Category Archives: Music


Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Sounds like birdsong and flowing water may alleviate stress, help lower blood pressure and lead to feelings of tranquility

A creek runs by moss-covered rocks not far From Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park. Researchers have found that listening to natural sounds like running water may benefit human health. (Naphat Photography via Getty Images)

By Brian Handwerk,
April 5, 2021

Miles away from the nearest road in Colorado’s Wheeler Geologic Area, the problem of noise pollution hit home for conservation biologist Rachel Buxton.

‘It was a gorgeous, remote valley, and then a plane flew over and you could hear the noise for ages as it reverberated in the valley,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘wow, this is a really pervasive issue.’”

Buxton teamed up with researchers from the National Park Service and Colorado State University to author a 2019 study documenting manmade noise in U.S. national parks.

SmithsonianMag · Birds Singing at Dawn in Rocky Mountain National Park

The study was part of a growing pile of research exploring noise’s negative impacts on animals and humans alike. Noise makes it hard for animals to find food and mates and can lead humans to suffer stress, high blood pressure and other ailments.

Source: Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

National Library Week | Conferences & Events

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National Library Week 2021:

Welcome to Your Library –The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.

During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users.

Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Editor’s Note: See the page for ideas, graphics to use, ideas for promoting your libraries during NLW…

Source: National Library Week | Conferences & Events

Hear black holes and galaxies translated into sound from NASA data – CNET

The Whirlpool Galaxy sounds like a horror movie.

This composite of the Cat’s Eye Nebula uses data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI

In space, no one can hear you scream, but on Earth we have ways of turning space objects into haunting soundtracks.

Galaxies, black holes and nebulae come to life via audio, giving us a new way to interact with the cosmos. A team of scientists translated data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other space telescopes into sound using a process called data sonification.

Musician Andrew Santaguida of System Sounds, a science and art outreach project, was also involved.  

On Wednesday, NASA released new audio tracks that let us listen to a Chandra Deep Field observation, the Cat’s Eye Nebula and the Whirlpool Galaxy. The three all have distinctly different sonic personalities, ranging from light and ethereal to almost creepy.

From YouTube…

Source: Hear black holes and galaxies translated into sound from NASA data – CNET

Latest News: 2020 Selections to the National Recording Registry Announced

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Library of Congress sent this bulletin at 03/24/2021 08:27 AM EDT

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

Janet Jackson’s clarion call for action and healing in “Rhythm Nation 1814” now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” and Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”

Watch the announcement video featuring several of the artists and songwriters.

Click here for more information.

Source: Latest News: 2020 Selections to the National Recording Registry Announced

What Travelers Can Expect When Ireland’s Tourism Rebounds

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COVID-19 continues to pause travel to the island, but you can still enjoy virtual St. Patrick’s Day events

by Jen Murphy, AARP, March 15, 2021

Cobh, Ireland

When the pandemic eases and Americans start exploring again, Tourism Ireland is hoping the Emerald Isle will be at the top of their travel bucket lists.

The United States is Ireland’s second-largest source of visitors, after Great Britain: The country welcomed 1.7 million people from the U.S. in 2019 — up 71 percent from 2014. And those visitors infused nearly $2 billion into the economy.

“The U.S. market is Ireland’s most important source of overseas revenue,” says Alison Metcalfe, executive vice president of Tourism Ireland for the U.S. and Canada.

And a virtual pub night, streamed live from three of Ireland’s most beloved pubs, will be broadcast March 17, complete with performances from the Shamrock Tenors and two members of Riverdance.

There’s also a virtual St. Patrick’s Day festival airing from Dublin this week, “Awaken Ireland!,” with loads of cultural events you can stream online.

Source: What Travelers Can Expect When Ireland’s Tourism Rebounds