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Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony

Sometimes I feel The need to move on So I pack a bag And move on Move on --David Bowie, “Move On” We might have been calling it the Lake Geneva Trilogy, given David Bowie’s recuperative sojourn in Switzerland after the emptiness he felt in L.A. The first album in the Berlin Trilogy, Low, was mostly recorded in France, and the last album of the trilogy, Lodger, in Montreaux in 1979. But they were almost all written in, around, and about Berlin, where Bowie found what he was looking for—a ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, France, Berlin, Los Angeles, David Bowie, Switzerland, John Adams, Times, Gary Oldman, Low, Los Angeles Times, Philip Glass, Bowie

Studying in Berlin: 4 International Students Share Their Experience

Deciding to move away from your home country to study abroad can probably be one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Choosing the right city is not about spinning the globe with eyes closed and dropping a finger on a random destination. Unfortunately, the choice is way more complicated, and even if it is not easy to realize it at the very start, it can be literally life-changing. Sending applications to university in other countries means to gradually plan your future and to figure out...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, Greece, Education, Study, Berlin, US, People, University, Italy, Stories, Student, Istanbul, Alice, Expat, Michael

Pristine Footage Lets You Revisit Life in Paris in the 1890s: Watch Footage Shot by the Lumière Brothers

Pioneering filmmakers Auguste and Louis Lumière, the inventors of the projected motion picture, held their first private screening in Paris in March of 1895. The streets of the French capital would go on to provide the brothers with plenty of life in motion for their new technology to capture in the years thereafter, and you can watch eight such real scenes compiled in the video above. With its startling clarity — and its more recently corrected motion and added sound — this selection of...
Tags: Google, London, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, History, Paris, Tokyo, Eiffel Tower, Seoul, Coen Brothers, Facebook Twitter, Eric Rohmer, Paris Metro

When South Africa Banned Pink Floyd’s The Wall After Students Chanted “We Don’t Need No Education” to Protest the Apartheid School System (1980)

When Apartheid states get the blessing of powerful nations, lobbies, and corporations, they seem to feel empowered to do whatever they want. Such was the case, for a time, in South Africa, the country that coined the term when it put its version of racial segregation in place in 1948. The Apartheid system finally collapsed in 1991, decades after its counterpart in the U.S.—its undoing the accumulated weight of global condemnation, UN sanction, boycotts, and growing pressure from citizens...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, College, Berlin, Israel, America, Pink Floyd, South Africa, West Bank, Un, Sun City, Canterbury, Syd Barrett, Apartheid, Facebook Twitter

Language learning app Babbel sold 1M US subscriptions this year, moves into language travel

In the world of online language learning, there are basically two heavyweights: Duolingo and Babbel. Duolingo is betting on a freemium model and a strong focus on using algorithms to help you learn better, while Berlin-based Babbel is a paid service that employs hundreds of teachers. As Babbel co-founder and CEO Markus Witte announced at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, his company is now moving into a new area of language learning with the launch of a language travel marketplace. The company...
Tags: Travel, TC, Apps, Europe, Education, Germany, Berlin, US, United States, M&a, North America, Duolingo, Babbel, Hansen, Julie Hansen, Witte

Download Beautifully-Designed Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More

In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our relationship with everyday objects. Gropius wrote in his manifesto Programm des Staatlichen Bauhauses Weimar that “There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan.” His new school, which featured faculty that included the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, did indeed...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, London, Yahoo, College, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, Mainz, Weimar, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Kunst Munich

Apoll01 wants to remake education by decentralizing the diploma

Dan Genduso spent nearly a decade working in consulting before landing on the Disrupt Berlin stage to launch his first startup, Apoll01 — a small company with a big idea about how to solve America’s expanding education crisis.  First at Accenture and then at Slalom Consulting in San Francisco, Genduso focused on building out customer engagement platforms that captured the workflows, institutional knowledge and digital assets surrounding the development of customer profiles. “I was building tho...
Tags: TC, Education, Berlin, America, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, Mit, University, United States, Higher Education, Harvard University, Accenture, Salesforce, Coursera, Udacity

How a startup mindset can help the refugee crisis

Startup entrepreneurs have a crucial role to play in building a more agile response to the global refugee crisis and also helping to change the narrative around displaced people, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin has heard. Speaking during a panel discussing how technology can support refugees to integrate and rebuild their lives, Aline Sara, CEO of NaTakallam said: “I do think that the UN and other large agencies are really looking to innovation, looking to the tech sector to kind of ...
Tags: Europe, Education, Climate Change, Entrepreneurship, Berlin, Tech, Pink Floyd, United Nations, Un, Talent, Refugee, Startup Company, Mike Butcher, Reichart, ReDI School, ReDI School of Digital Integration

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Performs Songs from His New Soundtrack for the Horror Film, Suspiria

It’s a strange time to remake a Dario Argento movie. The master of giallo (Italian for “yellow”), the crime, thriller, and horror genre films that flourished in the 60s and 70s, took particular pleasure in torturing his female characters, often in scenes involving rape and starring his topless daughter. Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 Suspiria “opens its eyes in a world where female power has never been stronger or more under attack,” writes Wired’s Angela Watercutter, who advises those who haven...
Tags: Google, Music, Hollywood, Film, College, Berlin, Bbc, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, BBC Radio, Josh Jones, Dario Argento, Burt Bacharach, Argento

10 Great German Expressionist Films: From Nosferatu to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

In 1913, Germany, flush with a new nation’s patriotic zeal, looked like it might become the dominant nation of Europe and a real rival to that global superpower Great Britain. Then it hit the buzzsaw of World War I. After the German government collapsed in 1918 from the economic and emotional toll of a half-decade of senseless carnage, the Allies forced it to accept draconian terms for surrender. The entire German culture was sent reeling, searching for answers to what happened and why. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Yahoo, Film, College, Germany, Berlin, America, Los Angeles, Prague, John, Bram Stoker, Great Britain, Allies, Facebook Twitter

David Bowie’s “Heroes” Delightfully Performed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Cover tunes are not tribute bands. The best covers don't aim to be carbon copies. They expand our concept of the original with an unexpected element or fresh lens. Would you believe me if I told you that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s take on David Bowie’s "Heroes"—the second most covered tune in the late rocker’s canon—is even sexier than the original? No? Good. Nothing ever will be. It is, however, a compelling case for the power of multiple ukuleles. A single uke could o...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, NYC, College, Berlin, George Harrison, David Bowie, Mars, Brian Eno, Bowie, Tony Visconti, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Facebook Twitter, Visconti, Poisson Rouge

The Surprising Pattern Behind the Names of Colors Around the World

People in South Korea, where I live, often ask if I don't find the Korean language awfully hard. I reply by asking them what they imagine the most difficult part might be. Almost everyone has the same answer: "There are so many words for colors." (Many add, with a strangely consistent specificity, that there are so many words for yellow.) Though each new language one learns presents a unique set of challenges, that set does invariably include memorizing the names of the colors all over a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, South Korea, College, Berlin, Charles Darwin, Vox, Seoul, UC Berkeley, Facebook Twitter, Werner, Kandinsky, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Sun Goethe, Goethe Newton

How the Radical Buildings of the Bauhaus Revolutionized Architecture: A Short Introduction

When Germany lost World War I, it also lost its monarchy. The constitution for the new postwar German state was written and adopted in the city of Weimar, giving it the unofficial name of the Weimar Republic. Free of monarchical censorship, the Weimar Republic saw, among other upheavals, the floodgates open for artistic experimentation in all areas of life.  One of the most influential aesthetic movements of the era began in Weimar,  where the Great Big Story short above opens. As the c...
Tags: Google, Art, Design, College, Germany, Berlin, History, Architecture, Seoul, Weimar, Weimar Republic, Facebook Twitter, Walter Gropius, Horn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Robert Hughes

The Thin White Duke: A Close Study of David Bowie’s Darkest Character

Good thing social media wasn’t around in 1976 when David Bowie went through one of his darkest transformations--his career might not have survived it. A few months ago Kanye West started palling around with Trumpism, MAGA hats, and folks like Candace Owens, and Twitter went ballistic and West kind of retreated. But for a moment in 1976, as Polyphonic’s video essay reminds us, David Bowie toyed with actual fascism, saying in one interview: “You’ve got to have an extreme right-wing front c...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Berlin, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, David Bowie, Playboy, Nazi, Hitler, Nikola Tesla, Enoch Powell, Eric Clapton, Victoria Station, Nme

Explore Meticulous 3D Models of Endangered Historical Sites in Google’s “Open Heritage” Project

One brisk thumping by a natural disaster, totalitarian regime, or terrorist group is more than enough to reduce an awe-inspiring heritage site to rubble. With that sad fact in mind, Google Arts & Culture has paired with CyArk, a non profit whose mission is using the latest technologies to digitally document and preserve the world's significant cultural heritage in an easily shareable format. The resulting project, Open Heritage, is a massive browsable collection of 3D heritage data, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Greece, College, Mexico, Berlin, New York City, Time, Data, Architecture, Shakespeare, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Facebook Twitter, Caracol, Ayun Halliday, AYUTTHAYA Thailand

Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event is run in partnership with TechCrunch, the official media partner. Attendees, nominees and winners will get deep discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, later this year. The Europas Awards are ba...
Tags: Health, Social, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Gaming, Cloud, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, London

Watch 9 Iconic Artists at Work: Vintage Videos of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Renoir, Monet, Escher & More

Claude Monet, 1915: We've all seen their works in fixed form, enshrined in museums and printed in books. But there's something special about watching a great artist at work. Over the years, we've posted film clips of some of the greatest artists of the 20th century caught in the act of creation. Today we've gathered together nine of our all-time favorites. Above is the only known film footage of the French Impressionist Claude Monet, made when he was 74 years old, painting alongside ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Berlin, Paris, Claude, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Museum of Modern Art, Henri Matisse, Helen Mirren, Wassily Kandinsky, Alberto Giacometti, Rodin, Jackson Pollock

Immaculately Restored Film Lets You Revisit Life in New York City in 1911

Other than one or two of the world's supercentenarians, nobody remembers New York in 1911. Plenty of living historians and enthusiasts of the city have paid intensive attention to that booming time period when the city's population fast approached five million, but none experienced it first-hand. They, and we, can get no closer to it than watching the footage above, originally shot by a Swedish documentary team which set out to capture the most celebrated places in the world at the time,...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, History, Broadway, Tokyo, Venice, Fifth Avenue, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Flatiron Building

10 Great German Expressionist Films: From Nosferatu to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

In 1913, Germany, flush with a new nation’s patriotic zeal, looked like it might become the dominant nation of Europe and a real rival to that global superpower Great Britain. Then it hit the buzzsaw of World War I. After the German government collapsed in 1918 from the economic and emotional toll of a half-decade of senseless carnage, the Allies forced it to accept draconian terms for surrender. The entire German culture was sent reeling, searching for answers to what happened and why. ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Yahoo, Film, College, Germany, Berlin, Tim Burton, America, Los Angeles, Prague, John, Hitler, Bram Stoker, Weimar, Great Britain

Stream David Bowie’s Complete Discography in a 19-Hour Playlist: From His Very First Recordings to His Last

I wish a had a better answer to the question “where were you when David Bowie died?” than, "sitting at my desk, staring dumbly at the computer screen." While the ideal place to read every instant online tribute and RIP, it was hardly a memorable location to get the news that one of our era's most brilliant creative lights had gone out, leaving in his wake millions of broken-hearted fans and a discography unequaled in modern music. But, like millions of other Bowie lovers at their compute...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Berlin, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Kendrick Lamar, Rex, Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, Marc Bolan, Roxy Music, Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Facebook Twitter, Thin White Duke

The Genius of Harry Beck’s 1933 London Tube Map–and How It Revolutionized Subway Map Design Everywhere

The subway is a marvel of engineering, and so is the modern subway map. For the first 25 years of its existence, London Underground riders relied on a map that reflected the actual distance between stations, as well as rivers, parks, and other aboveground phenomena. As designer Michael Bierut observes in the video at the top, the radically revised approach it finally adopted in 1933 proved so intuitive and easy to use, it remains the universal template for modern subway maps. The brainc...
Tags: Travel, Google, Maps, Design, London, College, Life, Berlin, Beck, History, London Tube Map, Facebook Twitter, Michael Bierut, Ayun Halliday, Harry Beck, New York Tokyo London Compare

When German Performance Artist Ulay Stole Hitler’s Favorite Painting & Hung it in the Living Room of a Turkish Immigrant Family (1976)

Carl Spitzweg’s 1839 painting The Poor Poet is an odd canvas, one which, the German History in Documents and Images project writes, “testifies to a general mid-century unease with the extremes of Romantic idealization." On the one hand, it pokes fun at its subject, a “cliché of the artist as an otherworldly genius who must suffer for his art.” (The poet’s stove appears to be fueled by his own manuscripts.) On the other hand, the painting shows a sense of defiance in its figure of the boh...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Berlin, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Kreuzberg, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Louisiana Channel, Marcel Duchamp, Durham NC Follow, Ulay, Carl Spitzweg, Spitzweg, Neue Nationalgalerie

Joan Didion Creates a Handwritten List of the 19 Books That Changed Her Life

If you've read much Joan Didion, you've almost surely come across an observation or phrase that has changed the way you look at California, the media, or the culture of the late 20th century — or indeed, changed your life. But if life-changing writers have all had their own lives changed by the writers before them, which writers made Joan Didion the Joan Didion whose writing still exerts an influence today? Conveniently enough, the author of Play It as It Lays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and ...
Tags: Google, Books, London, California, College, Berlin, George Orwell, Paris, Literature, Joan Didion, John, Seoul, Henry James, Joyce Carol Oates, Samarra, Bethlehem

Historian Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo receives Humboldt Award

Prof. Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo has received a prestigious award from a German foundation for his research on Latin American history. Granted annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, the  Humboldt Research Award honors a scholar “whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.” Tenorio-Trillo was nominated by Sebastian Conrad, a pr...
Tags: College, Germany, Berlin, Spain, Mexico City, Portugal, University Of Chicago, Stanford University, Iberian Peninsula, University of Chicago Press, Center for Latin American Studies, Free University, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Mauricio Tenorio Trillo, Humboldt Research Award, Tenorio Trillo

19-Year-Old Student Uses Early Spy Camera to Take Candid Street Photos (Circa 1895)

We are generally accustomed to thinking of 19th century photography as quite static and rigid, and for much of its early history, technical limitations ensured that it was. Portraiture especially presented a challenge to early photographers, since it involved subjects who wanted, or needed, to move, while long exposure times called for maximum stillness. Thus, we have the stiff, unsmiling poses of people trying to make like trees and stay planted in place. One striking exception, from 1843, sh...
Tags: Google, Photography, New York, College, Berlin, Northern Lights, Henrik Ibsen, Oslo, Facebook Twitter, Durham NC, Rudolf, Josh Jones, Louis Daguerre, Carl Størmer, Størmer, Royal Frederick University Størmer

The Story of How Beethoven Helped Make It So That CDs Could Play 74 Minutes of Music

We music fans of the increasingly all-digital 2010s take compact discs for granted, so much so that many of us haven't slid one into a player in years. But if we cast our minds back, and not even all that far, we can remember a time when CDs were precious, and the medium itself both impressive and controversial. Back when it first came on the market in 1982 (packaged in longboxes, you'll recall) it seemed impossibly high-tech, inspiring dreamily futuristic promotional videos like the one below ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Music, Japan, Technology, College, Berlin, Neil Young, Sony, Beethoven, Tokyo, Philips, Seoul, Polaroid, Eindhoven

Brian Eno Presents a Crash Course on How the Recording Studio Radically Changed Music: Hear His Influential Lecture “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool” (1979)

The rapid development of studio technology in the 1960s could seem like something of an avalanche, started, say, by Phil Spector, expanded by Brian Wilson, who spurred the Beatles and George Martin, who inspired dozens of artists to experiment in the studio, including Jimi Hendrix. By the time we get to the 70s it begins to seem like one man drives forward the progress of studio as instrument, Brian Eno—from his work with Robert Fripp, to the refinement of almost fully synthetic ambi...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Germany, Berlin, David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Brian Eno, Phil Spector, Eno, Lee, Facebook Twitter, Perry, George Martin, Robert Fripp

Meet the Characters Immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”: The Stars and Gay Rights Icons from Andy Warhol’s Factory Scene

Lou Reed weathered his share of bad press in the decades after leaving one of the most influential bands in rock history—either for his famed irascibility or his spells of lackluster songwriting. Somehow, he always had a way of bouncing back, proving again and again his cultural relevance. For example, when it seemed like he had cashed in all his credibility with the godawful “Original Rapper” in the mid-eighties, he returned in 1989 with the gritty classic rock and roll of New York (and...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, New York, College, White House, Berlin, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Miami, Warhol, Lou Reed, Allmusic, Woodlawn, Mick Ronson, Laurie Anderson

Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

 What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract more visitors and earn more money to fund culture. “We wanted to make heritage more… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Apps, Education, Entertainment, Berlin, Tech, Tourism, Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Games, Nexto

Lou Reed Sings “Sweet Jane” Live, Julian Schnabel Films It (2006)

"Lou Reed's Berlin is a disaster, taking the listener into a distorted and degenerate demimonde of paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide," wrote Rolling Stone's Stephen Davis in 1973, adding that "there are certain records that are so patently offensive that one wishes to take some kind of physical vengeance on the artists that perpetrate them." Could this "last shot at a once-promising career," as Davis described it, really have come from the onetime le...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Film, College, Berlin, Brooklyn, Davis, Metallica, Lulu, Rolling Stone, Lou Reed, Seoul, Reed, Facebook Twitter, Julian Schnabel

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