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Inside the booming business of background music

Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise.
The Guardian

Ambient House: The Story Of Chill Out Music, 1988-95

At the tail end of 1989, those lucky enough to be on the KLF Communications mailing list received a package…
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Devil's interval: what makes music sound scary

The spookiest music relies on a little ditty monks used to sing about the apocalypse

Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” Went From a Hit to a Punch…

What, exactly, has made “Orinoco Flow” so popular?
The Ringer

The Contentious Tale of the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” Jingle

In 2003, Justin Timberlake helped launch an ambitious new McDonald’s marketing campaign.

Unfree Agents

Spotify pushes an Uber-like model for independent artists
The Baffler

Beyond the Grave: The “Dies Irae” in Video Game Music…

There are a number of short musical phrases that immediately trigger a particular emotional response.
Sounding Out!

The rise of the Instagrammable pop song

We asked the experts how streaming and social media are making new rules

Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic “Power”…

About 25 years ago, two German dance music producers and a U.S.-born rapper battled it out against Queen Latifah’s friend…

Nyege Nyege: East Africa's new wave

Electronic music is booming in East Africa, and a small collective based in Kampala is at the heart of it…
Resident Advisor

The definitive oral history of Korn’s “Freak On A Leash”…

The story of the unlikely hit that made the Nu metal pioneers into a household name.

What Was Chipmunk Soul?

Three of the style’s key producers–and one celebrity chef superfan–on the halcyon era of a sound that once ruled hip-hop
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

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