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From Bach to Bot: Exploring the AI Revolution in Music Creation and Performance

Can AI-generated music truly be considered art, or does it lack the emotional depth that comes from human experience? by Yulia Berry AI technologies are becoming a major part of every industry in 2023. This trend has caught the attention of creative individuals, such as writers, artists, painters, and musicians, who are now questioning whether AI might eventually replace…

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KING MIDAS in a New Genre: Storytelling Flute Theater

by Yulia Berry and Onorio Zaralli THE STORY OF KING MIDAS King Midas, a prominent figure in ancient Greek mythology, is renowned for his ill-fated decisions. One memorable instance involves his wish to the god Dionysus for the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. Initially elated, Midas soon regretted his request. In another myth, Midas demonstrated his…

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Fluting Across Screens: A Recap of ‘The Babel Flute Days’ Global Flute Convention 2023

by The Babel Flute team From September 19 to 24, the digital realm became the stage for a unique musical odyssey for the second year (Read our report in 2022)! “The Babel Flute Days” celebrated the rich history of the flute, its diverse repertoire, and the global flute community, set to take place online in the mesmerizing backdrop of…

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Cultivating the 21st Century Garden

Nurturing resilient, pain-free, and confident musicians by Lea Pearson INTRODUCTION It’s no secret that we are in a time of rapid change.  The Covid pandemic, along with social movements empowering marginalized communities (BIPOC & AAPI folk, women, LGBTQIA+, #MeToo, the neuro-divergent and disabled, and more) have overturned the landscape of musical traditions. These communities have always been essential in…

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Flute timbre and its artistic characteristics

Emanuel Flute. Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson by Yulia Berry The voice of the flute, like the voice of the human who created it, can sound in different intonations: joyful and sad, enthusiastic and tragic, inspired and overwhelmingly mournful, sublime and passionate. It can express the whole gamut of human emotions and experiences. Sound,…

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Flute in the history of advertising

Pink Rose and Flute, Lion Coffee, Woolson Spice Co, Toledo, Ohio by Yulia Berry Advertising is a global phenomenon that has influenced how people perceive the things around them for centuries. ADVERTISING THROUGHOUT HISTORY Earliest: China, 11th-7th centuries BC. Did you know that the earliest advertisement in history, recorded in the Classic of Poetry (11th-7th centuries BC), used bamboo…

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Flute Teachers’ Survey Results: Skills and Habits from Band

by Jocelyn Crosby Preface: 2001: Middle school band. I can picture the room, which seemed spacious when empty, but far too small when our band filled each chair. The walls were painted white, there were some posters hanging—the usual motivational poster, some composers’ faces and a chart of instrument families. A conductor’s stand was right in front of large…

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