This is brilliant:
This is brilliant:
Have you ever wondered how music has evolved over the years? One YouTube video tries to answer that question by distilling 10 centuries of song into four-and-a-half minutes.
A quintet of singers, collectively called Pentatonix, start off with a haunting chant from the 11th century. They then move on to Pachelbel’s Canon from the 1600s, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 from the 1800s. The group eventually sings its way into the 20th century and finally the present day, which features hits from Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Check out the video’s full list of songs, here.
What do you think of the evolution of music – has it improved music over time?
Some people love Justin Bieber’s songs, others of us struggle with them. But Steve Pycroft felt that, while Bieber’s songs had potential, one song in particular coud be raised to a new — and baroque — level.
Pycroft took Bieber’s pop tune “Beauty and Beat” and rearranged it for a performance by the counter-tenor Robin Blaze and the University of York Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. The song maintains the original lyrics, but has a whole new feel when slowed down and classed up.
It’s a very different type of cover song to the usual I see on YouTube:
What has happened to telephone landline and CD sales is coming to television. And that has got broadcasters worried.
Ryan Nakashima of the AP wrote about TV broadcasters’ biggest worry: the people who have no TV whatsoever (not even antenna ones that get free signals over the air). They dubbed this group “Zero TV”
Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills.
A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don’t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group “Zero TV” households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.
Click here for the full article.
Thanks to Mary Hawes for the heads up on a consultation the BBC is conducting about its programming (TV & Radio) for under 12s. The views of children are being sought as well as those of adults.
According to The Guardian, The Bible TV series will be shown on channel 5:
It is better known for Celebrity Big Brother and documentaries featuring very long trucks, but Channel 5 will also be home this autumn to a sweeping 10-hour epic, The Bible.
Richard Desmond’s channel announced on Monday it had bought the rights to the show made by Mark Burnett, previously better known for shows such as reality hit Survivor and The Voice.
A big-budget glossy epic, The Bible was a surprise ratings hit in the US this Easter with more than 13 million viewers on The History Channel, one of its biggest-ever shows.
Producers claimed during the making of the show that it had been struck by mysterious omens which indicated the “hand of God”, including a sudden swarm of snakes.
It remains to be seen whether it works any ratings miracles for Channel 5.
The Bible, which stars Diogo Morgado as Jesus, devotes five hours to the Old Testament, and five hours to the New, with a mix of live action and computer generated imagery. It is billed as a production that “tries to stay true to the spirit of the book”.
For those who have already seen it, is it worth watching?
A ground breaking series of films for an emerging generation of young adults.
The number of young adults in church has been declining steadily now for quite some time. Whilst disillusioned with church, this missing generation pursue comfort and happiness like almost nothing else. They have a consumerist outlook yet crave real community. YFC passionately believe that God is the answer to their deepest needs so they’ve invested time, energy and resources in how they might make a difference. Their first response is Ethos.
Ethos is a series of ground-breaking short films, available to watch free on the YFC site and YouTube, that speak creatively and authentically into the issues. Ethos exists to help address the needs specific to this generation of young adults; to help inspire, stir, challenge and ignite discussion amongst so called generation Y.
Read the whole story on the YFC website.