The finer performances of Tristan und Isolde have a way of sounding like a four-hour improvisation, the fruit of a single moment of inspiration that makes one forget how emotionally manipulative and painstakingly crafted the music really is.
The elevator doors opened to reveal a series of drawings of naked women towering over me. Beat-heavy dance music blared from down the hall, mingled with strains of "I'm Every Woman." I followed the sounds and the drawings, past a corridor where dozens of people sat and stood mesmerized by videos, arriving at last at the suite marked #207.
Remember that girl who showed us what foreign languages sound like to people who don’t speak them? She’s back with 14 impressions of 14 different music genres using total gibberish, demonstrating how every song sounds more or less the same in each genre. More »
Converse released this year’s “Three Artists, One Track” today, their ninth installment in what has become the musical equivalent of Groundhog Day: the track that answers the question of when summer is coming, and what it sounds like. This year’s collab, “Hero,” features two members of The Clash (Paul Simonon and Mick Jones), producer Diplo [...]
Take a look at the world premiere of Nu-Blu's "It's A Good Day To Be With You," a slice of Acoustic Country and Bluegrass that just sounds good, exclusively here at Roughstock!
From Consequence of Sound: A few years back, I was avoiding my family on Christmas by listening to Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible. With all the grace and couth in the world, my cousin slugged me in the arm and asked what I was playing. I told...Show More Summary
If juggling the schedules of seven children, a wildly successful music career, a husband and a huge annual fundraiser for the local Children's Hospital sounds like your "sweet spot" then you and Sara Evans have a lot in common. WhenShow More Summary
The doors to the MashHouse have closed, but SXSW is far from over. With Film running through Saturday and the Music festivities just heating up, there are plenty of sights, sounds, and BBQ to enjoy — and to capture with your camera. We...Show More Summary
Kane Ikin Warehouses [EP] [This Thing; 2014] by Willcoma Rating: God love a good EP. Like an episode of Game of Thrones, a solid miniature platter of sound can both satiate and leave room for some sweet anticipatory ache. Similarly,Show More Summary
With a techno rock sound and imaginative videos, The Cars are the embodiment of '80s music culture, so this week let's celebrate The Cars and their individual members with some of their lost videos and singles.
You’ve got one week to stock up on St. Patrick’s Day music and drinking songs. Sound Sunday gets you started with Irish folk, rock, and some instrumental and electronic music. Find St. Patrick’s Day themed playlists at the end of this...Show More Summary
Well, I think they're soothing, anyway. But whether you feel the same way or not, you've got to appreciate what the man did for music (and the science of sound in general). In this piece alone, Stockhausen was able to take two differing styles of experimental electronic composition and bring them together seamlessly. Show More Summary
June 24th may seem like a long way off, in fact, it’s three months and two weeks away and in the music industry, that’s almost forever. It is the day that Welsh/Scottish group Gulp will be releasing an album of their brand of pop, rock, and hints of garage and ethereal-ness called Season Sun (Everloving). […]
The top 1 percent of artists take 77 percent of the income earned in the music industry, a new report found. Consequence of Sound reports: According to the report entitled, The Death of the Long Tail: The Superstar Music Economy, the disparity is complicated by recent developments in the industry. Show More Summary
From The Guardian: The congas ring cheekily, the cowbell plays a corroded chime, the snare is parched and cruel – and the bass drum, a hard bloom of air, is barely music at all. With these core sounds, abetted by a handful of others, a simple drum machine gave house, techno and hip-hop the language it still speaks today. Show More Summary
All signs point to the New York dance-punks the Rapture quietly breaking up. As Consequence Of Sound points out, a press release for an upcoming Red Bull Music Academy event in New York lists guitarist and passionate hyena-yawper Luke Jenner as “formerly of the Rapture.” When self-titled sought clarification, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records responded [...]
Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson curate the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, where you can read about fictional music makers, concept instruments, and fanciful sound technology, from ancient times to today. One of the exhibits is the Tower Orchestra, conceived by Adolphe Sax, who also invented the saxophone. Show More Summary
The reason NBC's The Voice became such a huge hit early on was the hook that it didn't matter what you looked like -- you were only going to be judged by the sound of your voice.
In today's Urban Planner: images of sound, and an interdisciplinary arts extravaganza. Photography: The folks at Analogue Gallery love good photography and the local music scene, hence Sound Image 2014, their third annual music photography competition and exhibition. Show More Summary
AS RIO DE JANEIRO clears up after Carnival, it is not only the sound of samba that is subsiding. The relentless dance music that is increasingly a feature of the week has also been turned down from 11. On March 4th Brazil’s annual electronic-music...Show More Summary