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Vinyl Is as Good as Its Flaws

With the very humanness of its sound, vinyl offers a sense of sentimentality ”of mortality, even that only imperfection allows.

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The Boston Public Library Will Digitize & Put Online 200,000+ Vintage Records

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.

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Discover Over 1,700 Photos and Ephemera from the Early Years of Hip-Hop Online

The Sugar Hill Gang, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and other hip hop pioneers feature in the digitized material from Cornell University.

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A Brand You Can Trust? Record Nerds’ 20 Favorite Labels From the 20th Century

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

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Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions

New research finds there’s an advantage to starting music lessons in late childhood.

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Was 1876 classical music’s most important year?

Twelve seismic months heralded a new age; we still feel their impact today….

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The Reformation: classical music’s punk moment

The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratised music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music

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This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist

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….

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Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention has been created for the first time

Da Vinci’™s organ-viola-harpsichord is an instrument of genius.

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Prince Gets an Official Purple Pantone Color

The Pantone Color Institute has announced that they’ve created

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This music production tool is the reason why all new music sounds the same

“People are consuming the musical equivalent of McDonalds: processed, mass produced, and flavorless.”

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The Average Hit Song Has 4+ Writers and 6 Different Publishers

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 …

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Sign of the times: R&B/hip-hop is now the top music genre in the U.S.

It’s a watershed moment as the black-dominate genre becomes the most consumed music style in the country

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Surround Sound? You Ain’™t Heard Nothing Yet

At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.

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Classical 101 | A Guide To Classical Music Slang

Thanks to Musical Toronto, you’ll have lots of talking points the next time you mingle with the classical music crowd, young and old!

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Why Do Orchestras Tune to an A-Note Pitch at 440Hz?

Take a seat. There are lots of meetings involved…

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How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

Fifty years after its release, the sprawling closing track on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” remains a testament to the group’s ambitious songwriting.

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We Can Go Back! The Return of the Analog

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 […]

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Can the Arts Address Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis in a Meaningful Way? Seattle Symphony Is Trying

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?”

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7 Legendary Artists Who Also Designed Album Covers

The work of Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei fetches millions at auction. Or $20 at your local record shop.

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MAG-LEV Audio Levitating Turntable

The world’s first levitating turntable spins records using a frictionless, zero gravity magnetic technology drive system.

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Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain™’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan’s words.

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Pizza Hut Introduces New Boxes That Actually Work As A Turntable

Using conductive ink, they printed two scratchable decks and controls for playback, pitch, volume, and crossfading right onto the serving apparatus.

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The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

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.

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Vinyl destination: who is actually buying records?

YouGov says middle-aged men – not bushy-eyed millenials are fuelling the record renaissance. We hit the stores of Soho to test their data…

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A Young Persons Guide To Classical Music Concert Attire

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.

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Memorizing Music: The Two Most (and the Two Least) Efficient Strategies

Not all memorization strategies are created equal. Learn which two are the best use of your time.

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Why music lessons need to keep up with the times

The way we experience music has changed. So, what should the 21st-century music classroom look like?

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Schopenhauer on the Power of Music

“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.”

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19 Things That Great Music Teachers Do

What makes a great music teacher so effective? Below are 19 clues, taken from the approaches of three renowned artist-teachers.

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The Top Ten Worst Composer Hair of All Time

A retrospective of the most deplorable hairstyle choices in classical music.

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The web’s best kept secret? Free classic radio dramas

There are thousands of free old time radio shows available for streaming or downloading.

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Face the Music – There’s growing evidence for musical universality. So why are music scholars ignoring it?

Few things get music scholars more nervous than cross-cultural comparisons. The field of ethnomusicology, which was invented to inquire into this very subject,

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Politicians: Respect And Protect Copyright

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 […]

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Why Improvisation Should Be Part of Every Young Musician’s Training

Improvisation is a key skill in the jazz world, but does it have a place in classical music training (and performance) as well?

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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

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.

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Stage on the streets for Chicago performers

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.

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Why a radio format that cuts songs to two minutes isn’t as stupid as it sounds

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.

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College radio shifts away from experimental music to classical and news

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?

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What Does Your Musical Preference Say About Your Personality?

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.

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Who, Exactly, Is Fueling the Vinyl-Records Renaissance?

LP sales keep rising, but mostly because of indie-rock fans and nostalgists—which isn’t enough to “save” the music industry.

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If you love a song, set it free

How will music streaming services change songwriting? Spotify says 25% of songs skipped in first 5 seconds. Lesson? Better hook them quick!

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No Spotify for Old Men: Classic musicians rail against the new economics of music

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. .

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It’s Not About the Goofy Headphones

An Apple-Beats Electronics combination could jump-start two important industries: music and wearable technology….

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Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

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…

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Love Cover Songs? You can thank this Supreme Court Decision About Player Pianos.

How a terrible Supreme Court decision about player pianos made the cover song what it is today…

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‘TransProse’ Software Creates Musical Soundtracks from Books

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.

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Need Help Songwriting? Try These 4 Tools For Inspiration

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 […]

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The Top 17 Ways Learning a Musical Instrument Gives You The Edge

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 […]

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The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done

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.

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Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

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.

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David Byrne: ‘The internet will suck all creative content out of the world’

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

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This Is Probably The Best Ukulele Video Ever Made

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.

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