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From Greg Sandow: Two big thoughts for today. First, that the Philadelphia Orchestra bankruptcy opens a new era of classical music distress. And second, that we should treat this as a time of opportunity, a time to foster the rebirth of classical music. Which means that we should devote ourselves to classical music with more passion than ever.
By combining many pieces of wood, a long, downhill track is created to reproduce Bach’s Cantata 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Invisible Designs Lab’s Kenjiro Matsuo made this crazy idea reality.
From Masters of Media: One doesn’t typically think of the music industry as having a scientific element to it. However enthusiasts, executives, programmers and designers alike have gotten a bit more creative with understanding the massive amounts of data entangled in the music industry. Using visualizations in music, or rather for music, can be traced back to the iconic image from Reebee Garofalo – The Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music. Garofalo created this image to chart the growing number of genres and artists in pop and rock between 1955 and 1978. By manually researching and capturing this information as he did, Garofalo ultimately created a piece of music history with his image.
From Psychcentral.com: Dan Levitin designed a psychology experiment using a special player piano to analyze and reproduce a performance without expressive elements, and versions in between. When participants ranked their preference of versions it was found they matched the most expressive, in which a musician uses variations in timing, loudness and softness to convey emotion. In the second brief video, part 2, Levitin discusses implications for synthesized music.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 · Topics: music
BRO is an instrumental quartet led by Peter Kiesewalter, founder and arranger of Grammy nominated Opera revisionists East Village Opera Company. Featuring the rhythm section from EVOC’s tours and recordings, BRO’s first project is a bold adaptation of the songs featured in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score to the classic musical “The Sound Of Music.” Titled “The Hills Are Alive,” the album is completed and will be released on March 8, 2011. The stellar group of guest singers includes Jane Siberry, Carole Pope (Rough Trade), Everett Bradley,Victoria Cave, Carolyn Leonhart, Dave Wall (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), and TK Wonder.
Client: Will Hewett
A change management consultant in Austin, Texas desires brand development help for a new venture — What happens when you sing for 15 minutes, every day, without stopping? · Read more →
From Science Daily: Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex. The new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro at McGill University also reveals that even the anticipation of pleasurable music induces dopamine release [as is the case with food, drug, and sex cues]. Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the results suggest why music, which has no obvious survival value, is so significant across human society.
From Discover: Older than civilization, music fosters communication, wellness, and bonding across all cultures—but where it comes from is disputed.