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Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human? Copyright © Annelise Capossela; used by permission

Looking for art in artificial intelligence

Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, 2010. Jumanah El-Heloueh

Prince: a pop chameleon whose music contained multitudes

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.
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. Eduardo Munoz

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a closed shop with a hopeless task

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.
One of South Africa’s foremost bow instrument practitioners Dizu Plaatjies (right). Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

New practices reinvent traditions in bow music

Many musical bow instruments, especially in southern Africa, are disappearing due to the decreasing numbers of players and variations of instruments.

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