Sunset With Instrumental Raga Bhopali – roothmens – 2013

Sunset With Instrumental Raga Bhopali - roothmens - 2013

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SITAR
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The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Indian classical music. It is believed to have been derived from the veena, an ancient Indian instrument, which was modified by a Mughal court musician to conform with the tastes of his Persian patrons and named after a Persian instrument called the setar (meaning “three strings”). It subsequently underwent many changes, and the modern sitar evolved in 18th century India. It derives its distinctive timbre and resonance from sympathetic strings, bridge design, a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber.
Used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, the sitar became known in the western world through the work of Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s after the Kinks’ top 10 single “See My Friends” featured a low tuned drone guitar which was widely mistaken to be the instrument. The sitar saw further use in popular music after the Beatles featured the sitar in their compositions “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” and “Within You Without You”. Their use of the instrument came as a result of George Harrison’s taking lessons on how to play it from Shankar and Shambhu Das. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones also used a sitar in “Paint It, Black” and a brief fad began for using the instrument in pop songs.
SANTOOR
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The Kashmiri santoor is an ancient string musical instrument native to Jammu and Kashmir, with origins in Persia. A primitive ancestor of this type of instruments was invented in Mesopotamia (1600-911 BC). This archetype traveled to different parts of the east and each region customized and designed their own versions.
The santoor is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer often made of walnut, with seventy two strings. The special-shaped mallets (mezrab) are lightweight and are held between the index and middle fingers. A typical santoor has two sets of bridges, providing a range of three octaves.
The Indian santoor is more rectangular and can have more strings than the Persian counterpart, which generally has 72 strings.
TABLA
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The tabla is a membranophone percussion instrument (similar to bongos), used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means “drum.” The tabla is used in some other Asian musical traditions outside of India, such as in the Indonesian dangdut genre.
Playing technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables (bol). The heel of the hand is used to apply pressure or in a sliding motion on the larger drum so that the pitch is changed during the sound’s decay
FLUTE
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The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel-Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones.
A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist, a flutist, or, less commonly, a fluter.
Aside from the voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. A number of flutes dating to about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe.

Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here’s how we fix it – Larry Lessig – TEDxMidAtlantic 2015

Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it - Larry Lessig - TEDxMidAtlantic 2015
Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who’s in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it’s just the first problem. Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Crossing Africa and the Sahara by Truck in 1959/60

Crossing Africa and the Sahara by Truck in 1959/60

This “video” documents a journey made across Africa and the Sahara Desert in 1959/60. It uses color slides shot during the journey and shows how images from the past can be given a new lease of life. This is not a journey I would care to make today.

South America Aerial Journey: 30 Min 4K Nature Relaxation Experience: Chile, Argentina, Bolivia

South America Aerial Journey: 30 Min 4K Nature Relaxation Experience: Chile, Argentina, Bolivia

ABOUT: “South America Journey” transports viewers on a 30 minute ultra-dynamic, uplifting yet relaxing journey through the natural wonders and other-worldly vistas of South America’s Chile, Argentina & Bolivia – paired with exclusive new music and subtle real-life nature sounds. Enjoy these world famous and incredibly beautiful destinations in glorious Ultra High Definition: Torres Del Paines / Patagonia, Easter Island, Salar De Uyuni, the Atacama Desert, Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier; Enjoy a mix of landscapes and wildlife like flamingos, alpacas, llamas & wild horses as the journey progresses, with scenes both from above and on land.

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Top 7 Countries in Asia! – Drew Binsky – 2018

Top 7 Countries in Asia! - Drew Binsky - 2018
Asia has been my home since 2013, when I moved to South Korea to teach English. Over the last 5 years, I’ve lived in Vietnam, the Philippines and currently Thailand — and I’ve been to almost every country on the beautiful continent of Asia. Each culture in Asia is very unique — from religions to traditions, nature, history, cuisines and rituals — and it provides endless opportunities to learn and discover. But above anything else, THE PEOPLE of Asia are the most hospitable and welcoming as they come. Admittedly, it has been very hard to choose only 7 of my favorite Asian countries to feature in this video (because I truly love every place for a different reason) — but when it all comes down to it, these would be my 7 favorite countries on this amazing place called Asia! THE PHILIPPINES SOUTH KOREA, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM, NEPAL, INDONESIA, JAPAN What would be your top 7 in Asia? Why? Please comment below and let’s get the discussion started! PS – I kept this video limited to East/South/Southeast Asian countries. While the Middle East and West/Central Asia are technically Asian countries, I consider them very culturally different. Iran and Tajikstan would be on this list if it was all of Asia!
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The history of our world in 18 minutes – David Christian TED – 2011

The history of our world in 18 minutes - David Christian TED - 2011

http://www.ted.com Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.

Metropolis (full movie) – Sci-Fi – Fritz Lang – 1927

Metropolis (full movie) - Sci-Fi - Fritz Lang - 1927

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city.

Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichsmarks.The art direction draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

Metropolis was met with a mixed reception upon release. Critics found it pictorially beautiful and lauded its complex special effects, but accused its story of naiveté.

The film’s extensive running time also came in for criticism, as well as its alleged Communist message.

Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, removing a large portion of Lang’s original footage.

Numerous attempts have been made to restore the film since the 1970s. Music producer Giorgio Moroder released a truncated version with a soundtrack by rock artists such as Freddie Mercury, Loverboy and Adam Ant in 1984.

A new reconstruction of Metropolis was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001, and the film was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in the same year, the first film thus distinguished.

In 2008 a damaged print of Lang’s original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process, the film was 95% restored and shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on 12 February 2010.

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