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Welcome to classical music. We aren’t as snooty as you thought. Ignore the stuffed shirts spouting on about how SIMPLY RAVISHING their trip to the Opera was last night, and how CULTURED they are. It’s just music. Really good music. … Read more ›


I get real pissy when music is used as a cellphone ringtone. It still jars the hell out of me when a song abruptly sputters out of a tinny cellphone speaker, and the absolute worst is when no-one answers and so it repeatedly loops through the first 5 seconds. Don’t even get me started on [...]

The Age of the Personal Soundtrack

Sometimes I would give my left leg — well maybe just a little piece of it, perhaps just the slimmest sliver of a pinky toe — to be able to instantly conduct some piece of market research all the way back through history. For example, I would love to see a graph which shows what [...]

Shouldn’t they force him to ADD an audio track?

It took a while, but unfortunately the copyright police are now rampaging all over the YouTube classical music community. I first noticed this while checking up on the status of the embedded videos I used over at GetIntoClassical, and finding that half of them were “unavailable due to terms of use violation”. Basically, If an [...]

It’s Alive!!

My recent post, A Symphony in C++, was featured today at the rather stunningly designed (and rather new) blog Killing Classical Music. The author of the blog, Grant, describes his blog as: Dedicated to rescuing the world’s best music from a slow, certain death at the hands of tired traditions and oppressively ordinary thought Quite [...]

Symphony in C++

Every now and then I can’t keep my classical music and science nerd parts apart. Today was one of those days. I present: A Symphony in C++: key get_secondary_key(key home_key){ if (home_key.minor == TRUE){ secondary_key=relative_major(home_key);...Show More Summary

Eugh, I know the feeling…

via Reddit. Anyone know where it originally comes from?

Choose Your Own Damn Mahler Adventure

Do you love Mahler? Do you want to marry him and have his babies? Well it’s a bit late for that, but it’s not too late to participate in Deutsche Grammophon and Decca’s latest foray into the classical music social media scene. They’ve done a bang-up job arranging this one. The idea is that they [...]

Not quite dead yet

Holy crap! Check this out! TEXT! Yeah, writing is mysteriously appearing in this space, and that’s because despite all the stuff that’s been happening recently my fingers have not completely broken up their relationship with the keyboard. And what “stuff” could have been happening? Well as an e.g., in an unrelated order of importance… Various [...]

Not the 9th

Beethoven is a tough little nut to crack. I remember once reading that you should get through all of Shostakovich’s string quartets before even attempting to understand Beethoven’s. Beethoven is so famous that it’s sort of overwhelming when you first start listening to classical music, because it seems like all of his music should sound [...]


In our modern age, everything is available in snack form. The internet has drained our attention spans. Any wall of text longer than a couple of paragraphs is a challenge that needs to be planned, and packed, and mapped out well in advance. We’ve moved from writing letters, to phonecalls, to emails, to instant messenging. [...]

CDs: in memoriam

There are a few things I miss about CDs. They started up straight away. Just push play. It was just one mechanical action between you and the music, nothing to boot up and double-click on. It was much less of a physical divide when there is only a split second action required between you thinking “I [...]

Get some IcyHot on that…

Courtesy of the Onion: Yo-Yo Ma Injured During Practice

Discovering the Sunday Composer

Last night I heard a Borodin piece for the first time. He’s one of these guys whose music didn’t manage to weave its way into the general-purpose classical music hivemind. That is, if you haven’t deliberately tried to hear his music you probably haven’t heard it at all. Or at least that’s my extrapolation from [...]

The Tyranny Of Conscious Thought

Reddit loves this quote: Which may or may not be due to Thomas Beecham. (Image via My initial reaction to this is to agree with the top rated comment in the thread discussing the quote: “But good music makes me think. It’s a different, more contemplative type of thinking, but it’s most definitely conscious” But… now I can’t [...]

Vasks Flute Concerto

Anyone who fancies hearing the Vasks Flute Concerto should check out the comments on this blog entry. Thanks Zoltan!

Virst Impressions Of Vasks

Vasks is the way forward! That was the advice from my friendly readers (hi there, you) after a post last week about baby-steps into Penderecki’s music, and my quest to find a new composer that I heart as much as Shosty. Heeding this advice like the heedonist I am, off we skipped to eMusic to [...]

Lossless Classical Music, We Have Arrived!

Finally! DRM free, lossless classical music downloads are here! Today Passionato, an online classical music download store was launched in the UK. They are offering music from Universal Music and EMI Classics, as well as Naxos, Chandos, etc. In other words their catalog is frickin’ huge. You can download either in high quality 320kbps MP3 [...]

Open Source Music

Have you heard of Musopen? It’s a site which is working on providing completely free copies of classical music scores, as well as recordings. They are still teething, but already have the complete Beethoven piano sonatas available. One of the most interesting features is that you can contribute funds toward the publishing of new pieces. [...]

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