From Scientific American: Better detection by the brain could explain why low-pitched notes carry the beat across musical cultures
From Brown & Michaels: How long does copyright last, and how can I tell if a work is in the public domain?
The score to Mozart's 26th piano concerto is missing most of the left-hand piano part. Metropolis Ensemble commissioned composer/pianist Timothy Andres to re-imagine the entire left-hand part in his own 21st Century style. The premiere was described by music critic Alex Ross as "startling... mesmerizing... a fine display of creative bravado."
From Alex Ross: The University of Louisville has announced that the winner of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for music is Esa-Pekka Salonen. He receives the prize in recognition of his Violin Concerto, which had its premiere in April 2009, during Salonen's final weeks as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at 'Festival Présences Paris' in February 2011. Leila Josefowicz, Violin. This video is courtesy of Radio France.
After a 30-year hiatus, Paul returns to a music composition project with intentions of learning about "doing my best," instead of "being the best."
From Music Machinery: The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect.
From Boston Globe: Two generations of composers discuss finding a voice without losing imagination