life of a badge

Unlike the tie, which remained attached cozily to the undershirt, the badge was given free rein and took every opportunity to demonstrate the beauty of the balance of momentum.

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life of a badge: illustration of momentum balance (clik on image to view gif).

Edit: back with commentary.
I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of energy/momentum singers generated while singing. The first time I really noticed it was when Vesselina Kasarova sang Sta nell’ircana in Wien with the sword sticking out by her side. We all know she moves around a lot when singing, and has given interviews mentioning she can not do recording standing still because it is part of the feeling/expression. In any case, I think singers don’t generally have too many things hanging by their side with free rein of motion so we are often deprived of seeing this in full.. so I’m mesmerized by the badge’s action here! (until after this aria actually, then Myrtò Papatanasiu also tucked it inside and it only came out freely swinging again during “Lungi da te”, which is the subject of Anik’s upcoming post I believe.) Also note that I kept the gif going forward even though the badge’s motion came to a halt: the badge and her upper body has become one but the swivel chair has joined the action and inherited the counter-balance! Momentum conservation is a beautiful thing!

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