Waking up. Working out. Riding the bus. Music is an ever-present companion for many of us, and its impact is undeniable.
Waking up. Working out. Riding the bus. Music is an ever-present companion for many of us, and its impact is undeniable.
Patrick Stump was livid.
The late philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” This rings true for most of us. Whether we listen to sad music after a painful breakup or upbeat music on our graduation day, music often plays a significant role in our most memorable life events.
When you first heard about podcasts, do you remember how excited you weren’t? Do you recall the first person who said, “Did you know you can now download audio files of people talking?” To which you might have replied, “Talking about … what?” To which they might have replied, “About
Looking for some new music to lose yourself in this weekend? Look no further. Each year, NPR’s All Songs Considered team puts together a 100-song playlist for the South By Southwest music festival, and it never fails to deliver new artists and genres.
Playing an instrument can be a rewarding hobby, but if finding the time and a teacher is a challenge, many apps can help get you started. You’re never too old to learn to play a musical instrument, but finding a tutor and the time for lessons is another matter.
The indie tastemaker roots down the back of the Union Jack-emblazoned sofa to uncover some of the decade's forgotten classics Steve Lamacq wants to counter the prevailing narrative about ‘90s indie.
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Ever since Spotify was launched I’ve been a subscriber and huge fan of the service. I’ve sworn by it for years and have built extremely large playlists on the service and synchronized them with all of my devices.
If you find your taste in music at constant battle with other people's tastes in music, Spotify's new Sweet Spot tool attempts to build the perfect playlist that bridges the gap between them.
There are over 30 million tracks available to stream on Spotify. That’s a lot of music to listen to, and most of it you’ve never heard before. How is one to make sense of all those sounds? Ben Ratliff has some ideas.
Led Zeppelin is classic rock. So are Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne. But what about U2 or Nirvana? As a child of the 1990s, I never doubted that any of these bands were classic rock, even though it may be shocking for many to hear.
How much time have you spent on music you’ve never finished? How many hours have you wasted – simply because you didn’t get a track over the line? How many awesome ideas have you lost to boredom? So if you’re anything like I was before I discovered this method… It’ll be in the 1000s.
Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.
The announcement of Apple’s music bumpin’ HomePod means you might be reconsidering which streaming service you use. To be honest, going from one to another might not be that big of a leap. Most streaming services do share a variety of similarities.
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Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise. By Not long ago, Rob Wood found himself at Heston Blumenthal’s house, in south-west London, where he was being persuaded to eat a flower.
If you have a piano or keyboard already and just need the benefit of a little instruction in the right way to play, the best way to read music, and a little music theory, Skoove can give that to you from the comfort of your browser.
Carly Rae Jepsen is the patron saint of Switched on Pop, a podcast that examines chart-topping pop songs through the lens of musical theory. Harding, 30, and Sloan, 31, met at Brown University as music students and later played in a band together.
Steve Albini is the producer (he prefers the term “recording engineer”) behind several thousand records. He is also a member of the band Shellac.
The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists across the creative industries Awhile ago Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead got some attention when they pulled their recent record from Spotify.
Do you see a connection between your music and visual art, or do you see them as separate modes of creative output? I do see them as quite separate. I’m addressing some of the same themes in both bodies of work, albeit in different ways. Singing always necessitates a performance.
In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve pointed at two outstanding culprits.
Finding the right space to do creative work can be difficult. Inside the office, there are constant interruptions, last-minute meetings, and an often unbearable amount of noise.
There was a time, not many years ago, when people used to ask each other what type of music they liked as a way of finding common ground.
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If one of your goals is to learn to play music (or improve your playing), then this advice from musician Dick Hensold on how to practice strategically—with a limited amount of practice time—is for you. The key is what he calls "proper cultivation" of your technique.
The genre has had a bad reputation since the 1960s, but the singer-songwriter succeeds by focusing on aesthetics over evangelism. In a 2003 episode of South Park, Eric Cartman sets out on a quest to make a platinum record, and decides the easiest route will be to start a Christian band.
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Why does the music in Blade Runner resonate so deeply? Because Vangelis, the mad genius Greek who wrote and performed the score, relied primarily on one instrument: the Yamaha CS-80. The thing that made this ’70s-era synthesizer so special was an inspired feature called “Polyphonic Pressure.
Rock’s flight into seriousness in the 1970s had many ill effects. There was prog rock, jamming, not releasing singles – and the idea that the couple of decades since Elvis had produced enough music of sufficient worth to produce a canon.
SoundCloud was once a platform beloved by listeners and creators, whose leaders hoped to revolutionize the music industry. Hamstrung by management mistakes and fierce competition, they never did. Here's the story of how it all came crashing down.
Practice is an important factor in mastering any skill. You want the hours you put in to be as effective as possible so you can improve steadily. Here are four keys to making sure your practice is effective. Learning a new skill, like playing an instrument or programming, isn’t easy.
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In roughly 24 hours, Josh Tillman will go on national TV and sing about having virtual-reality sex with Taylor Swift.
When I was fourteen years old I wanted to die. I felt doomed to be alone. My prospects for meaningful connection with other humans seemed bleak. I wasn’t consciously aware of my desire to end my life until one evening a switch flipped and I was done with this bullshit world.
The year is 2015. I … well you, are older. In time, you’ll release two original EP’s on iTunes. You’ll get a remix and an original release published on Beatport. You’ll compose, arrange, and produce hundreds of tracks.
Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui remembers. “Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 came up on the radio and I was instantly captivated.
We don’t know much about Meredith Hunter other than that he killed the American Hippie. We know that his friends called him Murdock, and that he was 18, and that there were three weeks until the last day of the 1960s.
For the music industry, the rollout of a new Taylor Swift album is always a master class in marketing, and the release of “Look What You Made Me Do,” the first single, is a case in point. Even before the song came out late last month, the mere fact that Ms.
Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with this realization at one point or another – a ton of pop music sounds very similar. It seems like grandpa logic, but a growing body of research confirms what we all suspect: Pop music is actually getting more and more homogeneous.
Originally published on FACT. The great electronic albums of the 1970s get plenty of kudos – but what of their predecessors?
Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede.
“I Feel Alright”, by the emerging pop adventurer known as Bonzai, lasts only three minutes and fifteen seconds, and it feels much shorter—too short, in fact, as if the singer and her song are eager to make way for whatever comes next in the playlist.
On February 19, 2016, a New York judge denied the pop singer Kesha’s request to terminate her recording contract with the producer Dr. Luke, whom Kesha alleged had abused her sexually and emotionally over the years that they had worked together.
In December, 1989, the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was expelled from power by American forces. To escape capture, he took refuge in the Papal Nunciatura in Panama City. When an American general arrived to confer with the papal nuncio, the U.S.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Some full-time music critics spend their lives curating playlists they hope become popular. President Obama outdid them all last week in between briefings by senior aides and rounds of golf with friends on vacation here. For the second year in a row, Mr.
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Dan Dzula first heard Connie Converse’s music on NPR in 2004. It was an amateur recording, taken in someone’s kitchen, but he felt an intense emotional connection to the woman behind the song. It was unlike anything he’d ever experienced before.
Taylor Swift worries a lot about security. It’s an understandable concern. This spring, a man was arrested in the wee hours of the morning near her estate in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year's Eve, it is apocalypse pop.
Making sense of Allie X sometimes requires thinking of her as two separate artists: an aloof, high-impact visual artist and a warm, understated pop singer. She’s good at both things, but there’s frequently a disconnect between her music and the whole Gaga-esque fashion-as-ideology thing.
Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death but did not report a cause.
One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers.
Tim Bergling, the Swedish D.J. and electronic dance music producer who rose to fame under the stage name Avicii, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, the capital of Oman. He was 28. His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman, Diana Baron, who did not specify a cause.
There are a lot of great music players for Windows, and it's next to impossible to make a broad "best" statement that applies to everyone. But that doesn't stop the powerful, lightweight, and customizable MusicBee from winning our hearts for the best music player on Windows.
A few weeks after the release of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” the hard-charging lead single on his fourth album Damn., the song landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s streaming chart. It’s been on the chart ever since, never falling below No.
Music criticism isn’t much of a job for those who seek the celebrity that comes with being instantly recognizable.
Over the weekend, pop singer Beyonce released a new album called “Lemonade” (because if life gives you lemons). For a piece of work hailed as “groundbreaking” and “brilliant,” it’s strange that the title is one of the most overused cliches in the history of cliches.
For the concert industry, the disastrous failure of the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas was an outlier — a sad spectacle, but an isolated one.
“Danny Glover” is a strange song that sounds immediately familiar, its melody and Thug’s elastic delivery carrying more meaning than its lyrics.
On the radio, where it has been ubiquitous all summer, the million-selling single “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber is four minutes of high-tech bliss: a sweet-voiced mixture of longing and recrimination, a lonely plaint with a dance beat.
As a fan of music, I’d love to learn how to make a song. Devoting time to learning music theory, however, isn’t exactly on my list of priorities. Music lessons are intimidating, they’re a little inconvenient, and definitely pricey.
Musicmap attempts to provide the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history. It is the result of more than seven years of research with over 200 listed sources and cross examination of many other visual genealogies.
Throughout grade school and high school, I was fortunate to participate in quality music programs. Our high school had a top Illinois state jazz band; I also participated in symphonic band, which gave me a greater appreciation for classical music. It wasn’t enough to just read music.
See also: A beginner’s guide to modern art jazz. Also, remember to get good headphones! I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone.