Before Leon Schlessinger produced the classic animation series Merrie Melodies
, there was another series of shorts created to feature contemporary pop hits. Combining live-action musical performances with an art deco-influenced set design, only 6 episodes of Spooney Melodies
were ever produced. Today, only one short remains – Crying for the Carolines
, considered by many to be the first ever music video. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on May 12, 2012 -
The cautionary tale of the shiny new device that's smarter than its users and ends up taking over is pretty much cliché... but it took Australian pop musicker Gotye
(prounced like Gaultier, if that helps) to apply it to a Lowrey Organ
(the Cotillion D575
, a vintage model he acquired for $100 and uses both in his recordings and concerts). Add retro-style animation, and you have something scary yet whimsical and truly "State of the Art"
. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Dec 11, 2011 -
In response to shortfalls in organ donation
, policy is undergoing a serious rethink in several countries. In Australia
, the government has just lifted a ban on animal-to-human transplants. In the UK, the Chief Medical Officer has called for presumed consent
, while in Israel a new law gives donor card carriers a legal right to priority treatment
if they should require an organ transplant. Many are looking to Spain
, which leads the world, having seen the number of deceased donors per million people - a commonly used benchmark - increase from 14 in 1989 when a new system was put in place to 34.2 last year. Interestingly, people committing suicide
have a higher rate of donating organs than average.
posted by MuffinMan
on Dec 21, 2009 -
Surely this must be a double, right? I mean, you've got this great and strange program, Addi's Inflatable Minute, and this incredibly strange but somewhat haunting instrument and its all in one You Tube Link
? People don't actually make this sort of content in real life, do they?
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Jan 11, 2008 -
The Great Stalacpipe Organ.
This unique, one-of-a-kind instrument
was invented in 1954 by Mr. Leland W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia, a mathematician and electronic scientist at the Pentagon. He began his monumental 3 year project by searching the vast chambers of the caverns
selecting stalactites to precisely match a musical scale. Electronic mallets were wired throughout the caverns and connected to a large four-manual console. When a key is depressed, a tone occurs as the rubber-tipped plunger strikes the stalactite tuned to concert pitch. (scroll down for mp3)
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 22, 2006 -
The illegal aliens who got two hearts and two lungs for their daughter REFUSED to have any of her organs donated when it was clear she was brain-dead...
posted by MattD
on Feb 22, 2003 -
organ transplant needs
Only the extreme of religious people might object to organ transplants, but what do we do with an increasing need and insufficient donors?
posted by Postroad
on Jan 22, 2001 -