Why Sampling Music Is A Creative Act

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“Among sampling musicians, discovery has the same creative status as invention. DJs always want to play something that listeners don’t already know but that they will immediately like, and hip-hop producers have inherited this attitude. In a world saturated with recordings, creating more music ex nihilo is not the valuable service to humanity that it once was. I make sample-based music because I feel like it’s more worthwhile to identify existing sounds that have been overlooked, to bring them to fresh ears, and to give them fresh meaning in new contexts.”

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How Do Young Musicians’ Brains Develop?

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Learning a sport develops gross motor skills “like how to kick a ball,” while music training develops fine motor skills, “like the way you draw a line. They’re complementary. Both are necessary and important.”

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This Week’s Copyright Ruling Against Pharrell Was Based On Sheet Music? In 2015?

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“Owing to the specifics of copyright law, the jury was instructed to base its decision on the sheet music, a fact that reflects how inadequate copyright law is when it comes to contemporary songwriting and production practices. In 2015, the arrangement of notes on a sheet of paper is among the least integral parts of pop music creation.”

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Barbara Hannigan: Gender Is Not A Trait Of Conducting An Orchestra

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“Conducting is one of those few final frontiers in which there is a dearth of women. For me, though, the issue is much more complicated than a call of “We need more women conductors!” It is musicianship, psychology and technical skill all bound together in a rare type of leadership that is elusive. It is neither male nor female.”

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What Are We Really Losing As The Sheet Music Business Dies?

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“There are a few publishers that understand the problem and are adjusting in the way that recording companies adjusted to the MP3 revolution. The problem is that many of them are trying to cling to their old models as they see their income dwindling. This is a tragedy because no one will produce this high-quality type of musical research that their editions will produce.”

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Pharrell and Robin Thicke Lose Plagiarism Case – Why This Is A Blow To Creativity

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“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Blurred Lines was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”

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San Diego Opera Names A New Leader

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He is David Bennett, director of the adventurous Gotham Opera in New York. “In New York, Bennett helped build an international reputation for Gotham based on its acclaimed presentations of largely unknown operas in nontraditional and alternative venues.”

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Thomas Dausgaard To Be Next Chief Conductor Of BBC Scottish Symphony

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“After all the fuss and fanfare of last week’s appointment of Simon Rattle as new music director of the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC SSO’s announcement is a veritable coup-de-théâtre of understatement. True, Dausgaard isn’t the household name that Rattle is, and the BBCSSO isn’t saddled with the hype and politics of London’s flagship orchestra. But it would be wrong to mistake the unshowy Dausgaard for any kind of musical lightweight.”

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Evelyn Glennie And Emmylou Harris Win 2015 Polar Music Prize

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“Dame Evelyn, who played at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, was the first person in history to have a full-time career as a solo percussionist. … Harris, from Birmingham, Alabama, has recorded more than 25 albums over four decades and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.”

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Spotting Musically Talented Moroccan Women Isn’t Always Easy

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“The music industry is not yet taken seriously as a career in Morocco, says Haddadi, who comes from a family of engineers and doctors. ‘When I told them I wanted to work in the music industry, as a woman, I’m going be working late at night, go on tour, they were like: “Are you sure?”‘”

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Brecht And Weill’s Opera Has Regained Its Bite In The Huge Economic Imbalances Of The 21st Century

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“Its story is so contemporary, though, that it could almost have been written yesterday. It charts the creation, supposedly in America, of a city of pleasure with no history and no moral compass – and its destruction in a morass of consumerist malaise and addiction, with inhabitants put to death for the crime of having no money.”

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Canada’s Royal Conservatory Of Music Recruits Students Where They Are – Online And On Mobile

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“A new app, in development, will allow students to, say, spend five minutes a day on ear training using their smartphone. Or do their sight reading. There’s an app being designed for parents of very young infants to aid in their development; the first in a series of digital products for parents of children up to age five, to be launched in a few years.”

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The Most Shocking Thing About MoMA’s Bjork Show? The Music

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“I can’t remember the last time I saw an excerpt of actual music—with ledger lines, key signatures, rests and notes—in a mainstream book about classical music, or in a program note at a symphonic concert or almost any other context where classical musicians actually make music. This has all been banished. The visual presence of music—except rarely as a fuzzy decorative background over which something else has been printed—is seen as off- putting, even terrifying to newcomers.”

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Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Founding Music Director To Step Down

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“Tracing its roots to the city’s first professional orchestra created in 1924, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic was formed in 1988 under the musical direction of Joel Levine and with the strategic vision and guidance of many civic and corporate leaders, committed to its future.”

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Women Composers: Genius Is Gender-Blind – And So Should We Be

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch of BBC Radio 3: “Someone asked me the other day if the reason there are fewer women composers represented at the highest level was that male composers were simply better. My response was unrepeatably rude. Frankly, it’s too ludicrous a question to validate with a polite answer. My litmus test for those kinds of comments is this: replace ‘female’ with ‘black’, and ‘male’ with ‘white’. Now put the question to me again, and see how comfortable you feel asking it.”

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