Read This: (2) Save Live Music, Charles Dutoit, Birmingham, and Drones

Music-related content I’ve read with interest this week. Warning: not an exhaustive list.

John Spellar explains why his Agent of Change Bill is vital to the UK music industry

“The Music Venue Trust and UK Music estimate that over a third of music venues have closed over the past decade – which is why this Wednesday in the House of Commons I am bringing forward the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.

This Bill is designed to protect existing music venues from facing closure or crippling cost arising from development of new residential properties in their vicinity.

What the Bill will do in practice is that when buildings near a music venue are converted to residential use or a new development is put up, the onus will be on the developer – not the venue – to ensure the new dwellings are protected from factors (particularly noise) which could be significantly disrupting to residents.”

https://www.ukmusic.org/news/john-spellar-mp-writes-blog-for-huffpost-urging-government-to-support-the-a

Guardian: Charles Dutoit resigns from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra over abuse claims

Charles Dutoit’s position described as ‘untenable’ after six women accuse him of sexual assault

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/10/royal-philharmonic-orchestra-conductor-quits-over-abuse-claims

Birmingham Symphony Hall to undergo £12m revamp

“This project will finally give Symphony Hall the foyers and public spaces to match its world class auditorium.”

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/commercial-property/symphony-hall-undergo-12m-revamp-14130321

Times: Richard Morrison – Birmingham has bid for a silly jamboree while its culture is dying

“The roof is leaking, you can’t afford your kids’ music lessons, your income is half what it was ten years ago and you are defaulting on your mortgage. What do you do? Why, you throw a lavish party for thousands of people you don’t know. Obviously.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/richard-morrison-birmingham-has-bid-for-a-silly-jamboree-while-its-culture-is-dying-x06n2xnqx

Techcrunch: Watch Intel’s Drones Play The Piano

Humans playing air guitars form the majority of this – the drones kick in around 4’50”. It’s a little clunky. They might want to work on their scales and arpeggios a little more.

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