The Pointy End

Le plus ancien morceau de musique du monde

Cette partition gravée sur une tablette d'argile et découverte sur le site d'Ougarit en Syrie, a 3400 ans.

Maxi Sciences

 

Why Are Songs on the Radio About the Same Length?

Songs seem to be around three minutes – but of course not all songs are that long. I know there are some very long songs by both Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Though this seems mostly correct. Three minutes is a very common time length for a song.

Wired

Despite hits, no radio love for country rap

It may be one thing for a country song to be remixed or for a country artist to dabble in hip-hop, but "rap" still faces a bias.

Japan Times

Best Music Journalism: June 2014

 A collection of the best music journalism of the past month.

Red Bull Music Academy 

How to make money from Spotify by streaming silence

Who says you can't make money out of Spotify? Certainly not Vulfpeck, a funk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who seem to have devised a way to beat the streaming service at its own game.

The Guardian

Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged Opera

When the vengeful husband enters his wife's bedroom to kill her in the final act of Verdi's "Otello," he is accompanied by the muted snarl of a sepulchral E natural in the double basses.

The New York Times

Music parenting’s unexpected, positive benefits

When parents sign up kids for music lessons, they are not expected to learn something new.

OUP Blog

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


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