Badass Sci-Fi Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Also Has a Critic-Approved Album

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Movie soundtracks are cool. Know what’s really cool? Book soundtracks. For great books, written by groundbreaking authors, who also participated in the making of the soundtracks, which are genuinely, truly great, and also, sounded like nothing you’ve ever heard before. And if you’ve never heard of such a thing, that’s because it rarely happens.

Except: In 1985, science-fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin published a novel called Always Coming Home. That would have been enough to satisfy her fans, you’d think, but as an added bonus, she bundled the book with an album on cassette: Music and Poetry of the Kesh.

Le Guin passed away in January at the age of 88, but her legacy lives on — this week, the label Freedom To Spend reissued that album in two extremely convenient formats, CD and vinyl.

In Always Coming Home, Le Guin introduces readers to the Kesh, a fictional tribe living in Northern California in the distant future, centuries from now. To immerse the reader in the world of these imagined people, Le Guin composed the book as a multimedia work, filled with poems, plays, illustrations, and even recipes.

But Le Guin wanted readers to literally “hear the music” of the culture she had created. For that, she enlisted the help of composer Todd Barton to create Music and Poetry of the Kesh. Like the freewheeling book from which it draws inspiration, the album isn’t restricted to any one genre or even traditional instrumentation. It provides the soundtrack to the Kesh culture through ambient field recordings, homemade instruments, and spoken-word poetry.

Music and Poetry of the Kesh draws from the past to tell the story of our potential future. And for listeners new and old, it sounds just as remarkable today as it did three decades ago, when it was first released — if it can score a coveted Best New Reissue rating from notoriously harsh music criticism site Pitchfork, odds are, it’s probably good enough for you. And if nothing else, remember: It’s a book soundtrack. ‘Justifies the price of admission alone.

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Move Misidentified Pictures Out of the People Album on iPhone

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I’ve been really enjoying the iOS Photos app lately, particularly the People Album. It’s pretty amazing, and convenient, that the iOS Photos app can scan every face in every image, then identify people and sort the pictures into their own respective People albums. Sometimes though, the Photos app gets ithe identification wrong and puts a friend or family member’s picture in the wrong People album. So what do we do when one of our photos has been misidentified and put in the wrong spot like this? Let’s learn how to take photos that have been put in the wrong People album back out of that album on iPhone.

Related: How to Add Uncategorized Photos to the People Album on iPhone

Move Misidentified Pictures Out of the People Album on iPhone

  • Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  • Click on the Album tab in the lower right corner.

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  • Select your People album.
  • Tap on the person’s album that you’ve noticed a misidentified photo in.

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  • Tap Show Faces to focus in on just the faces in each picture.
  • Tap on the photo that has been put in the wrong People album, then tap the Send icon at the bottom left of the screen.

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  • Scroll along the bottom menu bar, find and select Not This Person.

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Now the photo that was wrongly placed in your People album has been removed. 

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The feds have Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album

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A federal court is forcing Martin Shkreli to hand the Wu-Tang album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin over to the government. Shkreli, a pharmaceuticals CEO who earned the nickname “Pharma Bro” for cavalierly hiking the price of an HIV treatment, was convicted of securities fraud in August 2017.

Though he has yet to be sentenced, a judge ruled today that Shkreli must forfeit $ 7.36 million, part of which will come from boring assets that no one cares about, like an E-trade brokerage account, a Picasso painting, and an unreleased Lil Wayne album. More importantly, he will be giving up the Wu-Tang album, which he bought at auction in 2014 for $ 2 million, which was, according to a 2015 statement by Wu-Tang’s RZA, “well before Martin Shrkeli’s…

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Google Play Music v8.7 adds option to disable album art on the lock screen [APK Download]

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If there was any one common statement to be made about the subjects of music and smartphones, it’s that they’re both very personal to each of us. In the same way that some people prefer listening to metal, there are also those that insist on a very sparse homescreen. We might listen to EDM just like we might set up our wallpaper to cycle every hour. If you’ve taken the time to tailor your phone experience, you might not be happy about a common feature of music players that allows them to temporarily replace your lock screen background with album art.

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How to complete a music album or TV season in iTunes

Easily complete albums and season that you already partially own in the iTunes Store.

If you’ve ever been curious about an album or a new TV show, perhaps you’ve done what a lot of other people have and purchased a song or episode on iTunes. Or maybe you’ve downloaded a free song or episode, you really enjoyed what you got, and now you want to get the rest of that album or season. Luckily, the iTunes Store makes it easy to complete albums and TV seasons for which you already own some songs or episodes.

Here’s what you need to do to complete an album or TV season through the iTunes Store on your iPhone or iPad.

How to complete an album or TV season in iTunes on your Mac

  1. Open iTunes from Applications folder or Dock.
  2. Click Store.

  3. Choose Music or TV Shows from the drop-down menu in the left-hand corner.
  4. Click Complete My Album or Complete My Season under Quick Links in the Store, depending on which store (music or TV) you’re in.

  5. Select the album or TV show that you want to complete.
  6. Click the Buy button, which will show an adjusted price based on what you already own from a particular season or album.

  7. Confirm your purchase.

How to complete an album or TV season on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open iTunes Store from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Search.
  3. Search for the album or show you want to complete.

  4. Tap on the album or show in your search results. If it’s eligible for completion, you’ll see the phrase “Complete My Album” or “Complete My Season” under the album art, along with the original price.
  5. Tap the item’s price, which will be adjusted to show what you owe for that album or show.
  6. Confirm the purchase.

Questions?

If you have any questions about completing an album or TV show in iTunes, let us know in the comments.

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Shuttle Music Player updated to v2.0 with dynamic themes, album shuffle, and more

The age of streaming music services is upon us, but not everyone has moved to the cloud for their listening needs. Those who still rely on local music files might be interested to know that Shuttle Music Player just got a big, big update. In the v2.0 release, the developer has added a new theme engine, a myriad UI changes, album shuffle, and much more.

Here’s the full changelog for Shuttle v2.0.

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The composer behind the original Mega Man just released an incredible solo album

Manami Matsumae is most closely associated with a tiny blue robot. The Tokyo-based composer is best known for her work on the Mega Man series, having crafted the sound of the Blue Bomber’s original outing, and later contributing tracks to games like Mega Man 10 and the ill-fated spiritual successor Mighty No. 9. Now, after a career that has spanned three decades and dozens of games, she’s finally releasing her first solo album called Three Movements. And while it may not be associated with any specific game, the album is structured like a tour through the history of video game music.

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A New Black Metal Album Was Just Published — and It Wasn’t Made by a Human

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Artificial intelligence has already proven its prowess at tasks, from driving cars to making nuclear reactors safer. Now, the technology is being used to create a black metal album that shreds just as fiercely as music produced by humans.

Coditany of Timeness is the product of a project undertaken by CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski. It’s a five-track black metal album that features songs with algorithmically generated titles like Timension and Wisdom Trippin’.

The music was produced by feeding an album called Diotima by Krallice into a neural network. Songs were broken down into short chunks, and the system was asked to project how the next section of the track would sound, before being told whether or not its prediction was correct – common methodology for teaching an artificial intelligence how to operate.

At first, the sounds that were produced were “noisy” and “grotesque,” according to an interview with Carr published in The Outline. However, it became more sophisticated thanks to a process that saw as many as five million guesses at how a black metal song should sound made over the course of three days.

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Machine learning techniques allow AI to sift through a huge amount of content and output something completely new based on those influences. This is being used to create all manner of art.

We’ve already seen AIs write their own music, and produce visual artwork. They’ve shown promise when it comes to writing scary stories, and they can even come up with some decent ideas for Halloween costumes.

There are still questions to be asked about how this compares to human notions of creativity. However, AI-based art is a very fascinating prospect.

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