I love it when classical critics become poets…
An earthquake in C major: Daniel Barenboim and the Berliners
The final chord of the Brahms is a case in point. On the page, this could hardly be a more familiar or a more simple musical idea – a fortissimo C major chord that the whole orchestra holds for a semibreve, the sort of thing you’ve heard hundreds, thousands, of times. But never like this. This was a gigantic upswelling of musical affirmation that seemed more like a force of nature than the conclusion to a mere symphony: an earthquake in C major. It was a sound that began somewhere in the bowels of creation and exploded up to the heights of the cosmos – or more prosaically, it started with the Berliner’s incomparable double-basses and took in everything and everyone up to Emmanuel Pahud’s flute part.
(Via Guardian Music)
On my list: to experience the Berlin Philharmonic in the flesh on their home turf.
I was reading the news this Morning (((on the excellent Editor’s Choice iPad app from the NY Times))) while waking up for a phone interview, when I saw the image that leads this article:
…and I thought, well that’s nothing, wait until artists use genetics as their medium and create animals such as the one pictured for exhibitions. And where will we draw the line? No genetic manipulation in the name of art, period? Or, yes to genetic manipulation, but don’t grow the animal only to be killed and taxidermied so they can be presented in a gallery? Or, artistic genetic manipulation is OK as long as the total number of limbs does not exceed x number? Will sixteen year olds receive bio kits for christmas, you know basic ones for creating multiple heads on a fly or eyes on the back of a mouse? Don’t worry mom, the instructions say that it’ll only live for an hour…
Very Personal Computing
The center of financial gravity in the computing world—the Center of Money—has shifted. No longer directed at the PC, the money pump now gushes full blast at the smartphones market.
He backs this up with a striking financial comparison: Apple makes six times the profit from iPhone OS device sales than HP makes from PC sales — despite the fact that by unit sales, HP is the world’s leading PC maker, and Apple is not the leading smartphone maker.
(Via Daring Fireball)
I have had the iPad since Monday Morning. Here are my first impressions:
The size is good. The screen is wonderful. Video looks fantastic. Email is nice and the keyboard is amazingly responsive. I don’t think I will need a “real” keyboard at all. My typing speed on the iPad is very comparable to my laptop. Web browsing is good, but I would prefer multiple tabs. I would also like the option of multiple user-accounts, which would make sharing the iPad with people on our tour bus easier. The battery-life is very impressive. The tablet is not heavy, but half the weight would be nice… (((of course I realize that this is simply not possible at present)))
I think that about 50% of the time when I would normally open my laptop, I will now reach for the iPad instead. Looking up definitions, checking email, watching a podcast, reading saved Instapaper articles, streaming Netflix – it’s nicer to curl up in a lounge chair with the iPad than with a laptop. I watched a movie in the evening, streaming via 3G AT&T on the Netflix app. Didn’t stutter once, and scrubbing forward worked as well.
I think this thingamajig will be a huge hit, I really do. I just wish we could afford to create an iPad/iPhone Ottmar-Backstage app that streams tons of music (((and in December it’ll automatically stream tunes from Winter Rose, of course))) has an auto-updating tour calendar, this journal, photo slideshows and so on..