Music the artform and artists

Before Verdi There Was Rossini

The two men met in Bologna in June 1842, and Verdi quickly admired his older colleague. Verdi was able to discuss with Rossini his many operas and it seems that he particularly came to learn a lot about L’Italiana in Algeri, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and what was known in Italian as Guglielmo Tell.


New York Rock: The Birth of Punk, an Oral History

As a city that represents endless possibilities, New York has long been the setting for the dawning of new movements, styles, and musical genres. And perhaps no music origin story has inspired as much appreciation, celebration, and imitation as the birth of punk rock in New York City in the 1970s.


Le plus vieux morceau de musique crée par ordinateur a été restauré

En 1951, pour la première fois des morceaux de musique étaient créés non pas à l’aide d’instruments, mais par ordinateur. Ils sont nés dans le laboratoire du mathématicien Alan Turing et viennent d’être restaurés par des chercheurs.

France Musique

La musique africaine fait son introspection à Ségou

Ce Forum a constitué un cadre opportun pour engager une réflexion constructive sur les questions de la professionnalisation des acteurs de la filière musicale en Afrique.

This is Africa

Street music, noise, and the city of joy

Music is a choice the listener makes and the difference between music and noise is a matter of perspective.

New Music Box

'His Instrument Gave Me Wings': Remembering Synth Inventor Don Buchla

Don Buchla believed in the humanity of wires. The modular synth pioneer created an instrument like none other, one that relied on intuition, learning and, most importantly, human touch.


Beyond Fela: a guide to early African electronic music

Call it what you will, but there’s no denying that West African funk or boogie will light up a European dance floor—and no one knows that better than Nomad and Dirk Leyers.

Electronic Beats

Searching for silence

John Cage’s art of noise.

The New Yorker

Traditional music in Mauritius

Mauritius Island, the cultural melting pot of the Indian Ocean, is at the crossroads of several musical styles. Sega is however the unifying musical genre.

Music in Africa

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