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AUDIO: Prince 'a music industry rebel'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:14
Trevor Nelson and Simon Price discuss the return of US singer Prince, following recent surprise shows in London.

Lego Movie leaves Monuments in pieces

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 02:06
Blockbuster toy tie-in The Lego Movie leaves The Monuments Men for dust at the weekend, earning more than three times as much as George Clooney's WWII caper at the North American box office.

Living with the Somerset floods

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:57
How people living on the Somerset Levels have coped

Reward offer in 1988 missing case

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:57
A £20,000 reward is offered for information about the disappearance of a 15-year-old boy who went missing 26 years ago.

Indonesia, Singapore in warship row

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:53
Indonesian military officers pull out of an aerospace show in Singapore amid a row over the controversial naming of a naval warship.

VIDEO: How should flood money be spent?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:44
The row between the Environment Agency and the government over how money should be spent to protect homes from flooding has gathered pace.

AUDIO: BBC trials Instagram news service

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:30
Helen Lewis and John Crace discuss the BBC's decision to trial the new Instagram news service, Instafax, to deliver 15-second news bulletins.

Scots' views on immigration probed

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:27
People in Scotland are less likely to want to reduce immigration than people in England and Wales, a new study says.

In New Orleans, learning music by watching the feet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:26

Of all the industries technology is disrupting, the music business is experiencing some of the biggest changes. One thing that has not changed significantly: Music education. But the inventor of a new tool hopes to change that.

Shannon Powell is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He’s played on a platinum record with Harry Connick Jr. and studied under the New Orleans legend Danny Barker.

"This is where it all started, right here on St. Phillip Street,” says Powell, standing in front of the house where he’s lived his entire life.  "I roamed along this whole neighborhood."

Powell grew up in the Treme neighborhood, where he learned to play the drums by studying the musicians who passed by his front door every weekend during the second line parades, and by watching the women in church play the tambourine.

"All of the rhythms that I was listening to when I was a kid are assimilated to the street beats of New Orleans," he explains. "It’s all a part of that Habanera,  African rhythms and Spanish melodies."

Powell teaches music occasionally at the University of New Orleans. That’s where he met a student named Darren Hoffman.

"He showed me how to play the tambourine," Hoffman recalls. He was surprised at how the lesson began. Powell told him, "if you want to learn to play the tambourine, watch my feet."

"The reason why I tell him to watch my feet," Powell says, "is because when I play the tambourine up high with my hand, I’m doing rhythm with my feet."

Hoffman realized that much of what he learned in his lessons with Powell came from watching him. "It’s not just in how he sounds, it’s in his style and his personality," says Hoffman.

Before studying music, Hoffman studied film, and he got the idea for a new tool to connect musicians like Powell with music students so they could learn from masters, the same way Powell had as a kid. So he brought Powell into a recording studio and surrounded him with video cameras.

The result is the Tutti music player app. When the program is pulled up on a PC, phone or tablet, the screen displays five different frames, each one focused on a different instrument, all of them being played by Powell.

It allows the user to choose which instruments they can see and hear. So if you want to isolate the vocals, or the tambourine, you can. Or you can mute the drums so you can play along, even slow the speed of the video down by half.

Hoffman and a business partner, Kristen McEntyre, are working with music education programs to get Tutti in schools. “We have 400 high schools that are using this, and a number of universities, including courses at Berklee College of Music, and of course we have our at-home musicians,” McEntyre says.

The app itself is free, but the songs have to be purchased individually. A percentage goes back to the musicians who recorded them.

Hoffman and McEntyre plan to expand the offerings of Tutti to different genres of music, and eventually create a subscription model to generate revenue.

The Life and death of Flappy Bird

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:20
The short life and death of Flappy Bird

Living Wage 'answer to pay squeeze'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:17
Rising living costs and stagnating wages are creating a "double squeeze" on the lowest paid, a senior churchman says as he promotes the Living Wage.

NY police break up cockfighting ring

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:11
Police in New York say they seized about 3,000 birds during their biggest ever operation against illegal cockfighting.

Toyota to end Australia production

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:06
Toyota plans to end its car and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017, affecting thousands of jobs.

Two men injured in shooting

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:58
Police appeal for witnesses to a double shooting at a housing estate in Bangor, County Down.

Fulham draw a new low, says Moyes

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:47
Manchester United boss David Moyes says conceding an injury-time equaliser to Fulham is "as bad as it gets".

Police club fraud inquiry launched

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:45
Greater Manchester Police launches an investigation into an alleged fraud of up to £10,000 at its sports and social club.

AUDIO: Environment Agency 'bound by Treasury'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:40
Lord Smith discusses the stand-in floods minister Eric Pickles' recent criticism of the Environment Agency.

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:26

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn't change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:25

As more clients go on Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some birth control clinics are losing money and looking for creative ways to adapt.

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Hillsborough service tickets issued

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:23
Tickets for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster are released.

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