Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.20.14

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Conductor Claudio Abbado Dies At 80

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“In a career that began in the late 1950s, Mr. Abbado was known for the directness and musicality of his performances. He almost always conducted from memory, insisting that using the score meant that he did not know the work adequately.”

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Why Doesn’t Audio Go Viral?

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It’s hardly a fair fight, audio vs. cat video, but it’s the one that’s fought on Facebook every day. “People will watch a bad video more than [they will listen to] good audio.”

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A Formula For Picking Oscar Winners

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Two researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have looked into “Oscar baiting,” making films that are reliable picks for Oscar nods. Along the way, Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke came up with a formula to predict Oscar success. NPR 01.19.14

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New Orleans City Council Wants to Crack Down On Music

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“Lawmakers on the city council are now seeking to tone down the tradition with a new noise ordinance that critics have claimed would threaten both the rich musical culture of the city, as well as the livelihoods of its thousands of musicians and the venues that host them.”

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How Do We Make Art When Everyone Is Always Onstage?

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Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame: “Births, deaths, celebrity mug shots, piano-playing kittens, children we don’t know engaging in wackiness, war, poverty, photos of salt shakers and table sets, tales of the mundane, puns: This is all funneled and flattened, much to our delight and convenience, of course.”

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Expelled Film Critic Isn’t OK With The Expellers

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“In [Armond] White’s view, the expulsion was symptomatic of what he sees as a group in decline, beholden to studios that help foot the dinner’s bill and reviewers who are unwilling, if not unable, to criticize films as eruditely as he can — and thus they are jealous and vindictive.”

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This Woman Transformed Neon From An Advertising Medium To Art

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“A builder of large-scale assemblages in a wide range of materials — bronze, aluminum, plaster, wood, canvas, paint, found objects and, in the case of neon, light itself — Chryssa, whose work prefigured Minimalism and Pop Art, was considered a significant presence on the American art scene in the ’60s and ’70s.” She died Dec. […]

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One 27-Year-Old Producer Is Saving The Movies

And the winner is … Megan Ellison.

“Megan Ellison is Hollywood’s newest darling. She has been touted as the ‘new Harvey Weinstein’ for a couple of years now, but this week her status was confirmed: films she produced and financed were nominated for a staggering 17 Academy Awards.”

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