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30 November 2009 @ 10:35 pm
A still more glorious dawn awaits  
To fully appreciate this video, you have to know some background.

We'll start with autotune. To know what autotune is, just think of Cher's song Believe. That effect was originally used to correct some off notes in singers' voices, like an audio version of Photoshop. Then Cher, and later artistes like T-Pain, began to use it as a vocal effect. And then it became easily available to the Internets, and people discovered that they could apply it to things like Obama and the news and Winston Churchill. (I find the Churchill pretty awesomely catchy, but rather unsatisfactorarily short.)

Then someone had the brilliant idea of applying the effect to documentaries, in this case a 1980 TV series called Cosmos, hosted by the late Dr Carl Sagan. The result is an incredible new-agey piece of art, both music and video-wise. The already poetic lines chosen become transformed into amazing lyrics in every sense of the word. Have a look and listen for yourself. (It even features Stephen Hawking on vocals. :D )

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe

Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature

I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky

But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions

The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has its own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world

For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit

From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas

How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact visiting other worlds

The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we've waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting
Krsskrss on December 1st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
That was indeed awesome and amazing. =)
Auriond: saltflatsauriond on December 1st, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it :) I'm in love with it, I've been listening to it on repeat. The video is addictively lovely too.
Krsskrss on December 1st, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
A very inspired combination! Thanks for sharing it.
insatiably glazzal: flower {by _evenstar}glazzal on December 1st, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
How very interesting. :)
Auriondauriond on December 1st, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I want to watch this documentary now.
Maarika: Isakomaarikaaa on December 1st, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, I just came across one of those! It was this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGK84Poeynk Good stuff, I love their ideas.
Auriondauriond on December 1st, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
There are more at http://www.symphonyofscience.com , but the one I posted was the first one I saw and my favourite. They're all actually made by one guy, I think, and I also happen to think he's a genius. :)