With the very humanness of its sound, vinyl offers a sense of sentimentality of mortality, even that only imperfection allows.
It may be a great irony that our age of cultural destruction and—many would argue—decline also happens to be a golden age of preservation, thanks to the very new media and big data forces credited with dumbing things down.
The Sugar Hill Gang, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and other hip hop pioneers feature in the digitized material from Cornell University.
If music companies were brands, which labels did record nerds trust most? The results are in via an informal poll of critics, influencers, music industry veterans, and vinyl enthusiasts conducted
New research finds there’s an advantage to starting music lessons in late childhood.
Twelve seismic months heralded a new age; we still feel their impact today….
The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratised music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music
Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen….
Da Vinci’s organ-viola-harpsichord is an instrument of genius.
The Pantone Color Institute has announced that they’ve created
“People are consuming the musical equivalent of McDonalds: processed, mass produced, and flavorless.”
Want to create a hit song that will get you on the Billboard Top 10? Then you’re gonna need a committee. According to a new study, the number of writers and publishers on hit songs has increased substantially. In the 1960s, an average hit song on the Billboard Top 10 had an average of 1.87 …
It’s a watershed moment as the black-dominate genre becomes the most consumed music style in the country
At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.
Thanks to Musical Toronto, you’ll have lots of talking points the next time you mingle with the classical music crowd, young and old!
Take a seat. There are lots of meetings involved…
Fifty years after its release, the sprawling closing track on “Sgt. Pepperâs Lonely Hearts Club Band” remains a testament to the groupâs ambitious songwriting.
Our accelerating disappearance into the digital ether now defines us—we are the mediated people, whose contact with one another and the world around us is now mostly veiled by a screen. We threaten to rebel, just as we threaten to move to Canada after an election. But we don’t; the current is too fierce to […]
A new project tries to answer two questions: “What are the arts doing about homelessness?” and “Why do the arts have to do with homelessness?”
The work of Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei fetches millions at auction. Or $20 at your local record shop.
The world’s first levitating turntable spins records using a frictionless, zero gravity magnetic technology drive system.
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills
When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds â from William Shatner to Kesha â have been inspired by Dylan’s words.
Using conductive ink, they printed two scratchable decks and controls for playback, pitch, volume, and crossfading right onto the serving apparatus.
We’re listening to more songs than ever thanks to YouTube. Why that isn’t necessarily music to the ears of Taylor, Bono, and the big labels.
YouGov says middle-aged men â not bushy-eyed millenials are fuelling the record renaissance. We hit the stores of Soho to test their data…
The city of Toronto deserves a class of patrons that are more cognizant of concert decorum. Here at Musical Toronto we feel it is necessary to clarify the rules and expectations for concert dress.
Not all memorization strategies are created equal. Learn which two are the best use of your time.
The way we experience music has changed. So, what should the 21st-century music classroom look like?
“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.”
What makes a great music teacher so effective? Below are 19 clues, taken from the approaches of three renowned artist-teachers.
A retrospective of the most deplorable hairstyle choices in classical music.
There are thousands of free old time radio shows available for streaming or downloading.
Few things get music scholars more nervous than cross-cultural comparisons. The field of ethnomusicology, which was invented to inquire into this very subject,
This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump’s campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. Now is the time to show us some love by supporting the effort to reform […]
Improvisation is a key skill in the jazz world, but does it have a place in classical music training (and performance) as well?
Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout… Playing an instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once — especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices.
A strong voice and the sound of a guitar welcome you to the subway tunnel on your way home from work. Muscles relax and the stress of a long day melt away. The lyrics from Bob Marley’s “Jamming” echo off the walls. You smile and decide to let the next train pass.
QuickHitz cuts songs down to about two minutes, with a hard target of 24 songs — about twice the usual number — during each hour of airtime.
Stations like WRAS in Atlanta and WRVU at Vanderbilt lease frequencies to public radio, shifting away from experimental music. What are we losing in the process?
Music is the natural happiness drug. It is scientifically proven that music has influence on cognitive skills, learning, working memory, way of thinking, and personal and social development – to name just a few.
LP sales keep rising, but mostly because of indie-rock fans and nostalgists—which isn’t enough to “save” the music industry.
How will music streaming services change songwriting? Spotify says 25% of songs skipped in first 5 seconds. Lesson? Better hook them quick!
Last week, three rock and roll old timers, on three separate occasions, came out swinging against what they perceived as unfair practices in the new music economy. .
An Apple-Beats Electronics combination could jump-start two important industries: music and wearable technology….
Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music…
How a terrible Supreme Court decision about player pianos made the cover song what it is today…
Researchers have managed to capture the emotions in novels and translate them into music. The work could transform the way people interact with literature, and lead to applications in information visualization.
Sometimes the songs just spill out of you. Other times, you sit there staring at a blank notebook until 4AM, wondering if you’ll ever write a song that isn’t complete crap. Songwriting can be fun but it isn’t easy. If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of help, these tools and apps may help […]
Music is a powerful weapon and in the right hands it can be a great force for good. It has the power to bring people to their feet, bring them together, separate them, enrage them, or fill them with fervor for a just cause. It can be calming, bring one to tears, and even make […]
The right kind of sound can relax your mind, hone your focus, drown out distractions, or get you pumped to kill your to-do list. We’ve assembled some research and free resources to help you create your own best workspace soundtrack.
With so much pressure on schools to improve test scores, music and the arts sometimes fall off the list of priorities. That’s led advocates for music education to point out its benefits in the classroom.
The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today’s artists, says David Byrne
If you’re thinking the claim is a bunch of hyperbolic nonsense, you haven’t watched musician James Hill work his magic on the tiny Hawaiian instrument.