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  • Enzo Jannacci

    Ho saputo della morte di Enzo Jannacci attraverso Twitter. Drammi raccontati in pochi caratteri, come in questa sua splendida e visionaria canzone. Non riesco a pensare a un miglior modo per ricordarlo che non sia di non dimenticare mai di tentare di mettere un po' di bellezza anche nella miriade di [...]

  • Bach on a Moebius strip

    The geometrical beauty in J.S. Bach's opus, visualized. The Moebius strip is, simply put, a surface with just one side. A canon is a musical composition based on a melody, played along with one or more variations (or, in the simplest cases, exact replicas) starting after a delay. Bach's canon [...]

  • Perspective

    The best minds of my generation had apparently more to say about the early demise of Steve Jobs, a brilliant entrepreneur, than they felt appropriate for Amy Winehouse. This is said without the least intention to minimize the feelings of those who mourn his loss. It is not as much about human beings, [...]

  • Twitterdämmerung

    One month to create an Opera, libretto and musical score, and perform it - starting from just an opening scene:One morning, very early, a man and a woman were standing, arm-in-arm, in London’s Covent Garden. The man turned to the woman and he sang…The Royal Opera House is making a daring crowdsourcing [...]

  • Singing eBook

    My original stance about eBooks was that it might be a great way to save us from the burden of useless paper, so welcome electronically distributed newspapers: but please don't mess with the relationship between me and my books. As Borges saidMy books (which do not know that I exist)and that's [...]

  • Sing a Sad Song

    A summer meme is travelling the Italian blogosphere these days. Ignited by Luca Sofri, its purpose is to write a post the personal choice for the saddest song ever. Mine is Tom Waits' Martha - it is not really one of my favourites at all, as his best ones are in the late Eighties (let's say, from Rain [...]

  • Eurovision 2008

    I have just finished watching a few minutes of the 2008 Eurovision song contest, hosted by Serbia  (having won the last edition with Marija Šerifović's Molitva). As the Museum of Broadcast Communication puts it, while its cultural merits are dubious, the event has become a television landmark, [...]

  • Degradart attack!

    The law proposal S1861, approved by the Italian Senate, allows free publishing on the web for images and music, provided that they are in low resolution or degraded, for scientific or educational purposes and not for commercial use. Degradart is an initiative launched by Guido Vetere, promoting the exploration [...]