The News Review:
- Comment: Machines muscle in on music
- The Gauntlet: Testament Metal News
- 1. MUSIC FOR MYANMAR
- Jon Bon Jovi’s Opening Act Tells 60 Minutes “I Haven’t…
Comment: Machines muscle in on music
Telegraph.co.uk – May 15, 2008
By Ivan Hewett Last Updated: 6:41PM BST 15 May 2008 Music is supposed to be the area where we humans reveal our humanity best but the truth is the machine has been muscling in on music-making for some time. When the ‘talkies’ arrived in cinemas with their pre-recorded sound-tracks thousands of cinema orchestras were disbanded. A few decades later the drum-machine’s metronomic precision brought a chill wind to the drumming profession. Now composing software has raised the spectre that the most fundamental job of all – composing music – might be lost to the machine. But if there’s one musical role that seems immune to all this it’s surely the conductor’s – if only because for many people it’s not at all clear what difference a conductor really makes… And he kept time pretty well too (you might not believe it but some well-paid titans of the podium have a dodgy sense of rhythm). As for the other stuff – the look of tormented ecstasy the beads of perspiration the impassioned gestures – well of course there wasn’t a trace of it. How could there be? There are no thoughts and feelings glimemring behind that shiny metal head – Asimo just does what his programmers tell him. And where there are no thoughts and feelings there’s no conducting only a pale imitation. It’s as simple as that. Whatever human roles are lost to robots in the future being a ‘silver-haired maestro’ isn’t going to be one of them.
The Gauntlet: Testament Metal News
The Gauntlet – May 15, 2008
Testament will also be featured in Music Choice’s Rock U all month long during the month of June (with a re-air in July). Rock U is available on Music Choice Video On-Demand in over 31 million homes. “In an era of disposable music Testament has proven that they will NOT conform to anything. The Formation of Damnation is one of the best metal records in years!” – Gary Susalis (Music Choice)Testament’s crushing new album The Formation of Damnation charted for the second week in a row coming in at #150 on the Billboard Top 200. The album debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200 moving over 11500 units in the first 5 days! The album is the band’s highest charting release in their 24-year history… ” The video will be shot in LA. Guitarist Eric Peterson commented on the shoot: “We’re getting ready to shoot a video this weekend with director Thomas Mignone and we’re going for a twist on ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ where things appear one way then turn out something different. We’re filming it all on green screen and going for the ’300′ look. The whole band very excited about the video.
1. MUSIC FOR MYANMAR
Washington Post – May 15, 2008
BISHOP ALLEN — Today at 8 p. This indie duo out of Brooklyn plays tempo-shifting music that when slow is calm skilled acoustic guitar and when fast is reminiscent of Arcade Fire. With the War on Drugs and Deleted Scenes. Black Cat 1811 14th St… CENTURY– Wednesday at 9 p. Not for the faint of heart this band is underground metal and boasts a hardcore sound. With Time of Cholera and Pack of Wolves. The Red and the Black 1212 H St.
Jon Bon Jovi’s Opening Act Tells 60 Minutes “I Haven’t…
CBS News – May 15, 2008
” When Bon Jovi’s third album “Slippery When Wet” debuted in 1986 Rolling Stone wrote that it sounded like “bad fourth generation metal” and neglected to mention a cut that would soon become a rock anthem. That song was “Livin’ On A Prayer;” the album sold 25 million copies and Bon Jovi got the last laugh. “One of the biggest albums of all time is called ‘Slippery When Wet. ‘ If ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ hasn’t crossed generations and had its influence on this culture and isn’t the biggest karaoke song or stadium song that’s its up there with anyone ever let me know. Because it’s just obviously not the truth” he told Kroft.