Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach’s music.
And he works INCREDIBLY well with hip hop. Don’t believe me? Check out what arts collective Uninvited Guests have done:
A reporter left their phone on the conference desk to record audio during the Ant-Man press conference, but didn’t put their phone in airplane mode. An untimely call had a hilarious result!
The Adjustable Microtonal Guitar was designed by Tolgahan Çoğulu in 2008. It was accepted and funded as a scientific research project at Istanbul Technical University Dr. Erol Uçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music under the supervision of Prof. Şehvar Beşiroğlu. The first prototype was made by Ekrem Özkarpat. The new versions have been made by Briken Aliu since 2014.
In designing Adjustable Microtonal Guitar, Tolgahan Çoğulu was inspired by René Lacote’s and Walter Vogt’s guitars. In the Adjustable Microtonal Guitar, all the frets on the fretboard are movable in the channels under each string. Besides, any number of frets can be inserted into or removed from the fretboard.
In the equal temperament system used in Western classical music, the octave is divided into 12 half tones. On conventional guitar fretboards, the frets are half tone apart. Similarly, piano keys are also a half step apart. In Western classical music theory, the term microtone is used for an interval less than a half tone. Microtonal Music refers to pieces that use microtones in contemporary Western classical music repertoire. For example, Mexican composer Julian Carrillo divided the octave into 96 tones orAlois Haba into 24 pieces.
In addition to this, the term Microtonal Music also encompasses music that use intervals other than the equally-tempered 12 notes of an octave. For example, pieces written in Pythagorean, just intonation ormeantone temperament are also categorized under microtonal music.
In Ottoman/Turkish music theory, which is based on maqams, microtones are referred to as koma. In this system, a whole-tone is divided into 9 equal parts, and each part is called a koma according to Arel-Ezgi theory. For an alternative theory, you can read Ozan Yarman’s PhD.
DJ Jazzy Jeff made his way to Serato’s home town Auckland, New Zealand recently where he showed off a special Run DMC – Peter Piper Routine that he put together with Serato DJ, the Rane Sixty-Two mixer, the new Pioneer PLX-1000 turntables, and DDJ-SP1 controller.
Watch as he goes to work on the track, cutting with razor sharp precision – trademark DJ Jazzy Jeff, stuff filmed in front of the iconic Rangitoto Island.
This week’s gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT.”
“Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from the one they were assigned at birth. Gender identity is who you are; sexual orientation is who you love. Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery as part of their transition; some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your fucking business.”
Mike Love in a live setting elicits common reactions that typically revolve around terms like “powerful” & “goosebumps.” Combining elements of traditional Hawaiian music, the message, Mike’s masterful guitar playing and looping & the low end organic push of Sam Ites’ percussion, the group has made instant and life long fans out of anyone who has been fortunate enough to catch them live off of the islands.
This Dodger fan has caught hundreds of home runs with one hand while filming it with the other. Here are his top fifty catches. Note he gives his souviers to younger fans afterwards. I’d like to say, I’ve NEVER EVER caught a ball.
” I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions.” – Ayn Rand on February 25, 1959, as told to Mike Wallace
Ayn Rand, author of the still resonating Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, sat down with Mike Wallace in a dark studio in 1959. The two had the kind of lively, smart, give and take, back and forth, philosophical conversation that certainly feels like it’s from another era. Wallace smoked at times during the interview. The mood was still. The camera work direct.
From Kurt Vonnegut’s introduction to his short story anthology, Bagombo Snuff Box, here are his 8 tips on how to write a good short story.
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
You know when a movie starts and that THX thing comes up? The new THX sound had breathed new, poignant life into this form, and it’s slightly more haunting.