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The Making of the English
is 50 this year,
yet it is still widely revered as a canonical work of social historyFifty years ago, an obscure historian working in the extra-mural department at the University of Leeds delivered
a manuscript, overdue and over-length, to Victor Gollancz â€“ a publishing house then specialising in socialist and internationalist non-fiction. No
one could have foreseen
the book's reception.
EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class became a runaway commercial and critical success.
The demand for this 800-page doorstop was nothing short
of remarkable. In 1968, Pelican
Books bought the rights to The Making and published a revised version as the 1,000th book on their list.
In less than a decade, it had gone through a further five reprints. Fifty years on, it is still in print, widely revered as a canonical work of social history.It
was not Thompson's first book. A history
of William Morris had appeared in 1955, and had been met with
the indifference that is the fate of
most academic monographs.
After The Making came Whigs &
Hunters, a book on the Black
Acts â€“ the notorious Georgian legislation that criminalised not only the killing of deer, but also any suspicious activity that might hint
the intention to kill deer. This was followed by a series of colourful essays on diverse themes, including time and
industrial capitalism, food riots, and wife sales (yes, in the 18th century
men really did take their wives to market and "sell" them). Time and again, Thompson proved himself capable of taking on new topics and revisiting
old ones in new ways, creating a body of work that was original and hugely
influential.And yet Thompson was never a conventional historian.
His many years at Leeds were spent
not in the history department, but in adult education.
His tenure at the newly created University of Warwick
was brief: he resigned just six
years after taking up the post, disgusted
at the commercial turn
it was taking.
the man of letters, his resignation was accompanied
by a lengthy pamphlet outlining his intellectual objections. The
rest of his life was devoted
to a range of political causes. Thompson was an active member of the Communist party in the 40s and 50s, and founder of the Communist Party Historians Group in 1946. He was
part of the mass exodus from the
party in the 1950s following the Soviet invasion of Hungary, but
remained closely allied with a range of
leftwing movements. By the end of
the 1970s, Thompson was playing a key role, as both tireless organiser and intellectual figurehead, in the nascent
peace movement, a
cause to which he remained devoted until his death in 1993. It was a life of activism no less than of scholarship.But towering above it
all remains The Making, with its preface so memorably declaring the book's intention "to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the 'obsolete' hand-loom weaver, the 'Utopian' artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity". The book's mythic status should not distract us from the raw originality of the work.
In 1963, weavers and artisans were not
the stuff of history books. Pioneering social historians had been studying working people since the early 20th century, but the focus remained squarely on the tangible,
the measurable, the "significant" â€“ wages, living conditions, unions, strikes, Chartists. Thompson touched on the trade
the real wage, of
course, but most of his book was devoted to something that
he referred to as "experience". Through
a patient and extensive examination of local as well as national archives, Thompson had
customs and rituals, failed conspiracies, threatening letters, popular songs, and union club cards.
what others had regarded as scraps from the archive and interrogated them for what
they told us about the beliefs and aims of those who were
the winning side. Here, then, was
a book that rambled over aspects of human experience that had never
before had their historian. And the timing of its appearance could scarcely have been more fortunate.
The 1960s saw unprecedented upheaval and expansion in the university sector, with the creation of new universities filled with lecturers and students whose families had not traditionally had access to the privileged world of higher education. Little wonder, then, that so many felt
a natural affinity with Thompson's outsiders and underdogs.And there was something more. Running through The Making
was a searing anger about economic exploitation and a robust commentary on his capitalist times.
the notion that capitalism was inherently superior to
the alternative model
of economic organisation it replaced. He
to accept that artisans had
become obsolete, or that their distress was a painful but necessary adjustment
to the market economy. It was
an argument that resonated widely in the 1960s, when Marxist intellectuals could still believe that a realistic alternative to capitalism
existed, could still argue that "true" Marxism hadn't been tried properly.Appearing in the heyday of Marxist scholarship, The Making's political framework lay at the heart of the book's success. Perhaps its greatest achievement, however, is how
it has managed to
weather Marxism's subsequent fall
By the 1980s,
history no longer held a significant place
It has been on the defensive
ever since. Surveying the literary spat between
Thompson and the Polish philosopher, Leszek KoÅ‚akowski â€“ who, after years of living under Communism, had
had the temerity to desert the Marxist
banner â€“ Tony Judt
one who reads it
will ever take EP
again." And yet
we do still take Thompson seriously.
More than any of his books,
The Making continues to delight and inspire new readers. Of course, Thompson's scholarship was partial and driven by his politics.
the originality, vigour and iconoclasm of his book make certain that it will endure.â€¢
Emma Griffin's Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution will be published by
Yale later this month.â€¢ This article was amended on 6 March 2013.
The original said Stalin invaded Hungary. This
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called Masamoto saves Jack and takes
him to the
Dojo to start
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entered a Pentecostal church
for the first time, she
was in crisis,
recently divorced and bitter from
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a global ambassador for Chinese football LONDON -- Tesco PLC, Britain's largest supermarket chain, reported a 17 percent rise in full-year profit Tuesday and announced
plans to raise
to 5 billion
pounds ($8.9 billion) from the
reorganization of its property portfolio over the next five years. Last week we bought you our 10 best bad mothers on film Here we present your thoughts on who really deserved to make the list â€“
from Carrie's mother to
the queen of
the Aliens Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry
Barnes review Ken Loach's documentary about the 1945 election and the creation of
the welfare statePeter BradshawXan BrooksHenry BarnesPhil MaynardCameron Robertson Despite a backlash from
lawmakers Thursday over
Japanâ€™s possible entry into trade negotiations with the United States, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
announced Friday his nation
the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in
pursuit of a Pacific trade
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a first, the United Nations tries to tackle the proliferation
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the International Criminal Court may have won Uhuru Kenyatta the presidency of Kenya. â€œCrazy
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OTTAWA -- Blake Wheeler had two goals
and an assist and
Tim Thomas extended
his winning streak against Ottawa
to 11 games and the Boston Bruins
scored four times in the first en route to a 4-1 win over the Senators on Tuesday night. If this
weekâ€™s Conservative Political Action Conference were a papal conclave, black smoke would be billowing from the
chimney at the Gaylord
The cardinals of the conservative movement, assembling for their annual confab, skipped the usual recitations of their common creed
in favor of an emotional and inconclusive argument over what had gone wrong with their movement, how it could be fixed, and who, in a
puff of white smoke, could lead them to spiritual renewal.
Read full article >> Since its discovery 15 years ago,
lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) has become one of the most promising materials
for rechargeable batteries
because of its stability, durability,
safety and ability to deliver a lot of power at once. It has been the focus of major research projects around the world, and a leading technology used in everything from power tools to electric vehicles. But despite this widespread interest, the reasons for
lithium iron phosphateâ€™s unusual charging and discharging characteristics
have remained unclear. Inside a particle of lithium iron phosphate, the
material separates into bands that are either lithium-rich or lithium-poor. But when being charged at a high enough current level, this
separation never occurs, the MIT team found.
Watch more videos Video: Bazant laboratory Now, research by MIT associate professor of chemical
engineering and mathematics Martin Z.
Bazant has provided surprising new results showing that
the material behaves quite differently
been thought, helping to explain its performance and possibly
opening the door to
the discovery of even more effective battery materials.The new insights into lithium
iron phosphateâ€™s behavior are detailed in a paper appearing this week in the journal ACS Nano, written by Bazant and postdoc Daniel
Cogswell. The paper is an extension
of research they reported late last year in the journal Nano Letters.When it was first discovered, lithium iron phosphate was considered useful only for low-power applications. Then, later developments â€” by researchers including MITâ€™s Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics â€”
its power capacity could be improved dramatically by using it in nanoparticle form, an approach that made it one of the best materials known for high-power applications.
But the reasons why nanoparticles of LiFePO4 worked so well remained elusive.
It was widely believed that while being charged
the bulk material separated into different phases with
very different concentrations of
lithium; this phase separation,
it was thought, limited the materialâ€™s power capacity.
But the new research shows that, under many real-world conditions, this
separation never happens.Bazantâ€™s
theory predicts that above
a critical current, the reaction is so fast that the material loses its tendency for the phase separation
happens at lower power levels. Just below the critical current, the material passes through a new
â€œquasi-solid solutionâ€ state, where it
â€œdoesnâ€™t have time to complete the phase separation,â€ he says.
These characteristics help explain why this material
is so good for rechargeable batteries, he says.
The findings resulted from a combination of theoretical analysis, computer modeling and laboratory experiments, Bazant explains â€” a cross-disciplinary approach that reflects his own joint appointments in
MITâ€™s departments of chemical engineering and mathematics.Previous
analyses of this material had examined its behavior at a single point in time, ignoring the dynamics
of its behavior. But Bazant and Cogswell studied how the material changes while in use,
either while charging or discharging a battery â€” and
its changing properties over time turned out to
be crucial to understanding
â€œThis hasnâ€™t been done before,â€ Bazant says.
What they found, he adds, is a whole new phenomenon, and one that could be important for understanding the performance of many battery
materials â€” meaning this work could be
significant even if lithium iron phosphate ends
up being abandoned in favor of other new materials.Researchers
had thought that
lithium gradually soaks into the particles from the outside in, producing a shrinking core of lithium-poor material at the center.
What the MIT team
found was quite different: At low current, the
lithium forms straight parallel bands of enriched material within each particle, and the bands travel across the particles
as they are
But at higher
electric-current levels, there is no separation at all, either in bands or in layers; instead, each particle soaks up the lithium all at once, transforming almost instantaneously from lithium-poor to lithium-rich.
us her 'list of political books that may or may not be political but that are definitely
bursting with righteous indignation'People call me a political writer, but I try not to let it
The truth is I'm probably more interested in ideas
than I am in
something that can be as narrowly defined as politics, and I've always been drawn to authors who use humour to poke fun at the status quo. Looking over my top ten political
books for teenagers, I find the list pretty
People seldom stop to think over their influences, and list
one to ten and I would advise
you to give it
a go. Generally, of course, I prefer to keep the little squeaky wheel that drives my creative processes
locked away in the dark. Treat it mean and keep it keen
is my motto. However, when I look at this list, I see a pattern of lifelong interest in telling the truth
and being funny about
it â€“ and it makes me realise how much of a debt I owe these great writers.So here, in no particular order, is my list of political books that may or may not be political but that are definitely bursting with righteous indignation and
great ideas. Enjoy.1.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams'Only six people in the Galaxy knew that
the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it. Zaphod
Beeblebrox was amazingly good at his
job.'Douglas Adam's series is
observations like this. A very seditious book indeed, all the more dangerous for the author's cunning skill in masking his
intentions with humour and an incredible cast of wild and wonderful characters.2. The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Wil CuppyAfter working on research for this book for 16 years, author Will Cuppy upped and died just before publication, which was a very Will Cuppy thing to do. One of America's
great humorists, he exquisitely skewers every single important political figure he can get his hands on.
modern men are descended from wormlike
creatures, but it shows
more on some people.'
next four choices are more serious in case you thought I was being too lightweight, too Lib Dem...3.
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.Isaac
Asimov was inspired by Edward Gibbon's
the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire â€“ and by contemporary
global politics â€“ to create his own political epic. The result was The Foundation Trilogy, a stunning science fiction work that raises profound questions,
such as why do empires
rise and fall? How is society best
run? My sister gave the series to me one
Christmas and I can clearly remember having the
best holidays ever as I devoured Asimov's words.4. Guantanamo Boy by Anna PereraA really brave book that came out in the height of the Twilight and general vampire fantasy mania,
which makes its brutal portrayal of how a real boy in a real prison of war camp is broken down by real soldiers all the more stark. I love it for the passion
of Perera's writing. A wonderful
way to bring the 'War on Terror' home to the younger generation.5.
The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieLeaving the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend
an all-white high school, Junior struggles to escape his destiny back on the reservation.
This novel is a lovely example of how to write a political book without looking like you're trying too hard.
Alexei's style is never didactic, nor harsh, relying instead on strong and believable
characters that change your worldview as they
transform theirs.6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeI've got to put
one in, although it seems to make every top ten ever written.
An exploration of racial tensions in the deep South through
the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch.
As her lawyer father,
Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and
her friends learn about
the unjust treatment of African-Americans â€”
and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.If
this book doesn't make you sizzle, I don't know what will.
I'm still sizzling now and it's a Sunday afternoon thirty years after
I first read it.And
now back to funnyâ€¦ some clever, some ha ha.7.
Whoops! by John LanchesterThis is a witty and
accessible overview of the economic crisis. A must-read for any young sprats wondering how their economic futures got washed
down the drain.8. Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe book begins with this note: Persons attempting to find a motive in this
be prosecuted; persons attempting to find
a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find
a plot in it will be shot.By order of the AuthorNice try, Mr.
Clemens. The story
is, of course,
a passionate defense of human rights, but it's brilliance, like Part Time Indian, is that it doesn't preach. No one is ever, ever allowed to rear up on their
hind legs to deliver a heartbreaking monologue about the evils of slavery or racism. Twain simply can't spare
space, he's too busy trying to cram
as much fun as he can
into every paragraph.9. 1066 and All That by
W. C Sellar and R. J
YeatmanTest paper II:How would you dispose
of:A) A Papal Bull?B) Your nephews?C) Your mother? (Be brutal.)1066
is a little
dated now, but
it's still very funny.
Really exposes how dull and pointless adults manage to make the teaching
of history and politics to the younger generation.
No wonder people say kids aren't interested.And for my final choice, a little George Orwell, but maybe not the
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell'You have talked so often of going
dogs - and well, here are
the dogs, and you have reached them.'Forget
Animal Farm, which I honestly think no adult ever enjoyed as a child (I'm never getting over Boxer).
vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately
and Out is a really moving and often darkly
comic tour of the underworld
of society â€“ and I feel is the most warm, the
most human of Orwell's books.Teen booksChildren and teenagersGeorge OrwellHarper Leeguardian.co.uk © 2013
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Descending a Staircaseâ€
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and rich landowners in a novel tactic to preserve the landscapes of the West: buy out their opponents. Sidney Crosby, center, tallies a goal and three assists while the Penguins overwhelm the Rangers in the third period with
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made pu... Gielgud, LondonPeter Morgan struck box-office gold with his
movie The Queen.
He's likely to do so again with this play
based on the private weekly audience given by the monarch to the prime minister.
But I'd say that in both cases, PM owes a great deal to
HM: in other words, Helen Mirren,
who once again gives a
faultless performance that transcends mere impersonation to endow the monarch with a sense of
inner life and a quasi-Shakespearean aura of solitude.As a
dramatist, however, Morgan faces two problems. One is that no one ever knows what is said
at these weekly tÃªte-Ã -tÃªtes since they are un-minuted. The other, more serious, is that in a constitutional monarchy, the Queen has no authority to contradict policy:
simply, in the words of Walter Bagehot in the 19th century, "to be
consulted, to advise
and to warn", which would seem to rule
out dramatic conflict.
I'd say that Morgan counters these problems with varying degrees of success.In
a play that zigzags back and forth over 60
years and shows eight of the
12 prime ministers the Queen has dealt with (though not Tony Blair), Morgan is obviously free to speculate about what was said. He
does this entertainingly
enough, showing the Queen often acting as a surrogate shrink to her harassed ministers:
she offers a hanky to a tearful John Major (a very
funny Paul Ritter) and counsels sleep and rest to
a paranoid Gordon Brown
(a highly plausible Nathaniel Parker).But Morgan's right to
exercise dramatic licence goes way over the top in his portrait of Harold Wilson. This is no
fault of Richard McCabe, who plays Wilson with a nice pawky humour.
But I cannot believe that Wilson, the most calculating of politicians and an Oxford don before he acquired power, would
ever have breezed into Buckingham Palace
posing as a working-class "ruffian"; and, however chummy he later became, I find it unlikely that he would have cheeked
the Queen about her Germanic origins, saying that at Balmoral, instead of the bagpipes, "you should have someone playing the accordion in lederhosen".The
more serious question, however, is how you inject conflict into a situation
that, constitutionally, precludes it. Morgan does this in artful ways
by showing the Queen using her position to
speak truth to power.
In 1952, as a
monarch, she stands up to
an ageing Churchill (Edward Fox, gallantly taking over the
role at short notice). And
in 1956 she smokes out the pretence of Anthony Eden
(an excellently twitchy Michael Elwyn) that our invasion of Suez was a response to
Israeli aggression rather than the result of military and
in demonstrating the Queen's practical wisdom, Morgan limits
the scope for conflict; and only twice, in
a perky panorama of political history, did I feel the
dramatic temperature rise.
Once was in the 1992 scene when John Major relays Princess Diana's
scathing views about the monarchy and
puts the Queen on the back foot by questioning royal expenditure. The other was the moment when
Mrs Thatcher (Haydn Gwynne in a tearing temper) storms into
to attack, with some justice, leaks over royal dislike
of her policies.
But the virtue of this scene is that it leads to the one serious political debate over Thatcher's determined refusal to apply sanctions to South Africa.However
hard Morgan tries, the evening can't help but seem like a series of
sketches: a kind of "1956 And All That". What holds it together is Stephen Daldry's adroit production and Helen Mirren's
luminous performance, which, even in
a non-linear script, pins down the Queen's steady growth in confidence
and authority. Daldry has had
the witty idea of allowing many of the costume changes to take place on stage so that we see Mirren, like an upmarket Gypsy Rose Lee, shedding her layers of costume: in a
trice she moves from being Major's solid, elderly comforter to
the lissom newcomer coping with a patronising Churchill 40 years earlier.But Mirren also captures the Queen's mix of the extraordinary and the ordinary. Like HMQ in Alan Bennett's A Question of Attribution,
she has the capacity
to see through all forms of pretence. And, in her dialogues with her
younger self, she conveys the sense of entrapment and loneliness that co-exists with a life of royal privilege. I have a theory that all plays about monarchy, from Shakespeare's Henry V to Howard
Brenton's 55 Days,
end up as studies of solitude. That's exactly what happens here. But if Morgan's speculative and essentially static high-class political gossip â€“ what you might call Pepys behind the scenes â€“ acquires emotional resonance,
it is largely thanks to
the naturally majestic Mirren. Until 15 June.
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opens doors you didnâ€™t know existed.â€Abrams joked that his visit to the Media Lab reminded him of many scripts heâ€™s written about mysterious people working in secret laboratories.
The creator of these mad scientists
with malevolent plans or twisted
apologized to the researchers arrayed before
him: â€œTo anyone who is a
scientist, all I can say is, â€˜Iâ€™m sorry!â€™â€ Humbled by the research he observed at the lab,
he added, â€œIâ€™ve never felt dumber than I do now.â€Asked about the secrecy that often surrounds his projects, Abrams explained, â€œItâ€™s not a ploy, or being coy.â€
Rather, he said,
it stems from his feelings, as a moviegoer and TV viewer, that too much advance discussion of movies or shows can really detract from the enjoyment. â€œWe
do it to make the experience better for viewers,â€ he
that in some
ways, the building that houses his production company, Bad Robot, resembles the Media Lab,
where open, glass-walled labs allow
a view of what everyone else is working on.
At Bad Robot, he said, teams also work in glass-walled spaces to encourage a spirit of sharing
and collaboration. â€œIt is eerily similar, in some respects,â€ he said.To
encourage creativity, even the waiting rooms
at Bad Robot have tables covered
with paper and
markers, instead of
piles of old magazines.
â€œItâ€™s not a place to read, itâ€™s a place to create,â€ he said.One
example of letting the
story take off in
unexpected directions, Abrams said, was in the making of â€œLost,â€ where Ben
Linus was initially written as a one-episode character. But Abramsâ€™ co-creator, Damon Lindeloff, â€œrealized this guy is a much more important character,â€ and he ended up becoming quite central to the last few years
of the series. By sticking to the plan, Abrams said, the story would have
been much less interesting. Sometimes, he said, someone who becomes your favorite character â€œwas just a brushstroke in the script.â€But sometimes things go in the other
direction, he said: Someone who
was supposed to be a
character â€œfor whatever reason, isnâ€™t doing what you expected.â€ In the
original storyline, â€œyou
knew that the end of the season was going to be a big reveal for that character.â€ But if things arenâ€™t working out, he said with a shrug, â€œyou realize youâ€™ve got to kill him.â€In
fact, Abrams said, he feels â€œthereâ€™s nothing worse than going into a meeting where you expect things to go a certain way, and having it go that way.â€Evolving
thingsâ€œWhen youâ€™re driving in the fog, you know where youâ€™re going, but suddenly you realize
thereâ€™s a giant
canyon you have to go around,â€ he said. Creativity â€œis organic, itâ€™s an evolving
thing.â€ Ito said thatâ€™s much
like the process often followed at
the Media Lab, where serendipity is key: â€œWe figure out the questions, sometimes, after we figure out the answers.â€Abrams
said that in general, he doesnâ€™t
think the medium â€” whether a program is viewed on a television or
a laptop â€” makes
much difference. Itâ€™s
the storytelling that matters, he said.But, he added, there are some important differences. â€œIâ€™m excited about doing things
for cable,â€ a medium that averts
the limitations imposed by commercial breaks. Because of the need to
end each segment with a dramatic cliffhanger â€” something for which his programs are known â€” â€œitâ€™s a cart-before-the-horse way of storytelling. You have to build this unnatural dramatic moment imposed by the structure, not
by the story.â€In the end, Abrams
said, whether heâ€™s creating a character, a scene, or a storyline, the key
to knowing when something
is working well is in the way it makes him feel: â€œHow do I know? Because I get chills!â€People today have become jaded and suspicious, Abrams said, because special effects and computer-generated images have
become so sophisticated that itâ€™s hard to create a feeling of amazement anymore.
â€œPart of my job is to be able to re-mystify things,â€ he said.â€¢ PSG
sporting director popped question to Sky Italia girlfriend â€¢ Anna BillÃ² was asking about PSG's draw with
BarcelonaParis Saint-Germain's sporting director, Leonardo, asked his TV presenter partner, Anna BillÃ², to marry him live on
air after Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw.BillÃ²,
who was presenting Sky Italia's coverage
of the event in Switzerland, was speaking to Leonardo about PSG's quarter-final pairing with Barcelona when she asked him if he had any questions for the studio panel.The
former Brazil midfielder, a
and Internazionale coach, leapt on the opportunity, saying: "Anna, do you want to marry me?"
to a clearly embarrassed BillÃ².
Leonardo, who already has a son with BillÃ², carried on while everyone
in the studio laughed."Do you want to marry me? You have to answer me now. I'm waiting for your answer. It's not that difficult," he said. The shocked
but smiling BillÃ² stuttered: "OK â€¦ We'll see."The presenter's microphone remained on
while the show went to an advert break and she could be seen fanning herself with
piece of paper and declaring: "He's gone mad."Five years
ago, the then France coach Raymond Domenech made a
similar move, proposing to the French TV presenter Estelle Denis
in a live interview minutes after Les Bleus had
been eliminated in the first round of Euro 2008 with a 2-0 defeat against Italy.Champions
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In 2010, three years before he became Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge
Bergoglio sat down with prosecutors and human rights lawyers in his office to give formal testimony about his role during Argentina's "dirty war." The internal
conflict had killed thousands of civilians from 1976 to 1983, but was, and is, still only partially resolved. The Catholic Church, a powerful institution in Argentina, has long been accused of working with the right-wing military regime. It was probably only a matter of time until someone in Argentina asked
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that endures.In 1967, late one night in the eucalyptus-scented
hills of Palo Alto,
John Chowning stumbled
across what would become one of the most profound
developments in computer music.
â€œIt was a discovery of the ear,â€ says Chowning, who gave a lecture and concert on Oct. 11 sponsored by the Media Lab and the MIT Center for Art, Science
& Technology (CAST). While experimenting with extreme vibrato in Stanfordâ€™s Artificial Intelligence Lab, he found that once the
frequency passed out the range of
human perception â€” far beyond what any cellist or opera singer could ever dream of producing â€” the vibrato effect disappeared and a completely new tone materialized.What Chowning discovered was FM synthesis: a simple
yet elegant way of manipulating a basic waveform to produce a potpourri of new and complex
sounds â€” from sci-fi warbles to metallic beats.
Frequency modulation (FM) synthesis works, in essence, by using one
sound to control the
frequency of another sound; the relationship of these two
sounds determines whether or not the result will be harmonic. Chowning's classically
trained ear had sounded out a phenomenon whose
mathematical rationale was subsequently confirmed by his colleagues in physics, and would populate the aural landscape with the kind of cyborg sounds that
gave the 1980s its musical identity. Chowning licensed and patented his invention to a little known Japanese company called Yamaha when no American manufacturers were interested. While the existing synthesizers on the market cost about as much as a car,
Yamaha had developed an effective yet
In 1983, Yamaha released the DX-7, based on Chowning's FM synthesis algorithm â€” and the rest is history.
The patent would become one of Stanford's most lucrative, surpassed only by
the technology for
and an upstart called Google.
With its user-friendly interface, the DX-7 gave musicians an entrÃ©e into the world
of programmers, opening up a new palette of possibility.
of a rising tide of technological
developments â€” such as the introduction
of personal computers and the musical lingua franca MIDI â€” FM synthesis helped deliver digital
music from the laboratory to the
masses. The early dream of computer music The prelude to Chowning's work was the research of scientists such as Jean-Claude Risset and Max
Mathews at AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1950s and '60s.
These men were the early anatomists of sound, seeking to uncover the inner
workings of its structure and perception.
At the heart of these investigations was a simple dream: that any kind of sound in the world could be created
out of 1s and
0s, the new utopian language of code. Music, for the first time, would be freed from the constraints of actual instruments. As Mathews wrote in
the liner notes of Music from Mathematics, the first recording of computer music,
"the musical universe is now circumscribed only by man's perceptions and creativity."
"That generation," says Tod Machover, the Muriel R. Cooper
of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, "was the first to look at the computer as a medium on its own." But both the unwieldy, expensive
equipment and the
clumsiness of the
resulting sounds â€”
two problems that Chowning helped surmount
â€” inhibited these early efforts (by Chowning's calculations, as
he noted in his lecture, the Lab's
bulky IBM 7090 would be worth approximately nine cents today).
But by the mid-1960s, the research had
progressed to the point where scientists
could begin to sculpt the mechanical bleeps and bloops into something of musical value. Frequency modulation played a
big part. Manipulating the frequency unlocked the
secrets of timbre, that most mysterious of sonic qualities. In reproducing timbre â€” the distinctive soul of a note
â€” Chowning was like a puppeteer bringing
his marionette to life. The effects of FM synthesis conveyed "a very human kind of
irregularity," Machover says.
The future of music Today, the various â€” and often unexpected â€” applications of FM synthesis are omnipresent, integrated so completely into everyday life
we often take them for grantedâ€“ a ringing cellphone, for
instance. Yet while digital technologies became more and more pervasive,
Chowning's hearing began to worsen and he slowly withdrew
from the field.
For a composer whose work
engaged the most subtle and granular of sonorities, this hearing loss was devastating.
Now, thanks to a new hearing aid, Chowning is back on the scene. The event at MIT on Thursday â€” titled "Sound Synthesis and Perception: Composing from the Inside Out" â€” marked the East Coast premiere of his new piece Voices featuring his
wife, the soprano Maureen Chowning, and an
interactive computer using the programming language MaxMSP. Chowning sees the piece as a kind of rebuttal to those who once doubted the "anachronistic humanists" who
feared the numbing encroachments of
the computer. In Voices, he says,
the "seemingly inhuman machine is being used to accompany the most human
of all instruments, the singing voice."
sums up a lifetime of Chowning's musical
preoccupations, his innovations in our understanding of sound and its perception, and the far-reaching aesthetic possibilities in the dialogues between man and machine. At MIT, Chowning
enjoyed meeting the next generation of scientists, programmers and composers, glimpsing into the future of music. "The machinery is no longer the limit," he announced to the crowd. Indeed, MIT has its own rich history of innovation in the field, as embodied by figures such as Professor Emeritus Barry Vercoe, who pioneered the creation of synthetic music at the Experimental Music Studio in
the 1970s before going on to head the Media Lab's Music, Mind, and Machine group. "MIT is in many ways a unique institution," Chowning says, where, "cutting edge technology interacts with highly
developed artistic sensibilities." In the Media Lab, Chowning saw the
dreams of his generation pushed forward.
One thing, in
is clear: "music has humanized the computer."
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