Music the artform and artists

3,000 Interviews. 50 Years. Listen to the History of American Music

Vivian Perlis founded Yale’s Oral History of American Music in 1968. Today, the project continues her mission to record the voices of American composers.

The New York Times

Rain on rooftops, crunching gravel: the strange appeal of 'slow audio'

First there was slow TV – now radio and podcasts are getting in on the act with ambient recordings of forest walks and bird calls.

The Guardian

Little Richard’s Music Was Dangerous, but So Is Freedom

Little Richard is a button on the top of my bedroom-scale battery-powered guitar amplifier. Click and the soft trebly jangle of the strings becomes a roar of noise and possibility. He invented this, the electric guitar as we know it, without even touching an electric guitar.


Mory Kanté, un «griot électrique»

Le Guinéen, qui a marié son séculaire héritage aux musiques noires américaines, a connu un succès fulgurant avec «Yeke Yeke». Il est mort ce vendredi.


Del tango al rock, diez canciones inspiradas en Buenos Aires

Desde la década del 20, cuando Carlos Gardel grabó el tango escrito por Manuel Romero titulado directamente con su nombre hasta hoy, son muchos los artistas argentinos y extranjeros que le rindieron tributo a una ciudad bella, cambiante, cosmopolita y siempre llena de historias que merecen ser contadas.

La Nación

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

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