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Scientists Are Teaching A Computer How To Improvise Jazz

Arts Journal - 2 hours 36 min ago

“Jazz musician and computer scientist Kelland Thomas is building an AI program that can learn to play jazz and jam with the best of them, under a DARPA-funded project that aims to improve how we communicate with computers.”

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National Gallery In London Faces All-Out Strike

Arts Journal - 10 hours 3 min ago

“[The museum] has already been disrupted by more than 50 days of walkouts by staff since plans to [privatise] visitor services and security were first revealed. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said it had served notice of four more separate days of industrial action, with a continuous, all-out strike starting on Aug. 17.”

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Peter Brook Returns To Mahabharata For New Theatre Piece

Arts Journal - 10 hours 10 min ago

The director and his colleagues who wrote and staged the nine-hour production that toured the world in the 1980s have returned to the ancient Indian epic for a work titled Battlefield. The four-actor staging opens in September at Brook’s longtime venue, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and will tour to London, three cities in Italy, Amiens in France, Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

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Actress Natasha Parry, 84, Wife And Collaborator Of Peter Brook

Arts Journal - 10 hours 18 min ago

“Her career was inescapably defined by her marriage, at the age of 20, to the director Peter Brook, with whom she worked many times in productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Anouilh and Beckett. She was also a vital part of Brook’s experimental, theatrical work in Paris, Persia (as Iran then was) and the villages of Africa. But Parry also had an independent career in films that marked her out as a fine screen actor.”

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The Tragedy Of iTunes And Classical Music

Arts Journal - 10 hours 33 min ago

“When the developer Erik Kemp designed the first metadata system for MP3s in 1996, he provided only three options for attaching text to the music. Every audio file could be labeled with only an artist, song name, and album title. Kemp’s system has since been augmented and improved upon, but never replaced.” Robinson Meyer explains why Apple’s music software is such a disaster at handling classical (and other kinds of) music.

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Here Are Five Classical Music Gems From The AP’s Massive New YouTube Archive

Arts Journal - 10 hours 48 min ago

From the Philadelphia Orchestra arriving for its first tour of Britain to the inimitable Thomas Beecham introducing a concert to Maria Callas’s notorious walkout from the Rome Opera’s Norma. (video)

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Now Watson Will Do More Than Humiliate You At ‘Jeopardy!’ – It Will Analyze Your Writing Style

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:50pm

IBM is now licensing a tool of its supercomputer “cognitive system” called Tone Analyzer, which “us[es] linguistic analysis to detect emotional tones, social propensities, and writing styles” and then provides “suggestions to help the writer improve their intended language tones.”

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How Al Hirschfeld Captured That Certain Something About His Subjects

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:35pm

Hirschfeld archivist David Leopold: “He always felt that we all have this ability to recognize a friend from the back, a block away, wearing an overcoat. He didn’t know how we do that. But he was always going for that telling gesture, that arch of the eyebrow.”

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Ten Years On: An Oral History

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:20pm

Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Annie Proulx, Diana Ossana, and Larry McMurtry share their memories – and tributes to the late Heath Ledger.

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Reviving The Play That Reclaimed The Pink Triangle For The LGBT Movement

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:05pm

Yes, all you millennials – back before you were born, the few people who remembered that the Nazis had used pink triangles to mark out homosexuals in the prison camps tended to view the symbol as a badge of shame. Then Martin Sherman’s Bent opened on Broadway …

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Bayreuth’s New Wagner Museum Finally Faces Composer’s Anti-Semitism Openly

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:50pm

“Revamped and doubled in size at a cost of 20 million euros ($21.92 million), the museum for the first time displays Wagner’s anti-Semitic screeds, which he published in his youth anonymously, then under his own name before he died in 1883. It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler.”

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Russia’s Bookstores Cordially Invited To Join Vladimir Putin’s Book Club

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:35pm

“The government plans to begin offering rent and tax breaks to booksellers in exchange for an ‘opportunity’ to provide a selection of titles chosen by the government. Dmitry Livanov, Russia’s Minister of Science and Education said this this new program [will] ‘help promote sales of those books which have historical value’ and ‘can contribute to patriotic education of local population’.”

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We All Understand Fear And Anxiety Wrong, Says Neuroscientist Who First Mapped The Brain’s ‘Fear Circuit’

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:20pm

“These days, most people think that the fear circuit gives rise directly to the emotions of fear and anxiety. [Joseph] LeDoux is convinced it doesn’t – and that this distinction matters a great deal.”

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First-Ever Nude Public Performance Art Festival Is Coming (In Switzerland, No Less)

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:06pm

Founder Thomas Zollinger: “The Body and Freedom Festival … aims to explore the possibilities of the naked body in urban space and everyday situational life, thereby contributing to its establishment in this context as an instrument of art expression.”

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The “Ballet Body”? I’m Sooo Over It

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:28pm

“I studied classical ballet for sixteen years. I was never a prodigy, but I was good enough to seriously consider it a career option. I genuinely love ballet in all its forms. And I despise the “ballet body” fitness trend.”

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New TV Channel Devoted To Dance To Launch This Fall

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:54pm

The network will be a direct-to-consumers. subscription-based operation available on web browsers, iOS and Android devices and on Roku, with plans to expand later to set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms.

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Who Do Writers Say Influence Them? (Hint: There’s A Common Thread)

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:44pm

“If a writer lists two influences and they both happen to be male – well, fair enough. They never both happen to be female, though, and receiving list after list of five, seven, 10 or more male influences is disturbing. It points again to the larger issue in the industry: our habitual, unchecked dismissal of the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women.”

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Report: Canadians Are Abandoning Traditional Cable TV

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:30pm

“The IDC report projects that the number of Canadians opting for traditional television services like cable and satellite will drop by about half a million to 11.3 million subscribers by 2019. The marketing research company also estimates revenue from those same services will decline by 7.8 per cent over the next five years to $8.3 billion.”

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True Crime Writer Ann Rule, 83

Arts Journal - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:20pm

The woman credited by her publisher with reinventing the previously male-dominated true crime genre by focusing on the victims has died at age 83. Rule wrote more than 30 books, including “The Stranger Beside Me,” which profiled Bundy. Rule and Bundy met in 1971 and their relationship was mostly a grim coincidence, except that he later confessed to eight murders in the state of Washington.

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