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Jean-Claude Elias

Jean-Claude Elias

The writer is a computer engineer and a classically trained pianist and guitarist. He has been regularly writing IT articles, reviewing music albums, and covering concerts for more than 30 years.

Sergei Rachmaninov’s hauntingly romantic music

​The classical album “Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Vocalise & The Isle of the Dead”, in which the romantic composer’s works are performed by the ensemble Sinfonia of London, is one of 2022’s clearly remarkable classical recordings and productions.

Keeping pace with the virtual world and its jargon

If you think that the word “breadcrumbs” refers exclusively to those tiny, edible particles scattered a top of your dining table, think again. In Information Technology (IT), the term refers to hyperlinked text boxes that allow users to navigate back to previous browsing pages. This is only one term of a hundred that you might consider memorizing for the new year if you want to stay in the loop.

Mitsuko Uchida is back with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations

It has been almost 20 years since I discovered musician Mitsuko Uchida and her exquisite pianistic touch. Born in Japan but naturalized as a British citizen, the pianist is globally recognized as one of the best-performing classical pianists alive. Back then, it was a selection of six piano sonatas by Mozart that caught my attention and made me a faithful follower of the artist and an admirer of her playing style.

Taking stock of digital cloud services

Now that the last fears of saving data in the cloud have been wiped out, globally, and after years of hesitation and reluctance on the part of some users, one may ask: what is the best such service that the web could offer is? For, indeed, there are several companies participating in the game, and for the non-technical user the choice may be overwhelming.

CMAT, the rising Irish pop star

Music is made up of several components: melody, rhythm, harmony, time signature, and of course lyrics and human voice in the case of songs. Pop music is no exception. Fortunately, aspiring pop musicians are often able to make the grade, and big money, too, with just some of the above components, usually a couple, when done right. Only legendary musicians excel at several of the components, like The Beatles, Elton John or Adele, to name three obvious examples.

Screens everywhere, folding or not

In addition to the thrill, the action, and the actual scores, one of the main reasons we are enjoying the current World Cup so much is the amazingly realistic quality of the picture we have on large, high-definition flat TV screens at home or in public places. Not only it is the next best thing to being there, in the stadium, with the crowd in Qatar, for some it is even better, because of the close ups on the ball and on the players, and also the instant replay after a goal is scored, features that only TV coverage can bring.

The sweet craziness of Björk

There is one aspect of Björk’s music that no one can deny: its instantly recognizable trademark sweet craziness which makes it attractive and different from all other acts.

Is SSD the best disk for your laptop?

Ultimate speed, complete silence, and extended battery life. This is what SSD (Solid State Drive) storage devices bring to your laptop computer, so you would be tempted to believe that it could easily beat the older HDD (Hard Disk Drive) type.

Taylor Swift hits it big again with her new album

American mega pop star Taylor Swift released a new album just two weeks ago. It is titled Midnights and includes 13 original songs, co-written by Swift and Jack Antonoff. Amazingly, it has already won the Guinness World Record for the “Most Streamed Album on Spotify in 24 Hours”, and international music charts are giving it an average rating of 80 percent to 85 percent, which is quite exceptional. Time magazine said that it was one of the most anticipated records of fall 2022.

Hybrid is the buzzword

Though it is relevant to several fields, from zoology to medicine, it is with the automotive industry that the word hybrid is associated more these days, for vehicles that run on a combination of traditional combustion fuel and electric power generated by the vehicle itself.