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"Rich and vibrant in texture, it again draws on this ensemble's deep palette of vocal colours" – Gramophone Magazine New York, NY (September 17, 2020) -- GRAMMY-nominated vocal quartet New York Polyphony announces the release of Aleph Earth, a groundbreaking audiovisual work developed in collaboration with the University of Oregon's Artificial Intelligence Creative Practice Research Group (AICP). A poignant statement on the global climate crisis, the project uses as a soundtrack New York Polyphony's world premiere recording of Spanish Renaissance composer Francisco de Peñalosa's Lamentationes Jeremiae Feria V from their critically acclaimed September 2019 album on BIS Records, Lamentationes. Aleph Earth premiered at the 2020 Currents New Media Festival in August and September, and is available for presenters to book as a virtual concert or educational event through Opus 3 Artists. In creating the 12-minute visual presentation, AICP drew inspiration from Lamentationes Feria V's compositional complexity, as well as the subject matter of the text. "It's a setting of the poetic reflections of the Prophet Jeremiah on the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC," explains New York Polyphony's bass and University of Oregon music professor Craig Phillips.

Brian Cox and Adele's producer Paul Epworth discuss music and the cosmos

BBC News

Paul Epworth is behind some of the biggest pop records of the last 20 years, from Adele's Rolling in the Deep to Florence and the Machine's Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). Along the way he's worked with Rihanna, Stormzy, Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and U2 - and he won an Oscar for co-writing the Bond theme Skyfall. But now, after years behind the scenes, the producer is releasing his first solo album. Voyager, a journey into deep space, fuses influences from classic sci-fi movies with his love of musical explorers like David Bowie, George Clinton, Wendy Carlos and Jean-Michel Jarre. "It's a sort of '70s space concept album, which is a bit of a cliché as a producer - to make something that ostentatious and overblown," he told BBC News. "But I've tried to frame it in a modern way, so I've got some great singers and rappers on it."

Aura Carver review: This landscape-only photo frame automatically pairs portrait images


A smart, elegant digital photo frame that you can set up and enjoy within minutes, the Aura Carver makes for an easy and handsome way to show off your snapshots, provided you have a steady Wi-Fi connection and you're comfortable with cloud storage. This sturdy, $200 photo frame comes with a bright, vivid screen; a landscape-only design; and an AI-powered photo-pairing feature for displaying portrait photos side-by-side. But the lack of user-accessible local storage means that photos must be stored in Aura's cloud servers, a requirement that raises privacy concerns (cloud storage is free and unlimited, at least), while the frame's support for voice assistants is perfunctory at best. Like Aura's other frames, the $299 SawyerRemove non-product link and the $399 SmithRemove non-product link, the Carver isn't wall-mountable; instead, it's designed specifically to sit on a table, a shelf, or another flat surface. Unlike Aura's other two frames, the Carver has a landscape-only orientation, while the Sawyer and Smith frames has a swiveling stand that allows you to switch from landscape to portrait modes.

Review: HYMR - 'Artificial Intelligence'


Johannesburg-based producer HYMR's debut album, Artificial Intelligence is dripping in cinematic glory but for a handful of tracks that, while sounding good, don't add any weight to the piece. Fillers aside the record paints an intriguing portrait of the cyber-dystopia we are so rapidly heading towards where robots have the power to kill us and the environment has been tortured to within an inch of its life. 'Artificial Intelligence', a remix of a track that features, later on, sounds like the intro to a dystopian film. A young protagonist stands on the roof of a high-rise building dreaming of a better world as they look out on a 21st-century Hell-scape defined by monotonous grey buildings and never-ending rain. 'Cosmic Dreamer', an instrumental number that brings a world of tension to the album, continues this cinematic idea before'Polluted Planet' takes things in a more EDM-based direction.

Using Machine Learning to Analyze Taylor Swift's Lyrics


For the past few months, the Curriculum team at Codecademy has been hard at work creating Machine Learning courses. While we all loved writing the courses, we also wanted to see what we could do with real-world data. As a result, we challenged each other to find a use for machine learning in a topic that we were passionate about. It's said that popular music is a reflection of society, a barometer for our collective wants, fears, and emotional states. Others are of the belief that music is more a reflection of the artist, a diary that's been flung from the nightstand drawer into the media frenzy of our modern world.

Ellie Goulding: 'I'd just become a robot'

BBC News

Ellie Goulding's new album opens with the sound of a crowd going wild, recorded at a festival date on the star's 2016/17 Delirium tour. It might have been Glastonbury, it might have been Rock In Rio, but the location isn't important. Wherever she was, Goulding was drained and tired and unhappy. "I'd just become a robot that was able to walk on stage and perform energetically and wildly," she says. "But actually I was just exhausted, and I don't remember any of it. I wasn't really able to enjoy anything properly."

Can a Neural Network Write Criticism?


The Final Cut's new album Process was recorded in two places: a cavernous music studio in Berlin, and a Brooklyn dining hall during an immersive culinary experience in which sound was among the items on the menu. "With its swarming, chirping creatures and metallic thuds, it sounds like a cross between a distorted, futuristic version of one of the more patient strains of industrial and drone music," writes a critic for the experimental music magazine Ear Wave Event. Somehow, the anonymous writer claims that the triangulation of Berlin, Brooklyn, and drone music pays homage to Italian culture . Process, if we're to trust the critic, is a messy hodgepodge of instruments, recording processes, and cultural influences. But the Final Cut's album doesn't actually exist.

Singer-songwriter robot called Schimon can write its own lyrics

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Shimon the singing songwriting robot has been taught to write his own lyrics by studying tens of thousands of songs written by the musical greats. Developed by researchers from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, the robot collaborates with human musicians and even has an album out in the spring. The robot was given a dataset of 50,000 lyrics covering all genres including rock, hip-hop, jazz and progressive as part of its song writing education. As well as writing the lyrics the robot can sing them and dance while performing with'his band' made up of Georgia Tech students and researchers. Professor Gil Weinberg, creator of Schimon said he works with humans to create music, they are a mixture of songs made by human and robot together.

Making Sense of Sound: What Does Machine Learning Mean for Music?


AI has proven to have a considerable impact on some major industries. While autonomous cars and virtual assistants are slowly becoming a reality, the creative industry has been experimenting with AI for several years already. Does it have meaningful implications and if so, what will it bring in the future? Utilizing the interconnection between mathematics and music, Hiller was able to program the computer to come up with a stunning four-piece musical score. One of the most notable AI-assisted music projects happened two years ago.

'There's a Wide-Open Horizon of Possibility.' Musicians Are Using AI to Create Otherwise Impossible New Songs

TIME - Tech

In November, the musician Grimes made a bold prediction. "I feel like we're in the end of art, human art," she said on Sean Carroll's Mindscape podcast. "Once there's actually AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), they're gonna be so much better at making art than us." Her comments sparked a meltdown on social media. The musician Zola Jesus called Grimes the "voice of silicon fascist privilege."