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Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, Usman Riaz: "Space Oddity"

アマンダ・パーマー、ジェレク・ビショフ、ウスマン・リアス: スペイス・オディティ

February 19, 2016

歌手のアマンダ・パーマーが「スペイス・オディティ」のカバーで比類なきデヴィッド・ボウイを称えます。ステージで彼女と共演するのはジェレク・ビショフ、TEDフェローのウスマン・リアス、そして誰あろう、アル・ゴア元副大統領その人です。

Usman Riaz - Percussive guitarist
Young guitarist Usman Riaz pulls a rich, swirling sound out of the acoustic guitar. Full bio

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(Music)
(前奏)
00:12
Amanda Palmer (singing):
Ground Control to Major Tom,
(アマンダ・パーマー) 地上管制よりトム少佐へ
00:29
Ground Control to Major Tom,
地上管制よりトム少佐へ
00:36
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on.
プロテイン錠を飲んで
ヘルメットを着用してください
00:44
Al Gore: Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six ...
(アル・ゴア) 10、9、8、7、6 ・・・
00:53
AP: Ground Control to Major Tom,
(パーマー) 地上管制よりトム少佐へ
00:57
AG: Five, Four, Three, Two, One ...
AP: Commencing countdown, engines on.
(ゴア) 5、4、3、2、1 ・・・
(パーマー) カウントダウン開始 エンジン始動
01:02
Check ignition
点火確認
01:10
and may God's love be with you.
神の愛の共にあらんことを
01:12
AG: Liftoff.
(ゴア) 発射
01:15
AP: This is Ground Control to Major Tom,
(パーマー) 地上管制よりトム少佐へ
01:30
You've really made the grade
見事目標に到達しました
01:36
And the papers want to know
あなたのシャツがどこのか
01:41
whose shirts you wear.
報道陣が知りたがっていますよ
01:44
Now it's time to leave the capsule
船外に出る時です
01:49
if you dare.
準備ができているなら
01:53
"This is Major Tom to Ground Control,
「トム少佐より地上管制へ
01:57
I'm stepping through the door
これからドアの外へ出る
02:02
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
すごく妙な感じに浮かんでいるよ
02:08
And the stars look very different today.
今日は星が随分違って見える
02:15
For here am I floating round my tin can.
我がブリキ缶の周りを漂っている
02:23
Far above the world,
世界の遙か上で
02:31
Planet Earth is blue
地球は青く
02:39
and there's nothing I can do."
私にできることは何もない」
02:42
(Music)
(間奏)
02:48
"Though I'm past 100,000 miles,
「10万マイルを過ぎたが
03:19
I'm feeling very still,
とても落ち着いている
03:25
and I think my spaceship knows
which way to go.
船は行くべき先を
知っているようだ
03:31
Tell my wife I love her very much
妻に愛していると伝えてほしい
03:39
she knows."
彼女は分かっている」
03:43
Ground Control to Major Tom,
地上管制よりトム少佐へ
03:48
your circuit's dead,
回線に障害
03:52
there's something wrong.
何かがおかしい
03:54
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
聞こえますか トム少佐?
03:56
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
聞こえますか トム少佐?
04:00
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
聞こえますか トム少佐?
04:04
Can you ...
聞こえ・・・
04:08
"Here am I floating round my tin can,
「我がブリキ缶の周りを漂っている
04:09
far above the Moon.
月の遙か上で
04:17
Planet Earth is blue
地球は青く
04:25
and there's nothing I can do.
私にできることは何もない
04:28
(Music)
(間奏)
04:34
["I'm not a prophet or a stone-age man,
私は予言者でも 石器人でもなく—
05:29
just a mortal with the potential
of a superman ...
超人となる可能性で生きている
ただの男だ
05:33
... I'm living on."
David Bowie, 1947-2016]
— デヴィッド・ボウイ (1947-2016)
05:37
(Applause)
(拍手)
05:40
Translator:Yasushi Aoki
Reviewer:Eriko T.

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Amanda Palmer - Musician, blogger
Alt-rock icon Amanda Fucking Palmer believes we shouldn't fight the fact that digital content is freely shareable -- and suggests that artists can and should be directly supported by fans.

Why you should listen

Amanda Palmer commands attention. The singer-songwriter-blogger-provocateur, known for pushing boundaries in both her art and her lifestyle, made international headlines this year when she raised nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter (she’d asked for $100k) from nearly 25,000 fans who pre-ordered her new album, Theatre Is Evil.
 
But the former street performer, then Dresden Dolls frontwoman, now solo artist hit a bump the week her world tour kicked off. She revealed plans to crowdsource additional local backup musicians in each tour stop, offering to pay them in hugs, merchandise and beer per her custom. Bitter and angry criticism ensued (she eventually promised to pay her local collaborators in cash). And it's interesting to consider why. As Laurie Coots suggests: "The idea was heckled because we didn't understand the value exchange -- the whole idea of asking the crowd for what you need when you need it and not asking for more or less."

Summing up her business model, in which she views her recorded music as the digital equivalent of street performing, she says: “I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”

Amanda's non-fiction book, The Art of Asking, digs deeply into the topics she addressed in her TED Talk. 

Jherek Bischoff - Arranger, conductor
Jherek Bischoff is a Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumental performer.

Why you should listen

Jherek Bischoff has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can, David Byrne and Neil Gaiman, and he has performed in venues and festivals around the globe including Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Adelaide Festival and Tasmania's MONA FOMA. His work as a composer has garnered commissions from Kronos Quartet, Lincoln Center, and St Ann's Warehouse and has been performed by Seattle Symphony, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Wordless Music, Stargaze and yMusic.

His critically-acclaimed releases include 2016's Cistern, 2012's Composed, and a co-release in 2016 with Amanda Palmer, Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute. He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on "Fresh Air" and by Jonathan Ross for BBC Radio 2's "Arts Show". In 2014, Bischoff made his musical scoring debut with Johnny Breitwieser at Vienna's Schauspielhaus; in 2015, Bischoff ventured into television, contributing work to Starz' "Blunt Talk" and Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."

Bischoff was the artist in residence for the month of August for Times Square's Midnight Moment, where his video for "Cistern" was broadcast every night on Times Square's electronic billboards, culminating in two live performances in the middle of Times Square. He is currently working on his next musical score for Theater Basel's production of "Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer," which premieres in December, and a collaborative album with Kronos Quartet.

Usman Riaz - Percussive guitarist
Young guitarist Usman Riaz pulls a rich, swirling sound out of the acoustic guitar.

Why you should listen

TEDGlobal Fellow Usman Riaz is a young Pakistani musician making a worldwide mark with his astonishing and fun-to-listen-to technique. Influenced by percussive guitarists--who move beyond strumming to striking, treating their fretboard like the soundboard of a piano--Riaz makes a sound that feels larger than the instrument itself, with a compelling pattern of repetition and variation that harkens to mystical music traditions.

In 2011, a viral video for his song "Fire Fly" helped bring his sound from the small-but-thriving Pakistani music community to a global audience. He's now collaborating with other musicians in Pakistan and working on a new album of original music.

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