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Music the artform and artists

From Xenakis’s UPIC to Graphic Notation Today

In the late 70s, an interdisciplinary team led by the composer Iannis Xenakis developed the compositional tool UPIC out of an effort to transform drawings into synthesized sound.


Where to Start With Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen, One of the Greatest Drummers Ever

Allen introduced the mind-blowing polyrhythms that would define Afrobeat music as much as Fela’s saxophone or outsized personality.


Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar

We are, then, still not so far from the orchestra envisioned by Berlioz. “The most recalcitrant temperaments,” he wrote, “would shudder at the sight of its surging crescendo, like the roar of an immense and sublime conflagration!”

The New York Times

The Day the Live Concert Returns

There is nothing like the energy and atmosphere of live music. It is the most life-affirming experience, to see your favorite performer onstage, in the flesh, rather than as a one-dimensional image glowing in your lap as you spiral down a midnight YouTube wormhole.

The Atlantic

Idir, le géant kabyle en 10 chansons

Idir était connu pour son engagement pour la culture berbère qu’il a sublimée sur les scènes internationales à travers sa musique empreinte de nostalgie et d’émotion.

Music in Africa

The Coronavirus hasn't slowed classical music

In-person performances have been replaced by a deluge of digital ones — live streams and recently unlocked archive recordings — that have made for a calendar hardly less busy than before concert halls closed.

The New York Times

How Highlife Continues to Influence a New Generation of Ghanaian Music

Ghanaian legends and new stars tell us how highlife has influenced the country's new wave.

Okay Africa

The best Arab independent musicians

If you ever need recommendations on which artists to listen to from the Arabic independent scene, then it’s best to go right to the source.

The National

Why Do We Even Listen to New Music?

Our brains reward us for seeking out what we already know. So why should we reach to listen to something we don’t?


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