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For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story

Taylor Swift pens this essay on her thoughts on where the music industry is and how to survive in this YouTube hyperconnected world. Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years? Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an Read MoreRead More

Thomas Dolby Explains How a Synthesizer Works on a Jim Henson Kids Show (1989)

“She Blinded Me With Science” author Thomas Dolby explains in basic terms how a synthesizer works. We’ve all heard the musical fruits of audio synthesis, especially if we regularly listen to the pop of the 1980s. But how, exactly, does a synthesizer work? Ask a modern electronic-music enthusiast and the answer may come out too Read MoreRead More

Listen to Original Rejected Score of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Take a listen at what could have been the score to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Alex Smith before the director decided to go with a more classical score. In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned noted Hollywood composer Alex North, who had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove, to write the score Read MoreRead More

How a Chant from 600AD found its way into Lord of the Rings, The Lion King, and Star Wars

One of the world’s oldest songs isn’t about love, sex or even power. It’s about death. Dies Irae, the song of death, is a medieval chant that warns of an apocalyptic day of wrath, and has been used as the soundtrack to the end of life for 40 human generations — from the dark ages Read MoreRead More

Crime Jazz: How Miles Davis, Count Basie & Other Jazz Legends Provided the Soundtrack for Noir Films & TV

Film Noir is an unmistakable genre yet also incredibly difficult one to define. Beyond the visual chiaroscuro images, Noir can best be invoked through music – the hard bop sounds of 1950s jazz from Miles Davis that came to define urban cool.   When we think of film noir, we tend to think of a Read MoreRead More

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