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  • Spread @11:44PM, 2017-11-03
    Tags: ears, Music   

    Music is not for ears 

    [Via Aeon] It’s easy to think about music as just a sequence of sounds – recorded and encoded in a Spotify stream, these days, but still: an acoustic phenomenon that we respond to because of how it sounds. The source of music’s power, according to this account, lies in the notes themselves. To pick apart how music affects us would be a matter of analysing the notes and our responses to them: in come notes, out tumbles our perception of music. How does Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah work its magic? Simple: the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift…

    Yet thinking about music in this way – as sound, notes and responses to notes, kept separate from the rest of human experience – relegates music to a special, inscrutable sphere accessible only to the initiated. Notes, after all, are things that most people feel insecure about singing, and even less sure about reading. The vision of an isolated note-calculator in the brain, taking sound as input and producing musical perceptions as output, consigns music to a kind of mental silo.

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  • Spread @1:49AM, 2017-09-18
    Tags: , Music, schubert, sviatoslav richter   

    Schubert Everlasting 

    [Via The American Scholar] Nobody played Schubert like Richter. I could bring up any number of felicities—his sense of narrative and structure, his exquisite touch, the attention he paid to the most innocuous detail, the way his interpretations of the standard repertoire seemed at once controlled and improvisatory—but when I think of Richter’s Schubert, one thing comes to mind first: tempo. Slow tempos, glacial tempos, tempos that make no sense on paper, but that, when heard, transport the interpretations into visionary terrain. Read the rest

  • Titus Toledo @2:38AM, 2017-05-21
    Tags: a day in the life, , , Music   

    How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’ 

    [Via The Atlantic] “The song has so much happening that when I casually listen I feel the accumulated effect, but attempting to really figure out what’s going on, I fear may take the fun out of it. Liking songs is risky. They are aural fireflies, and you can get too close and lose them. If ‘A Day in the Life’ is about anything, it speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people. It’s Ulysses in a pop song, the typical day made unforgettable.”

    Read the rest: The Atlantic

  • Spread @6:52AM, 2017-03-24
    Tags: , , Music,   

    Bob Dylan’s “Triplicate” 

    “I Could Have Told You” off Bob Dylan’s upcoming album “Triplicate.” Bob Dylan’s first three-disc album features 30 brand new recordings of classic American songs.

  • Spread @3:10AM, 2017-02-24
    Tags: , Music,   

    My Obsession with a Beatles Song 

    Alec Wilkinson writing for The New Yorker: “She Said She Said” described a mystery I could see on the horizon, vibrating like a mirage. I am the youngest by some degree of four brothers, so I was conditioned to believe and to feel that the secrets of existence were in the possession of people a few years older than I was, who were closer to the ages of the Beatles.

    Read the full article: The New Yorker

  • Spread @12:23AM, 2017-02-08
    Tags: , bob marley, Music,   

    Lost Bob Marley Tapes Restored 

    For 40 years, 13 reel-to-reel tapes containing live Bob Marley songs sat in a cardboard box in a London hotel basement. They might have landed in the trash if they hadn’t been discovered in a building clean-out by a friend of the London businessman Joe Gatt, who alerted his colleague Louis Hoover. Mr. Hoover recognized the value of the tapes immediately. “I was speechless,” he told The Guardian.

    The analog tapes contain the original recordings of Mr. Marley’s concerts between 1974 and 1978, at European venues like the Lyceum Theater in London and the Pavillon de Paris.

    Read the rest from The New York Times

  • Spread @3:47AM, 2017-01-28
    Tags: , , , Music,   

    How Music Dies (Or Lives) 

    Via Utne Reader

    Art is designed to reveal, not to show us what we already see and know. Yet, the gigantic copying machine that is the music industry, by necessity, thrives on repetition. And when a system ceases changing, it has become a cadaver.

    Read the rest from Utne Reader

  • Spread @1:08AM, 2017-01-25
    Tags: , heavy metal, Music, ,   

    Punk & metal is positively good for you 

    Extreme music – such as heavy metal – can positively influence those experiencing anger, a study by The University of Queensland has revealed. In contrast to previous studies linking loud and chaotic music to aggression and delinquency, research by UQ’s School of Psychology honours student Leah Sharman and Dr Genevieve Dingle showed listeners mostly became inspired and calmed.

    Read the rest from UQ News – The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Spread @12:47AM, 2016-09-23
    Tags: , Music, ,   

    We kill the flame 

  • Spread @11:45PM, 2016-09-22
    Tags: , Music, ron howard, segregation   

    Come Together 

    “I’d heard there was ‘nothing new’ in Ron Howard’s Beatles movie, and in the grand scheme of things this turned out to be true, though there’s new concert footage and excellent bits with the fans. (Among other things, you’ll see a tweenage Sigourney Weaver, up in the nosebleed seats at the Hollywood Bowl.) But forty-five minutes into the film, there’s a striking set piece.” –Alex Abramovich

    Read the rest from LRB

  • Spread @12:11AM, 2016-08-14
    Tags: bon iver, Music,   

    Bon Iver’s “22, A Million” 

    Bon Iver is set to release its first album in five years. Titled 22, A Million, it’s full of drama, disturbances and thrills. Sample a song now and read the review from NPR’s Bob Boilen

  • Spread @4:00AM, 2016-08-05
    Tags: Music, potential, superimpose, youtube   

    The Making of The Range’s album ‘Potential’ 

    Superimpose explores the making of The Range’s new album Potential, which exclusively uses the voices of people who posted themselves on YouTube. The documentary sheds light on the unique and varied human stories of the people featured on the album, who were completely unknown to The Range when originally selected.

    A seven song EP ­ Superimpose (Music From the Documentary) ­ featuring new material from the documentary and a reworked version of Potential album standout ‘Superimpose’ is on streaming and digital platforms now.

    More from Wired

  • Spread @4:59AM, 2016-07-09
    Tags: acoustics, Music,   


    The image of a fairy-tale landscape where plants welcome visitors with sounds and songs is a recurring element in literature, particularly in poetry. It’s a fascination that has seduced the art world, too, where, melting with technologies, has encouraged the birth of a new genre: nature-themed interactive audio-installations.

  • Titus Toledo @5:03AM, 2016-07-04
    Tags: , , Music,   

    Bob Dylan @twenty 

    Dylan was just 20 years old when he appeared on the Folksingers Choice radio program on WBAI FM in New York City. He’d arrived in Manhattan just a few years earlier and was playing in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, at one in particular he was paid “a dollar plus a cheeseburger.”

    During this hour-long interview with Cynthia Gooding, Dylan played some of his own songs (“The Death of Emmett Till”, “Standing on the Highway”) and covers of classics by Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, and Woody Guthrie. We scored this Blank on Blank with Dylan tuning up his guitar and playing his harmonica.

    It’s a wonderful snapshot in time, with a young Dylan before he was famous and before he even released his debut album. He’s nervous and funny. He’s just a guy with a guitar with a little mischief underneath.

  • Titus Toledo @11:38PM, 2016-06-24
    Tags: 1971, , , Music,   

    1971: Rock’s Greatest Year 

    What do Van Morrison’s “Domino,” the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” have in common? All of them were recorded or became hits in 1971 — the year music journalist David Hepworth insists is the best year in rock ‘n’ roll history.In his new book, Never a Dull Moment, Hepworth makes the case that the music from 1971 was the result of “a huge explosion of creativity in a very short period of time” and lives on in the present like most old music does not.

    Read the rest from NPR

  • Spread @4:44AM, 2016-06-22
    Tags: , julie doiron, Music, ,   

    Julie Doiron’s “No More” 

    No more singing in the woods
    No more singing in the car
    No more singing in the streets
    No more singing in the bars
    No more singing into you eyes
    No more singing into your arms
    No more singing in the yard
    No more singing in the park

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