‘He Struck a Chord': How AI Music Began in 1956

On the evening of August 9, 1956, a few hundred people crammed into a student union lounge at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, some 130 miles northwest of Chicago, for a musical recital. The launch of the Illiac Suite: String Quartet No 4, composed by a member of the chemistry department, Lejaren Hiller Jr, using […]

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Homecoming Euphoria Has People Shouting in the Streets

Sam Fender's rise from his debut song in 2017 to the top of the album chart with Seventeen Going Under this year is the stuff of legends, but his first arena gig in the area that formed him is something else entirely. The 27-year-old from North Shields enters the stage amid a sea of flags […]

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Duran Duran Review - Still Wild Boys at 40

Simon Le Bon shouts, "Number two in Birmingham!" as he kicks off a second sold-out home town performance at the 1,500-capacity Institute. The far more intimate setting than Duran's usual stadiums provides a sense of what it must have been like to see them when they were the resident band at the Rum Runner club […]

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How To Make Dark Ambient Music - A Guide

This article will discuss how to make dark ambient music. Some people wonder how to make their music sound “dark”. Maybe they don’t know how to get the sound of “dark ambient” or want to tone down the atmospheric impact so they can do it themselves. If that is the case, they will either search […]

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