Wondering about that curious story of pianist Joyce Hatto’s recordings, which seem to have been plagiarized from other pianists? Here’s a sound engineer’s side-by-side comparison of tracks…
Hollywood is agressively fighting illegal downloads. But isn’t this counter-productive? “Will Hollywood adapt and survive, or will it continue to escalate its apparently futile battle against the collective intelligence of a million resourceful and highly motivated computer geeks worldwide? (The kind of people who recently unlocked the supposedly resilient copy protection on Hollywood’s new HD DVD format.)”
“If postmodern societies are to move towards a more serious discussion of identity, they will need to uncover those positive virtues that define what it means to be a member of the wider society. If they do not, they may be overwhelmed by people who are more sure about who they are.”
Over the course of the studio era in Hollywood, however, there was only one director who employed music with such unfailing sensitivity that the quality of the scores accompanying his films became one of his trademarks. That director was Alfred Hitchcock.
“Roll your eyes all you want. Don’t take Oscar bloggers seriously. Hell, they don’t even take themselves seriously. Still, Oscar chatter leads to Oscar buzz, which can lead to Oscar nominations, which lead to money in the form of additional box office, increased DVD sales, and bigger paydays. As Hollywood blogs and the Hollywood hype machine both exist on chatter, it was only a matter of time before they struck an unseemly alliance.”
“The generation of women who were radicalized in the 1970s are now in their 40s and 50s, and many of them, have ascended to positions of power at major cultural institutions, and are now reexamining their holdings and the ways in which they are represented to the public.”
“Is the growth of Internet-based fan fiction a cultural development to be wholeheartedly applauded? Not quite. The good news about the Internet is that, in a world without gatekeepers, anyone can get published. The bad news, of course, is the same. Much fanfic is hosted on sites such as fanfiction.net, where authors can get their work online in minutes–which means that professional-quality stories coexist with barely literate fluff, and reader reviews will sometimes congratulate an author on good grammar and spelling.”
Being the concertmaster of a major symphony orchestra is both a powerful and lucrative gig, but getting there frequently means following a very different path than that followed by other orchestral musicians. Some music schools have even begun offering separate courses of study for high-level students interested in learning the musical and personal skills necessary to lead an orchestra from the first chair.