Casual sex app ‘Bang With Friends’ sued for copyright infringement by Zynga – The Independent

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Wednesday 31 July 2013 8:31 pm

Zynga claim that the app’s name abuses the ‘With Friends’ moniker they use for their family-friendly games. Bloomberg reports that Zynga are accusing the app’s developers of selecting “the name ‘Bang With Friends’ for its casual sex matchmaking app with Zynga’s game trademarks fully in mind.”

Launched in January, Bang With Friends works by signing into Facebook. Users select the friends they’re “interested” in and if those lucky individuals have also installed the app and already selected them, then both parties are sent an email.

Forbes writer Kashmir Hill has already pointed out that the app doesn’t live up to its own promises of anonymity, as users who go to add the app on Facebook will be told if any friends of theirs have.

Until recently the founders of the app had chosen to be anonymous, though in June this year, CEO Colin Hodge was interviewed by Business Insider. Hodge revealed that the app currently has more than 1.1 million users and has created more than 200,000 “successful matches.”

Hodge says he simply wants to “make dating more honest and a lot more simple.”

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Caroline Flack boyfriend revealed as toyboy music manager Jack Street – Mirror.co.uk

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Wednesday 31 July 2013 10:23 am

Sorry, boys, but Caroline Flack is now officially taken.

The Xtra Factor host has a new man in her life, and – of course – he’s a trendy music type.

Jack Street manages uber cool electro duo Disclosure, and the pair have been flirting more and more on Twitter since Caroline confirmed she was seeing someone new.

jack street Instagram
Something to show us down below, Jack?

 

She dated One Direction’s Harry Styles, who is 11 years her junior but 24-year-old Jack is a mere nine years younger than Caroline, 33.

The presenter says she “developed thicker skin” after receiving cougar jibes in the wake of her three-month fling with Harry.

She was later linked to another X Factor contestant, James Arthur, 25.

Harry Styles at BBC Radio 1 studios
Harry Styles. Know him, yeah? Caroline dated him before

 

Things heated up between Caz and Jack when they spent Glastonbury together, and a few weeks ago she was tweeting him to get rid of a daddy-longlegs from her flat. De-insecting is a sign of real love.

He’s even seen her recording the ITV2 show, which starts next month.

Aww.

Nick Grimshaw and Olly Murs are put through their paces prior to a 5-a-side match
Olly may be getting to grips with Grimmy here but he’s been eyeing up Nicole Scherzinger

 

Meanwhile, Caroline’s former Xtra Factor co-host Olly Murs has set his sights on singer Nicole Scherzinger now she is single again .

Speaking to the Daily Star, the 25-year-old said: “I definitely want to ask Nicole out on a date now she’s single again.

“I’d love her to be in one of my videos as well, I’m always trying to get hot girls in them!”

It’s just like one massive X Factor love in!


 

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Justin Timberlake pays homage to King of Pop in new music video for Take Back … – Daily Mail

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Wednesday 31 July 2013 12:11 am

By
Eddie Kim

19:19 GMT, 30 July 2013


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20:32 GMT, 30 July 2013

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and Justin Timberlake certainly takes that to heart in his new video for ‘Take Back the Night,’ shuffling and dancing his way through NYC like Fred Astaire on ecstacy.

The video premiered Tuesday and was supported by a social-media campaign that prompted fans to tweet out a URL to unlock photos of the various shooting locales.

The retro, disco-tinged tune is the lead single off JT’s upcoming (and awkwardly titled) fourth studio album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, and the video features some of the on-the-street flair seen in Michael Jackson’s iconic ‘Billie Jean’ video.

Rock your body: JT explores New York City in the 'Take Back the Night' video, which premiered Tuesday

Rock your body: JT explores New York City in the ‘Take Back the Night’ video, which premiered Tuesday

Group project: JT mingles with passersby in the Chinatown scene of his new video

Group project: JT mingles with passersby in the Chinatown scene of his new video

That’s no coincidence, considering the strong King of Pop influence you can hear in the track’s funky, R&B-laced sound.

In the song, JT tells a would-be lover to ‘use me up until there’s nothing left’ as they ‘take back the night.’

He definitely does the latter in the video.

First, Timberlake cruises the darkened streets in a classic 1970 Chevelle SS before landing in historic Chinatown.

Dance dance revolution: A youngster takes on JT as he shows off some quick footwork on the sidewalk

Dance dance revolution: A youngster takes on JT as he shows off some quick footwork on the sidewalk

There, JT somehow managers to tumble into a pop-and-lock battle with a talented youngster in a red cap and matching kicks.

They both show off some fluid moves, with the youngster throwing down some body isolations and JT answering back with some slick footwork and a leap onto his toes – again, a la MJ.

That scene gets spliced with live footage from JT’s epic show at Yankee Stadium before jumping to shots of him crooning in the middle of a crowded club dancefloor.

Club life: JT's anticipated new album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 is set for release on Sept. 27

Club life: JT’s anticipated new album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 is set for release on Sept. 275.jpg

Paying homage: JT references various dancing styles of the 20th century in 'Take Back the Night'

Paying homage: JT references various dancing styles of the 20th century in ‘Take Back the Night’

Always the consummate dresser, Timberlake sports a unique white button-down with a black-printed chest, casting the illusion of a vest.

He matches that with slim black slacks rolled up just enough to flash a little ankle and show off his spotless white sneakers.

The new single entered the Billboard Hot 100 last week at No. 47 and has risen to No. 39 this week, no doubt on its way to the top 10.

Sing out loud: The video features footage from JT's concert at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,000 people

Sing out loud: The video features footage from JT’s concert at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,000 people

Friends forever: JT and Jay Z pulled out all the stops for their Yankee Stadium stop, performing onstage together for most of the show

Friends forever: JT and Jay Z pulled out all the stops for their Yankee Stadium stop, performing onstage together for most of the show

But the track also hit a roadbump along the way, stirring up controversy with anti-sexual violence group Take Back the Night.

The organization owns the trademark and took some offense to the combined context of the song’s title and slightly provocative lyrics.

Timberlake apologized promptly, stating that he was not aware of the group’s existence but wanted to rectify the mistake.

Clean-cut: Timberlake courted controversy for his racy 'Tunnel Vision' music video, and 'Take Back the Night' holds back from nudity
Clean-cut: Timberlake courted controversy for his racy 'Tunnel Vision' music video, and 'Take Back the Night' holds back from nudity

Crowd-pleaser: Timberlake has a huge live repertoire of hits stretching back to his N’Sync days

‘As I’ve learned more about The Take Back the Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women – something we all should rally around,’ he said in a statement via RadarOnline.

‘It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause,’ he added.

Clean-cut: Timberlake courted controversy for his 'Tunnel Vision' music video, and 'Take Back the Night' holds back from nudity

Clean-cut: Timberlake courted controversy for his racy ‘Tunnel Vision’ music video, and ‘Take Back the Night’ holds back from nudity

For its part, Take Back the Night has not pursued any legal action.

‘If Justin is on the side of healthy, respectful relationships, then we’re a fan of his,’ said TBTN Executive Director Katherine Koestner to Rolling Stone. ‘And I hope we can move forward with his voice, and all of those throughout the world that stand against sexual violence.’

At least the group should have no problem with the video, a clean-cut journey across New York that pays homage to Michael Jackson, Astaire and partner Jay Z.

Dance battle: JT hams it up with a young dance prodigy in a colourful Chinatown locale

Dance battle: JT hams it up with a young dance prodigy in a colourful Chinatown locale

City of dreams: The video pays tribute to various corners of the New York City experience

City of dreams: The video pays tribute to various corners of the New York City experience

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Caroline Flack has a new man in the form of toyboy music manager Jack Street – Mirror.co.uk

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Wednesday 31 July 2013 12:11 am

Sorry, boys, but Caroline Flack is now officially taken.

The Xtra Factor host has a new man in her life, and – of course – he’s a trendy music type.

Jack Street manages uber cool electro duo Disclosure, and the pair have been flirting more and more on Twitter since Caroline confirmed she was seeing someone new.

jack street Instagram
Something to show us down below, Jack?

 

She dated One Direction’s Harry Styles, who is 11 years her junior but 24-year-old Jack is a mere nine years younger than Caroline, 33.

The presenter says she “developed thicker skin” after receiving cougar jibes in the wake of her three-month fling with Harry.

She was later linked to another X Factor contestant, James Arthur, 25.

Harry Styles at BBC Radio 1 studios
Harry Styles. Know him, yeah? Caroline dated him before

 

Things heated up between Caz and Jack when they spent Glastonbury together, and a few weeks ago she was tweeting him to get rid of a daddy-longlegs from her flat. De-insecting is a sign of real love.

He’s even seen her recording the ITV2 show, which starts next month.

Aww.

Nick Grimshaw and Olly Murs are put through their paces prior to a 5-a-side match
Olly may be getting to grips with Grimmy here but he’s been eyeing up Nicole Scherzinger

 

Meanwhile, Caroline’s former Xtra Factor co-host Olly Murs has set his sights on singer Nicole Scherzinger now she is single again .

Speaking to the Daily Star, the 25-year-old said: “I definitely want to ask Nicole out on a date now she’s single again.

“I’d love her to be in one of my videos as well, I’m always trying to get hot girls in them!”

It’s just like one massive X Factor love in!


 

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Sir David Attenborough: ‘Pop music is hugely sexual’ – NME.com

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Sir David Attenborough has said that pop music appeals to young people because it is “hugely sexual”.

Speaking to Björk as part of the Attenborough and Björk: The Nature of Music documentary which aired on C4 on Saturday (July 27), Attenborough drew a link between people’s love of pop music and being at their sexual peak.

Asked how he thinks music works in the present day, Attenborough said: “Well, one thing is absolutely clear, and that is the sexuality. And as it were in classical times, troubadours singing up to their lady loves up on the balcony, ‘Come and join me or let me come in’.”

Explaining his idea, Attenborough continued: “But in our own culture now, I mean pop music is hugely sexual, there can’t be any doubt about that. And that is why it is so popular amongst people between 15 and 30. That’s the peak of sexuality and it’s the peak of the passion about music.”

Attenborough and Björk: The Nature of Music, directed by Louise Hooper, sees Björk explore humans’ unique relationship with music and how technology might transform the way we engage with it in the future. It aired as part of Channel 4′s Mad4Music season, a series of films films that challenge the way we hear and think about music.

Bjork’s multimedia ‘Biophilia’ project features strongly in the film as Attenborough shows how music exists in the natural world, using footage of the lyre bird, reed warbler and blue whales.






































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Sound of Music costumes sell for a whopping £845000 at auction – Daily Mail

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  • Pieces were put up for auction by Profiles in History in Hollywood
  • Included the dress Maria wears to sing the famous ‘Do Re Mi’ song
  • The film won five Oscars – including Best Picture – in 1966 
  • Helped to launch the career of Julie Andrews, who played Maria

By
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13:01 GMT, 30 July 2013


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13:43 GMT, 30 July 2013

The Sound of Music may have come out almost half a century ago, but it seems our fascination with Maria and the Von Trapp family shows no signs of waning.

Some of the iconic costumes from the 1965 film – including the outfits Maria fashions out of old curtains – were snapped up at auction yesterday for a cool $1.3m (£845,000).

All seven children’s floral patterned green and white costumes were sold, alongside Maria’s ‘Do Re Mi’ dress, worn by Julie Andrews when she teaches the children how to sing.

This is the brown dress worn by Maria as she sang 'Do-Re-Mi' to the Von Trapp children
The auction included the lederhosen worn by the Von Trapp boys

The auction included the iconic brown dress (left) worn by Maria as she sang ‘Do Re Mi’ to the Von Trapp children (left), as well as lederhosen worn by the Von Trapp boys (right)

The scene in which Julie Andrews, as Maria, teaches the children how to sing on the mountains, using the song 'Do, Re, Mi' is one of the best known in the film

The scene in which Julie Andrews, as Maria, teaches the children how to sing on the mountains, using the song ‘Do, Re, Mi’ is one of the best known in the film

Consisting of a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with wheat-colored blouse, the costume features 20th Century-Fox labels on the internal collar and waistband.

The children’s school uniforms from the beginning of the film were also sold, along with outfits worn during the climactic ‘escape’ scene, where the family cross over the mountains into Switzerland.

The film, which won five Oscars in 1966, gave us classic Rodgers and Hammerstein  songs like ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘My Favorite Things’ and made Julie Andrews a superstar.

Julie said in a 2012 interview with Oprah that, while filming, she had no idea the impact the film would have, confessing: ‘It made my career. It was that big [of] a movie.’

The auction included the 'play clothes' Maria made from curtains for the Von Trapp children
The auction included the 'play clothes' Maria made from curtains for the Von Trapp children

As well as the grey school uniforms worn at the start of the film, the auction included the full set of outfits (pictured) made by Maria and worn by the Von Trapp children throughout the film

The story, of a vivacious young women helping to heal a family through music, set during the drama of the Second World War, has stood the test of time

The story, of a vivacious young women helping to heal a family through music, set during the drama of the Second World War, has stood the test of time

The film tells the story of spirited young nun who brings together seven motherless children and their stern father through the power of music, before all of them are forced to flee from the invading Nazis.

Sickly sweet to some, the film was given a lukewarm reception by critics when it was released, yet captured the hearts of generations of children. 

It was a huge success at the box office when it came out, earning nearly $300 million. 

As well as continuing to sell well on DVD, the musical, which opened on Broadway in 1959, is still popular across the world.

The story even spawned a reality show in recent years. In ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria’  musical theatre wannabes auditioned for the part of Maria in a West End production.

The Sound of Music sale, by auction house Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, was part of a Hollywood memorabilia sale which also saw the sale of a painting of Tara from Gone With The Wind, used in the film’s opening sequence, for $270,000 (£175,000).

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I would love to play dress up in those!!
- nadia , beirut lebanon,>>>>>>>>>>You can buy patterns online or go to Oktoberfest in Munich and have a rave and then see the sights in Saltzburg on the Sound of Music tour………………Sing till your hearts content!

strangerthanfiction
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London,
31/7/2013 00:12

I simply adore Sound of Music, I sing at least one song everyday haha… Julie Andrews is simply divine in the movie and I thought she was the best thing in the world :)

frankie
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London, United Kingdom,
31/7/2013 00:08

If Prozac was a DVD it would be The Sound of Music, even after almost 50 years this film is such an uplifter. One of my favourites!!

Louise K
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Bolton,
31/7/2013 00:08

One pricey curtain!

claire
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sw London,
30/7/2013 23:44

I love this at Christmas :)

Me!!
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somewhere,
30/7/2013 23:25

Even though it was filmed well couple of decades before I was born whenever this classic is on TV I am glued to TV and I always enjoy watching it.

bcro7
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Zagreb, Croatia,
30/7/2013 23:13

anybody who buys this seriously needs to get a life.

dennis
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Enfield,
30/7/2013 23:10

MORE LIKE THE SOUND OF …………….KERCHING!!!!!……..

Ashjoebeck091708
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London, United Kingdom,
30/7/2013 23:06

I would love to play dress up in those!!

nadia
,

beirut lebanon,
30/7/2013 21:00

Still my favorite movie (:

Stephie
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Minnesota USA,
30/7/2013 18:34

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Eight Things We Know About Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ – RollingStone.com

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Information on Lady Gaga‘s upcoming album ARTPOP is so locked down that only a few tantalizing facts about the LP have dribbled out so far. We know, for instance that there will be an app involved in its release, and that the first single is a song called “Applause.” Speaking to Rolling Stone, DJ White Shadow – who co-produced and co-wrote “Applause” – seemed as though he might be suggesting that it’s an upbeat, danceable tune. Or maybe not? “I don’t know, man!” White Shadow quickly added. “You tap your feet to a ballad. I might tap my feet to ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn.’” Here’s what we know for sure about Gaga’s latest magnum opus:

1. ARTPOP will be released on November 11th. Before that, we’ll get to hear “Applause” on August 19th and see a video shot by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

2. “Applause” is . . . fun! “I’ll tell you that it is very fun,” Gaga said earlier this year. “And that it’s full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause.” Adds DJ White Shadow: “It’s just a fun song. There’s no political commentary . . . I watch people’s toes and they tap.”

The New Immortals: Lady Gaga

3. ARTPOP is not just an album. It’s an app, too. Gaga helpfully calls the project “a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology.” (Preorders begin September 1st.)

4. Gaga began working on ARTPOP almost immediately after 2011′s Born This Way came out. “It couldn’t have been more than a week,” DJ White Shadow says, “and she hit me up and said, ‘OK, the next album’s called ARTPOP, let’s go’ . . . I was laying on my couch watching ‘Judge Judy’ or something and trying to chill.”

5. Gaga isn’t necessarily aiming for a typical radio-friendly sound. “She does not have to please anyone, and she is who she is,” Zedd (the German DJ-producer who worked on several ARTPOP tracks) recently told RS. “Whatever is dope is dope. We do whatever we want, and we don’t have to make a song that’s three minutes and 30 seconds just to fit the radio.”

6. Gaga will perform “Applause” at MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25th. “I’m sending a doppelgänger,” Gaga told Women’s Wear Daily. “I’m going this year as a fried egg instead of hard-boiled.”

7. ARTPOP is an electronic dance music album . . . or it isn’t an electronic dance music album. Definitely one of the two. “We didn’t try to make an EDM album – but, at the same time, we didn’t try not to make an EDM album,” Zedd added.

8. Gaga’s rehabilitation from a broken hip helped inspire the album. “I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is,” she said recently. “I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good.” Adds DJ White Shadow: “She wasn’t going to just lay in bed and have a morphine drip and pass out for three months. She was about making the record. She doesn’t sit down. She doesn’t chill.”

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Sir David Attenborough: ‘Pop music is hugely sexual’ – NME.com

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Broadcaster reveals how he thinks music works during interview with Bjork


Sir David Attenborough: 'Pop music is hugely sexual'

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Sir David Attenborough has said that pop music appeals to young people because it is “hugely sexual”.

Speaking to Björk as part of the Attenborough and Björk: The Nature of Music documentary which aired on C4 on Saturday (July 27), Attenborough drew a link between people’s love of pop music and being at their sexual peak.

Asked how he thinks music works in the present day, Attenborough said: “Well, one thing is absolutely clear, and that is the sexuality. And as it were in classical times, troubadours singing up to their lady loves up on the balcony, ‘Come and join me or let me come in’.”

Explaining his idea, Attenborough continued: “But in our own culture now, I mean pop music is hugely sexual, there can’t be any doubt about that. And that is why it is so popular amongst people between 15 and 30. That’s the peak of sexuality and it’s the peak of the passion about music.”

Attenborough and Björk: The Nature of Music, directed by Louise Hooper, sees Björk explore humans’ unique relationship with music and how technology might transform the way we engage with it in the future. It aired as part of Channel 4′s Mad4Music season, a series of films films that challenge the way we hear and think about music.

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AlunaGeorge – ‘Body Music’ – NME.com

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Can George Reid and Aluna Francis become a vital cog in British dance music’s resurgence? Not so much


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Not since the late ’90s, when the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim were dominating charts, festivals and school runs, has electronic dance music been such a big deal in the UK. Exhibit one: brotherly duo Disclosure and pop quartet Rudimental landing Number One albums alongside standard chart pap like Emeli Sandé. Exhibit two: Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke popping up on Kanye West albums. Verdict: It’s a good time to be young, talented, British, and making your own beats.

Enter AlunaGeorge, a London duo formed four years ago when George Reid, guitarist in math-rock band Colour, met My Toys Like Me singer Aluna Francis on Myspace and the pair decided to fuse his love of The Neptunes with her radio-friendly vocals. George makes all the beats and Aluna does all the singing. She, in particular, is in demand, and has featured on Disclosure’s club-dominating single ‘White Noise’ as well as popping up during Dizzee Rascal’s Pyramid Stage slot at Glastonbury this year. They should, really, have it made.

Unfortunately, the duo’s debut album only occasionally lives up to the promise. George works it on ‘Just A Touch’, where handclaps and a twisted synth line build into a beat your shoulders can pop to. The hook is enormous, and complemented by Aluna singing “It’s just a touch” in high, syrupy tones. On ‘Diver’, her voice is manipulated to match the song’s stuttery drum shuffle, the beat winding up and down like a body ripple. ‘Lost & Found’ has drops and bassy growls that channel the aforementioned Hudson Mohawke’s bounciest moments.

Almost all of the tracks on ‘Body Music’ have a decent tune, but they often lack bite. ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ clicks and tinkles when it should soar. ‘Superstar’ starts bolshily but doesn’t go anywhere, and the chorus, “He’s a superstar in his home”, seems painfully appropriate. Reid may well boss it alone in his bedroom, but he’s not doing so here. ‘Bad Idea’ and early single ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ should be powerful disses to unsuitable lovers, but they’re too lightweight. On ‘Attracting Flies’, when the synths actually are punchy, Aluna spoils the party by singing “Everything you exhale is attracting flies”, conjuring up the image of a man breathing faeces.

But really, the fundamental flaws on ‘Body Music’ are down to Reid. He’s said in a previous interview that he doesn’t want to make music in which “noises might be carrying the song”, but he’s held himself back way too much here. Not only do his noises fail to carry the songs, he often loses the songs altogether. They drift away from him when he should be dominating them. And this album is a missed opportunity.

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London contemporary music festival: a new twist on a classical concept – The Guardian (blog)

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Contemporary classical music in Britain has always been pushed to the physical and cultural peripheries. In Elgar’s day the focal point was the Three Choirs festival in the west of England. By the mid-century Benjamin Britten had moved the action to Suffolk. From the 1980s it had shifted again to Huddersfield.

This weekend, though, sees the start of the first ever London contemporary music festival (LCMF 2013), of which I’m a co-director and curator. It’s an attempt, beginning last night, to return new classical music to the capital.

Over the course of two long weekends (25-28 July and 1-4 August), Peckham car park will resound to the drones of Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine, the gnashing electric guitar epics of Glenn Branca, the stuttering beats of SND and the experimental modernism of Helmut Lachenmann. There’ll be new harpsichord solos, eight-channel electronics, a trombone quartet, music for massed trumpets, opera world premieres and we’ll be smashing up a piano.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about contemporary music and its problems – yet it’s hard to see what these are from where we’re standing. All but a tiny percentage of our 5,000 free tickets went in the first four days of booking. If there is a problem with new music, it’s not in the lack of an audience, or in the difficulty of the music. I think it’s in the prevailing paradigm of concert programming – in its dry, miserly narratives, its identikit presentations, its uninviting spaces.

For LCMF 2013, pioneers from the worlds of sound art (Laurie Anderson), noise (Russell Haswell), American experimentalism (Frederic Rzewski), acousmatics (Bernard Parmegiani) and free improv (Steve Noble) will come together. Next to these outsiders we’ve put the academic giants Ligeti, Kurtág and Xenakis. Both sets are crucial to the narrative – each informs the other. Yet few established ensembles can tell this polyphonic story because bureaucracy prevents them: the financial impetus is to conserve and not experiment.

Few of these constraints are to be found in the visual arts, which have moved into the experimental vacuum vacated by contemporary music with a rapacious energy. It’s no accident that galleries and university art departments played the midwife to minimalism’s first experiments while its composers were forced to find refuge from the classical establishment. To capitalise on this, we’ve teamed up with Bold Tendencies, the arts commissioning agency behind the sculpture festival and series of public programmes at Peckham car park.

The freedom of a space such as Bold Tendencies and the curiosity of its audience is crucial. Each previous power base of new music spoke to the era it represented: cathedrals for the spiritual patriots of Three Choirs; tarted-up barns for the post-pastoralists at Aldeburgh; converted warehouses for the neomodernists at Huddersfield. So it is with LCMF 2013. It makes profound sense – artistically, acoustically and socially – to make use of such a generous space, in which one can roam and explore and not merely sit and stare.

The music at LCMF 2013 is uncompromisingly contemporary – half of the compositions will be premieres or works written since 2000 – but it is the setting and the programme that will be truly be of our time.

• The London contemporary music festival runs until 4 August.

Source Article from http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/jul/26/london-contemporary-music-festival-classical

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