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Polynesian Navigation:  Why Navigate? (Clip)
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00:05:07
What motivates modern navigators? That depends on who you ask. But many explain their passion for voyaging in terms of kuleana--responsibility.

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, History

Keywords: navigating, stellar navigation


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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Anthony Braxton (Podcast)
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01:54:49
In this extensive talk from 1985, prolific American composer, musician, and self-proclaimed 'student' Anthony Braxton discusses many elements of his musical work. Because Braxton sees his musical output as part of larger constellations of culture, politics, and spirituality, his talk is huge in scope, and his language sometimes dizzies while it dazzles. He discusses his personal rejection of music for entertainment, and considers instead what music might do to further universal values. He also takes audience questions and plays excerpts of some of his recordings. This talk will amuse, awe, challenge, and inspire interested parties old and new.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: March 18, 2010
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Music

Keywords: music braxton


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After Dark:  Distortion: Thee Oh Sees and Harry Smith Film (Clip)
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00:01:49
A highlight of this After Dark evening was Thee Oh Sees, one of the Bay Area’s best underground bands, who created a playful aural disorientation while playing in front of “visual music” by the late experimental filmmaker and musicologist Harry Smith.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: March 4, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: music, band, concert, thee oh sees, harry smith, experimental, art, film, after dark


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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Trimpin (Podcast)
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01:23:00
In this gem from 1990, we get a brief peek into the flourishing mind of German-born composer/sculptor Trimpin, a MacArthur "genius" award winner and the subject of a recent feature documentary. He chronicles his unique adventures through sound and music making, takes audience questions, and stages modified versions of his musical installations in front of the live audience.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: February 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: speaking of music, rewind, trimpin, music, composer, art, sound, inventor

Links: Trimpin documentary

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Miscellaneous:  RODS & MODS (with Gustav) (Clip)
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00:03:57
For three days in February 2010, the Exploratorium showcased the innovations and outlaw aesthetics of custom computer culture. An outgrowth of the hacker community, personal computer modding was born from the need for speed and personal style.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 18, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: rods, mods, modding, computers


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After Dark:  Sexplorations: Biologist Kristina Yu (Clip)
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00:01:54
The Exploratorium TV crew caught up with Exploratorium Living Systems director, Dr. Kristina Yu, at After Dark: Sexplorations. Kristina confirmed it for us—sex is all around us, all the time.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: February 4, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: sexplorations, kristina yu, biology, organisms, sex


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After Dark:  Resolution: Mark Lottor's Cubatron (Clip)
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00:01:54
This After Dark event featured a special installation of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor. A visually stunning favorite of music and art festival audiences, the Cubatron is a 3–D light sculpture made from 8–x–8-foot modular cubes, each containing 1,000 individually programmable RGB LEDs. Viewed from any direction—even underneath—the Cubatron’s thousands of programmed pixels paint exquisite arrays of color that cascade in spectacularly dynamic patterns.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science

Keywords: cubatron, mark lotter, exploratorium, after dark, led art, sculpture


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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Astor Piazzolla (Podcast)
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On January 15th we will release a gem of a vintage interview with revolutionary musician/composer Astor Piazolla! In this inspired 1989 chat, Argentinean nuevo tango composer and bandoneon (concertina) player Astor Piazzolla dazzles the audience with a surprising story about the tango's origin in Argentina. He traces his musical beginnings and the "very beautiful way of feeling crazy" that resulted in his best compositions. Piazzolla also plays the bandoneon, and answers audience questions.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: January 15, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art

Keywords: speaking of music, astor piazzola, tango,


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After Dark:  Resolution:Media Artist Ken Murphy (Clip)
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00:04:23
Ken Murphy, creator of A History of the Sky— a time-lapse visualization that will span an entire year—talks about his project during the After Dark event, Resolution.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: ken murphy, history of the sky, time-lapse, installation, clouds, sky, video, weather, technology, art

Links: Ken Murphy's Website

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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Brian Eno Part 1 (Podcast)
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01:11:25
Brian Eno is a supremely influential English musician, composer, producer, and popularizer of ambient music. In this informal, free-range chat from February 1988, Eno discusses his origins as an artist and some of the major influences in his life. He’s never short on wit or opinions, and the interview will amuse fans and newcomers alike.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: December 18, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: brian eno, speaking of music rewind


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