The Pointy End

Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors

For some concertgoers, the concert hall a last bastion of decorum, but for others it's an anachronism needing to loosen up its strict customs.


Can a Song’s Lyrics Predict Its Commercial Success?

New textual analysis of Billboard Hot 100 hits shows that certain themes are more likely to be No. 1.

Pacific Standard

Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting

In the new paradigm, artists generate coverage by their clothes, hook-ups, and run-ins with the law. What happened to the music?

The Daily Beast

Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Three documentaries up for Academy Awards Sunday place musicians front and center — and trace the profound impact that music-making has on the trajectories of their lives.


Audiences Identify Top Orchestras by Appearance More Than Sound

To enrich the visual appeal of symphony concerts, orchestras have experimented with a range of tactics: adding video screens to concert halls that show live close-ups of the conductor and soloist; ditching tuxedos in favor of more modern garb; or projecting video effects and silent films during a performance.


Why I joined a choir

What is it about singing in harmony with other humans that changes the way we feel and think?

The Globe and Mail

Musical anhedonia: why some people just don't like music

New research reveals that some people are incapable of having an emotional response to music.

The Telegraph

"J'écoute de la musique au bureau": 7 thèmes pour être plus efficace

Nous sommes nombreux à écouter de la musique au bureau pour différentes raisons : se décontracter, se divertir, se concentrer, s'isoler, s'aérer.

Huffington Post

Why I Invited Listeners to Snap Photos During a Concert

Whip out your cell phone and start photographing at a sporting event and nobody will notice – other fans are probably snapping photos anyway. But try that at a symphony concert and you'll be glared at – unless you're at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


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