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The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images The tarantella is a lively folk dance and musical style originating in southern Italy’s Apulia region, the heel of the Italian geographic boot. Its name…

That Fine, Fine Music – Oxford American

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Index of Supreme Influence The introduction to Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen. Reprinted by permission of the author and Smithsonian Books.   On Sunday mornings, I often visit a big white building at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Cahuenga in Hollywood. Decked out in 1950s-fashionable neon, and looking vaguely nautical with a submarine-like periscope rising behind its facade, it borders on the otherworldly when…

Palo Alto engineer earns Emmy for audio work – The Mercury News

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Palo Alto’s Colin McDowell got his start in audio engineering by blowing up his dad’s prized stereo. Some 35 years later, McDowell and his team at Mountain View-based McDSP have won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. The company, which produces audio software plug-ins with fewer than 10 employees, created something called the SA-2 Dialog Processor in 2015. The digital toolbox has had a big impact on…

New VR Tech Aims to Take Surround Sound to the Next Level – Scientific American

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Virtual reality’s goal is to fully immerse a person in a digital landscape, triggering the same kinds of physical and psychological reactions they would experience in the real world. In virtual reality (VR) parlance, this is called “presence”—a mental state in which people recall VR experiences as if they had actually occurred. Computer graphics have improved dramatically in recent years, and advances in haptic, or touch, VR technology are beginning…

Former Music Executive: ‘We Must Come Forward and Name Our Abusers’ (Guest Column) – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I grew up in a middle-class family in Brooklyn, N.Y. Back then, the boys in the ’hood dubbed me Bossy Bebe. “Bossy” was a term of shame for a girl — we weren’t supposed to be bosses. I cried when they teased me, but I had a clear vision of how things should be. At age 7, I heard a song on the radio and sang along. I knew most…

New VR Tech Aims to Take Surround-Sound to New Levels – Scientific American

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Virtual reality’s goal is to fully immerse a person in a digital landscape, triggering the same kinds of physical and psychological reactions they would experience in the real world. In virtual reality (VR) parlance, this is called “presence”—a mental state in which people recall VR experiences as if they had actually occurred. Computer graphics have improved dramatically in recent years, and advances in haptic, or touch, VR technology are beginning…

Music Box season 2, session #16: Hak Baker – The Independent

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hak Baker is one of our favourite artists to emerge this year.  The 26-year-old used to be part of grime collective B.O.M.B Squad as a teenager, before he picked up the guitar and began writing his own music.  Earlier this year we premiered his track “7AM”, which he performed for his Music Box session – along with his first single “Conundrum” and upcoming new single “Like It Or Lump It”. Each Music…

Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

Music you missed: Alex Cameron, Time for Dreams and more – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If you watched Twin Peaks: The Return and you also go to see live music, you may have felt it too. The sudden sensation you’re at the Bang Bang Bar. In venues with red curtains, particularly. I had a jolt of it last Saturday night, seeing Lower Plenty at Sydney’s Botany View hotel. It’s a carpeted pub in Newtown with streetlights streaming in and TAB screens up the back, so…

Mining Mexican cinema for its music: How songs and scores lend power to the picture – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Every April, thousands of Mexicans flock to the grave of Pedro Infante. They bring flowers and tequila and sing songs made famous by the charismatic singer and film star who died in 1957. Many spend the night. “He’s almost like a saint,” said Daniela Michel, director of the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico. “A lot of people in rural areas have pictures of Pedro Infante in their houses. That tells…

Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

Everything You Never Really Wanted To Know About Cauliflower Ear – Deadspin

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Photo Illustration by Elena Scotti/Deadspin/GMG  Welcome to Meat Sack, a guide to sports-related body horror. Today’s column is about fucked-up ears. It should come as no surprise that if you hit someone really hard in the ear, you can fuck it up or, sometimes, rip it off. Same goes for grinding someone’s head against a wrestling mat over and over again. The friction and pressure together create ideal conditions to…

Fever Ray Teases First New Music In Eight Years – NPR

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Advisory: The above video contains language that some may find offensive. Karin Dreijer-Andersson likes to play; the pitch-shifted vocals found on Fever Ray‘s self-titled 2009 debut forced questions of authorship, voice and beauty through ritualistic electro-pop. Outside of and after that record, her experimental approach to — well, everything — has been clear. There’s that one time Fever Ray accepted an award while gurgling through a melted face mask. Her…

For the first time, “listen” to the sound of two stars colliding in space – Quartz

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

In space, no one can hear you scream. But maybe they could if you were as loud as the collision of two heavenly bodies, each with a mass that’s 10-20% greater than that of our own Sun. Two of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories, or LIGO teams, whose founders won the Nobel prize earlier this month, have detected a series of gravitational waves that had rippled across the universe when…

Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

Cheers! Taylor Swift Is Going Full Brit In Her New Music Video – HuffPost

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

In one scene, Swift dons a look similar to one seen in her “Look What You Made Me Do” video, rocking tousled hair with bangs, some gold jewelry, combat boots and what looks like a sweatshirt with a cobra on the front. Queen of snakes, anyone? 

No alternative: how brands bought out underground music – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive? Is it possible, in 2017, to sell out? Not so long ago, cosying up to big business was considered the gravest sin an underground artist could commit – but these days new and leftfield musicians seem to spend…

‘Bone Music’: The revival of making albums made from X-rays – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Music etched onto the film of X-rays was the only way some rock-and-roll lovers in the former Soviet Union could listen to certain tunes. It’s called “bone music.” Now, people trade these old relics online and visit museums to see them. And one Los Angeles record label is reviving the practice, printing their hard rock music on the X-rays of anyone’s bones. “I’ve got music that I wrote that’s pressed on my grandmother’s…

Forebears: Delia Derbyshire, Electronic Music’s Forgotten Pioneer – NPR

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Delia Derbyshire became a sound specialist in the 1960s at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. (Shown here: Dick Mills adjusts one of the Workshop’s machines). Chris Ware/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chris Ware/Getty Images Delia Derbyshire became a sound specialist in the 1960s at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. (Shown here: Dick Mills adjusts one of the Workshop’s machines). Chris Ware/Getty Images This essay is one in a series celebrating women…

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