Rachel Carson’s Birdsong Notation, Set to Music – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

A melodic homage to the patron saint of the modern environmental conscience. By Maria Popova One of the loveliest discoveries in my research for Figuring came at Yale’s magical Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where Rachel Carson’s papers are housed: Among her ample letters, manuscripts, and field notebooks I found a piece of railway stationery from the now-defunct Portland Rose train line, onto which Carson had counted bird calls and scribbled the notation of a birdsong melody — that…

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Exactly Which ‘Thank U, Next’ Anthem Represents You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign – Self Improvement Article

Aries — break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored You could say I’m hatin’ if you want to But I only hate her ‘cause I want you Say I’m trippin’ if you feel like But you without me ain’t right Let’s be real, this song was definitely written for a fire sign. Who deserves it more than the flirtatious Aries? You’re pretty much a walking thirst trap, and in the best way possible. And when you know you want something—or…

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Nick Cave on AI, Awe, and the Splendor of Our Human Limitations – Brain Pickings

“All truth is comprised in music and mathematics,” Margaret Fuller proclaimed as she transfigured the cultural and political face of the 19th century. Her contemporary and admirer Walt Whitman considered music the profoundest expression of nature, while Nietzsche bellowed across the Atlantic that “without music life would be a mistake.” But something curious and unnerving happens when, in the age of artificial intelligence, mathematics reaches its human-made algorithmic extensions into the realm of music — into the art Aldous Huxley…

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