Music the artform and artists

Never heard of skiffle?

Most people with even a cursory interest in popular music could name the king of rock 'n' roll and the king of pop, but ask them who the king of skiffle was and you might get a blank stare, perhaps followed by a query: What's skiffle?

Dallas News

Classical music's blurred boundaries

The ‘classical music’ label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists who thrive on the ever-decreasing gap between the art form and other music genres.


The Greatest Music Festival in History

The idea for Monterey Pop, a model for subsequent rock music festivals from Woodstock to Bonnaroo, emerged from a conversation in early 1967 among Paul McCartney, the record producer Lou Adler and the folk rock band the Mamas and the Papas.

The New York Times

Musique Concrète – Pioneering Electronic Music

During World War Two the first tape recorder was used by the Nazi propaganda machine to broadcast material edited using a dextrous razor blade.

Sound Matters

Le rap au Burkina Faso

Le mouvement hip-hop au Burkina Faso a connu ces moments de gloire en fin des années 90. Au début, c’est la passion qui guidait ces jeunes, pour la plupart encore à l’école.

Music in Africa

How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

In lament singing, positive descriptions are used: Things are sweet, light, bright, dear, or wonderful.

Yes Magazine

Why my guitar gently weeps

The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.

The Washington Post

Evolution, revolution, smevolution: The future of classical music

Classical music may be the art of the sublime, liquid architecture and all the rest, but it has nonetheless always been a long-suffering kingdom of kvetching.

The Los Angeles Times

The woman who could "draw" music

One of electronica’s pioneers, Daphne Oram helped revolutionise music but remains surprisingly little known. A new play puts her offbeat life, and accomplishments, into the spotlight.


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