Can listening to classical music improve your life?

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Can a daily dose of classical music change your life? It sounds like an impossibly grand claim, but in my case, the answer has been a resounding yes. And January — so often a miserable month of discarded resolutions, debts and diets — is arguably the perfect time to dive in to a new sonic soundscape in all its rich, diverse wonder.

We are a music-making species — always have been, always will be. We are also a music-exchanging species: long before lovesick teenagers started curating mixtapes for each other, or digital streaming services enabled us to swap favourite tracks, we were communicating and connecting through music. We evolved as humans by coming together around the fire after a long day’s hunter-gathering, singing songs and telling stories through song. That’s what our ancestors did; that’s how they made sense of the world; that’s how they learned how to be.

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Is Art Created by AI Really Art?

I have a feeling we will be asking many more similar questions regarding AI soon.

I found these examples of robotically generated art and music to be polished and appealing. But something kept nagging at me: What happens in a world where effort and scarcity are no longer part of the definition of art?

A mass-produced print of the Mona Lisa is worth less than the actual Leonardo painting. Why? Scarcity—there’s only one of the original. But Amper churns out another professional-quality original piece of music every time you click “Render.” Elgammal’s AI painter can spew out another 1,000 original works of art with every tap of the enter key. It puts us in a weird hybrid world where works of art are unique—every painting is different—but require almost zero human effort to produce. Should anyone pay for these things? And if an artist puts AI masterpieces up for sale, what should the price be?

Full Story at Scientific American

Music in VR needs its iTunes moment… and this could be it

Anthony Matchett wants to create the iTunes for virtual reality music. The 29-year-old’s London-based startup, MelodyVR, was formed in 2015 and now, with the music industry on its side, it’s getting ready to launch. “We’re not going to say we want to be the killer app for VR because we’re not that arrogant,” Matchett, a former audio engineer, says. “But we want to be in the top five to ten apps for VR”.

For the last two years, MelodyVR has been recording gigs, festivals and concerts in 360-degree video. The team has built its own VR cameras, which it takes to events and records multiple angles, from next to the lead singer to behind the drummer and out in the crowd. Slip on a VR headset and you can switch between viewpoints at as you please. Concerts include gigs at the Camden Roundhouse and Download Festival.

The firm has recorded 5,000 hours of music and lets people watch single songs or entire 90-minute concerts. To do this it has worked with more than 535 artists – from Fatboy Slim to the London Symphony Orchestra – and signed contracts with major record labels and VR manufacturers. Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have all partnered with MelodyVR since December 2016 and have agreements to produce VR videos. The firm has more than 35 people working for it in London, Hastings and Los Angeles.

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Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

I begin to really understand why recovering addicts isolate themselves from old neighborhoods and old friends in order to stay clean.

A friend once floated a theory that I’ve grappled with ever since. She claimed that we only ever really love 10 albums, and we spend the rest of our listening lives seeking facsimiles of those 10, pursuing the initial rush, so to speak. At the time, I argued with her, mostly because I didn’t want this to be true. But even as I protested I began recalling how many times I compulsively “added to cart” an item whenever some savvy vinyl-hustling mountebank deployed the phrase “Velvets-y” or “Royal Trux-ish,” and how many times I’d bought reissues promising the “holy grail” of “private press proto-doom” only to discover tepid bar rock that sounded like a warmed-over Bad Company. Our individual dragons may vary — Sabbath or Coltrane or Beatles or Beefheart — but we’re all chasing ’em.

Full Story @ NPR

Funk Music Hall of Fame Now Open in Dayton

Music fans are celebrating the official opening of the Funk Music Hall of Fame in downtown Dayton. The highly anticipated museum celebrates funk music and its legacy in the city.

Plans for the Funk Music Hall of Fame have been in the making for about two years. The city officially gave curator David Webb the green light to open on Third Street late last year.

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Renowned drummer Steve Smith turns music into a visual art

If you’re a famous drummer, how do you turn drumming into an art form that people can buy, collect and hang on their wall?

Ashlander Steve Smith, who was the drummer with the famed ’70s-80s rock group Journey (and still does the occasional tour with them), creates “art” by drumming for 10 or 20 seconds with lighted drumsticks, recording it with time-lapse photography, making an impression of the resulting image on canvas and signing it for fans and collectors.

This novel art form is sold with a lavish coffee table book on his work, which includes a write-up about the concept, style and feeling portrayed in each photo, with a vinyl LP of what’s being played.

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Music copyright reform gains traction as coalition backs key legislation

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On Monday, virtually every major trade association announced their support for a slate of bills that is likely to represent the music copyright reform package that Congressional leaders like U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, have pushed for.

In addition to the Music Modernization Act, the coalition backed the Classics Act, which would pay artists and labels for songs recorded before 1972 when their music is played on internet and satellite radio; and the AMP Act, which codifies record producers’ and engineers’ right to digital royalties.

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10 music podcasts to broaden your horizons

From mixes and interviews to shows that break down the science of writing pop songs, podcasts help you be the best music fan you can be. Dave Hanratty, host of NO ENCORE, suggests 10 must-listens.

Haven’t you heard? Podcasts are the new radio, TV, books and magazines. It’s where all the savviest people get their infotainment these days. And if your best friend or significant other doesn’t have a favourite, then they’re probably too busy making their own. Like I did with NO ENCORE.

To soundtrack your travels into work for the foreseeable future, here are 10 of the very best music shows from around the world for you to subscribe to and devour at your convenience.

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Love of music spawns incredible outreach | WFAA.com

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With that in mind, JP and Ashley started a nonprofit called “Music is our Weapon.” They partnered with Sage Oak Assisted Living to use music in order to help patients rekindle a piece of their past.People like Parkinson’s patient Harold Jones. At one point, Harold was an incredible jazz guitarist. He was in a band and even played songs for his wife.

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