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Marshall launches its first smartphone, the London

<b>Amp manufacturer Marshall has unveiled its first mobile phone, the London.</b><p>As you might expect, Marshall has designed the phone for music fans, …

Computer Hardware

Recording The Mysterious “Romanza de Espana”

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso<p>There is something about Spanish music that transcends cultural boundaries – especially Spanish …

Marshall McLuhan and the Sounds of a Generation

“If it works, it’s obsolete.” – Marshall McCluhan<p>Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian social scientist/prophet who lived from 1911 to 1980 and published …

The Alchemy of Rock

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” – Paulo Coelho, The …

Guitars, Distortion & Tesla’s Cat

“I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out.” -Jimi …

The Tools of Attention

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo<p><i>This is an excerpt from the ebook, “Midnight Arpeggios”.</i><p>Did you ever …

Why Classical Guitar?

“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein<p>Mention “classical guitar” to many …

Music, Across Time and Space

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on …

Why Jazz is Struggling to Survive

Bad Composition<p>Too many jazz guys tend to think that composition is putting together a string of “cool” chords, writing a melody consisting of …

Electric Guitar

Nostalgia pays in Nashville as rocketing record sales make it the capital of vinyl

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are among the artists turning to the old LP format to capture the essence of their music<p>"This is the mother, the metal mother," says Jay Millar, examining a brilliant silver disc on the machine floor of United Record Pressing in downtown Nashville. "And the mother is where …

Crossing over to classical composition not so radical any more

"I don't have any interest in doing something more straightforward," says the fledgling neo-classical composer and quasi rock-star, Richard Reed Parry. "There's enough straightforward music out there already, and it doesn't move me."<p>Parry is a producer and multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, …

How composers from Mozart to Bach made their music add up

Works from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute to Schumann's Lyric Suite betray their creators' fascination with numbers<p>What's the next number in this sequence? 5, 10, 20, 30, 36 … ? And the next in this? 640, 231, 100, 91 … ?<p>If you know your Mozart then you'll identify 43 as the number that …

Vi Hart Explains Stravinsky’s Atonal Compositions and Why We Hear Music the Way We Do

The magnificent Vi Hart — mathemusician extraordinaire, who has previously stop-motion-doodled our way to understanding such mysteries as space-time, Möbius strips, Fibonacci numbers, and the science of sound, frequency, and pitch — is back with another gem, this time illuminating Stravinsky’s …

This Musical Illusion Will Make You Question Your Own Ears

We're used to illusions being optical. These visual tricks are designed by magicians and masters of the craft to leave us questioning our own eyes. But it's quite another thing to be left questioning our ears.<p>Give the video below a listen, and then let it replay (it should do so automatically). The …

A Professional Musician Explains What Makes A Hit

Have you been wondering why Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love" is so addictive, or why Haim's harmonies sound so fresh? Owen Pallett is here to break it down for you.<p>Owen Pallett is a musician whose work falls somewhere between art rock, modern classical, and pop. He's been writing and releasing music on …

Music

Teaching music theory: How can modern music mix with traditional theory?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Ethan Hein, master's candidate in music technology at NYU, composer, teacher, all-around music</b> …