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NPR
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For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are The New Composers

Tomas Villegas was looking for information about a product on YouTube, but couldn't find it. "So I thought, well, I'm sure there's other people looking for it. So I made a video." Four years later, Villegas, who works at a technical college, has a side business doing product reviews on his YouTube channel. He found that adding a little music really improved his videos. "It just adds that third dimension that is missing sometimes," he says. But he hit a snag. Music is expensive. Villegas would either have to pay for rights or pay a composer. "I upload weekly," Villegas says. "So for me to pay a
A Plus
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Pop Culture

Sofia Coppola Is The First Woman In More Than 50 Years To Win This Award At Cannes

Sofia Coppola just became the second woman in history to win the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. The last female filmmaker to win the prize was Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva for Chronicle of Flaming Years in 1961. Coppola, who won an Oscar for writing 2003's Lost in Translation, was awarded this most recent prize for her work on The Beguiled, a remake of a 1971 Civil War-era film which originally starred Clint Eastwood. The new film, which is due for limited release June 23, stars Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Nicole Kidman, who was awarded the 70th Anniversary Prize
The Atlantic
4 min read

Gregg Allman, the Sound of Southern Rock

Founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, who with his Hammond B-3 organ, and soft but growling voice helped create a sound that was simultaneously jazz, rock, blues, and parts San Francisco jam band, and that became the defining tone of Southern rock music, died on Saturday. He was 69. His death was announced on his website, and gave no official cause. Allman struggled much his life with health issues and drug addiction, and the statement on his death said, “During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for
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From the Editors

Beneath the surface…

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The grass isn’t always greener. We’ve heard the cliches before, but “Big Little Lies” is a fresh look at the complicated dynamics often lurking just below the carefully painted facade of our lives.

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Alex P., Scribd Editor
From the Editors

Charming as all get out…

Charming and hilarious, these essays cover everything—from her young start on Broadway to her mixed feelings about “Twilight”—with candor and humor. Kendrick might be scrappy, but she's definitely no nobody.