Hear 46 Versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 3 Minutes: A Classic Mashup

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In 2013, New York’s most popular classical music station WQXR celebrated the centennial of Igor Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring, with a series of events that culminated in Rite of Spring Fever, 24 hours of different performances of the work and a live solo interpretation by Bang on a Can pianist Vicky Chow.


The Science of Singing: New, High-Speed MRI Machine Images Man Singing ‘If I Only Had a Brain’

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Back in December, Ayun Halliday took you inside an MRI machine to explore the neuroscience of jazz improvisation and musical creativity. Along the way, you got to see Johns Hopkins surgeon Charles Limb jam on a keyboard inside one of those crowded, claustrophobia-inducing tubes.


Johnny Cash Machines: Johnny Cash Stars in 1980s Commercials for ATM Machines

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Back in the 1980s, Canada Trust installed a bunch of ATM machines and began convincing customers that banker’s hours were a thing of the past. Now customers could get money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And who better to tell customers how they could conveniently tap their cash than Johnny Cash. Enter the Johnny Cash Machine.


Hear Orson Welles Read Edgar Allan Poe on a Cult Classic Album by The Alan Parsons Project

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If someone asks whether you like Tales of Mystery and Imagination, you’d better clarify which Tales of Mystery and Imagination they mean: the first complete collection of horror and suspense stories by master of psychological unease Edgar Allan Poe, or the first album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project? But if you like


Interactive Music Video Lets You Explore the Apartments on the Cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

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Dig that heavy metal / Underneath your hood / Baby I can work all night / Believe I got the perfect tools / Talkin’ bout love
Last February, Led Zeppelin released a deluxe, re-mastered version of their sprawling 1975 double album Physical Graffiti, a record perhaps best known for the epic, orchestral grandeur of the 8 1/2 minute “Kashmir” (n


Watch Björk’s 6 Favorite TED Talks, From the Mushroom Death Suit to the Virtual Choir

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Singer-songwriter Björk, currently enjoying a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, celebrated TED’s billionth video view with a playlist of six treasured TED Talks.


Take a Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios, Courtesy of the New Google Site “Inside Abbey Road”

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Once again, Google quietly drops a nifty piece of interactive webbery and acts like it ain’t no big deal.


David Fincher’s Five Finest Music Videos: From Madonna to Aerosmith

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A whole generation of filmmakers who came to prominence in the late 90s and early 00s got their start in music videos. Spike Jonze, for instance, went from making the Beastie Boys’ best video, “Sabotage,” to making Being John Malkovich, the greatest film ever about being John Malkovich.


Brian May Shows You How to Play Licks & Solos from 18 Queen Songs, and Reveals the Joy of the Guitar Riff

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In the world of rock guitar, gear is king. And technique, one might say, is queen. Both rule, but the equipment can receive an unfair share of royal treatment. There is good reason for this.


Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song”: Hear the Newly-Released Single

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The “Galaxy Song” first appeared in the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and it has been revived in later years — on Monty Python albums, and in Monty Python stage plays. Now the song originally written by Eric Idle has been re-recorded, this time with the lyrics sung by the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking.


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