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If you didn’t hear, NASA is beaming the Beatles tune “Across the Universe” today to the North Star region of space…. You can learn more about this here:
Now, the joke is really on the would-be alien listeners, as they only have one chance to hear this “broadcast” as it speeds by them… If they miss it as it passes over their heads (maybe even multiple heads per alien), they will be out of interstellar luck as the duplicating and re-distributing of this message is prohibited by Earth’s, soon to be announced, Intergalactic Copyright Policy.
Rumor has it a new division of R.I.A.A., “Cosmic R.I.A.A.” or possibly, “R.I.A.A. in Space”, will be formed and their lawyers are already pounding out remuneration scenarios for the various unknown species of sentient life that might be found space-pirating away this precious sonic material… some of these scenarios are speculated to include, but not limited to, heavenly sums of something very valuable and future imprisonment on the yet to be established penal colony on Mars (You know you wondered what all those missions and rovers we’re REALLY up to!).
O.K. seriously… the song is 40 years old today and the truth is that by the time it get’s to where it’s going…it will have been in the public domain for nearly 4 centuries! So… copy, duplicate, and replicate away cosmic creatures of the deep unknown!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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