Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human?
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Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Michael Spitzer can't sing a note. But that hasn't stopped him becoming an expert musician.
A still from Lemonade: a new way of experiencing music.
Why must women's art be seen as autobiographical when we readily accept the idea of male auteurs spinning fictionalised yarns? In her much analysed video and album Lemonade, Beyoncé may be playing make believe.
Congo’s most famous musician Papa Wemba, performing at a concert in Kinshasa in 2004.
Reuters/ David Lewis
Popular African musician Papa Wemba, who died recently, has been close to the heartbeat of the continent's music. His influence will continue long after his death.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is the immediate focus of ‘Lemonade.’ But it’s also a tale of the black family in America.
Prince had 'Purple Rain.' Michael Jackson had 'Thriller.' And now Beyoncé has her own self-reflective masterpiece.
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It places Davis in a continuing, living history of African-American sound, rather than planting him on a pedestal.
Fire up the turntables, because you’re not going to hear much Prince online.
Gifted musician, peerless showman – and fierce protector of his copyrighted work. Prince fought battles that changed the direction of the music industry and are helping the next generation of artists.
Prince revealed the fault-lines in commercial music making – and he didn’t hesitate to prise them open.
A detailed look at one of the musician's most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, 2010.
Despite Prince's many transformations – musically and visually – he extended his signature energy over 39 albums. His broad sonic church attracted fans from every walk of life.
Prince performs during halftime show of the NFL’s Super Bowl, 2007.
Prince changed the music world. He pioneered a collision of styles: new wave, rock, funk and jazz and created a trademark sound.
Michael Hutchence bought name recognition to Dogs in Space.
The Making of Dogs in Space
Richard Lowenstein's 1986 film Dogs in Space was a punk circus/social document that alienated many. But on the film's 30th anniversary, it seems the world has caught up with it and a new audience of fans has emerged.
Composers and musicians wouldn’t have created many masterpieces if the current copyright laws had always been around.
MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella of NWA pose for a picture onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's recent induction of both Chicago and NWA has sparked a debate about the definition of rock music. But should we be surprised? The Hall is an industry behemoth, not the voice of the people.
The Saatchi Gallery
A long time before their recent landmark concert in Cuba, The Rolling Stones played Spain: less than a year after the death of General Franco.
Ellington on stage.
The 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts was the first state-sponsored showcase of the work of black artists, musicians and poets.
The Sessions Live
A new show offers viewers the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Beatles recording sessions.
Q-Tip and Phife Dawg performing in 2013.
Yui Mok/PA Archive
If we can even begin to recognise and celebrate hip hop for what it was, we just may have the beginnings of a suitable epitaph for Phife Dawg.
One of South Africa’s foremost bow instrument practitioners Dizu Plaatjies (right).
Many musical bow instruments, especially in southern Africa, are disappearing due to the decreasing numbers of players and variations of instruments.
It's not only Brian Johnson who's at risk of deafness – are you around music a lot?