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Video: The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker

Italians have now been at home for nine days, and, from Bologna to Rome, they have invited their neighbors to engage in what they call a “Flash Mob Sonoro,” or a sound flash mob.

March 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Louise Bogan: Musician

Now with great ease, and slow,
The thumb, the finger, the strong
Delicate hand plucks the long
String it was born to know.

January 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Everlast — Letters Home from the Garden of Stone

A moving song from Everest’s album “Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford.”

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Prehistoric Music of Ireland

This video shows a sample of Irish musical instruments from the Bronze Age to the early Medieval period.  

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Mobius Strip

If you process things more visually than you do aurally, watch this video, a visualization of the piece by mathematical image-maker Jos Leys. You can follow the score, note for … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Wes Anderson Centered

In this short elegant montage, the filmmaker Kogonada demonstrates how the technique of “centering” a shot is, well, central to the technique of Wes Anderson.

July 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: “Planetary Bands, Warming World,” a composition for string quartet demonstrating global climate change

Daniel Crawford, an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, has produced in collaboration with geography professor Scott St. George, a composition for string quartet using a method called “data sonification,” … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The Lady Lifers — A moving song from women in prison for life

The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: “Hurrian Hymn No. 6” (c.1400 B.C.E.) Ancient Mesopotamian Music Fragment

Here is an interpretation of a song, titled “A Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit,” performed on a lyre, an instrument probably close to what the song’s first audiences heard. … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Haoma

Haoma is the Avestan name of a plant and its divinity, both of which play a role in Zoroastrian doctrine and in later Persian culture and mythology. Directed by Matthieu Deltour, … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: London Evolution Animation

This animated video shows 2,000 years of London’s evolution in 7 minutes. Music: “Cities” by Maserati.

June 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Google: A Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios

Google’s new web site, Inside Abbey Road, lets viewers walk inside Abbey Road Studios, check out the famous recording studio (home to most of the Beatles’ songs, birthplace of Dark … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Top 50 most famous paintings of all time

Set to Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, here’s a montage of 50 beautiful paintings. Sit back and enjoy! Auguste Renoir — Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881

June 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

Video: Frida Kahlo (rare footage)

A montage of short clips of Frida Kahlo set to Esa Noche a song by Café Tacuba. We see Kahlo working in her studio, as well as talking with her husband Diego … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 7 Comments

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