This article is best experienced through the podcast! Listen here: Walking on the coast of Zadar, Croatia you may hear strange tones coming from what sounds like a wind instrument. A series of pipes, running underneath marble steps that lead to the ocean, make up the Sea Organ. Waves push air through the pipes and generate music. […]
Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific innovator and renaissance man. So prolific that many of his inventions were not built in his day. One such invention, in the musical field, was the “viola organista”. An instrument that appears similar to a piano, or organ, while sounding much like the strings of a violin or viola.
Each year, DJ Earworm uses the top 25 biggest US hits to create a new song entirely; a series he calls “United State of Pop”. In a masterful work of mashup, he seamlessly brings the songs into harmony. Although I do not often listen to Pop music, DJ Earworm has a way of changing perspective. These […]
Beginning today, I would like to start a new series: Professor’s Records. This series will focus on various musicians that I have found interesting and worthy of note. Many of them will bring a bizarre innovation or creative novelties that cannot be found in any other music. The first of such artists is the English, experimental/noise […]
Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson (14th Baron Berners) was a composer of classical music who lived from 1883 to 1950. However, while his music was beautiful, his eccentricities are almost more fascinating to read about. As an example: to aid in his music writing while out on the town, Tyrwhitt-Wilson installed a small clavichord keyboard which could be stored […]
Every culture that celebrates the holiday of Christmas celebrates in a different way. Many are very similar to each other, but on occasion there is a tradition that seems to boggle the mind even more. In Catalan tradition, the “Christmas Log” defecates the children’s presents on Christmas.
Kirby Ferguson has created a video series demonstrating that not much is an original creation these days, but that’s not a bad thing. Presenting, Everything is a Remix: Everything is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.
John Cage was a jack of several trades. He was a philosopher, composer, music theorist, poet, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist. And in 1985 he wrote a musical piece for the organ that, to this day, is the source of the longest lasting musical performance. It’s title was not subtle but simple: As SLow aS Possible. Just […]