by Rob Sperry-Fromm Two very busy heavy music acts, Phil Anselmo and Child Bite have managed to find time to record a cover of Celtic Frost's classic To Mega Therion track "The Usurper." The cover is from an upcoming Celtic...
Our music history courses don't tell us what classical music really was like, in centuries past.
Never mind that people who are serious about classical music avoid iTunes for its lack of metadata. Never mind that even the serious ones would struggle to name a successful living Italian composer. But this man is dominating iTunes this week like no musician that ever lived. And it’s not just because he has a […]
“However, whilst metadata and audio quality have been the burning issues for classical journalists and listeners, it’s the economics of streaming that has been alarming certain independent specialist classical record companies. In fact, as far as they are concerned, streaming poses unique and far greater problems for the classical industry than it does for the […]
Here’s a tip sheet to four of the must-see artists at the Union Market electronic music festival.
It’s been 23 years since Aladdin’s release, enough time for the movie to be worshipped by a generation, made into a Broadway musical, and canonized as a Disney classic. The time is right, then, for Screen Junkies to skewer the film with...Show More Summary
A year ago, I saw on the front page of Wikipedia (of all places) that a show called The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder had won the Best Musical at the Tonys. After doing a little research, I found out it was based on a classicShow More Summary
A study by two researchers at the University of Notre Dame has come up with some seriously bad findings. A sampling of 2,250 Americans were asked to rank 15 genres of music as liked, disliked, or ‘mixed feelings’. The replies were then compared to a similar survey from 1993. The key finding is this: Today’s highly […]
The Pavlovich Ballet School, headquarters for the Columbia Classical Ballet and “renovated just this summer, has been completely destroyed. During the flooding, water reached up to the ceiling of the studio. Costumes and music scores were ruined. … The entire building needs to be gutted.”
Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to. He appears at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester, on Sunday, 1st […]
“While in 1993, a college-educated person between the ages of 25 and 29 had an 8 percent chance of disliking classical (music), in 2012, a respondent in that same age-education group had a 15 percent chance (of doing so),” the researchers write.
Classical music hasn't exactly been the dominant genre in the age of streaming but Dart Music, a fresh face in the world of digital music, is looking to change that, in part by honing in on music's metadata issues. ______________________________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Classical music...
The Amazing Keystone Big Band - Peter and the Wolf and Jazz! album cover I wouldn't say that if there's one classical music piece you've heard, it's "Peter and the Wolf," because orchestral melodies are woven throughout modern life, even if you're only vaguely aware of it. Show More Summary
There’s a sticker on the plastic-wrapped CD I’m holding that reads, “Produced by Phil Ramone.” The late, great producer, who died in 2013, has a name brand that few other music producers can rival: He worked with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Madonna and Sinéad O’Connor. Show More Summary
“Mr. Mankell, whose grandfather was a composer, passed on his love of classical music to his famous detective. Wallander spends many lonely nights listening to Mozart operas or walking the windswept beaches of Ystad with his dog, Jussi — named after Jussi Bjorling, the great Swedish tenor.”
“While audiophiles and classic rock enthusiasts might sneer at the software’s humorously simple design, digital natives simply see it as making something impenetrable now liberatingly accessible.”
Listening to Mozart may strengthen your brain. A new Finnish study found that listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in memory. People who did this were better able to remember to complete tasks, per research presented at the 2013 British Psychological Society annual meeting. Show More Summary
This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to...
Two recent ECM releases deal with the interface of folk and classical music, each in its own way. ImA genes presents classical piano music composed by m: Dino Saluzzi, a musician strongly associated with the Argentinian tango tradition. Komitas takes classical compositions based on Armeni... [ read more ]
You probably have trouble remembering a time when synthesizers were mainly used in classical music, but that’s they way it was immediately after the Moog synthesizer hit the market. But experimental rock musicians soon discovered the versatility of the instrument. Show More Summary