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Music Changes the Way You Think

Hum the first two notes of "The Simpsons" theme song. The musical interval you're hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a "tritone," and it's commonly recognized in music theory as one of the most dissonant intervals.

Scientific American

Toward livelier orchestra programs: Pick a theme

Orchestras naturally rely on audience-favorite repertory — Beethoven symphonies and Rachmaninoff piano concertos — to sell tickets. Traditionally, they've also relied on star soloists to fill concert-hall seats.

Dallas News

Why women-only awards are sadly still needed in the music industry

It's a shame we need a separate Women In Music Awards – but any chance to make noise for the underrepresented is welcome.

The Guardian

International Emmy® Awards Semi-Final Round Of Judging

The IMZ - for the 9th time in a row - once again was entitled by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the Semi-Final Judging for the 2014 International Emmy® Awards.


5,200 musicians and singers to take part in Singapore's largest ever concert

Our People, Our Music 2014 will bring together participants from 125 performing groups across Singapore to reignite and sustain former players' passion for Chinese music and to develop and showcase promising talents.

Music Education Asia

Music on the teen mind

Can listening to dancehall improve behaviour?

Trinidad Express

Pronounced Dead: The Art of Cultural Assassination

Beginning with the (fairly incontestable) claim that "music criticism has gotten really weird", Austerlitz argued that a populist deference to pop music, regardless of its artistic merit, has overtaken the critical establishment.

Pop Matters

Why a Hungarian orchestra had to borrow seven violin bows from friends

Any musical instrument containing African elephant ivory may be brought into the country only if it is accompanied by documentation verifying that it was purchased before 2014.


Profiling the Jazz Police

It usually refers to a belief among musicians that there is a cabal of jazz writers, reporters, and critics who influence, undermine, and control jazz musicians.

New Music Box

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