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How Computers “Sing” Love Songs

So, we’ve never really seen anything like this before. Martin Backes–who somehow finds the time to be an artist, DJ, hacker, composer and designer–has actually come up with a way to program pathos.

Backes’ fully automated machine endlessly sings top ’90s love songs and, according to Backes, “as the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

You have to see it to understand it–and we highly recommend that you do.

Legendary Rocker Patti Smith Offers Advice To Young

At the Louisiana Literature Festival in August 2012, legendary artist and poet Patti Smith offers advice to a younger audience about the right ways to go about living life.

Says Smith,

“What matters is to know what you want and pursue it, and know that it’s going to be hard…Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it.”

Engineering Success: The Story Of South Korea’s K-Pop

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In case you had forgotten about Gangnam Style, allow us to remind you of it. The song went viral in the United States in 2012, but in truth Psy’s tune was just one of many carefully engineered Korean Pop — or K-pop — mega hits.

Not unlike pop music in the West, K-pop has an aesthetic, a formula and a flavor. The difference is that in South Korea, almost all of these young music moguls are managed by the same label–and from a very early age. As with the country’s design standards for other exports, even their pop music demands perfection.

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These Awesome Experimental Videos Expand Our Understanding Of Beauty

Since its inception, television has been a means to reflect a given society’s values as well as shape them. Over time, music videos, TV series and films have helped create an essential feminine beauty that’s based more on mythology than reality, and one that can have harmful effects on a woman’s sense of self-worth. Performance artist Kitty Von-Sometime (yes, that’s actually her name) is tired of it, and is using music videos to challenge the very myths that are spread through them.

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