The Pointy End

John Philip Sousa Feared ‘The Menace of Mechanical Music’

That’s why he foresaw our age of earbuds and the CDs, eight-tracks and records that came before it. And he wasn’t on board for any of it.

Smithsonian

La saga des droits du Boléro de Ravel

Les Paradise Papers révèlent que la saga des droits d’auteur de Maurice Ravel passe encore et toujours par les paradis fiscaux : Les Pays-Bas et l'île de Malte.

France Musique

Music 33,000 Feet Above

How does one kill time on board a transcontinental flight? Some are determined to sleep over. Some keep watching movies until get tired and fall asleep.

Interlude

Think You Can't Sing? Science Doesn't Believe You

I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing. It’s usually accompanied by a smile or laugh, but the message is both clear and absolute. And wrong.

Ludwing Van Toronto

'There Seems to Be a Target on the Back on the Live Music Community'

Deadly attacks have turned concert venues in Paris, Manchester, and Las Vegas into grisly battlefields.

Pacific Standard

Classical and Jazz musicians show different brain responses to unexpected events

Scientists at Wesleyan University have used electroencephalography to uncover differences in how the brains of Classical and Jazz musicians react to an unexpected chord progression.

PsyPost

20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

Nowadays, even if you have the right environment for studying, notifications from our phones and computers go off every minute. Ideally, you need a steady stream of sound that isn’t distracting, but also more intellectually stimulating than white noise or flowing water.

WQXR

Why Do We Use Italian Words to Describe Music?

Even if you don’t know how to read music, there’s no doubt you’ve encountered loads of Italian during your musical experiences.

WQXR

Hitting a long note: one of world's largest pianos finds a grand stage

One of the world’s longest pianos has found a new home in the deep south of New Zealand after the fire brigade were called on to help shift the behemoth into place.

The Guardian


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