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You may have seen the viral video “Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Music.” Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett talks about that moment and his documentary about reaching through dementia with music.

"Our film addresses some subjects people don’t like to talk about, yet it’s a joyous experience because we show that people suffering from memory loss still have this life inside that runs incredibly deep."
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You may have seen the viral video “Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Music.” Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett talks about that moment and his documentary about reaching through dementia with music.

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"Our film addresses some subjects people don’t like to talk about, yet it’s a joyous experience because we show that people suffering from memory loss still have this life inside that runs incredibly deep."

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Beyoncé’s Sultry Vocals Underscore The “Too-Hot-For-TV” 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Earlier this week, we were treated to a double tease—the teaser trailer for 50 Shades of Grey and a sexy snippet of Beyoncé’s musical contribution to the movie, which opens on Valentines Day 2015.

Now the full trailer is available and, with it, a slightly extended cut of Bey’s new rendition of Crazy in Love

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Fantastical NonfictionNames that tune in 3 notes No, it’s not a contestant from the classic TV game show. It’s an IBM computer that uses algorithmic computation to identify a song’s musical period—Baroque, Classical or Romantic— in only three notes. And when applied to speech patterns, the same technology can be used as an early warning system for Parkinson’s disease and certain kinds of psychiatric disorders. Read on →

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Names that tune in 3 notes

No, it’s not a contestant from the classic TV game show. It’s an IBM computer that uses algorithmic computation to identify a song’s musical period—Baroque, Classical or Romantic— in only three notes. And when applied to speech patterns, the same technology can be used as an early warning system for Parkinson’s disease and certain kinds of psychiatric disorders. 
Read on →

"Auto-Tune The News" Creators The Gregory Brothers Write Fast Company A Theme Song

The one thing Fast Company has always been missing is a theme song. Enter YouTube’s biggest musical parody group to fill that void.

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Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.

Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.

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Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.

Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.

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Some of the biggest innovations of our time were created after hours. Here, the compelling case for trying out stupid things on the side.

“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail—basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”

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Some of the biggest innovations of our time were created after hours. Here, the compelling case for trying out stupid things on the side.

“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail—basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”

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A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Creation Of An Electronic Music Track
Part of the thrill of going to a rock show is getting to watch musicians nimbly interact with their instruments. But at electronic music shows, where performers stand behind barely visible laptops and other mysterious machines, it’s near impossible to get a good look at where, exactly, their symphonies of bleeps and beats are coming from.
Director Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl offer a hypnotic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of electronic track “Kodama,” off 20syl’s new EP, Motifs. Seemingly disembodied hands hit drum machines, tap synthesizers, and twist knobs, revealing the origin of each distinct sound in the track.
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A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Creation Of An Electronic Music Track

Part of the thrill of going to a rock show is getting to watch musicians nimbly interact with their instruments. But at electronic music shows, where performers stand behind barely visible laptops and other mysterious machines, it’s near impossible to get a good look at where, exactly, their symphonies of bleeps and beats are coming from.

Director Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl offer a hypnotic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of electronic track “Kodama,” off 20syl’s new EP, Motifs. Seemingly disembodied hands hit drum machines, tap synthesizers, and twist knobs, revealing the origin of each distinct sound in the track.

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Infographic: This Complicated Rock Chart Shows How Your Favorite Bands Are Connected
It’s easy to imagine that some days Damon Albarn and Jack White wake up in the morning unsure of what band their in that day and what’s even happening anymore. Perhaps that’s because the former lead singers of Blur and The White Stripes are off-and-on engaged in at least four or five other bands between the two of them. (They also both have new solo records just out.) This kind of creative multitasking is not exclusive to these two dynamos of the rock worlds by any means. It would make your head spin to sort out all the different bands that certain musicians have been in over the years. Luckily, someone has already done it for you.
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Infographic: This Complicated Rock Chart Shows How Your Favorite Bands Are Connected

It’s easy to imagine that some days Damon Albarn and Jack White wake up in the morning unsure of what band their in that day and what’s even happening anymore. Perhaps that’s because the former lead singers of Blur and The White Stripes are off-and-on engaged in at least four or five other bands between the two of them. (They also both have new solo records just out.) This kind of creative multitasking is not exclusive to these two dynamos of the rock worlds by any means. It would make your head spin to sort out all the different bands that certain musicians have been in over the years. Luckily, someone has already done it for you.

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