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"Considering human imagination the last piece of wilderness, do you think AI will ever be able to write a good song?"

Nick Cave's answer to the above question, from his great Red Hand Files website, is the best explanation of what's great about music. Ol' Nick the stripper knows: Dear Peter,  In Yuval Noah Harari’s brilliant new book 21 Lessons for the 21stCentury, he writes that Artificial Intelligence, with its limitless potential and connectedness, will ultimately render many humans redundant in the work place. This sounds entirely feasible. However, he goes on to say that AI will be able to write better songs than humans can. He says, and excuse my simplistic summation, that we listen to songs to make us feel certain things and that in the future AI will simply be able to map the individual mind and create songs tailored...

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Albums Of The Year 2016

It's come around again, the time to insist you pay attention to our taste in music.  2016 has been both a great and terrible year for music - tons of brilliant new albums (as you'll see below) and lots and lots of death.  This year we lost David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Colonel Abrams, David Mancuso, Pete Burns, Bobbie Vee, Prince Buster, Alan Vega, Bernie Worrell, Guy Clark, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg, Keith Emerson, George Martin, and loads (LOADS) more.  With all that death there needed to be some good stuff to take our mind off it, and fortunately there was.  Below are South's 20 favourite albums (note - not best; favourite), and the rest of our 50 (numbers...

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