11.06.18

Way Beyond Muzak: Background Music Is Now Very Big, Research-Backed Business

“The background music industry – also known as music design, music consultancy or something offered as part of a broader package of ‘experiential design’ or ‘sensory marketing’ – is constantly deciding what we hear as we go about our everyday business. The biggest player in the industry, Mood Media, was founded in 2004 and now supplies music to 560,000 locations across the world, from Sainsbury’s to KFC.”

Egypt’s New National Museum Wants Rosetta Stone Back

“Dr Tarek Tawfik, director general of the Grand Egyptian Museum, risked sparking a new row over the prized artefact … The stone fragment, which dates to 196BC, is one of the British Museum’s most popular exhibits. Before it was found by accident by Napoleon’s army in 1799 nobody knew how to read hieroglyphs. Scholars were able to use the Greek inscription on it as the key to decipher them.”

What’s Unacceptable Audience Behavior? People Have Been Fighting About That For Centuries

“[The larger issue is] what happens when a large number of people are concentrated together in a public space and have different ideas of how we should all behave. … We see these moral panics in other crowded spaces, too.” And sometimes the policing of behavior scares away the very communities that arts organizarions are trying to reach out to. Lyn Gardner meets Kirsty Sedgman, author of The Reasonable Audience: Theatre Etiquette, Behaviour Policing and the Live Performance Experience.

Here’s Some Good News About Peak TV: Episodes Are Getting Shorter

“[The Amazon drama] Homecoming is just one of a raft of exceptionally good new half-hour dramas. Netflix has Maniac, Amazon also has Forever, and even Facebook has Sorry For Your Loss. Each of these shows have the traditional trappings of an hourlong, and yet they’re shorter and punchier and all the better for it. They’re necessary, too. In an age where we’re being slowly suffocated with a tower of content that nobody can fully keep on top of, a half-hour drama simplifies things.”

Here’s Some Good News About Peak TV: Episodes Are Getting Shorter

“[The Amazon drama] Homecoming is just one of a raft of exceptionally good new half-hour dramas. Netflix has Maniac, Amazon also has Forever, and even Facebook has Sorry For Your Loss. Each of these shows have the traditional trappings of an hourlong, and yet they’re shorter and punchier and all the better for it. They’re necessary, too. In an age where we’re being slowly suffocated with a tower of content that nobody can fully keep on top of, a half-hour drama simplifies things.”

Russian Billionaire Who Keeps Making Art-World Headlines Detained For Questioning In Monaco

Dmitry Rybolovlev — who purchased Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for way over market value, was the seller when Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi became the most expensive artwork in history, and has been suing art dealer Yves Bouvier in various countries for years — is being investigated for trying to illegally influence Monegasque judges and police with respect to his suit against Bouvier in the principality.

Using The Arts To Help Rebuild Mosul, Ravaged By Three Years Under ISIS

The Iraqi city was the largest one that the violent extremist group conquered, and while it was liberated last year, there is still wreckage (physical and psychic) everywhere. Late last month, a group from the Iraqi National Symphony organized an orchestral concert in Mosul, and the city is hosting more cultural events as well — not least to get attention from international donors who could fund reconstruction.

Using Music To Help Rebuild Mosul, Ravaged By Three Years Under ISIS

The Iraqi city was the largest one that the violent extremist group conquered, and while it was liberated last year, there is still wreckage (physical and psychic) everywhere. Late last month, a group from the Iraqi National Symphony organized an orchestral concert in Mosul, and the city is hosting more cultural events as well — not least to get attention from international donors who could fund reconstruction.