Respectful Insolence

A glorious dawn?

I realize that every blogger and his or her grandmother has been posting this lately, but I only just got around to watching it last night. It’s surprisingly pleasant and tuneful:

Really cool.

Comments

  1. #1 Party Cactus
    September 29, 2009

    I don’t think its possible for too many people to post that. I’ve listened to it dozens of times in the past few days. Such a very beautiful and inspiring video. I listened to that then turned on the news to hear everyone rattling sabers over this that and the other thing, what a downer. I’m not usually a big fan of brainwashing, but I think the planet would be a better place if we put all world leaders in a room with a big screen TV and their eyes pried open and make them listen watch than on infinite loop for about a year or so :)

  2. #2 modus potus
    September 29, 2009

    Sagan’s words, spoken in his own voice, are beautiful, poetic. Cosmos is available on DVD — put it in your NetFlix queue, borrow it from your library, or purchase it from Amazon or elsewhere. His vision of the universe and humanity’s place in it is indeed inspiring.

    On the other hand, this particular application of Auto-Tuneā„¢ is criminal. Sorry.

  3. #3 Jacob V
    September 29, 2009

    Why is it I feel I should be smoking genetically modified cloned pot out of a bong shaped like the Hubble telescope??

  4. #4 tsuken
    September 29, 2009

    I’ve been one of the mob posting that – it’s very very cool. In contrast to modus potus, I think it’s about the only use of auto-tune I’ve liked ;-) I hate the hip-hop robot voice thing, and I really really really hate the practice of “fixing” slightly off notes.

    However, I really must get my posterior into gear and get hold of Cosmos …

  5. #5 wazza
    September 29, 2009

    I’ve got it on my ipod, and whenever the time comes to restart my playlist, I’m starting there…

  6. #6 Ken
    September 29, 2009

    It was done with Vocoder, not Auto Tune. Apparently there’s a big difference to people who work with the softwares.

    I’ve had the song stuck in my head for days now.

  7. #7 idlemind
    September 29, 2009

    Actually, AutoTune is essentially a software sequencer wrapped around a phase vocoder.

  8. #8 Craig Willoughby
    September 29, 2009

    Orac, I don’t agree with most of what you post, but I must say that I am very thankful that you posted this. I’ve always been a Sagan and Hawking fan, and this is the 1st time I’ve seen this. I love it. Very cool!

    Thank you.

  9. #9 Lilie Schoenack
    September 29, 2009

    I also love this video and posted it on Facebook. I was watching it a few days ago and my 4 year old came over and kicked me off my chair and proceeded to watch it about 6 times in a row. The first couple times he watched I said: Oh, there’s Stephen Hawking, in the wheelchair. Then someone else sent me a different video and Stephen Hawking happened to be in it and my 4 year old said: There’s Stephen Hawking. Now that is the kind of brainwashing that I don’t mind. I’d rather he have famous scientists names in his head than “Jesus Loves Me” in his head.

  10. #10 Liz
    September 30, 2009

    I *heart* Sagan.

    Have you ever heard the MC Hawking tracks? They’re very old news, now, and might be a little juvenile for this bunch, but many of them are funny.

    My oldest daughter, who was 3 at the time, used to keep a copy of “A Brief History of Time” on her nightstand and would pitch a fit if I tried to put it back on the bookshelf. I guess she liked the diagrams or something…

  11. #11 Seer
    September 30, 2009

    Comments: Love this. I even downloaded it from the guy’s site, which is well worth it.

    Yep, it’s a Vocoder, not auto-tune.

    Finally, First season of Cosmos is available for free on Hulu (.com) right now. Enjoy!