In case you missed it
#33 • 24.11.2016
On the effort performers put into looking effortless.
#40 • 19.01.2017
A new exhibition on the life of Richard Wagner’s decidedly gay, ambivalently Nazi son.
#65 • 20.07.2017
An interview with Brian Brandt, the founder of Mode Records, on the future of the music industry.
#03 • 18.02.2016
Conversations with members of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!
#94 • 01.03.2018
Some of music’s more striking effects in issue #94.
#29 • 27.10.2016
Katherine Balch dives into plant sounds, nonlinear novels, humming, and shivering.
Video of the Week
Imagine that Pavarotti had actually felt well enough to give his scheduled performance of “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 GRAMMY’s. It’s likely that nothing remarkable would have happened, Pavarotti probably would have received an obligatory-but-milquetoast standing ovation, and the world would have moved on. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we, the undeserving, were gifted this monstrous performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It is simultaneously a flawless rendition and a giant “screw-you” to anyone who thinks genre distinctions make something like this impossible. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.
Audio of the Week
This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”
Collection: Marx At 200
200 years since his birth, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Karl Marx Exhibitions Organisation present a series of concerts, soundart installations and events commemorating the life and work of Karl Marx in Trier in Germany and Birmingham and London in the UK.
Faced with a hostile government, new, improvised music in Russia is flourishing on the fringe.
An interview with the journalist and musicologist William Robin on “a scene without a name.”