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May 22, 2014

Shorties (Creating Musical Scores from a Book's Text, Sun Ra's 100th Birthday, and more)

Co.Design profiles an app that creates a musical score from a book's text.

Created by programmer and artist Hannah Davis and researcher Saif Mohammad, TransProse reads the text of a novel and determines the emotional mood of the narrative. The program draws from the NRC word-emotion association lexicon, a list of 14,000 words associated with eight basic emotions: anger, fear, anticipation, trust, surprise, sadness, joy, and disgust. TransProse uses the frequency of these eight emotions to create the tempo, scale, octave, and notes of the score.

Morning Edition profiled Sun Ra on what would have been the musician's 100th birthday.

At the New York Review of Books Tim Parks examined the ramifications of a living author selling his archive.

Dum Dum Girls visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Stet interviewed author and critic Carl Wilson.

FACT listed the 25 best dub techno tracks of all time.

The Tottenville Review interviewed author Adam Wilson.

The A.V. Club interviewed John Doe about his music and acting careers.

Book Riot recommended diverse YA novels.

The Record noted the influence of Tom Warrior on heavy metal.

The Barnes and Noble Book Blog recommended books for college graduates.

Paste listed the 10 best Conor Oberst songs.

Bookworm interviewed author Mona Simpson.

BuzzFeed recommended 17 books to read after you graduate high school.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)s

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