Three Pink Floyd Songs Played on the Traditional Korean Gayageum: “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall” & “Great Gig in the Sky”

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If you come visit South Korea, where I live, you’ll more than likely pass through Incheon International Airport, and there quite possibly witness a variety of displays of traditional Korean culture, from acrobatics to aristocratic processions to a variety of musical performances.


New Animation Brings to Life a Lost 1974 Interview with Leonard Cohen, and Cohen Reading His Poem “Two Slept Together”

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Leonard Cohen was graced with a distinctive slow burn of a voice, a manly purr well suited to the louche mysteries of his most famous lyrics.
His death prompted a post-election outpouring from his already crestfallen fans, who sought catharsis by sharing the myriad ways in which his music had touched their lives.


Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Lovely Sung in Yiddish: A Tribute

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Leonard Cohen grew up in an influential Jewish family in Montreal.


Hear Kurt Vonnegut’s Novel, Cat’s Cradle, Get Turned into Avant-Garde Music (Featuring Kurt Himself)

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle resembles its title, a web of overlapping and entangled stories, all of which have huge holes in the middle. And the book—as have many of his slim, surrealist pop masterpieces—was read by many critics as lightweight—whimsical and sentimental.


Watch Soundbreaking, PBS’ 8-Part Documentary Exploring the History of Recorded Music

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From November 14 through November 23, PBS is airing an eight-part series, Soundbreaking, which explores the art of recording music and the moments when new sounds were born.


Metallica Playing “Enter Sandman” on Classroom Toy Instruments

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Things getting too serious around here? You want it lighter? Here’s Metallica playing “Enter Sandman” on classroom toy instruments. It features James Hetfield on the toy clarinet, Lars Ulrich on the Fisher Price Drum and toy cymbals, Kirk Hammett on the Melodica, and Robert Trujillo on the Baby Electric Axe.


Iconic Footage of Jimi Hendrix Playing “Hey Joe” Rendered in the Style of Moebius, with the Help of Neural Network Technology

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We are less than a year into neural network technology, and Google’s Deep Dream software is already yielding impressive results beyond the dog-slugs of its first videos.


Frank Zappa’s Amazing Final Concerts: Prague and Budapest, 1991

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We say goodbye to musical icons in many different ways, from flashmobs, SNL intros, and long retrospectives to live concert tributes featuring the biggest cover band on earth. No matter how outsized the gesture, it never quite seems out of place when it comes to artists of a certain stature.


Hear Leonard Cohen’s Final Interview: Recorded by David Remnick of The New Yorker

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We’ve heard very few details about Leonard Cohen’s death this week, and that is by design. The Cohen family requested privacy for his funeral and received it. While most outlets reported that he passed away on Thursday night, he actually died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday.


Say Goodbye to Leonard Cohen Through Some of His Best-Loved Songs: “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne” and 235 Other Tracks

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Another epitaph for another fallen star, another beloved icon, another brilliant musician who was also a brilliant human being. I do not want to tell you what you already know, that Leonard Cohen died last night at age 82.


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