For a lot of Kickstarter projects, “Risks and Challenges” translates as “what might go wrong.” But Kronos looks at risks and challenges as key parts of the creative process. Our goal with this project is to fund four works for string quartet that challenge their composers or arrangers to the utmost in terms of their artistic vision and the ability to achieve it. As David puts it in the video above, these are intended to be works that the composers have been waiting their whole lives to create—transformative pieces for the composer, the performer, and the listener. And with these high aspirations come risks of all kinds—aesthetic (conceiving of and developing the vision), technical (marrying the vision to the instruments of the Quartet), logistical (translating the work from the rehearsal studio to the stage), and more.
It’s not bad. In fact, this is a triumph: a Christmas song written entirely by an artificial intelligence at the University of Toronto. Yet it has that uncanny neural network je ne sais quoi in spades. I swear it’s Christmas Eve I hope that’s what you say The best Christmas present in the world is […]
Annoying song stuck in your head? This BrainCraft video explains that listening to it from beginning to end may free you from its burden. It’s a technique based on the Zeigarnik effect, the tendency we have to remember things which are uncompleted. To try it yourself, listen to this first:
The Boing Boing Store’s Gift Guide is full of ideas for pretty much anyone in your life like hipster ice cub trays, Xbox controllers, Halo Boards, and even diamond necklaces. As always, all products in the Boing Boing Store come at great discounts, too. Shop by price bucket starting at under $20. Under $20:Bloxx Jumbo Ice Trays […]
Unlike traditional lighters, the SaberLight features an electronic plasma beam that’s both rechargeable and butane-free. This sleek lighter is even approved by TSA, so you’ll never be stuck buying lighters you’ll just have to throw away partially used. For some people, like me, this is a pretty big game-changer. The SaberLight’s beam is actually both hotter and cleaner […]
Holiday shopping is in full swing, and the Striiv Touch is one of the best gift ideas I’ve landed on. Its simple design works for females and males, and its wide range of features makes it suitable for even the non-fitness enthusiasts in your life.Unlike traditional fitness trackers, the Striiv Touch also acts as a smartwatch. It […]