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Mar 28, 2014 / 48,847 notes

lacienegasmiled:

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

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newyorker:

The Daily Cartoon by Paul Noth: http://nyr.kr/1gT583b
Dec 24, 2013 / 606 notes

newyorker:

The Daily Cartoon by Paul Nothhttp://nyr.kr/1gT583b

Dec 10, 2013 / 5,533 notes

awkwardsituationist:

"the suburb of agbogbloshie in ghana’s capital, accra, has in recent years become a dumping ground for computers and electronic waste from europe and the united states. hundreds of tons of e-waste end up here every month as countries in the west attempt to unload their ever increasing stockpiles of toxic junk. of the 20 to 50 million tons of electronics discarded each year, 70% will end up in poor nations.

"increasingly, this e-waste is finding it’s way to west africa and countries like ghana. traders bypass international laws by labeling the equipment as second hand goods or charity donations, but in reality as much as 80% of the computers sent to ghana are broken or obsolete. their final resting place is the agbogbloshie dump where they are broken apart, mostly by children, to salvage the cooper, hard drives and other components that can be sold on.

"the disposal of electronic goods in the west is a costly affair and must be done in an environmentally responsible manner. however, in places like ghana there are no such regulations, and toxic metals like lead, beryllium, cadmium and mercury are continuously being released, causing untold damage to human health and the environment."

photos and text by andrew mcconnell

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minusmanhattan:

Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach) by Alex Prager. 
Dec 10, 2013 / 155 notes

minusmanhattan:

Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach) by Alex Prager. 

Nov 25, 2013 / 190,934 notes

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A hibiscus flower emerges through a plant covered in volcanic ash in Indonesia’s north Sumatra province after Mount Sinabung erupted, on November 19, 2013.
[Credit : Roni Bintang/Reuters]
Nov 22, 2013 / 302 notes

A hibiscus flower emerges through a plant covered in volcanic ash in Indonesia’s north Sumatra province after Mount Sinabung erupted, on November 19, 2013.

[Credit : Roni Bintang/Reuters]

Book burning in Hamburg, Germany, by Joseph Schorer (1933)
Nov 21, 2013 / 17 notes

Book burning in Hamburg, Germany, by Joseph Schorer (1933)

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Nov 16, 2013 / 39,761 notes

Joost Vandebrug documents the lives of a gang of boys called “The Lost Boys” who live in the tunnels of post-communism Bucharest. The group make up just four of an estimated thousand homeless children who end up forming tunnel communities together. 

Lost Boys, 2011

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