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David Axelrod; Songs of Innocence and Experience

David Axelrod; Songs of Innocence and Experience

A good few years ago there was a huge resurgence of the vinyl record. DJ Shadow had shown with his seminal ’95 album Endtroducing… that anything from psychedelic rock to avant guarde electronica could form the basis of a quality…

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Guide to classical music from four great musical eras

Anyone can listen to classical music. Orchestra members may look dignified, but they can evoke a wide range of emotions and sensations through their instruments that any listener can understand. Most classical pieces fall within four main categories: the Baroque,…

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A beginner’s guide to choose and use correct clarinet reed

A beginner's guide to choose and use correct clarinet reed

Clarinet reed – The reed is the sound-making mechanism of the clarinet. It influences so many aspects of the sound of the clarinet, yet it is one of the hardest parts to understand. The clarinet is a single reed instrument.…

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Birth of rock generation in the 1960s

Birth of rock generation in the 1960s

Rock music initially had a journey from the US to the UK, where it was matured by the formation new styles; and in the late 1960s, it became a popular genre around the globe. Roots of Rock Music The first…

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Song Review: Come and Go Blues – The Allman Brothers

Song Review: Come and Go Blues – The Allman Brothers

Come and go blues was originally released on the album ‘Brothers and Sisters’, the bands first release after the death of co-founding member Duane Allman. It features a ‘Mark II’ lineup with a pianist replacing one guitarist. While this isn’t…

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Introduction to American Southern Gothic Music

Introduction to American Southern Gothic Music

Defining “Southern Gothic” “Southern Gothic” is a widely-used term often applied to literature, music, art, and film. In literature, Southern Gothic refers to stories set in the South that are often about the “darker” elements of Southern life, such as…

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Top 5 Essential Punk Rock Albums

Punk Rock Albums The Clash

All punk fans have that list of albums they couldn’t live without. Obviously, there are a lot more than 5 essential punk albums, but these are truly definitive works in the punk genre. The following albums showcase some of the…

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John Lennon captures heartbreak on record of “If I Fell”

John Lennon captures heartbreak on record of "If I Fell"

Early 1964 was a period of consolidation for The Beatles, as well as for the songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Over the previous 12 months, the group had released two albums and four 45 RPM singles in…

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Music and its effect on the brain

Music and its effect on the brain

The findings that started the hype around the “Mozart Effect” were the results of experiments that Frances Rauscher and her colleagues Shaw and Ky conducted with college students. After they listened to Mozart’s sonatas the students had a temporary gain…

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Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin

Le Tombeau de Couperin is both Ravel’s tribute to his friends who passed in World War I and a evocation of music from the time of Couperin (the French Baroque). It was written during World War I, and each of…

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