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Pianist Attempts to Play Happy Birthday in 16 Levels of Complexity

Pianist and composer Nahre Sol attempts to play “Happy Birthday” in 16 levels of complexity. Nahre starts playing the iconic tune with just one finger and adds more and more layers until she’s playing it with extended harmonies, elongated melodies and staggered leaps. Watch and see how it all comes together! Video by Wired Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/happy-birthday-on-piano-from-easy-to-hard/

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Sole to the highest bidder: Sotheby’s to auction rare Nike sneakers

Nikes famous Moon Shoe and limited-edition trainers produced by Kanye West, Air Jordan and Adidas will be sold Sothebys in New York has announced its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers. The auction house will sell 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. The Nike Moon Shoe is one of only 12 pairs created. It was designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials…

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Starwoman? Mattel announces David Bowie Barbie dressed as Ziggy Stardust

Toy company heralds the ultimate pop chameleon with new doll, complete with striped jumpsuit and accessories Mattel has announced its latest Barbie doll: one dressed as David Bowies iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Complete with red boots to match a backcombed mane of hair and a striped jumpsuit, plus some cosmic accessories and face paint, Barbie replicates the look of Bowies bisexual messenger from the stars though her usual pleasant smile doesnt quite match the intense stare usually associated with the character. Introducing the $50 (40) doll, The Rise and…

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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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