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Richard Ashcroft making up with Mick cant change the mould | Rebecca Nicholson

The Verve frontman has settled his dispute over Bitter Sweet Symphony but this wont be the last row over songwriting royalties Richard Ashcroft received an outstanding contribution to British music accolade at the Ivor Novello awards last week, and took the opportunity to confirm that the rights to the Verves Bitter Sweet Symphony had been OneRepublic frontman and songwriter Ryan Tedder, who has created monster hits with and for Beyonc, Adele and Ariana Grande among others, told the BBC of his concerns about copyright lawsuits. Its a conversation in every…

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MuseNet generates original songs in seconds, from Bollywood to Bach (or both)

Have you ever wanted to hear a concerto for piano and harp, in the style of Mozart by way of Katy Perry? Well, why not? Because now you can, with OpenAI’s latest (and blessedly not potentially catastrophic) creation, MuseNet. This machine learning model produces never-before-heard music based on its knowledge of artists and a few bars to fake it with. This is far from unprecedented — computer-generated music has been around for decades — but OpenAI’s approach appears to be flexible and scalable, producing music informed by a variety of…

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From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric…

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Spotify is testing its own version of Stories called Storyline

Spotify is testing its own version of Stories — the sharing format popularized by social apps like Snapchat and Instagram that has since made its way to other apps like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and others. In Spotify’s case, it’s not called “Stories” but rather “Storyline,” and the focus is on allowing artists to share their own insights, inspiration, details about their creative process or other meanings behind the music. This is very much similar to what Spotify’s “Behind the Lyrics” feature today offers. But instead of pop-up cards that load…

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Whole lotta rock: first official Led Zeppelin documentary announced

Bernard MacMahon, director of roots music series American Epic, will helm film exploring bands explosive early years The first ever official documentary film about Led Zeppelin has been announced, to celebrate the bands 50th anniversary. Announcing the project, bassist Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement, with frontman entire history of the group, MacMahon will focus on their development and rise to fame, as the three members each left session work and existing bands to come together in 1968, along with late drummer John Bonham. The film will…

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Imitating Instruments on a Guitar Without Pedals or Special Effects

Musician and YouTuber Davidlap tries to get closer to the sound of some musical instruments with his acoustic and electric guitars, without using pedals or special effects. All instruments were reproduced using the clean sound (except for the bagpipes for which he used the distortion). He also used some household objects to help change the sound of the guitar. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/imitating-instruments-on-guitar-without-pedals-of-special-effects/

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Wintergatans Ambitiously Awesome Musical Marble Machine Continues to Evolve

Wintergatan (featured previously) has just completed the conveyor belt for their continually evolving musical masterpiece, Marble Machine X. The handmade music box powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and more using a hand crank and thousands of marbles. Words don’t do Marble Machine X justice, it’s something you just have to watch. If you’re interested in learning about the build process and seeing the project come to fruition, be sure to follow their channel on YouTube for weekly updates! Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/wintergatan-musical-marble-machine-continues-to-evolve/

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The National: ‘We’re the sound of the apocalypse!’

After 20 years of soundtracking human heartbreak, the legendary US rockers talk about depression, infighting and playing live while Paris burns Ten minutes before Notre Dame is on fire. The inner thoughts of the Grammy-award-winning American alternative rock band are ticker-tape flashes of catastrophe. They were a fledgling band in Brooklyn when 9/11 happened; they are in Paris tonight, four years on from the Bataclan theatre massacre, and two years on from the UKs Manchester Arena bombing. The bands frontman Matt Berninger feels certain it is a hate crime and…

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Spotify reaches 100m paying subscribers worldwide

Streaming service boosted by better-than-expected performance in US and Canada Spotify has reached 100 million paying subscribers, in a landmark for the music streaming service as it faces competition from major tech firms. The number of users willing to pay for the service soared 32% in the first three months of 2019 compared with a year earlier, Spotify said on Monday. The Swedish company, which owned by Jay-Z, Beyonc and other stars. Last month, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with European regulators, alleging that the US tech firm limits…

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Justin Timberlake happy to see *NSYNC reunited at Coachella

As Coachella’s second weekend wrapped up, Kanye West celebrated Easter with a live streamed Sunday Service.  Kanye’s Sunday Services were made public in January. They aren’t quite traditional church services with sermons and declarations of faith, but videos of the secretive weekly events show that the services do focus on performing music with religious undertones. The events are invite-only and guests have to sign a nondisclosure agreement before attending. Since guests are forbidden from speaking to press about it, outsiders have only seen snippets of the services through Instagram posts…

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Already Encapsulates 2019

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" stuns. Literally. It wrenches the listener into a daze. Perhaps you'll wonder where you are, confused by its temperament: both familiar and strange to the ear. But "Old Town Road" is a nexus that pulls in everything with which it comes in contact, and by the fifth listen, with a faint surge of jubilance coursing through you, it feels like a feast. You want more. In the last month alone, the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week after…

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Guardian culture critics: ‘Art entangles itself with the raw reality of our world’

The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones and its deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, discuss the life of reviewing in the digital age bad review of the Tower of London poppies that David Cameron ended up being asked about it at prime ministers questions, its a full and varied working life. And, obviously, a very fortunate one. How do you become a professional art critic? Having known a few, Id say we all stumbled into it. The bottom line, though, is that quality newspapers publish critics. And if they didnt, there…

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All the old dudes: Nicks and Jackson want more women in rock hall of fame

Musicians encourage women to join them as they are inducted alongside five all-male British bands As they were Fleetwood Mac but became the first woman to join 22 men, including all four Beatles, in being honoured twice. From the stage, she told of her trepidation in first recording a solo album. I know there is somebody out there who will be able to do it, she said. What I am doing is opening up the door for other women. In a four-song set, Don Henley joined Nicks to sing Leather…

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