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• 03.05.2018

From strong opinions to cutting criticism in issue #103.

, • 29.03.2018

Is a popular perfect pitch course a revelation or a scam?

• 10.08.2018

Dusting off old records and traditions, in issue #115.

• 29.06.2017

Is the prevalence of suicide in opera harmful or healing?

• 21.06.2018

The difficulty and importance of crossing, in issue #110.

• 18.02.2016

A poem by David Ferry, in sound.




Video of the Week

Russian Musicians Getting Honors

Feeling cynical about Russia after “The Death of Stalin”? This video only lasts a minute and a half, but it might well do its part to make your day feel a little cozier. With so much negativity out there, every once in a while it’s nice to find some wholesome 20th-century virtuosi content online.


Audio of the Week

Andrew Crossley

“breath-image,” from 2017, by the Mexico-raised, London-trained, Berlin-based composer Andrew Crossley, is remarkable for the beautifully hushed refinement of its microtonal timbres. Performed here by Music Ensemble Synaesthesis under Karolis Variakojis.

Editor’s picks

• 18.01.2016

A concert in São Paulo’s Cracolândia.

• 08.09.2016

The composer and saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor on false binaries, anger as pitch, and the surprises of working with visual artists.

• 20.07.2017

Tackle the pressing questions with us in issue #65.

• 17.03.2016

A new staging of George Benjamin’s opera “Written On Skin.”

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.


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