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Why anyone that says the recording industry is dead is wrong

The industry is dead! You can’t make any money! Stop now! Don’t even try it! You’re crazy! Get out of music! Sell your interface! Go get a “real” job! Yeah yeah, we’ve all heard this and maybe you’ve even said some version of this at some point in your life. It’s always the same thing with everything, the past was better, the old way is the right way, and these stupid kids are ruining everything.


Download Theft! A History of Music, a New Free Graphic Novel Exploring 2,000 Years of Musical Borrow

A graphic novel covering 2000 years of musical borrowing and regulation, from Plato to rap, by James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins. Available at

Why Is the Orchestra Seated That Way? An Explanation

“Stokowski was a great experimenter, and he tried seating the orchestra in every imaginable way, always trying to find the ideal blend of sounds. On one occasion he horrified Philadelphians by placing the winds and brass in front of the strings …

Rise Of The Machines: How Technology Shaped Music

It was true: Smith was brilliant. In the space of a year he turned himself from decent club pianist to the man who put the electronic organ on the jazz map. Smith was as revolutionary for his instrument as Charlie Parker was for the alto sax.

Classical ‘factory line’ takes the joy out of Beethoven and Brahms, says Nigel Kennedy

Lazy tutors are creating musical clones by putting too much emphasis on technique, says violinist

In defense of melody

'Let’s encourage composers to embrace melody, harmony and pulse again before the audience is alienated altogether'

Top 50 Awesome Music Blogs to Follow

Have you ever wanted to know more about music but do not exactly know where to start? Over a course of a month, extensive research has been done to create the list of the Top 50 Awesome Blogs to follow.

Five Classical Music Biographies and Memoirs for Your Summer Reading List

Last week an excerpt from composer John Luther Adams’s forthcoming memoir was posted on the New Yorker’swebsite. It’s an enticing tidbit, but unfortunately it won’t arrive in time to make it on this year’s summer reading lists. However, there are several new biographies and memoirs written about and by musicians to dive into over the next few months, including the following five.

The greatest electronic albums of the 1950s and 1960s

The great electronic albums of the 1970s get plenty of kudos – but what of their predecessors?

What Makes You Different?

Getting an audience is one of the toughest parts of being a musician. But converting that audience into a devoted following who will come out to shows, buy your albums, and follow your updates—that’s even tougher. As musicians, there are lots of things we can do to build a following, but at the end of the day, there’s one thing more important than anything else — doing something that makes you stand out.

The Dangers of Digital: Brian Eno on Technology and Modern Music

Digital technology has enhanced music production, recording and distribution in ways unimaginable just a few decades ago, but are we losing something more essential in the process? Chris May talks to ambient pioneer and friend of technology Brian Eno about the dangers of digital dependence in modern music.

We’re playing classical music all wrong – composers wanted us to improvise

We're playing classical music all wrong – composers wanted us to improvise

Where did the melody go?

When listening to current mainstream music however, it becomes very clear that the place of melody as one of music’s basic building blocks, is being reduced substantially, making space for other elements, such as texture and rhythm. The musical sentences are becoming shorter, more simplistic, and sometimes of incomplete grammatical structure; much like the sentences in cell-phone text-messages, or people’s posts on Twitter. In fact, sometimes some current music seems to have a level of melodic complexity that reminds me of actual birds’ tweets.

Science Shows There's Only One Real Way to Listen to Music

Nothing about the way we listen to music these days commands attention like or yields the quality of a physical record. Though there is a movement back towards vinyl, there's an even bigger movement towards streaming — and with it, a whole new paradigm for how we hear music.

Isao Tomita Interview From RBMA Tokyo 2014

In electronic music, it’s hard to exaggerate the importance of Isao Tomita’s work. Born in Japan in the 1930s, Tomita imagined other worlds – seemingly outwith his own, human reach – and so used his music to explore the unknown.

10 things that we should change in classical music concerts

Over the years I’ve seen and done a lot of concerts and if classical music ever wants to attract a new, younger and more engaged audience, we’ll have to think hard about certain things and step out of our own little world. -Baldur Bronnimann

Why pop-turned-jazz stars just ain't got that swing

From Rod Stewart to Robbie Williams, and now Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox, pop stars keep hopping on the jazz bandwagon but just can’t ride the rhythm

Rejection from Bartok - Schoenberg copyright owners

Unfortunately I didn't get the license to release Bela Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" and Arnold Schönberg's "Verklärte Nacht" adaptations for Ambigua, Act II.

Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future

For years, this rock critic viewed classical music as pompous art of the past. Now, tired of pop, he explains why classical is the truly subversive form - and selects six favourite pieces to convert the unbeliever.

17 Ways to Kill a Music Career

Want to kill your chances of a great music career?  Just follow these simple steps, and you’re guaranteed to fail

Is Classical Music Dead?

When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.

How Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has shaped 100 years of music

Piece first performed in Paris exactly 100 years ago emblematic of era of great scientific, artistic and intellectual ferment

The History of Electronic Music in 476 Tracks (1937-2001)

A clearly flawed selection: there's few women and almost no one working outside of the Western tradition (where are the Japanese? Chinese? etc.). However, as an effort, it's admirable and contains a ton of great stuff. 
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