Music the artform and artists

Sublime Frequencies’ Vision of What World Music Means Today

In June, 1987, four men met at the Empress of Russia, a pub in London, and reinvented world music. Scholars and archivists had been documenting non-Western musical traditions for at least a century, as had, later, record labels such as Folkways and Nonesuch.

The New Yorker

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records—They Write Code

"Live-coding" parties such as this—where revelers show up as much for the if-thens and variables as the beer and snacks—are a recent phenomenon in underground electronic music culture.


The Middle Eastern Heritage of Opera

For centuries, opera’s origin story has been dated to Medici-ruled Renaissance Florence where the Camerata spent much of the late 16th century philosophizing on art and ideas, hitting on the notion of Ancient Greece as a model for a more perfect union.


Une brève histoire de la Musique Assistée par Ordinateur

L’informatique et les machines électroniques ont ouvert à la musique des territoires immenses depuis le début du XXème siècle. Si aujourd’hui, la Musique Assistée par Ordinateur (MAO) a rendu des groupes mythiques, l’intelligence artificielle pourrait participer à faire entrer la musique dans une nouvelle ère : celle des biens de consommation.

Sacem Université

The woman pioneer who composed landmark operas in India

Shanno Khurana created ‘Sohni Mahiwal’, ‘Jahanara’ and more in the 1960s and ’70s, a time when classical vocal music was staunchly insular.


Against Chill: Apathetic Music to Make Spreadsheets To

The music wasn’t for anything. It merely existed to facilitate and sustain a mood, which in turn might enable a task: studying, folding laundry, making spreadsheets, idly browsing the Internet. Spotify presently classifies chill as a genre, and there are an incredible number of playlists devoted to insuring a chill experience.

The New Yorker

The electric guitar wasn't built for rock musicians

The birth of the electric guitar created a new genre of music — rock ‘n’ roll. But the inventors who developed the solid-body electric guitar, Leo Fender and Les Paul, could hardly have imagined the chain of events that the instrument would spark.


2009 Created The Blueprint For Pop Music As We Know It

2009 was one of the most, if not the most, influential year for pop music this millennium.


Notre-Dame de Paris : Avant Quasimodo, la naissance de la musique écrite

A l’origine vaste Maison du Peuple animée par des jongleurs et des théâtreux, elle avait abrité, à la fin du XIIe siècle et au début du XIIIe, la naissance de ce qui allait devenir la musique savante européenne.


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