Thursday, March 05, 2015

Robot Orchestra?

BBC News March 4


'Retired engineer Seth Goldstein has created a "kinetic sculpture" that can replicate digital music files and play them on a violin. The machine uses software to analyse the digital files and generate numbers to control the electronics and power the machine's motors - enabling the violin to produce the same notes as were originally played.'

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As I noted on Facebook, I view this robotic classical music as artistically superior, to a lot of music; by this I mean a lot of the popular music that has been released in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries which lacks significant creativity, artistic merit, and to a lessor extent in importance, complexity.

To me the robot or robotic classical music still sounds genuinely classical, even as not human, and that is still more creative and artistic than much pop music...

My bias is that although I do not dislike all popular or pop music, I generally like music that is not mainstream, is more creative, more artistic and more complex.

My iTunes therefore mainly features progressive and art rock, jazz rock (fusion) and classical.

On a related note...the other week at D and A's, the Princess wanted to prove to D, that she was a classically trained singer and that D was wrong and that she could sing higher than the a-ha vocalist that was after all a male, on the highest note in the classic song 'Take On Me'.

She proved D wrong, and just about shattered the glasses in the kitchen and my eardrums...

This robot can play the violin
London, trekearth

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ugly Stories


Telegraph March 3


'Di Maria was allegedly sold by Real Madrid for being “too ugly” by Darren Richman'


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Why was he moved on? Well, according to Barcelona’s assistant Director of Football, Carles Rexach, the reason is an unusual one: Florentino Perez looks at the world market and wants a team of Galacticos for everyone to admire. Do you understand what I mean? Ronaldo is the flagship of the club. Perez is selling an international brand. Vicente del Bosque and Di Maria are too ugly for Real Madrid. They are different from Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Yep, apparently the Argentina international was sold because he’s not handsome enough. Or so says one man who works for their bitter rivals.'

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The trillion dollar satirical question is therefore...

Have I not received work as a Theology or Philosophy professor as of yet because I am not a 'pretty boy' like Ronaldo?

I had rhinoplasty surgery after being bottled in the face in central Manchester back in 2001, in regard to my sleep apnea treatment, but perhaps it just was not enough...

Daily Mail March 2


'Infatuated US teen found almost frozen to death on bank of Chinese river after travelling 7,000 miles to be rejected by girl he fell in love with over the internet'

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'Fell in love' over the internet? Yes, a sad story.

This person needs a reality check and to meet people in person first before being 'in love'.

However, for balance I can understand web interest, but mutual lurking and dialogue, if it occurs, does not equal being 'in love'.

A potential for love, exists perhaps.

James 1:5-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.