Archive for the ‘Audio’ Category

The album with Vijay Siva on the cover in Gandhi cap

January 15, 2012

Yes; that is the one I am looking for for quite sometime now! Vijay Siva mentions it here:

One of my concerts of patriotic songs during the 50th year of Independence was released as an album. And the album cover has me wearing a Gandhi cap!

But the album is elusive!

NB: Any pointers will be appreciated!

Discovering the music for your moods!

December 18, 2008

Thanks to Kiran for the email pointer to this wonderful site — Musicovery!

Tolstoy’s audio podcast?

February 29, 2008

Anastasia Yelayeva has an interesting piece in the Hindu:

In the summer of 1908, Edison requested the author of War and Peace to make some recordings for him in English and French. “…Short messages conveying to the people of the world some thought that would tend to their moral and social advancement. My phonographs have now been distributed throughout all of the civilised countries, and in the United States alone upwards of one million are in use,” the American wrote. “Your fame is worldwide, and I am sure that a message from you would be eagerly received by millions of people who could not help from being impressed with the intimate personality of your own words, which through this medium would be preserved for all time…”

The Russian consented. In December 1908, Tolstoy’s personal physician Dushan Makovitsky made a diary entry about the “arrival of two Englishmen with a good phonograph,” who recorded and then played back Tolstoy’s voice.

We learn from the doctor’s personal notes that Tolstoy “practised before speaking into the phonograph, especially the English text.” He prepared for it thoroughly, was nervous and thought a great deal about what exactly to tell the millions of listeners “in all the civilised countries of the world.”

Tolstoy’s friend and assistant, Vladimir Chertkov, advised him to read out in English an extract from the treatise ‘On Life,’ written in 1887. As Tolstoy’s physician attests, the writer delivered the Russian and French texts on the first try. When it came to reading in English, he stumbled on a couple of words and decided to record afresh the following day.

The recording turned out to be very good. It survived the journey across the ocean and reached Edison, who confirmed its high quality.

Take a look!

South Asian Literary Recordings

October 24, 2007

Via Desipundit Via Desipundit and Bookish Desi, I ended up on the South Asian Literary Recordings page, which is quite interesting; for example, you can listen to Ashokamitran and Ambai (Tamil), Mahasveta Devi and Sunil Gangopadhyay (Bengali), Yeshwant Chittal (Kannada), M T Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam), Bhisham Sahni (Hindi), Mulk Raj Anand, Upamanyu Chatterjee and Arundhati Roy (English), among others. A nice site–have fun!

Saturday night links!

October 20, 2007

Materials podcasts

Mathew Peet at Bainite tells us about a few podcasts that he had made with Prof. Bhadeshia:

I made three new podcasts with Prof. Harry Bhadeshia on his latest papers on transformation texture, the new delta-Trip steels and on prediction of Hot Strength of ferritic steels.

These are short podcasts (and make complete sense probably only to those who have a deeper knowledge of the relevant area); however, this is a cool way of communicating new results — to be frank, how many times I have read some paper or other and wished that one of the authors would explain what he/she has done and why in a few minutes — it is that fantasy come true for me. And, this experience seems to be as much fun for Prof. Bhadeshia as it is for us: for example, in the transformation texture podcast, at the end, you can hear Prof. Bhadeshia exclaiming “That went well!”.

Update: Here is a listing of some more materials podcasts from Mathew Peet.


Mo at Neurophilosophy points to a cover story on memory in the November 2007 issue of National Geographic; as a bonus, Mo also links to a cool interactive 3D map of brain:

Accompanying Foer’s article on the National Geographic website is a very cool interactive 3D map of the brain, which can be flipped and rotated to reveal the structures involved in encoding and storing different kinds of memories.

Guide to the art of discovery

Prof. Zhigang Suo at iMechanica writes about a book that influenced him a lot; Prof. Suo, in his post, lists the headings of sections in Chapter 2 of the book, and it sure sounds extremely interesting:

Here are headings in Chapter 2, Strategy for Discovery:

  • Don’t follow the crowd
  • Rebel, but wisely
  • Strive to enhance serendipity
  • Avoid science eddies
  • Study the Earth, and the Science of Geology
  • Seek the nonquestions
  • See your era in long-term perspective
  • Go with intuition
  • Avoid sidetracking trivia
  • Be competitive. Be a winner. Be first
  • Argue by analogy
  • Vision, hypothesis, and objective testing
  • The strategy of exploration for understanding

Why blog?

Tyler Cowen asks the question “Why should a good economist blog?” and lists some reasons and goes on to make some predictions about the future of blogging by economists; the reasons for blogging that Cowen lists (1, 2 and 5, in his numbered listing), however, are general enough that they are relevant to any academic scholar or researcher, and not just to economists.

Women pilots of WWII as role models

Natalie Bennett at Philobiblon:

If a history book is to grab you in the same way as a good thriller, to fit within the impossible-to-put-down category, what it almost certainly needs is characters – interesting characters, sympathetic characters, characters about whom you quickly come to care.

Spitfire Women of World War II is packed with such characters…

That sounds like a must-read book!

Amitava Kumar pays his tribute to Amitav Ghosh

September 12, 2007

With specific reference to In an antique land (the story of Bomma); via Amitava Kumar himself.

Tuesday morning links!

September 11, 2007

(1) Andre at Biocurious collects some links on the question of Life: what, when and how? I have been watching Neil deGrasse Tyson’s My favourite Universe (which is a must-see, by the way) where some of this questions are discussed too, with specific reference to cosmology. And, as Andre notes, life is a great thing to think about.

(2) Exonintron points to an interesting interview with Dr. Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty; the interview runs for half-an-hour (I have not heard it yet. I am noting it here so that I may do so later).

(3) Sean posts a wonderful clip from a Woody Allen movie on the expanding universe (and non-expanding Brooklyn). I have to check-out  Annie Hall from the library.

Have fun!

Sixty years of Indian independence — IV

August 10, 2007

This is the music (and audio) edition:

Happy listening times!

Saturday mid-evening links

August 4, 2007
  1. I didn’t know that the great apes have 48 chromosomes; in this YouTube video, Ken Miller explains how, humans who share a common ancestry with them, ended up with 46. A must-see video;
  2. Neurophilosophy on the philosophy of Matrix:

    While we need not be as skeptical as Descartes, we should bear in mind that he was, to a certain extent, correct. But there are no malevalent forces deceiving us about the nature of reality. It is our senses and our brains which deceive us, the former by providing the extremely limited information on which our perception of reality is based, and the latter by using that information to construct models of the world. The truth – believe it or not – is that we all live in a matrix, albeit one composed of several hundred billion neurons and the quadrillion (1024) or so synapses formed by them.


  3. Some science themed folk songs (via):

    When I was a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed folk songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret (William Stirrat) and Lou Singer. Zaret’s main claim to fame is writing the lyrics to the classic “Unchained Melody” for the 1955 movie “Unchained”, later recorded by the Righteous Brothers and more recently used in “Ghost”. Three of the albums (the best three in my opinion) were performed by Tom Glazer, semi-famous 1940s folk musician and somewhat of a lyricist himself (he wrote “On Top of Spaghetti”).

    The Singing Science lyrics were very Atomic Age, while the tunes were generally riffs on popular or genre music of the time. We played them incessantly.

    In February 1998 I found the LPs in my parents’ basement. I cleaned them up, played them one last time on an old turntable, and burned them onto a set of three CD-R discs. In December 1999 I read the songs back off the CDs and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web. They are available at either 32 Kbps (about half a megabyte each) or 160 Kbps (about two megabytes each). The higher-quality MP3 versions were encoded by Ron Hipschman.

    Some of the music, reminded me of Tom Lehrer–this Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton, for example.

Have fun!

A linguist reads Dawkins

June 29, 2007

Eric Bakovic at Language Log reads The God Delusion of Dawkins and has some comments to make:

I didn’t expect to find much about language in this book, but there’s actually a fair bit: some discussion of the Great Vowel Shift, a reference to the universality of “the underlying deep structure of grammar”, and at least a couple of instances in which an appeal is made to stress to clarify an important distinction in meaning (p. 215: the SELfish gene vs. the selfish GENE; p. 364: more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in YOUR philosophy vs. more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your phiLOsophy). Among all these bits about language, a couple stand out for me in particular because they are highly misleading (and could have easily been checked); one of these is discussed below the fold, and I’ll follow up with the second at some future date.

There are also links to some audio material to accompany the discussions. Take a look!