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“Theft: A History of Music”

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You can download this very interesting graphic novel as a regular or hi-res PDF. Check out the web page, from which I quote:

Theft! A History of Music is a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. It is available as a handsome paperback, and for free download under a Creative Commons license.

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24 August 2018 at 9:48 am

Posted in Books, Music

Bach on Bandura and Button Accordian

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22 July 2018 at 2:18 pm

Posted in Music, Video

Girlfriend from Hell: Clarinetist discovers his ex-girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school

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Unfortunately believable. Samantha Schmidt reports in the Washington Post:

Eric Abramovitz was 7 years old when he first learned to play the clarinet. By the time he was 20, the Montreal native had become an award-winning clarinetist, studying with some of Canada’s most elite teachers and performing a solo with Quebec’s finest symphony orchestra.

During his second year studying at McGill University, he decided to apply to the world-class Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, which offers every student a scholarship covering tuition, room and board, and living expenses. He hoped to study under Yehuda Gilad, an internationally renowned clarinet professor who accepts only two new students per year at Colburn.

Abramovitz spent hours every night practicing, he said in an interview with The Washington Post. And after his live audition in Los Angeles in February 2014, he was confident that he would be accepted.

Weeks later, he opened an email signed by Gilad and letting him know he had not been selected for the program. He was crushed. Abramovitz ended up finishing his bachelor’s degree at McGill, delaying his professional musical career.

“I just invested so much,” Abramovitz said. “I gave it all I had.”

But two years later, Abramovitz would find out that he was, in fact, accepted to the program. The letter was sent not by Gilad but by Abramovitz’s girlfriend, a flute student at McGill who had spent night after night consoling him about the rejection, Abramovitz said.

The girlfriend had logged onto his email account and deleted his acceptance letter to Colburn, Abramovitz said. She impersonated Abramovitz in an email to Gilad, declining the offer because he would be “elsewhere.” Then she impersonated Gilad through a fake email address, telling Abramovitz he had not been accepted, according to Abramovitz.

Abramovitz suspects it was a scheme to ensure that he wouldn’t move away. Or perhaps, he wonders, was the girlfriend jealous?

On Wednesday, a judge in Ontario Superior Court awarded Abramovitz $350,000 in damages in Canadian dollars (more than $260,000 U.S. dollars) caused by his girlfriend’s “reprehensible betrayal of trust” and “despicable interference in Mr Abramovitz’s career,” the judge, D.L. Corbett, wrote.

Not only did Abramovitz suffer a loss of income and a delayed education, but he also had a “closely held personal dream snatched from him by a person he trusted,” the judge wrote.

In 2016, about two years after he thought he was rejected by Gilad, Abramovitz applied once more to study with the renowned professor.

Gilad remembered Abramovitz. And after his audition, Gilad asked him a perplexing question: “What are you doing here? You rejected me. ”

“Clearly something must have gone wrong,” Abramovitz said he thought then. At first, Abramovitz thought he could have been deceived by a “computer-savvy clarinetist out there who wanted my demise.”

By this point, he and his girlfriend had already been broken up for more than a year. Even so, it did not occur to him that she could be responsible for impersonating him. “I never would’ve even considered that the person I trusted the most would have done something like this to me.”

But then one of his friends suggested the possibility that his ex-girlfriend could be responsible. After all, when they dated, Abramovitz essentially lived with her, leaving his computer easily accessible to her. She knew his passwords and could have easily logged on to his email.

In May 2016, Abramovitz and his friend tried logging on to the email account that sent the fake rejection letter, Abramovitz remembered an old password the ex-girlfriend used for Facebook, “and sure enough, we got right in.” The ex-girlfriend’s contact information appeared clearly in the email account. The only exchange in the Inbox was the rejection letter sent to Abramovitz.

“It was not only a stab in the back but in the heart,” Abramovitz said. He hired a lawyer, filed a lawsuit against the former girlfriend and never spoke with her again. She never responded to the lawsuit he filed against her and lost by default. The Washington Post could not locate her for comment. . .

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A comment on the report:

lewfournier1 – I don’t know why the Post neglected to name the ex-girlfriend. Her name is Jennifer Lee, according to the Toronto Star.
This is from the report in the (Vancouver) Star, by the same reporter (Samanatha Schmidt):

The rejection letter was sent not by Gilad but by Abramovitz’s girlfriend, Jennifer Jooyeon Lee, a flute student at McGill who had spent night after night consoling him afterwards, Abramovitz said.

Lee had logged onto his email account and deleted his acceptance letter to Colburn, Abramovitz said.

… Lee is a resident of Ontario, according to the claim.

… He told Buzzfeed News that he confronted Lee but she denied that she sent the fake rejection letter. She then blocked him from her social media accounts.

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15 June 2018 at 11:49 am

Posted in Daily life, Education, Law, Music

8-year-old a demon on the drums

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13 June 2018 at 9:59 am

Posted in Music

Amazing video (along with “making of”): Peace for triple piano

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Very like M.C. Escher. Note that you can click and hold to grab the image and then drag it for other views.

And here’s how it was done:

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3 June 2018 at 9:43 am

Posted in Art, Music, Video

Stunning song performance

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As you can see, I’ve been on a video kick lately. Check this out:

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27 April 2018 at 10:09 am

Posted in Music, Video

Grace Slick isolated vocal on “White Rabbit”: Wow!

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Here it is, and the story of it.

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28 January 2018 at 3:32 pm

Posted in Music

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