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The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

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Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones "Hey, what song are you listening to?" Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I'm glad to oblige -- other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and posted the results. Below are similar videos from London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, and Philadelphia. If you know of other videos, leave links in the comments!

London

Tracklist and more after the jump.

Tracklist:

1. ABBA - Money Money Money
2. Coldplay - Cemetaries of London
3. The Clash - Rock the Casbah
4. Common - Play Your Cards Right
5. Podcast Tour of London
6. The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
7. Corrine Baily Ray - Seasons Change
8. Vangelis - Conquest of Paradise
9. Nadia Ali - Fine Print
10. Plastician - Japan
11. Rihanna - Disturbia
12. Beirut - Elephant Gun
13. Burial - Endorphin
14. Nine Inch Nails - Deep
15. Gospel Choir - You are Worthy of My Praise
16. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
17. Danny Byrd - Ill Behaviour
18. Bruce Springsteen - Down to the River
19. Podcast Japanese 101
20. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
21. Jay Z - Jigga that N***a
22. Disney's The Jungle Book - I Wanna Be Like You
23. Jessie J - Price Tag
24. Bonobo - Kota
25. Lady Gaga - Highway Unicorn
26. Vybz Kartel - All Out
27. Travis - Love Will Come Through
28. Black Eyed Peas - That's the Joint
29. Drake - Sooner Than Later
30. Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument
31. Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From

Copenhagen

Tracklist:

1. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band - Express Yourself
2. Kanye West - All The Lights
3. Seeed - What You Deserve Is What You Get
4. Brandy - Another Day In Paradise
5. Alexandra Stan - Mr Saxo Beat
6. Nelly - Ride Wit Me
7. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
8. Pet Shop Boys - New York City Boy
9. Taio Cruz - Dynamite
10. Foo Fighters - These Days
11. The White Stripes - I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
12. Nina Hagen - Unbeschriblich Weiblich
13. Anna David - Tæt På
14. The Beatles - Lady Madonna
15. Repo Men OST - 54-46 Was My Number (Toots & The Maytals)
16. Low - I See Everything
17. Yann Tiersen - Amelie Theme
18. Dire Straits - Single-Handed Sailor
19. U$O - Momentet
20. Gavin McGraw - She Holds The Keys
21. Elbow - One Day Like This
22. Ben Harper - In The Colors

Singapore

Tracklist:

Black & Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
Image Of The Invisible - Thrice
The Con - Tegan & Sara
Common Dreads - Enter Shikari
Hello - Porter Robinson
Run Pig Run - Queens Of The Stone Age
Mirrors - Natalia Kills
Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
Give Me Everything(Tonight) - Pitbull
I'm Not A Human Being - Lil' Wayne
Bahnhof Rumble - The Chemical Brothers
Swagga - Excision
Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
??? - ????? - Jay Chou
Can't Nobody - 2NE1

Lisbon

Tracklist:

Lady Gaga - The edge of Glory
Jay Z - 99 Problems
Lil Wayne - Bring it Back
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Kesha - Blow
Aloe Blacc - I need a dollar
Bob Marley - One love
Saphira - Shout in the night
Zeca Afonso - cantar alentejano
Akon - Dont Matter
Lady Gaga - Born this way
Within Temptation - Ice queen
Mac Miller - Nikes on my Feet
Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio
Best Coast - I want You
Seu jorge - Mina do condominio

Philadelphia

Tracklist:

1. Kanye West - All Falls Down
2 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
3. Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
4. Above and Beyond - On a Good Day
5. Kindred the Family Soul - Where Would I Be
6. Balkan Beat Box - Sunday Arak
7. Foals - Total Life Forever
8. Ariel Pink - Gettn High in the Mornin
9. Knaan - Bang Bang
10. Mumford and Sons - WinterWinds
11. Chris Brown - Oh My Love
12. Marc Anthony - El Cantante
13. Wale - Chillin
14. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
15. Yo Gotti - Look In The Mirror
16. MFSB - The Sound of Philadelphia
17. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
18. DJ Fresh - Gold Dust
19. ColdPlay - In My Place
20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance
21. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
22. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For
23. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
24. New Villager - Genghis On
25. Rihanna - Whats My Name
26. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
27. Kenny Chesney - Who You'd Be Today
28. Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music
29. Broken Social Scene - All Hooked Up
30. Jackie Ross - Jerk and Twine

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ABBA Is Going on Tour—As Holograms
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Missed your chance to watch ABBA perform live at the peak of their popularity? You’re in luck: Fans will soon be able to see the group in concert in all their chart-topping, 1970s glory—or rather, they’ll be able to see their holograms. As Mashable reports, a virtual version of the Swedish pop band is getting ready to go on tour.

ABBA split up in 1982, and the band hasn't been on tour since. (Though they did get together for a surprise reunion performance in 2016.) All four members of ABBA are still alive, but apparently not up for reentering the concert circuit when they can earn money on a holographic tour from the comfort of their homes.

The musicians of ABBA have already had the necessary measurements taken to bring their digital selves to life. The final holograms will resemble the band in the late 1970s, with their images projected in front of physical performers. Part of the show will be played live, but the main vocals will be lifted from original ABBA records and recordings of their 1977 Australian tour.

ABBA won’t be the first musical act to perform via hologram. Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, and Dean Martin have all been revived using the technology, but this may be one of the first times computerized avatars are standing in for big-name performers who are still around. ABBA super-fans will find out if “SOS” still sounds as catchy from the mouths of holograms when the tour launches in 2019.

[h/t Mashable]

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6 Great (and Not-So-Great) Works of Art Made by Robots
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Cold, calculating, unfeeling—none of the stereotypes associated with robots seem to describe makers of great art. But that hasn’t stopped roboticists from trying to engineer the next Picasso in a lab. Some machines and algorithms are capable of crafting works impressive enough to fool even the toughest critics. As for the rest of the robot artists and writers out there, let’s just say they won’t have creative types fearing for their jobs anytime soon. 

1. A BEATLES-ESQUE POP SONG

If you heard the song above at a party or in a crowded store, you might assume it’s just a generic pop tune. But if you listened closer, you’d hear the dissonant vocals and nonsense lyrics that place this number in the sonic equivalent of the uncanny valley. “Daddy’s Car” was composed by an artificial intelligence system from the Sony CSL Research Laboratory. After analyzing sheet music from a variety of artists and genres, the AI generated the words, harmony, and melody for the song. A human composer chose the style (1960s Beatles-style pop) and did the producing and mixing, but other than that the music is all machine. It may not have topped the pop charts, but the song did give us the genius lyric: “Down on the ground, the rainbow led me to the sun.”

2. A NOVEL THAT MADE IT PAST THE FIRST ROUND OF A FICTION CONTEST

Will the next War and Peace be written by a complex computer algorithm? Probably not, but that isn’t to say that AI can’t compose some serviceable fiction with help from human minds. In 2016, a team of Japanese researchers invented a program and fed it the plot, characters, and general structure of an original story. They also wrote sentences for the system to choose from, so the content of the novel relied heavily on humans. But the final product and the work required to string the components together was made possible by AI. The researchers submitted the story to Japan's Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Contest where it made it past the first round of judging. Though one notable Japanese author praised the novel for its structure, he also said there were some character description issues holding it back.

3. A 'NEW' REMBRANDT PAINTING

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In 2016, a 3D printer did something extraordinary: It produced a brand new painting in the spirit of a long-dead artist. The piece, titled “The Next Rembrandt,” would fit right in at an exhibition of art from the 17th-century Dutch painter. But this work is entirely modern. Bas Korsten, creative director at the Amsterdam-based advertising firm J. Walter Thompson, had a computer program analyze 346 Rembrandt paintings over 18 months. Every element of the final image, from the age of the subject and the color of his clothes to the physical brushstrokes, is reminiscent of the artist’s distinct style. But while it’s good enough to fool the amateur art fan, it failed to hold up under scruntiny from Rembrandt experts.

4. DREARY LOVE POETRY

What do you get when you dump thousands of unpublished romance novels into an AI system? Some incredibly bleak poetry, as Google discovered in 2016. The purpose of the neural network was to connect two separate sentences from a book into one whole thought. The result gave us such existential gems as this excerpt:

"there is no one else in the world.
there is no one else in sight.
they were the only ones who mattered.
they were the only ones left.
he had to be with me.
she had to be with him.
i had to do this.
i wanted to kill him.
i started to cry."

To be fair, the algorithm was designed to construct natural-sounding sentences rather than write great verse. But that doesn’t stop the passages from sounding oddly poetic.

5. A CREEPY CHRISTMAS SONG

Christmas songs rely heavily on formulas and cliches, aka ideal neural network fodder. So you’d think that an AI program would be capable of whipping up a fairly decent holiday tune, but a project from the University of Toronto proved this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Their algorithm was prompted to compose the song above based on a digital image of a Christmas tree. From there it somehow came up with trippy lyrics like, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.”

6. A CROWDSOURCED ABSTRACT PAINTING

Art made by a robot.
Instapainter

The image above was painted by the mechanical arm of a robot, but naming the true artist of the piece gets complicated. That’s because the robotic painter was controlled by multiple users on the internet. In 2015, the commissioned art service Instapainting invited the online community at Twitch to crowdsource a painting. The robot, following script commands over a 36-hour period, produced what looks like graffiti-inspired abstract art. More impressive than the painting itself was the fact that the machine was able to paint it at all. Instapainting founder Chris Chen told artnet, “It was a $250 machine slapped together with quickly written software, so running it for that long was an endurance test.”

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