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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

Understanding the basics of Music Clearance in Film

Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller explains some of the basics of music clearance and notes how getting legal rights can easily crescendo into a complicated task. Since before films had dialogue, they’ve had music to accompany the pictures. Music in some form or another has been integral to the cinema experience. And so it should come as Read MoreRead More

On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create

Maria Popova covers some of the speechs and writings of Leonard Bernstein for insight into why we create. An even greater and more enduring mystery than the question of what creativity is and how it works is the question of why we humans create in the first place. One of the most beautiful and profound responses to that eternal question comes from Read MoreRead More

Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time, after 500 years

Leonardo Da Vinci apparently was in the musical instrument designing business when he wasn’t covering up the history of the Knights Templar. The viola organista – a piano/cello was conceived of but never built until now. A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years Read MoreRead More

Hans Zimmer Tells Juicy Stories About the Classic Films He’s Scored

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer looks back at the many films he’s scored and recounts the history and inspiration behind many of his most famous works. The Thin Red Line A year before Terrence Malick filmed this World War II masterpiece — his return to directing after a twenty-year sabbatical — he set up a Read MoreRead More

Everyday People Get a Chance to Conduct the Carnegie Hall Orchesta

ImprovEverywhere put a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.” Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and Read MoreRead More

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