On a remote high desert mountain top in Eastern Nevada
they're building a clock. But not just any clock a monument sized
all mechanical clock that will run for ten thousand years. It's built
as an icon to long-term thinking. In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge, we'll face time. We'll talk with the engineer of The Clock
of the Long Now. Also, speed dialing be damned we'll praise slow
with Carl Honore. And, the physics of time travel. It's closer then you
Alexander Rose tells Anne Strainchamps about
the Clock of the Long Now - an all mechanical clock being constructed
in the high desert of Eastern Nevada designed to run for ten thousand
years. There are pictures here,
and we hear the chime, designed by Brian Eno and Danny Hillis,
for the 5,000th year. Also, David Toomey is the author of "The
New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics." Toomey
tells Steve Paulson about the research and experiments on time travel
being done by some of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
Lera Auerbach is a renowned classical pianist
and composer. In her autobiographical novel, "The Mirror,"
she reveals that she has lived most of her life in terror of time. She
tells Jim Fleming how her obsession with time has impacted her life
in music, and we hear examples of her literary and musical achievements.
The unofficial godfather of the Slowness movement,
Carl Honore has turned his attention to parenting with his latest
book, "Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-parenting."
Honore talks with Anne Strainchamps about how the Slowness movement
got started and how it's developed into a revolution. Also, anthropologist
Wade Davis talks with Steve Paulson about the concept of "The
Dreaming" from the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. It's an existence
with no linear time. Davis is National Geographic's Explorer-in-Residence
and the author of many books, including the now classic, "The Serpent
and the Rainbow." And, we hear a brief excerpt of Leif Inge's
"9BeetStretch" -Beethoven's 9th Symphony stretched out over
24 hours. The whole thing is streamed at
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-03-15-A.
|Carl Honore, In Praise of
Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed
David Toomey, The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers
of Physics (Norton Press)
|Lera Auerbach, The Mirror
- After the Alexander Roses
interview about The Clock of the Long Now we played a chime from the
clock. The chime was designed by designed by Danny Hillis and Brian
Eno. The chime we heard was used by permission of The Long Now Foundation.
To hear more similar sounds check out Brian Enos CD titled January
07003 that was inspired by The Clock of the Long Nows chimes.
- After David Toomey interview about the physics of
time travel we played a loop from Star Trek. Its from Orbitals
so-called Brown Album on BMI. The track is called Time
- After Carl Honores Slowness Movement interview
we played a looped sample of even a stopped clock shows the right
time twice a day. Its from Orbitals so-called Brown
Album on BMI. The track is called Planet of the Shapes.
We also heard a sample of Monday from Orbitals so-called
Brown Album on BMI.
- After Wade Daviss interview about Aboriginal
Dream Time we heard Woomera play Arrinyenin Apurta from
their CD called Traditional Aboriginal Music.
- At the end of the show we heard Leif Inges
9BeetStretch. Used by permission of the composer.
- During Lera Auerbachs interview we heard the
following samples of her following compostions (all used by permission
of Lera Auerbach):
Requiem for Icarus
After the End of Time
Dialogue With Time
- And, special thanks to Free Sound for the great clocks
ticking used at the top of our show. You can check out their free sounds
week of 10/10/2010 - hour 2
week of 03/15/2009 - hour 1
click HERE for timings and cues
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