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Deconstructing John Coltranes Seminal Jazz Song Giant Steps

John Coltrane, one of jazz history’s most revered saxophonists, released “Giant Steps†in 1959. It’s known across the jazz world as one of the most challenging compositions to improvise over for two reasons – it’s fast and it’s in three keys. Braxton Cook and Adam Neely give Vox Earworm a crash course in music theory to help understand this notoriously difficult song. Even if you don’t understand a lick of music theory, you’ll likely walk away with an appreciation for this musical puzzle. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/deconstructing-giant-steps-by-john-coltrane/

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A Real Time 4K Journey Around Earth from Orbit

“Orbit” is a real-time reconstruction of time-lapse photography taken on board the International Space Station by NASA’s Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. The structure of the film is built around the world of Phaeleh’s last three albums: Lost Time, Illusion of the Tale, and Somnus. According to the creator, Seán Doran, the tone and pacing of each track influenced the choice of material used. Typically each time-lapse sequence was photographed at 1 frame per second. Each sequence was processed in Photoshop. A dirtmap was made in order to repair…

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A New York Times Short About a 96-Year-Old Death Metal Grandma

“Death Metal Grandma” follows the story of 96 year old Holocaust survivor, former WW2 spy and famous songwriter Inge Ginsberg as she decides to pursue a new career: Death Metal. Featuring: Inge Ginsberg, Pedro daSilva and Lucia Caruso Directed and Edited by : Leah Galant Produced by: Clifford Miu, Elizabeth Pauker, Sean Weiner, Christine Wexler and Linhan Zhang Director of Photography: Kervin Marsielle Editors: Leah Galant and Stephanie Khoury Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo Supervising Producer: Linsday Crouse Supervising Editor: Andrew Blackwell Funded through the generous support of Helen Gurley Brown’s…

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Yo-Yo Ma Did a Tiny Desk Concert and Now Its Raining on My Face

From NPR Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his great inspiration, and in turn part of his own life story, to an enthusiastic audience packed around the NPR Tiny Desk on a hot summer day. Ma is returning, yet again, to the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, a Mount Everest for any cellist. He has just released his third studio recording of the complete set and is taking the music on a two-year, six-continent tour. Ma’s first recording of the Suites, released in 1983, earned him his first…

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No Dialogue, Just 10 Mins of Pencil Tip Carving Over Chill Beats

A compilation of incredible pencil tip carvings by artist Salavat Fidai, complimented by a selection of chill instrumentals. We actually profiled Fidai’s wonderful work back in 2015, be sure to check out the impressive galleries if you want to see more! – This Guy Carves Miniature Artworks Onto the Tips of Pencils – Miniature Sculptures Carved Onto the Tips of Pencils (21 Photos) Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/10-minutes-of-miniature-pencil-carvings/

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The Last Great Moment of Elvis Career was this Chilling Performance of Unchained Melody

In one of his final performances before his tragic death, Elvis Presley delivered an incredible rendition of ‘Unchained Melody’ during a concert in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 21, 1977. The performance, described as “the last great moment of his career”, was recorded for his last television special two months before his death in August 1977. An article in Rolling Stone adds: He had an enlarged heart, an enlarged intestine, hypertension and incredibly painful bowel problems. He was barely sleeping and should have probably been in the hospital, but…

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The Time a 73 Year Old Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

On December 6th, 2015, the Queen of Soul performed an iconic rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,†in tribute to the song’s co-writer, Carole King, who was receiving the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement alongside Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and other luminaries. King, who is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US—having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999—is the one standing in awe and jubilation beside Michelle…

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This Little Kid Playing Classical Gas on Ukulele Is What You Need Right Now

On the streets of Taipei, a young phenom is seen playing a stirring rendition of Mason Williams’ Classical Gas on ukulele. This amazing performance is a rendition of Classical Gas as played by Tommy Emmanuel (also worth a watch). Apparently the young child, named Feng E, is continuing to blossom into a gifted musician and you can follow his progression on Facebook and Youtube. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/little-kid-playing-classical-gas-on-ukulele/

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