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The Composer's Corner
rmore, the “spray” from the first 3/8 time signature rhymes with the “dre” that comes in the 2nd 6/16 bar. The “freak” from the 2nd 2/8 time signature rhymes with the “three” from the 3/8 bar immediately following it, while the “-i-“ vowel sound of the strong-beat “like” is reflected in the “-i-“ vowel sounds that came before: “my”, “mind”, “my”, and “nine.” Finally, the “an-“ from “Andre” rhymes with “mind” and “nine” (listen closely to how Nas adjusts their “true” pronunciation to make them rhyme.) Furthermore, observe the phrasal grouping of his poetic lines: in the first 2/8+3/8+6/16 time signature grouping, they are organizing by the bar line, starting and ending there. In the 2nd grouping, which also equals its own 4/4 bar (2 8th notes + 3 8th notes + 6 16th notes = 16 16th notes = 4 quarter notes and 1 bar of 4/4), the poetic line (again, as indicated by the slur below the music) starts and ends exactly where the time signature grouping does. Furthermore, Nas’ verbal accents largely line up with the strong beats as well. This occurs on the words “spray”, “nine”, and so o
rap  analysis  hip-hop  lyrics  music  rhyme  future  sound  rhythm  evolution  favorites 
may 2016 by bschlagel
A History of the Future in 100 Objects
This looks way cool! A history of the future in 100 objects:

(Riffing on "a history of the world in 100 objects"…)
history  future  futurism  objects  design  collection  writing  projects  favorites 
october 2015 by bschlagel
Publishing | metaLAB (at) Harvard
Amazing experimental publishing projects from @metalabharvard—exploring both "print plus" & "post-print" publishing
metalab  books  publishing  design  experimentation  communication  print-plus  post-print  digital  future  multichannel  iterative  instant  engagement  metalabprojects  sandbox  documentary  favorites 
october 2015 by bschlagel
Press Play — Press Play — Medium
Direct, concise writing grabs and holds your attention even in a syllabus, as the late David Carr proved.
ssg  edudsn  examples  courses  education  journalism  syllabus  writing  online  publishing  content  distribution  future  making  creating  editing  medium  stories  reading  collaboration  narrative  platforms  business  innovation  self  engagement  pitching  david-carr  favorites 
february 2015 by bschlagel
School as a "Long Now" Project
RT @ventilla: I'm fascinated by Long Now projects designed with a 10,000 year timeframe in mind. How would that apply to education?
altschool  education  long-now  school  future  design 
november 2014 by bschlagel
grow your own worlds [FoAM]
Grow Your Own Worlds

[EN] FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs for speculative culture. It is inhabited by people with diverse skills and interests – from arts, science, technology, entrepreneurship, cooking, design and gardening. It is a generalists’ community of practice working at the interstices of contrasting disciplines and worldviews. Guided by our motto “grow your own worlds,” we study and prototype possible futures, while remaining firmly rooted in cultural traditions. We speculate about the future by modelling it in artistic experiments that allow alternative perspectives to emerge. By conducting these experiments in the public sphere, we invite conversations and participation of people from diverse walks of life.

“Maybe there’s something beckoning over the horizon that’s not design and not futurism but just something we might call speculative culture. I think what you’re seeing right here is a mash-up: there are people from very different lines of work put in a temporary situation…”
– Bruce Sterling

Amidst rampant consumerism, xenophobia and climate chaos, FoAM is a haven for people who are unafraid to ask the question: “What If?” and "How could it be otherwise?" Instead of dismissing possible futures because of their improbability, we speculate: What if we see plants as organisational principles for human society? What if lack of fossil fuels turns jet-setting artists into slow cultural pilgrims? What if market capitalism collapsed? By rehearsing for a range of different scenarios, we can cultivate behaviours that make us more resilient to whatever the future holds. This is why we encourage FoAM‘s activities to explore the breadth of themes and methods – from robotics to permaculture, tinkering to meditation. Layered as long-term initiatives and short term projects, FoAM‘s activities uphold the values of complexity and whole systems thinking, pollinated by the transdisciplinarity of our teams.

FoAM - a collective, an organisation, a network, or all of the above?

As with foam (the mass of bubbles), FoAM (the group) is a dynamic entity that can change shape and scale as required. We can be a transdisciplinary organisation in the morning, a tightly knit family at lunchtime, a learning facility in the afternoon, a loose bunch of philosophers in the evening and a dedicated designers’ collective by night. Most of FoAM's activities occur in our studios – hybrids between laboratories, ateliers and living rooms. FoAM studios are designed to encourage reciprocal exchanges of ideas, techniques and experiences. We are organised as a distributed network concentrated in Europe and (Austral)asia, with bases and nodes (people, projects and organisations) spread across the globe. This distributed structure allows our bases to remain small and flexible; they can incubate and spawn experimental initiatives while the network can develop activities on larger scales. We collaborate with people (individuals and organisations) from many different sectors: arts and culture, science and technology, academia, policy, business, and civil society.

FoAM’s activities

Our activities evolve in a layered structure: as long-term initiatives and short-term experiments. This structure allows us both to focus on “burning issues” as they arise, and engage in projects concerned with slower, long-term tendencies. Our activities can be loosely categorised as [1] exploring and creating, [2] learning and developing [3] communicating and archiving. In diversified teams of generalists and specialists, we create experimental situations, generative media, culinary performances and other forms of participatory culture. To support the personal and professional development of our ever-expanding community, FoAM hosts workshops, lectures, gatherings, residencies and coaching sessions. We communicate our theories and practice in diverse publications, and archive books, media and materials in an eclectic library in our Brussels studio and online.
architecture  art  collaboration  culture  design  network  worlds  speculative  future  labs  science  tech  entrepreneurship  cooking  gardening  community  worldview  interdisciplinary  prototyping  models  experiment  resilience  systems  complexity  organization  networks  morphing  hybrid  form  studios  long-term  short-term  exploring  creating  learning  developing  communicating  archiving  library  generative  participatory  orgs  favorites 
november 2014 by bschlagel
Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms (RSA Animate)
Considering how we can create lasting change and innovation in education.
ssg  edudsn  videos  ken-robinson  education  paradigms  change  future  systems  thinking  creativity 
august 2014 by bschlagel
The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Co.Exist
Breaking out of the classroom through an aggregation of small learning experiences; the social infrastructure and flow-model of learning.
ssg  edudsn  education  future  learning  classroom  experience  socialstructed  microlearning  models  organization  articles 
august 2014 by bschlagel
Bret Victor | Worrydream
Ingenious explorations of how we interact with technology, visualize and understand information, and invent tools to enable the future.
ssg  edudsn  inspiration  creativity  learning  visualization  interaction  design  ixd  media  invention  future  programming  exploration  understanding  intuition  talks  research 
august 2014 by bschlagel
A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (Douglas Thomas, John Seely Brown)
A treatise on the current revolution in learning centered around imagination, play, collective exploration, and experiential inquiry.
ssg  edudsn  books  learning  culture  imagination  future  play  innovation 
august 2014 by bschlagel
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