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Ray Kurzweil receives Technical Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in music technology


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Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for his lifetime of work in the field of music technology.

One of his primary inventions paved the way for re-creating acoustic instruments with electronic equivalents.

The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Trustees, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Grammy Foundation | Technical Grammy Award recipient Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is a best selling author, futurist, computer scientist and inventor. He is a current director of engineering at Google. Kurzweil is credited as the principal innovator of omni-font optical character recognition, text to speech synthesis and speech recognition technology.

He founded Kurzweil Music Systems in 1982 and in 1984 introduced the Kurzweil K250, the first computer based instrument that could realistically re-create the musical response of a grand piano and other orchestra instruments.

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Survivors of the Apocalypse

MARTIN WITTFOOTH — BABEL.  Some of the most beautiful, moving and relevant paintings of our time.

BABEL by New York based artist Martin Wittfooth is the new book featuring 124 pages of  masterful works spanning over five years (2009-2014).

Martin’s work is a rich narrative tapestry that celebrates animals as victors after an apparent apocalyptic event. “Animal apparitions trapped within theatrical atriums caught acting out scenes of good and evil, life and death.”

“Instinctive and purposeful, New York-based oil painter Martin Wittfooth conveys mention of the Masters while sifting through personal revelations, environmental phenomena and socio-political disturbances.” (Nocturne II featured in BABEL).

BABEL is a museum-grade publication documenting seven prolific solo exhibitions featuring large-scale oil paintings: De Anima (2014), Empire (2012), The Passions (2011), Gardens (2010), Tempest (2010), Babylon (2009), Sandcastles in the Tide (2008) and Melting Season 2006).

BABEL features written contributions by Marshall Arisman, Kirsten Anderson, Martin Wittfooth and Mark Murphy.… Read the rest

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“Superstition sets the whole world in flames” – Voltaire

J.D. Falk (CC BY-SA 2.0)

J.D. Falk (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Historian Tom Holland was one of those who tweeted Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in the wake of the deadly attack on the magazine’s office. Here he explains the ramifications of defending free speech.

Religions are not alone in having their martyrs. On 1 July, 1766, in Abbeville in northern France, a young nobleman named Lefebvre de la Barre was found guilty of blasphemy. The charges against him were numerous – that he had defecated on a crucifix, spat on religious images, and refused to remove his hat as a Church procession went past.

These crimes, together with the vandalising of a wooden cross on the main bridge of Abbeville, were sufficient to see him sentenced to death. Once La Barre’s tongue had been cut out and his head chopped off, his mortal remains were burned by the public executioner, and dumped into the river Somme.

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Reflections On The Direct Influence Of Psychedelics On Art

Image: Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s book cover.

Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s book cover.

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Psychedelics often trigger a rich flood of visual content. One may for instance experience highly intricate patterns, otherworldly landscapes and mysterious beings — some angelic; others demonic. Colours are frequently perceived as being extremely intense and objects may transform into bizarre and unthinkable shapes. Surely visions like these must be of great interest to visual artists. Still, most psychedelic culture researchers will find it hard to come up with a satisfying list of visual artists who acknowledge the importance of psychedelics in their work. Why is this the case? When it comes to writers and musicians, examples are plenty. Shouldn’t there be as many, if not more, visual artists associated with psychedelics?

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M’onma – Lucid Dreamings

From text by Randall Morris, quoted with permission.

Monma’s Lucid Dreamings

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Looking for a cohesive narrative in one of M’onma’s drawings is like telling someone about a dream and then realizing that you are losing and changing the thread of the experience as you tell it…. The further in you get into the telling, the further you travel from the original way you remember it. It is a lot like a novel or short story by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. One needs to move through the narrative without necessarily putting the pieces together. Add a healthy dose of Shinto and contemporary spiritual symbolisms and you begin to get an inkling into the dream world of M’onma. Murakami also must also allow himself to abandon concepts of rational sequence when he writes. In a way this brings one back to Surrealist concepts of automatic writing and allowing dream to occupy equal ground with temporal realities.… Read the rest

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FAMILY LEXICON – Fred Stonehouse and Esther Pearl Watson Curated by Michela D’Acquisto

Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea MILAN is proud to present Family Lexicon, the exhibition of american artists Esther Pearl Watson and Fred Stonehouse, curated by Michela D’Acquisto.

The show proposes a new body of works intended to explore the family lexicon of the two artists, the labyrinth of sayings and terms typical of the intimate dimension of every family.

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Fred-Stonehouse-Search For The Finish

Esther Pearl Watson’s confessional and distinctly naïve painting draw on the years of her very peculiar adolescence, spent tavelling between Italy and Texas, in the orbit of her father, an inventor of flying saucers made of cars’ motors and scrap parts.

Her memories unravel in the background of sleepy small towns and infinite Texas prairies, whose skies are always dominated by the strangely comforting presence of space shuttles: these are the double emblem of the relationship with her father, the first inspiring figure of her life, and with her own young daughter, who has learned since she was a child to associate Esther to her UFOs.… Read the rest

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Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States

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Philly based Hog Island Press has created this awesome map of various monsters allegedly found across the continental US.

Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States is possibly the first of its kind – a snapshot of American cryptozoology that brings together the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot, Mothman, Chupacabra, Shunka Warakin, Caddy, the Honey Island Swamp Monster and many more cryptids on one hand-drawn, hand-screened map.

Loren Coleman, the Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum, had this to say: “The cryptid-filled, cartographically accurate Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States should be on the walls of every museum, library, and researcher’s office interested in the science of as-yet-to-be-discovered animals. Hog Island Press has produced an informative, affordable, high quality collectible, which also serves as an educational tool useful for your next road trip, a future research trek, or everyday bibliographic study. There is not a fake on the map.

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Musicians Who Died in 2014

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock.  Photo by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell - Own work (own picture) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock.
Photo by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell – Own work (own picture) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

via Ranker:

This list of famous musicians who have died in 2014 is a complete list of singers, songwriters, and performers who have gone to the great gig in the sky in 2014.

34. Joe Cocker
33. Ian McLagan
32. Bobby Keys
31. Jimmy Ruffin
30. Big Bank Hank
29. Wayne Static
28. Jack Bruce
27. Tyson Stevens
26. Joanne Borgella
25. Isaiah "Ikey" Owens
24. Mark Bell
23. Paul Revere
22. Robert Throb Young
21. Simone Battle
20. Michael Johns
19. Dick Wagner
18. Tommy Ramone
17. Johnny Winter
16. Bobby Womack
15. DJ E-Z Rock
14. DJ Rashad
13. Shane Gibson
12. Jesse Winchester
11. Big Glo
10. Jason McCash
9. Frankie Knuckles
8. Tim Wilson
7. Paco de Lucía
6. Franny Beecher
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