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An Oral History Of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’

This is the oral history of Radiohead’s “OK Computer.”

Top composers used to head to Hollywood. Now they’re into…

Composers are ditching blockbuster films to take on the challenge of video game music

Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative

This paper was initially presented by the author at the Wired Society Electro-Acoustic Conference in Toronto in 1985

How Much Is an Album Worth in 2020

As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.
The New York Times

Dolly Parton Steers Her Empire Through the Pandemic

The country icon is making hard choices, expanding her slate of music, screen and branding projects

Some Notes on Attunement

A voyage around Joni Mitchell.
The New Yorker

The Embarrassing 1,000-Year History of the Male Power Ballad

Their roots go all the way back to the 11th century

The Power and Business of Hip-Hop

Stories of hip-hop’s genius, influence, struggle, and endurance.

Linkin Park T-Shirts Are All the Rage in China

Its Minutes to Midnight logo is everywhere in the most populous country in the world.

How Ennio Morricone Changed the Way Movies Sound

Remembering the legendary film composer who defined the sound of Spaghetti Westerns.

The Magic of Rick Rubin Is in What He Doesn’t…

Explaining the legacy of the superproducer
The Ringer

Is This The End For "Urban" Music?

Industry stakeholders have been pushing to change the name since at least 2018.

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