- On the eve of his 19th birthday, Marvin Forbes did something which completely shocked his mates: he sat down at the piano which had appeared overnight on the corner of Orphanage and Mason roads, and played a few bars of Offenbach. “I never knew you could do that!” Thasawar Iqbal said, stunned. British artist Luke Jerram puts 15 pianos all around Birmingham just to see what would happen.
- Ben ruminates on the similarities between Where’s Waldo and classical music. A pretty good effort considering the unspeakably early hour at which it was germinated. Well, early for kidless work-from-homers, at least.
- Darcy James Argue gets a little irrational. (Warning: super extra geeking out in progress)
- Jeremy Denk talks of bacon, Chopin and oatmeal. “Yes, that way lies happiness,” I say to myself, “and yet this way lies bacon.” Happiness seems, at that moment, such an unwelcomely long-term proposition. The seared, salty idea of bacon flashes in my mouth, fatty slab of the moment; whereas oatmeal squishes over into a digestive chain of planning and forethought, as if I were a stove and not a man.”
- “Well, I guess no critic gets it right all the time, but when an artist cites Stendhal and Bunuel as his leisure pastimes and Peter Brook as his most admired living person, it might be reasonable to suggest that he has a whiff of bookishness about him, no matter how wacky an eccentric he would like to seem.” Norman Lebrecht on being in Alfred Brendel’s bad books
- Tim Rutherford-Johnson brings word of a newly launched HD music download site. Tragically, all the cool kids on Macs and those living outside the US of A will have to sit tight for a while.