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Posted on 2001.06.21 at 15:19
Music: radio.dk
there was a full solar eclipse this morning in parts of Africa.

streaming video can be found here.

it's too bad the full eclipse part only lasts about 3 minutes... it'd be a sweet idea to throw a day party that coincided with a full solar eclipse- unfortunately, the next north american full eclipse won't happen for another decade and a half. ah well, that gives me lots of time to plan...


weedlover at 2001-06-21 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. Aging-hippie Jason Wall plans a rave :)
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dk at 2001-06-21 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
but can you imagine it? here, i'll try and help visualize.

clear field w/ short grass- preferably a plateau of some kind. tall skinny guy dressed in black is playing percussive, bass-heavy music through lots of speakers.


over the course of an hour, the ambient light level slowly decreases. looking at the sun through aluminized glasses makes it appear that a bite has been taken out of it- the shadows on the ground mirror this. the music gets darker to match, slowly working its way from tech-housey stuff to more subtle and hard-hitting techno- the bass begins to roll over the crowd in waves as the remaining sliver of the sun grows smaller and smaller.


the "diamond-ring" effect appears at the edge of the moon for a moment, queueing the DJ to simulate a "break" in the music by eq-killing low and middle frequencies, leaving only the highs left as the huge circular shadow of the full solar eclipse is visible in the distance, rushing towards the group along the ground at seemingly unimaginable speed. suddenly, artificial nightfall occurs and a huge circle of light is visible around the edge of the moon, which is now completely blocking the sun. lots of fun is had with effects boxes on the light minimal beats still emanating from the speakers.


in the near-silence, the entire crowd is staring upward at the corona in the sky. the DJ grabs another record, queues it up, and subtly brings it in, adding another layer of light snare hits and toms to the current musical equation.


the black disc in the sky grows lighter along one edge. the DJ plays with a few knobs and the intensity of the still-minimal music increases slightly, and the slightest push of bass from the speakers distracts a few kids for a moment.

(*tap-tap tap ta-ta*tap-tap tap ta-ta*)

simultaneously, a huge burst of light appears to leap from the surface of the moon, and the DJ whaps four buttons on the mixer. the rolling waves of bass (*WHOOM*WHOOM*) return as the huge shadow of the moon retreats quickly into the distance- the eclipse is over.


idunno, i think it's a bad ass idea. if i'm still alive by 2017, that is.
weedlover at 2001-06-21 17:18 (UTC) (Link)


that sounds really fucking fantastic.

and you will be alive. ok? ok.
ratgirl at 2001-06-22 01:57 (UTC) (Link)
my bf and i went to france for the eclipse of '99. it was cloudy, but it was still an amazing feeling to feel the world go dark.
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dk at 2001-06-22 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, same thing happened when my parents went to saw one right when i was born. if there are clouds the day of my party i'll be pretty pissed off =)
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