Polyphonic Overtone Singing

Anna-Maria Hefele shows us that you don’t need auto-tune to contort and manipulate the voice to sound strange and robotic. In this video, the German vocalist provides a quick overview and demonstration of “throat singing” a vocal technique that allows a singer to appear as if they are singing two notes at once. Its quite astonishing and has to be seen (& heard) to be believed.

The Overview Effect: Seeing Earth For the 1st Time

"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometres (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula.

“The Blue Marble” is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft.

A short, yet stunning documentary about the surreal experiences of astronauts seeing Earth for the first time from space. Known as the Overview Effect, the experience leaves most who witness it changed forever. This documentary was produced in 2013 by the Planetary Collective on the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph, the first photograph of Earth taken from space.

The photo (above) is largely considered the first “Earth Family Portrait”, capturing the entire world in one shot. Many have referenced this moment as the beginning of globalization and an understanding of the interconnected nature of the planet.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.”

Portrait of a Schmoozer

Who says being the Vice President of the United States is easy work? Here is just one moment from the day in the life of Joe Biden, America’s All-Star VP. The Wall Street Journal and CBS News shared videos of Biden hard at work earlier this month, reenacting the swearing in of senators for the enjoyment of their family members and the news organization’s cameras. It’s hard to tell who is having more fun, Biden or the noticeably awe-struck family members. You be the judge.

Hello, World. With Love.

The is the inaugural post of the The Ironicle. The first transmission into the cosmos. A journey through semantics, humor, and life. Presented, in conversation, through the wonders of modern digital video.

As the first post, we look to present something present. This is a chronicle but with an ironic twist. So, to present the present, we look to the past. The New York Times posted a video yesterday of the cartoonist and editors of Charlie Hebdo in 2006. In the short documentary, the magazine’s team designs a cover featuring Mohammad.