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The math behind Beethoven’s music (in TED-Ed GIFs)

How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going …

Gardens & Villa - "Fixations"

Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart - " 3attam Babey” (Lucrecia Dalt Remix)

The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

“Ever since we discovered that Earth is round… we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience.”<p>In what remains the most beautiful love letter to the mesmerism of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester wrote that …

Physics

Higher Authorities - Colour

Beauty Is Physics’ Secret Weapon - Issue 32: Space

We recognize beauty when we see it, right? Michelangelo’s <i>David</i>, Machu Picchu, an ocean sunrise. Could we say the same about the cosmos itself? Frank …

Georgia - Move Systems (Georgia vs Stella Mozgawa Drum Version)

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 …

The Most Beautiful Melody in the World: Is it by Bach? Gershwin? The Beatles?

OK, I'm not actually proposing to name the most beautiful melody in the world—I'm not <i>that</i> arrogant or that dumb (though I do have some thoughts on …

Synesthesia Spotlight: 3 Visualizations of Music

Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition that leads stimulation in one sensory pathway to trigger an experience in another. Basically, a short-circuiting in the brain that enables such strange phenomena like perceiving letters and numbers as inherently colored (color-graphemic synesthesia) or …

A Brief History of a Musical Failure | Catherine Tice

One August morning, at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, I sat in on a rehearsal of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy – a piece I didn’t know well at …

Piano

How To Sing: A 1902 Illustrated Guide from the Great German Opera Singer Lilli Lehmann

Just like learning to listen to music is an acquired skill, learning to make music may have as much to do with discipline and practice as it does with inborn “talent,” if not more. In <b>How To Sing</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>public domain</i>), originally published in 1902, German opera superstar <b>Lilli Lehmann</b> sets …

Becoming a Songwriter, Part 2

The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten

Earlier this autumn, the Metropolitan 
Opera honored the centennial anniversary 
of Benjamin Britten’s birth on November 22 by re-staging its 1996 …

Flute

Glenn Gould: Off and On the Record: Two Short Films About the Life & Music of the Eccentric Musician

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was one of those child prodigies whose spectacular talents were matched by some serious eccentricities. As an infant, …

Legendary Cellist Pablo Casals, at Age 93, on Creative Vitality and How Working with Love Prolongs Your Life

Long before there was Yo-Yo Ma, there was Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor <b>Pablo Casals</b> (December 29, 1876–October 22, 1973), regarded by many as the greatest cellist of all time. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.N. Peace Medal for his unflinching dedication to …

1200 Years of Women Composers: A Free 78-Hour Music Playlist That Takes You From Medieval Times to Now

In modern times, we don't regard female musicians as in and of themselves unusual. Our rosters of favorite rockers, pop-stars, solo …

Music That Helps You Sleep: Minimalist Composer Max Richter, Pop Phenom Ed Sheeran & Your Favorites

I admit it now, I was once an avid listener of the soothing new age music of Enya. At the time, in my musical circles, this was not cool, and at the …

The Cahiers du Cinéma Names the 10 Best Films of the Year, from 1951 to 2014

It’s hard to overstate the impact of <i>Cahiers du cinéma</i> on film history.<p>In the early ‘50s, the great critic André Bazin led a small coterie of film …

Would Science Exist Without Religion?

"Contemporary enemies of science can all too easily appropriate the argument that scientific views are merely relative and contingent." That sentence …

Who are the 20th Century’s 10 best composers?

It was a turbulent and fascinating 100 years in music history – who made the greatest contributions? Clemency Burton-Hill makes her picks.<p>Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Glass on the eve of the world premiere of his new opera The Trial<i>,</i> based on Kafka’s masterpiece. Researching …

Piano

The Universal Mind of Bill Evans: Advice on Learning to Play Jazz & The Creative Process

Bill Evans was one of the greatest jazz pianists of the second half of the 20th century. His playing on Miles Davis's landmark 1959 record, <i>Kind of</i> …

Wild Beasts - Palace (Foals Remix)

Why has the idea of hell survived so long? – Kathryn Gin Lum

In December 2013, a hoax began circulating on the internet claiming that Pope Francis had called a Third Vatican Council that, among other things, …

Nine films that were banned

There are many reasons why censorship boards deem movies illegal to watch. Christian Blauvelt reveals why some popular films were kept out of cinemas.

GOAT - Hide From The Sun

Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains - The Way To The Forest (Petite Noir's Noirwave Remix)