Posts Tagged ‘music’

Environmental News : : Start skateboarding to save coral reefs

Electric skateboard becomes lightest form of electric transport

With 6 miles of battery life, this electric skateboard will save your pushing leg as well as the planet. It’s no secret that the flaw with skateboards is how you can’t ride up hill. This new skateboard changes all of that. It even brakes! Weighing in at just 12lbs, this 20mph ride could completely change your commute. If we’re being honest, it also looks incredibly cool, much more so than fixed gear bikes.

You can even take the motor off and ride it as a regular longboard. Sound appealing? Of course it does, check out Boosted Boards to become the coolest guy in the office.

 

Wind energy alone can power the planet

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A study from Carnegie Institution for Science has revealed that, with the help of air born wind turbines, the planet can be powered exclusively by wind power.

Currently the earth needs 18TW of energy to run. By harnessing near-surface winds, we could generate 20 times the needed amount. It turns out that more wind turbine generators are a bad thing. They create a drag effect on the wind turbines that in turn slows down the overall velocity of wind. Thus- building more wind turbines wouldn’t be too effective. By harnessing air in the atmosphere we can overcome this issue and live sustainably for many years.

The CEO of the Carnegie Institution has said that “economic and political factors still play a large role” when deciding how to use wind power.

 

Caribbean coral reefs could soon become extinct

Live coral coverage has dropped to just 8% this year. During the 1970’s, this figure was a steady 50%. The root of all causes (pollution, overfishing, disease and bleaching) can be tracked to the rise in global temperature.

At an international environmental campaign in Korea the situation was listed as “critical” with “time running out”.  Scientists from the World Resources Institute have predicted that by 2050, virtually all coral reefs will be in danger.

So next time you go snorkelling, remember that everything you see is alive. Don’t remove anything from its natural habitat or stir sediment with your Michael Phelps sized flippers. Oh, and don’t buy dried coral from stores!

 

Sea otters can slow global warming

Two researches have found that an increase in sea otters would increase the amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by kelp. Sea otters feed off sea urchins which in turn feed off kelp. Therefore, if there were a surge of sea otter reproductivity, kelp forests would prosper as there would be less sea urchins. 12 times the amount of carbon dioxide could be absorbed if this happened.

What’s that? You were thinking of adopting a sea otter for your next loved ones birthday? No? Well now there’s no reason not to!

 

Generate electricity with a rocking chair

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It’s called the Otarky and has been designed by a graduate student. Not only does this chair look incredibly stylish, but it will charge your iPad at the same time. Now just imagine what would happen if every homeowner had this chair?

The chrome rockers hide ball bearings which convert kinetic energy into electricity when the chair is rocked from back to forth. It’s a genius invention, allowing anyone to create sustainable energy whilst reading the newspaper. Be sure to check up on the Otarky in a year or so as it is still just a prototype.

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Man-made cabin in Wisconsin, built for musicians. 
Own an electric Batmobile by 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys remix album.

The Codes and Keys remix album gives fans an upgrade. New summer music made off old winter songs. 

   The new remix album is a grower. Chances are, if you like Death Cab, then you won’t be a huge fan of techno, dance or club-y music. When I came across this album in the store, I was immensely excited about hearing one of my favourite ever albums through a different beat. Suffice to say, I had already switched to the regular album before the 4th track. My immediate response was, “why would someone ruin such great songs!”

Upon 2nd, 3rd and 8th listen, i’ve come to the conclusion that this could be my new summer music. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly dislike techno music and all genres similar, but this album is different:

  • The beat’s are not that strong, it doesn’t feel like I could hear this in a rave or anything.
  • I do love the odd club song, are you telling me you don’t like Levels by Avicci?! Get outta town!

It’s hard to convey in words exactly what this music is. It’s like hearing your favourite songs, but with a faster tempo and a catchy beat. Think if this as an upgrade. You can listen to the original Codes and Keys album in autumn and winter, but this is a perfect blend for new summer tunes.

If you’re in need of new music for the summer and are a fan of indie or dance music I implore you to give this a listen. My two favourite tracks include this great running song and this slightly more ‘dance’ centred song (a remix of the slowest song on the original album, Un-obstructed Views).

That said, you could remain 100% indie and alternative by listening to Yeasayer’s remix of my favourite, Codes and Keys. Trust me, it’s brilliant, like the video.

The beauty of live music.

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Over the last year I have been lucky enough to see my 4 favourite bands. This has been possible mainly due to an iTunes app, Songkick. The app scans your iPhone/iPod’s music library and then presents you with dates and locations for every band in your library. It takes about 20 seconds. You can then search for a band, a venue, a date, anything.
This meant that it was immensely easy for me to find out when Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Joshua Radin, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, The Avett Brothers and City in Colour were playing. The app then gives you links to buying the cheapest tickets.
I have been to many gigs before but never this many in one year. The app makes it so easy to find tickets that I am constantly updating it each day to see which new bands have been added.
Finally, there are many nights when I am exhausted and i don’t feel like trekking into central London or driving all the way to Los Angeles from San Diego, but, there isn’t much in this world that rivals seeing your favourite band life. Let alone seeing all 4 of your favourite bands live in one year.
My closet is now filled with band T-shirts, jumpers, bags and almost a custom Avett Brothers Skateboard (seriously). Live music is something that everyone should experience on a regular basis. Songkick merely makes it easier for this to happen.

I leave you with links to videos I took from the bands I saw over the last year:

Death Cab, City in Colour, Bon Iver and Joshua Radin – here.
Death Cab’s Transatlanticism – here.
Sufjan Steven’s Vesuvius – here.  
Avett Brothers and Coldplay – here.