Reinventing Bach, By Paul Elie

This biography of a great innovator of the past also asks questions about today's technology

SNAP 2013, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, (snapaldeburgh.co.uk) 8 to 30 June

My phallic response to Britten's centenary

I'll be showing four large-ish concrete sculptures, all phallic, at SNAP at the Aldeburgh Festival next week. A glorification of the male creative principle, and the importance of having a muse. Artists including myself have been invited to respond to Benjamin Britten's life and work. This year is the composer's centenary. When Britten and Peter Pears started the festival in Suffolk in 1948, they intended it to be a celebration of music and the visual arts. Since then, the music side has continued to grow in stature into a truly international and excellent event, with the visual arts side of things getting a bit side-lined – or at any rate, not making much noise. In part, this could be due to the lack of available exhibition space at Snape Maltings.

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The Village, Sun, BBC1 // Young Margaret: Life, Love & Letters, Sat, BBC2

After soundtracking Ryan Gosling in Drive, Secret Diary could put College in the driving seat

As well as turning Ryan Gosling into an action hero, the noirish thriller Drive has also given a nitro boost to the career of musician David Grellier. Under his pseudonym College, the French electronica producer provides the backing for one of the film's rare romantic interludes – when Gosling's getaway driver takes Carey Mulligan and son for a jaunt down that iconic urban idyll, the Los Angeles River.

Rick Nodine, one of several contestants in the annual Place Prize for contemporary choreography

Dance review: The Place Prize Final, London

Arts prizes clearly have a function beyond making obscure artists more visible and a little less poor. In the case of The Place Prize for choreography, now in its fifth edition, it also enables the making of the work in the first place. While a visual artist or a novelist can shut themselves away and simply get on with it, putative dance-makers are caught in a bind.

US singer Lana Del Rey performs during a concert held at the Velodrom arena in Berlin, Germany

Lana del Ray does doom, gloom and va-va voom for The Great Gatsby with new song 'Young and Beautiful'

If you’ve seen one of the (approximately) 63 trailers that have so far been released for the upcoming The Great Gatsby, you would have caught a snippet of the film’s all-star soundtrack. Curated by Jay-Z, it features original material from Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and Emeli Sandé.

The Big Six: Costa Rican hideaways

Private reserves, colourful casitas and boutique retreats

Theatre review: Doktor Glas, Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Which walking wreck of a Wallander did you prefer on television? The surprisingly convincing Kenneth Branagh version of the wiped-out alcoholic detective, or the more obviously authentic Swedish original of Krister Henriksson?

Ian Hart as John Lennon in Snodgrass

John Lennon reimagined as a washed-up a shirker aged 50

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

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Brian Eno with his ambient work at the Montefiore Hospital in Hove, east Sussex.

From Roxy Music to the cure? Brian Eno composes soundscapes to treat hospital patients

He is a multi-media innovator, an app-creating visual sculptor and the intellectual guru to rock legends seeking inspiration.

Dmitri Shostakovich has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award after his work was sampled on Plan B's Ill Manors

Shostakovich gets Ivor Novello songwriting award nomination for Plan B hit Ill Manors

See the Ivor Novello nominations in full, below

Emeli Sandé has been nominated for Best Song and Most Performed Music

Emeli Sande in line for more awards with two Ivor Novello nominations

Emeli Sande's success looks set to continue after she was nominated for two prestigious songwriting awards.

Kama Sutra sexed up with app that lets readers study poses in 3D on their smartphone

The Kama Sutra, the 2,000-year-old sex manual, has been sexed-up for a 21st Century audience with a new app that enables couples to study its poses in 3D

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