The Pointy End

Remembering the Dining Fad of 'Pizza and Pipes'

Theater organs, or “unit orchestras,” were designed in the era of silent films as a cost-saving measure to include the variety of sounds and instruments required by the score, so that one musician could be paid instead of many.

City Lab

Can Mozart Survive #MeToo?

Mozart’s operas seem to glorify the behavior of bad men. But listen closely.


Les plus belles pochettes de disques de 2018

Certains disques ont marqué l'année autant par leur puissance d'évocation que par les images qu'ils ont figé dans notre rétine. Voici donc une sélection des quinze plus belles pochettes d'albums de 2018.

Les InRocks

The Best New Music Festival Is in 'Minecraft'

Fire Festival—a Minecraft-specific goof on the ill-fated Fyre Festival—took place on January 12th and 13th in the wildly popular, block-building video game Minecraft, spearheaded by the 21-year-old music producer Max Schramp, aka Sleepycatt.


How Many Songwriters Does It Take To Write A Hit?

When it comes to writing top 10 hits, it appears that the more songwriters you have, the better.


How Music is Maximizing Your Productivity

Listening to music has been a crucial part of our global culture development since the beginning of time. We listen to music to celebrate, to mourn, to run and to improve our mood. But have you ever tried listening to music for productivity?

Music Think Tank

To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet

The people of Cremona are unusually sensitive to noise right now. The police have cordoned off streets in the usually bustling city center and traffic has been diverted.

The New York Times

L'assourdissante histoire des armes soniques, quand la musique entre dans l'arsenal militaire

En 2003, durant la première guerre d'Irak, la BBC rapportait que les prisonniers étaient torturés avec des chansons de hard rock de Metallica ou Skinny Puppy.


Guitarist Has Brain Surgery, and Strums All the Way Through

A musician from South Africa had a tumor in his brain, so doctors opened a hole in his skull to remove it. But they had a crucial request: He must play his acoustic guitar during the surgery.

The New York Times

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