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Schism Symphony

Orchestrating Tradition at the Future Symphony Institute By · Title Image Deutsche Fotothek (Public Domain), via Wikimedia Commons · Date 6/14/2018 In my adopted home of Berlin, it’s possible to cycle past the Konzerthaus, the Staatsoper, the Komische Oper and the Philharmonie in the space of around 10 minutes, 15 if you’re pedaling flaneur-style. On […]

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PLATÉTUDES

On Music and Activism By · Title Image Still from Ludovico Einaudi, “Elegy for the Artic.” · Date 4/19/2018 Musical activism reached its zenith in the wake of the political turbulence of the 1960s and ‘70s. From Bob Dylan’s “With God on Our Side” to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” the cold war […]

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The Maestro Will See You Now

The Conductor’s Horrific Honorific By · Photography NYPL (Public Domain) · Date 3/22/2018 “The situation is rather complicated because Maestro himself is not yet in Wrocław…” read the email. The wheels had just come off an interview we’d already spent 10 Polskibus hours (equivalent to around 100 earth-hours) traveling to. “Maestro,” first name Krzysztof, last […]

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Constructed Deconstruction

Experimentation at Borealis in Bergen Text and Photography · Date 3/15/2018 In four separate, darkened rooms sit five performers. One prepared piano, a Hardanger fiddle, clarinet, and guitar with electronics. It’s a chamber concert for wanderers, with each instrument piped into the other rooms via wires and speakers. The format has been exploded, and while […]

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A Women Film Composers Playlist

Mocking, Horror-inducing, Painful Music By · Title Image bswise (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) · Date 3/8/2018 “If I may be so honored,” said Frances McDormand in her acceptance speech for Best Actress at last Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, “to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me tonight,” and they did—actors, directors, writers. But […]

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Time and Labor

An Interview with Terre Thaemlitz By · Title Image © Comatonse Recordings · Date 2/22/2018 I first heard about Terre Thaemlitz a few years ago, under her DJ Sprinkles moniker, as my thing for electronic music became a thing, and friends shared her tracks with me, particularly the dubbed-out reworks of some of his sample-heavy […]

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Deep Listen: Maryanne Amacher

Title Image Capp Street Project Archive (CC BY-NC 4.0) Magic Eye images, or autostereograms, are those illusory images you used to see in books and magazines back in the ‘90s. If looked at in the right way or for the right amount of time, parts of the image would appear on a separate plane and […]

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White Noise

Title Image Arnold Chao (CC BY-NC 2.0) Nobody should have to write again that classical music has a race problem. We find ourselves here time and again, overseers of an all-too slow change, making the repeated case for equality. But my recent discovery of white-supremacist and neo-Nazi forum Stormfront’s penchant for classical music got me […]