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Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music

Meet Song Maker<p>Chrome Music Lab has launched a new music creation tool called Song Maker. A browser-based experience, Song Maker is a sequencer that allows you to program loops for two different instruments of your choosing, then save it or send to someone else for collaboration.<p>Google Creative Lab …

How to Compose Music

The Definitive Guide to Becoming a Composer<p>Anyone can become a composer. But it takes the right mindset.<p>First, let me dispel some myths that plague …

31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer

Brilliant reads from July to September (UK release dates).

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Music in the shadow of war

Intense times tend to breed intense art. It is hardly surprising that the experience of war should have resulted in some of the most traumatic visual images ever produced, but curiously, music composed during times of war has sometimes seemed to veer away from, rather than reflect, the trauma of …

Prom 68: Oslo PO/Petrenko – review

Just a week after Vasily Petrenko appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic for the first time as its chief conductor, he brought his new charges to the Proms for two concerts. Though Petrenko had conducted and toured with the orchestra before he took up his appointment, his relationship with the players …

10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Last summer, we published a week-long series called "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music" in collaboration with our colleagues at the radio program <i>From The Top</i>. The idea was to provide guidance and suggestions for parents and kids just starting out in music, with ideas for everything from …

Star Wars Music (and More) as You've Never Heard It Before

Richard Grayson* is a classical pianist with a special talent: he improvises classical music around a theme. In these videos, he takes well-known …

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