art gallery, when all of a sudden, a movement occurs out of the corner of your eye. It couldn’t be. You break into a cold sweat and look around for the nearest exit, but it’s too late. It’s happening. It’s performance art. Why? Why has my precious […]

Generative Art – Computers, Data, and Humanity | Off Book | PBS

Generative Art – Computers, Data, and Humanity | Off Book | PBS

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Generative art is artwork that has a process with multiple possibilities. [you’re] basically using a gizmo That’s designed to help you. Do your taxes to try to make something that’s equivalent to stradivarius Violin They’re really part of humanity. [I] don’t think you can separate humanity from these technologies And still call it humanity at […]

Steampunk | Off Book | PBS

Steampunk | Off Book | PBS

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The world of steampunk right now is growing. It’s hit the tipping point. It’s in the mainstream. It’s imagining an alternative direction that the universe took. Victorian, yet you have these futuristic steam powered contraptions. Art installation and movement and performance all get sort of thrown together so that we’re not just creating a world […]

Endangered Species: Worth Saving from Extinction?

Endangered Species: Worth Saving from Extinction?

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(electronic keyboard tones playing) – Meet the Pygmy Hippo. They live in Africa and they are too stinking cute, like this little one, oh my god look how adorable he is. Too bad these guys are dying out. Yup, they’re in danger. There’s only about two or three thousand of them left in the wild. […]