This post is the third instalment of a weekly series I’ve started in where I share a list of the five coolest things I’ve found (or explored) that week.
1. SpaceX – Falcon Heavy Test Flight
I think it’s fair to call this a moment to remember in space exploration history.
21:48: The Launch (I started the video from here).
29:45: The two boosters autonomously landing perfectly in unison.
2. Herbie Hancock Teaches Jazz | MasterClass
Herbie Hancock is a pianist who needs no introduction, however with this course, I’m more interested in his philosophy behind music, than his playing style or practical tips. I wouldn’t class myself as a Pianist, I’m simply not, but much like the Hans Zimmer Masterclass, just hearing how they both interpret, speak about, and approach creation yields plenty of fruit.
3. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin.
I may make this a running theme but I’d like to share the book I’ve been reading this week: ‘The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance’ by Josh Waitzkin.
About the book:
Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his father’s book “Searching for Bobby Fischer” was made into a major motion picture. After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years, Waitzkin expanded his horizons, taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? “I’ve come to realise that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess,” he says. “What I am best at is the art of learning.”In his riveting new book, “The Art of Learning,” Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the top — twice.
It’s a truly fantastic read, one which I am still looking forward to picking up for a couple more nights (almost finished). I believe it to be one of those books you just keep coming back too, especially every-time you’re learning a new skill.
4. The ‘Honest’ Ableton Live 10 Trailer
Just a funny video I recently came across for users of Ableton to enjoy. Much like the popular ‘honest trailers’ series on YouTube, a similar concept has been applied to the Ableton Live 10 launch trailer.
5. Ear Training for Sound Engineers
I shared this a couple of days ago on the blog, but I believe it to be one of the most useful finds of the week. It goes without saying why being able to identify particular frequencies would be beneficial to a mixing or sound engineer. Read more about the application here.