The Pointy End

In music, the eyes matter as much as the ears

A new university study about the importance of the eye in appreciating music shows that the classical music world has to stop believing in the fairy-tale that 'only the notes matter'.

The Telegraph

Musicians Use Beta Blockers as Performance-Enabling Drugs

Anyone who has had to give a speech at a wedding or deliver a Powerpoint presentation at the office knows the symptoms: sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, even nausea.

WQXR

Nigeria: The Rise and Rise of Porn Music Videos

Every day, scores of pornographic music videos by Nigerian artistes besiege the market, plague the airwaves and flood the internet.

All Africa

Jazzbros: A Force for Jazzgood or Jazzevil?

Last month, the critic Nate Chinen wrote a column in JazzTimes that has roiled the jazz blogosphere.

The Atlantic

Swiss launch competition to find new national anthem

Thousands of Swiss people will soon be racking their brains for words that rhyme with Alps, cuckoo clocks and chocolate, after the country launched a search for a new national anthem.

The Guardian

We don't like unfamiliar music, even though we claim we do, study finds

We are constantly bombarded with a seemingly limitless amount of new music in our daily lives. But why do we keep coming back to that one song or album we couldn't get enough of in college?

Phys.org

Theremin world record set in Japan

Japan's musicians have set a new world record for the biggest number of players on the theremin - the musical instrument used without being touched.

BBC

What Inspired You to Work in Classical Music?

If you have a job that revolves around classical music, we want to hear about the piece, performance or other experience that inspired you to dedicate your career to the art form.

The New York Times

Japanese study explores why we like listening to sad music

This maybe one of those quintessentially existential questions any person, regardless of culture, would ask – "why do we enjoy listening to sad music?"

Japan Daily Press


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