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Tofubeats: the art of reality in an era of 'post-truth'

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The final months of 2016 left Yusuke Kawai feeling confused. The electronic artist who records under the name tofubeats came across a BBC news segment touching on the concept of “post-truth” — the Oxford Dictionary named it word of the year and defines it as “relating to or denoting circumstances ...

Renick Bell discovers the art inside the algorithms

May 9, 2017

Renick Bell discovers the art inside the algorithms

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In 2017, algorithms are everywhere. They determine the news we see, the music we stream, the advertisements we’re served and the very means through which we communicate and access information on a daily basis. And it’s not just our online experience that’s underpinned by ...

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

| May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

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It’s official: You can’t escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...

Pop music catches up to De De Mouse

Apr 25, 2017

Pop music catches up to De De Mouse

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Daisuke Endo made peace with EDM thanks to Mister Donut. The electronic artist, better known by his stage name De De Mouse, eats at the snack chain frequently. Recently, he says he has been enjoying the American pop music they pipe into the store. ...

Anime gives Japanese bands a new route to potential fans

Apr 23, 2017

Anime gives Japanese bands a new route to potential fans

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‘Retro” was the theme at this year’s Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in the Northeastern United States, and that idea extended to the event’s featured musical acts: veteran pop duo Puffy AmiYumi and 1960s-styled rock quartet Okamoto’s. “The only other time we played ...