Music the artform and artists

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.

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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.


The forgotten ancient Greek instrumen

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


La pop nigériane mène la révolution de la musique panafricaine

De Guinée au Mozambique, du Botswana au Kenya, Davido, star de l'afropop et icône des jeunes Africains, parcourt le continent en jet privé et reçoit partout le même accueil: des stades remplis à craquer et des foules en délire.

Le Point

When Pierre Boulez Went Electric

Pierre Boulez, the radical modernist composer who later in his career became one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, was famous for his polemics. “I suggested that it was not enough to add a moustache to the Mona Lisa,” he once said.

NYT Books

Studio for Electronic Music: Why was the German recording facility so innovative?

State-of-the-art Cologne production house paved the way for host of progressive new genres from krautrock to trance.

The Independent

How video game music is finally getting the appreciation it deserves

“Several game soundtracks end up in the Top 10 on iTunes, not just in the soundtracks section, but in the ‘all albums’ section,”.


When classical music becomes another character in a movie

It’s a challenge to introduce a powerful work of art within another one. You lose control of your own narrative. You may not do justice to the work you’re incorporating, and if you do, the audience may wind up focusing on Beethoven rather than on you.

The Washington Post

Revolutionary Arseny Avraamov

The tumultuous life and pioneering work of the composer and theorist who wanted to burn all pianos in Russia.

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