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Glenn Gould rehearses at his piano in this undated handout photo. When it comes to obsessively meticulous attention to detail, it seems Apple employees could learn something from Glenn Gould. That’s part of what motivated Apple University professor Joshua Cohen to begin delivering three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist to classes of 15 students, pupils who happen to be high-ranking leaders at the tech giant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CBC, HO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Nick Patch, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 3:00 am MDT TORONTO – When it comes to obsessively meticulous attention to detail, it seems Apple employees could learn something from Glenn Gould.At the company’s internal Apple University — a somewhat secretive institution by reputation — professor Joshua Cohen delivers three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist to classes of 15 students.Those pupils typically occupy “senior leadership positions” at the tech giant, says Cohen in a recent telephone interview.“The conversations we have are conversations about the human qualities that Gould has that are important for doing something that’s really extraordinary — in the way that his musical performance was extraordinary,” Cohen says.“That craft-person’s attention to detail is an important focus of the conversation about him. And it strongly resonates with people here.”Cohen, a longtime faculty member at MIT who received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, focuses much of his attention on Gould’s 1955 debut recording “Bach: The Goldberg Variations.”At the time, it was rarely recorded and considered to be a preposterously demanding piece of music.But the then-22-year-old Gould attacked it with characteristic doggedness and brazen self-assurance.Cohen’s presentation at Apple University touches on Gould’s belief in music’s “ethical importance,” part of what fuelled his lofty ambition. He re-recorded certain arias for his debut over and over and over, in search of perfection.The infamously eccentric Gould could be stubborn, a personality trait that seems to strike a chord with Apple decision-makers.“It’s his willingness to be unreasonable — meaning, not to worry about the conventional ways of playing things, and to have a strength of conviction about there being a right way to do them,” Cohen says.One might be tempted to draw parallels between Gould and exacting Apple visionary Steve Jobs.The late Jobs was, in fact, a fan, and told biographer Walter Isaacson that he was fond of comparing Gould’s original 1955 recording of the “Goldberg Variations” to the second edition he issued just before his death in 1981.“They’re like night and day,” Jobs was quoted as saying in “Steve Jobs.”“The first is an exuberant, young, brilliant piece, played so fast it’s a revelation. The later one is so much more sparse and stark. You sense a very deep soul who’s been through a lot in life. It’s deeper and wiser.”Which did Jobs prefer?“Gould liked the later version much better. I used to like the earlier, exuberant one,” Jobs said. “But now I can see where he was coming from.”The last section of Cohen’s presentation explores Gould’s decision to abandon live performance altogether in 1964, trading the stage for the precision of the studio.Gould once mused excitedly on the idea of listeners being able to essentially remix their music (though of course he didn’t use the modern term), a system he deemed more “democratic.”Apple employees do relish discussing Gould’s curiosity and enthusiasm for technology.“He thought that it was a moral imperative to use the technology,” Cohen says.“As a classical musician, (he said) using technology to improve the quality of performance wasn’t negating musical performance, it was morally mandatory to use the available technologies.“People find this really fascinating.”Follow @CP_Patch on Twitter. How Apple and its products are inspired by Canadian great Glenn Gould
Ohio State’s sophomore forward Kayla Fischer (2) breaks a tackle to makes a shot towards the goal to make the third goal of the second period of the game against Ohio University. Ohio State won 3-1. Credit: John Huether | For The LanternOhio State and Michigan State women’s soccer were knotted at a scoreless tie through 76 minutes Thursday, until sophomore forward Kayla Fischer put the Buckeyes on the board with the game-winning goal.The goal gave the Buckeyes (3-4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) their third consecutive win as they opened up Big Ten play with a 1-0 win over the Michigan State (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Fischer’s right-footer got past Spartan redshirt freshman goalkeeper Lauren Kozal, and was assisted by junior midfielder Olivia Petit. With her fourth goal of the season, Fischer now leads the Buckeyes in scoring as well as assists (3). “It feels good to help our team get the first win in the Big Ten,” Fischer said. “We need to keep looking forward as we head into more conference play, not looking at our nonconference games and just keep looking to win.” Ohio State didn’t win any of its first five nonconference games to begin the season, but the Buckeyes are picking up steam after rattling off three straight wins as conference play gets underway.On the defensive end, senior defenders Marike Mousset and Haley Walker-Robinson, junior defender Izzy Rodriguz and freshman defender Aliyah El-Naggar pressured the Spartan offense to the tune of just five allowed shot attempts. Junior goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski started the game, and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz garnered one late save to sustain the result for Ohio State.“[Michigan State] is very strong up front, they’re very dangerous with it and we as the defense had to be calm in order to keep the front lines calm,” Rodriguz said. “We wanted to set the play for the offense and focus on moving the ball.”Ohio State head coach Lori Walker-Hock said she wants to see her team play more dynamically, particularly in regards to getting through defenses.“Whenever you start conference play, you pretty much wipe the slate clean—who they’ve been and who we’ve been up until this point is not the most relevant piece,” Walker-Hock said. “Every conference game is difficult, you have to figure out a way to grind through it and that’s what we did.” The Buckeyes will host Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by a two game road-trip versus Big Ten rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin.