Music the artform and artists

Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory

To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels dark. Johnny Cash’s voice was low and rough.

Aeon

'The status quo will be obliterated!' – the inventors making their own musical instruments

Hundreds of people are beavering away, hoping to create their own game-changing instrument – but most won’t sell a single one. Will any change the future of music?

The Guardian

Uganda: What Can Ugandan Music Tap From Congolese Music Journey?

In spite of an attempt to create an East African music identity, almost all pop-culture music and dances from East Africa still retain a lot of strokes and moves from Congo.

All Africa

China: The new trend of village festivals

Lanting Royal Music Festival is exceptional, but not alone. It is one of the few examples of village festivals where the mission of a musical founder is met with the passion of a real estate developer.

Interlude

Que sait-on de la place de la musique dans l’Antiquité ?

Réussit-on à déchiffrer les rares partitions fragmentaires grecques et mésopotamiennes qui nous sont parvenues ? 

France Musique

The Syrian DJ who invented Electro-Tarab

Eldahr was born in Aleppo, a "traditional music city" as he puts it. At a young age, his uncle - a music shop owner at the time - exposed him to modern Western music which would immensely influence his own tunes.

Step Feed

Instrumental Instruments: MPC60

Hip-hop as an art form didn’t come out of nowhere, and neither did its elements or its tools. Turntables existed before hip-hop, as did the mixer, the MC and rap itself.

Red Bull Music Academy

The Beat Goes On: A Short History of the Metronome

The musician sent home to practice with a metronome confronts in this prescription an absentminded chaperone. It sits on the stand and clucks a rigid beat regardless of whether the player, afflicted with an inability to keep a steady tempo, deigns to follow it.

WQXR

The forgotten ancient Greek instrumen

If you haven't heard this instrument before, don't panic, you're not alone.

BBC


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