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Music the artform and artists

The Rise of Latin and Reggaeton Influence in US Pop Music

Lines between genres are often blurred in music from all over the Americas, revealing that modern musical culture cannot be confined to exclusive boxes.

Berkeley High Jacket 

Hit songs rely on increasing “harmonic surprise” to hook listeners

Hip-hop artist Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover) made a splash in 2018 with the release of his Grammy-winning hit single, "This Is America." With its stark, sudden shifts between choral melodies in major chords and menacing percussive elements drawn from the trap subgenre, the song constantly defies the listener's expectations throughout.

Ars Technica

Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer of Dragon Quest, dies at 90

Sugiyama, who composed music for the hit video game franchise since its release in 1986, is considered to have played a key role in its boom and establishing the genre of game music with the release of related CDs and orchestral concerts.

The Japan Times

L'histoire de la rumba congolaise est une histoire de croisements multiculturels

Introduire la rumba congolaise au patrimoine immatériel de l’humanité, voilà le souhait, la volonté de deux États voisins : le Congo-Brazzaville et la République démocratique du Congo.

RFI

Las diferentes tradiciones de romper con la tradición en música

En efecto, las rupturas de la tradición pueden venir en series consecutivas a cadencias regulares o irregulares o dilatarse eternidades en reaparecer. Sin embargo, tarde o temprano, siempre llega algo o alguien para “romper con la tradición”.

Sonus Litterarum

How Miles Davis electrified jazz

Thirty years after his death, the music of Miles Davis is going strong. Davis defined the sound – and sounds – of modern jazz like no other in the way he integrated the electrical instrumentation of genres like rock, funk and soul. He is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, in any genre.

The Conversation

Turkey’s wondrous world of musical instrument museums

Joining the ranks of the existing impressive musical collections on show across the country, a newly opened musical instrument museum in Bursa shines a light on the wonderful wealth of Turkish instruments.

Daily Sabah

A deep dive into South Asian electronic music

The past few years has seen South Asians across the diaspora attempt to control the narrative on how we are perceived and depicted. In attempting this, an aspect of community has formed where people have huddled together under one umbrella. But, as the diaspora continues to have the spotlight of white gaze shone upon it, creatives back home in South Asia are unfortunately left to clamour for a sliver of the same publicity.

Mix Mag

That magic moment 30 years ago when Nirvana and ‘Nevermind’ forever changed Seattle

It wasn’t an immediate runaway success, but as “Teen Spirit” took off on radio and MTV, it sold and sold. Seattle was ahead of the curve with constant airplay on radio, and some stores temporarily sold out. By the time Nirvana headlined a Halloween concert at the Paramount, “Nevermind” had sales of half a million, and it had taken over Seattle.

The Seattle Times


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