Music the artform and artists

Pete Seeger’s centennial

Pete Seeger was a giant, and barely a singer-songwriter has touched a guitar who doesn't owe him a musical debt.

PRI

5 festivals africains de reggae

Style militant et engagé, le reggae, importé de la Jamaïque, a su se faire une place dans les coeurs des mélomanes africains.

Music in Africa

Professor Emeritus Kwabena Nketia's Original Compositions Now Resonate With His Passing and Life

Because Professor Kwabena Nketia was not just a composer but also an ethnomusicologist par excellence, who allowed knowledge and pre-compositional resources he acquired from his ethnographic research to shape his composition of intercultural African art music works, we may also call him an epitome of a creative ethnomusicologist.

Ghanaian Times

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.

Wired

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.

VAN

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.

Scroll

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


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