Riccardo Broschi, Son qual nave ch’agitata, Air de Arbace, sung by Ewa Mallas-Godlewska (soprano) and Derek Lee Ragin (countertenor). Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, dir.
This is from Farinelli, Il Castrato, a 1994 film about Carlo Broschi. From the CD booklet:
As no one today possesses the vocal range of castrati—as much as three and a half octaves—it was decided to call upon two singers, one a countertenor, the other a soprano.
The voices of these two singers were then digitally merged for the soundtrack.
For me, listening to a countertenor live is a pretty astounding experience already, so I can imagine the impact that a vocal range capable of such heights, backed by the lung power of a grown man, would have on audiences back in the day.
This image shows the Pudong business district in Shanghai. All the features on the map are computer-generated and kept up to date (the map defaults to showing the Chinese pavilion at Expo 2010, which is happening RIGHT NOW). I can’t even imagine the amount of work it takes to build and maintain this thing. Of course, if you read Chinese you’ll find the map much more useful as well as be able to navigate to maps of other Chinese cities (the Hong Kong map actually has an English version, and here’s Beijing if you’re interested), but it’s pretty impressive even just for browsing.
(from i12bent, who wrote, “Lanois’ own work features fantastic melodies, his trademark production ambiance and loads of great guest musicians - note for instance Aaron Neville’s soaring vocals on this track…,” via workingfortheclampdown)
That’s what the Utne Reader relays to us in its latest issue anyway. The essay brings to mind New Yorker's 2008 examination of food miles vs. carbon footprint and Mother Jones's 2009 report on sustainable farming practices. All three pieces question the received wisdom of local, organic, and slow food that occupy the intersection of environmentalism and foodie culture, and all are worth reading. But still…three such articles in as many years? Is this a trend? From now on, should we expect to see magazines publish an orthodoxy-challenging story once a year?
Early in the war in Afghanistan, among the international troops who mingle at Bagram Air Base, a single French combat ration (cassoulet, perhaps, with deer pâté and nougat) could be traded for at least five American Meals Ready to Eat, better known as M.R.E.’s.
Recently though, the barter values have changed.
Now the French are lusting after American hamburgers, chili, and peanut butter.
So what are in the meal kits for soldiers from other countries? Koreans get sauteed kimchi and ham fried rice. The British get lamb curry and rice pilaf. Ukrainians get barley porridge with beef and herrings in oil. Yes, the Australians get Vegemite. Read the NY Times story and see the accompanying graphic for more.