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After two long years, the new co-artistic directors of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), Martine Dennewald and Jessie Mill, announced a renewed international festival will be held in Montreal from May 25 to June 9. The two women, who have crossed paths at various festivals for several years, wanted to build on exchange and dialogue. Well-known to Montreal festivalgoers, Jessie Mill worked as artistic and dramaturgical advisor while Martin Faucher was head of the festival. Martine Dennewald, a born Luxembourger, directed the Festival Theaterformen in Brunswick, Lower Saxony (Germany) for six years.  “We have to think about where we are today,…

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For an opera singer, recording a demo is quite common, especially since demos give you to auditions for competitions and contracts. A demo generally consists of a recording of the singer accompanied on the piano. Sometimes a video recording is also required, often in a single shot in order to prevent editing between several takes, or any manipulation intended to artificially improve the rendering. What is the value of a home demo? Some who are lucky enough to own a piano record themselves at home, but to hear the comments of those who receive these demos, homestyle acoustics, as well…

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REVIEW:  of the New York premiere of a new opera by Gordon Getty, “reimagined for film” – Goodbye, Mr. Chips, screened at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, March 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., sponsored jointly by Festival Napa Valley and NYCO (New York City Opera). The idea for an opera version of James’ Hilton’s 1934 novel, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, had been germinating in composer Gordon Getty’s mind for decades – ever since, as a young man, he saw a re-release of the celebrated 1939 film adaptation starring Robert Donat (in an Academy Award-winning performance as the eponymous character) and the…

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In 2019, the film composer Lucas Cantor completed Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), dating from 1822, using artificial intelligence. Last year, “Beethoven X –  The AI ​​Project,” piloted by a group of music historians, musicologists, composers and computer scientists, created Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10 from fragmentary sketches left by the composer, which had been partially assembled by Barry Cooper in 1988. youtu.be/RESb0QVkLcM Developments in artificial intelligence in recent years have greatly advanced the practice of musical composition by artificial intelligence. The fledgling company Aiva Technologies in 2019 introduced the first platform for musical composition by AI in a…

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La Scena Musicale offers a selection of holiday season gift ideas for music lovers From the Met Opera Shop www.metoperashop.org The Opera House Documentary & 50 Years at Lincoln Center Collection (SET) $58.00 / $52.20 USD. Members: $46.98 USD This 2-piece set celebrates the storied and rich history of the Metropolitan Opera House in the last half century. First, The Opera House, a film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation…

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Just as important as the quality of your stereo is where you listen to music. As my acoustics teacher said, “We live in our loudspeakers.” Indeed, the dimensional ratios, the materials used in construction as well as the content of the room will greatly influence reverberation time and the effect of standing waves. An ideal listening room should have aspect ratios that are not multiples (e.g. 8 by 13 by 17) so as not to increase the amplitude of the resonance that is specific to each material. Ideally, the walls, floor and ceiling should not be parallel. There should be…

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As the music community resumes its activities, Le Vivier, an organization specializing in new music, is planning a concert season involving no fewer than 18 performances and 65 works. Included in this vast program is a new series of events entitled Résonance croisée presented with the support and collaboration of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). As the music community resumes its activities, Le Vivier, an organization specializing in new music, is planning a concert season involving no fewer than 18 performances and 65 works. Included in this vast program is a new series of events entitled Résonance…

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MONTREAL, Aug. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As part of THE INFINITE virtual reality experience, PHI, Felix & Paul Studios, Tourisme Montréal, and their many partners are joining forces to turn Montreal into the must-visit destination of summer and fall 2021. Several packages including accommodation and discounts in restaurants and cultural institutions throughout the city are being offered in conjunction with the experience, so visitors can take advantage of the famous attractions of the most European city in America. THE INFINITE: AS CLOSE TO SPACE AS YOU CAN GET It’s your turn to travel to space with THE INFINITE, an…

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VINYL RECORDS In order to avoid distortion and cracking noises, it is essential to clean your records with suitable methods and products. Carbon fibre disc brushes perform good basic maintenance and should ideally be used after each listen. Often it is thought that a disc is damaged when it is simply dirty.  For a deep cleaning that will remove dust, molding agents and static electricity, there are several cleaning systems such as ClearAudio, Music Hall Audio, Okki Nokki and Spin Clean. I highly recommend cleaning even new discs.  Once the disc is well cleaned, it is important to replace the…

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Also known as the record player, the turntable, invented around 1920, is the successor to the wax cylinder phonograph. Since then, turntables have evolved considerably, notably in the drive system, whether we are speaking about the roller system used until the end of the 1950s; belt drive, which is common on most high-fidelity turntables (Dual, Oracle, Rega, Thorens, Linn, etc.); or the direct-drive system that is found mainly on DJ models. Analogue pickup on a turntable is accomplished via a diamond stylus that follows the inscriptions present in the groove. The movements generate electrical signals thanks to magnets or coils…

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