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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 07-13-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

NATURAL STATES

The Music in You
Aeon: Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

How Life’s Data Makes Music: Sonifying the World
Aeon: Carren Jao
When Chris Chafe translates data into music, listeners sway to the beat of seizing brains, economic swings and smog.

Why We Love Repetition in Music: One More Time!
Aeon: Elisabeth Hellmuth Margulis
Why do we listen to our favorite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains.

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Art of Healing
Harvard Magazine: Zara Zhang
Harvard Medical School launches a new Arts& Humanities@HMS program to bring the arts back into the lives of doctors.

Wit and Wisdom: Musicians On Being
NewMusicBox: Ellen McSweeney
Krista Tippett’s On Being, the widely syndicated NPR show formerly known as Speaking of Faith, includes in-depth conversations with some of the most influential figures of the 21st century. Tippett can interview anyone in the world. Which musicians does she choose? And what does this tell us about musicians’ perceived impact in the wider world?

Born on the 4th of July: How Louis Armstrong Taught us How to Swing
The Daily Beast: Nat Hentoff
This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

What Every American Should Know: Defining Common Cultural Literacy for an Increasingly Diverse Nation
The Atlantic: Eric Liu
The question then arises: What? What is the story of “us” when “us” is no longer by default “white”? The answer, of course, will depend on how aware Americans are of what they are, of what their culture already (and always) has been. And that awareness demands a new kind of mirror.

The Anxious Ease of Apple Music
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
Classical music has long been a kind of black hole in the streaming universe. In this realm, Alex Ross is not sure that Apple Music is the game changer it claims to be.

Music as Stress Reliever? Fine, but I like Music that Makes me Stressed!
The Guardian: Tom Service
New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music.

Where Will the Displaced Artists, Arts Organizations and Administrators Go?
Barry’s Blog
The issue of artists being priced out of living and working in our cities is not new. However, it seems to be accelerating and is a huge challenge for young talented artists starting off their careers.

NATIONAL

Shakeup at Cincinnati World Piano Competition
Cincinnati.com: Janelle Gelfand
Awadagin Pratt has been relieved of his position of artistic director of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. The leadership shakeup also includes three board members – including the chairman – who have resigned.

Chicago’s ‘Cloud Tax’ Raises the Cost of Streaming Videos (and Maybe More!)
NPR Business: Cheryl Corley
You wouldn't expect to pay a local tax when you stream a movie on Netflix, but Chicago has decided that such cloud-based services should be taxed just like tickets for live entertainment.

SESAC Buys the Harry Fox Agency
New York Times: Ben Sisario
The music publishing deal was driven by a shift from sales to streaming.

Hartford Symphony Musicians Balk at 40% Pay Cut
Broadwayworld.com
In a meeting of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Board, musician board representatives voted unanimously against the proposed budget and strategic plan for the coming season.

Goodbye, Music Tuesday: Starting Today, Albums Come Out on Friday
NPR Music: Leah Scarpelli
For more than 25 years, Tuesday has been the standard release day for new albums in America. Now, the entire world will hear new releases on Friday. It’s a big deal…

A Petition that Asks Apple Music to Show all Musician Credits
MoveOn.org
Album credits are the lifeblood of musicians and MoveOn.org is organizing pressure to have them included in how Apple Music displays its tracks.

INTERNATIONAL

John Berry Steps Down from English National Opera
The Guardian: Imogen Tilden and Maev Kennedy
Resignation of controversial artistic director comes at the end of a difficult year for the beleaguered opera company, which faces severe funding problems.

Mark Baldwin and Ladysmith Black Mambazo = Inala
DanceTabs: Siobhan Murphy
Inala is Zulu for ‘abundance of goodwill’ and that’s certainly evident in this ambitious culture clash production, which brings modern ballet together with the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Here's What Happened When We Asked Audiences to Set their Own Ticket Prices
The Guardian: Annabel Turpin
Following a six-month trial, a theater company in the UK gets results.  Audience numbers are up by 58% on the same period last year and income is up by 82%, increasing the company’s average ticket yield by 15%.

Call Them Hippies, but The Grateful Dead were Tech Pioneers
Wired: Jeff Kravitz
The Grateful Dead and its legion of fans embraced a spirit of innovation that could be called entrepreneurial if the pursuit of profit didn’t so often seem secondary. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the band’s constant experimentation with sound systems and musical equipment.

Face the Music takes Classical Music Boldly into the 21st Century
Vulture.com: Nick Tabor

How I Broke Through My Own Mediocrity
LifeHacker: James Altucher
We can’t all be grand visionaries. We can’t all be Picassos. We want to make our business, make our art, sell it, make some money, raise a family, and try to be happy. Aiming for grandiosity is the fastest route to failure.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store
The Daily Beast: Matthew Narvin
Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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