Consider this to be the sound track for a short story on the development of Artificial Intelligence.

I don’t know how close science is to achieving the goal of a thinking computer, but the speed at which computers can execute instructions is beginning to simulate independent thought. They appear to be making their own decisions.

Thinking machines go back to the Greek myths, and while today’s advancements are astonishing, unbeatable chess programs and self-driving cars are still a long way from HAL9000, Blade Runner’s Replicants or Ex Machina’s Ava.

This is my vision of the journey through this technology’s conflicts and surprises, ending with a self-aware computer voice asking the most important question of all.

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I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

– Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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