Anger Over Plan for Electronic Music in Staging Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle
‘The idea of replacing musicians with machines in opera, a proudly acoustic art form that glories in its traditions, was seen as sacrilege by some music fans, players and union members, who took to social media to denounce the project and call for boycotts. That has been followed by what some singers in the cast viewed as strong-arm tactics: some received an email from musicians in the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra warning them that if they did not resign, “the live musicians of this country will remember you for the rest of your career and treat you as a traitor to our art form.”
‘The warning had an effect. “Coincident with my own concerns, my own artistic concerns, I have chosen to withdraw,” Robert Brubaker, the tenor who was to have sung Mime, a role in which he has won praise at the Metropolitan Opera, said in a telephone interview this week from Barcelona, Spain…’
Technology Created by 3 Non-Tech Businesses
One of the things that enthuses me most is when I’m forced to play ‘techie’ because a task requires me to. I know I will learn something
‘What all three stories have in common is drive and an underlying concept: Innovate to survive as a business; invent to solve a challenge, to spur a brick-and-mortar operation on to the next level.
‘Indie entrepreneur Derek Pacqué started a mobile coat-check company in Indiana — keg-shaped racks that can be brought to venues — but soon found he had to build something to manage of all the rack’s inventory. With his company, he designed and implemented an app that used photos and QR codes to track garments at each event. Hence, CoatChex was born.
‘And, as Pacqué told Entrepreneur, the potential of the software now exceeds even its night-of-event practicality. “We realized that venues want data on their customers,” he said. “Data that comes from our app.” With the information CoatChex collects, it’s now working to help venues to further engage their clientele…’
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What it’s really like to log on from China
‘Foreigners who visit the country should expect some headaches. Be prepared to live without Google, Twitter and your favorite daily newspapers, and to have a hard time connecting with friends back home, or even firing off an email. That’s how bad it can get.
‘”Connection Timed Out” is the dreaded error message when you try to visit a blocked site. It makes you think the site itself is down, but it’s actually the “Great Firewall” at work, a vast censorship system that blocks access to many of the world’s most popular services.
‘I’ve lived in China for close to six years and censorship has been a near constant, lurking in the background ready to “harmonize” the Web and throw a wrench in my online viewing.
‘It’s been especially evident this month. Google’s services, which don’t follow the strict censorship rules, are currently blocked. How long that will last is unknown, but it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests earlier this month — an event the Chinese government wants no one to remember…’