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From TED: Cellist Maya Beiser plays a gorgeous eight-part modern etude with seven copies of herself, and segues into a meditative music/video hybrid — using tech to create endless possibilities for transformative sound. Music is Steve Reich’s “Cello Counterpoint,” with video from Bill Morrison, then David Lang’s “World to Come,” with video by Irit Batsry. · Watch video →
From NY Times Magazine: A violent burst of sequins and jazz hands. ‘Friday Night Lights’ is a TV show about teenagers, high school and teamwork. So is ‘Glee.’ But only one of these shows became a huge hit. And not the one that deserved to be.
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From the League of American Orchestras: A new, online-only publication that provides timely, topical stories about orchestras on a weekly basis. SymphonyNOW features original stories about orchestras that you won’t see in any other media outlet, with videos, audio interviews, and photos.
makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
From Sharp Brains: Music can soothe and trigger memories. It is as such that music is most often used with Alzheimer’s patients. A new study suggests that music may also be used as a booster for learning new things, an ability very impaired in those with Alzheimer’s.
From Scientific American: Charles Limb, a hearing and ear surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studies jazz as a means of understanding what goes on “under the hood” when a musician is improvising. The Q&A in Scientific American’s May issues queries Limb about the nature of his work. And this video expands on the insights in the interview through a seminar at Johns Hopkins, “Neural Mechanisms of Musical Improvisation,” that Limb organized with jazz musicians Pat Metheny, Mike Pope and Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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.