Music, at its core, is not a rational art. And yet its creation now necessarily happens within systems and societal frameworks evermore marked off, framed, and otherwise governed by the self-proclaimed rationality of Big Data. Sometimes the meeting will be useful; sometimes it will not.
A provocative meditation on jazz, Western classical music, and the real power of being able to swing.
A deep-cut exploration of the nature of technology, our relationship with it, and how decisions about it in one place and time shape attitudes in another place and time.
It is the history of music, forever communicating—what, exactly? But forever communicating, nonetheless, even as the message gets hopelessly lost in the translation to music. And it’s not a bug; it’s a feature.
What Andrew Pekler’s project and Vicky Chow’s recital had in common was that they both prompted consideration of a particular feature of technology: the technology you notice is almost always, at the same time, pushing another technology into the unnoticed background.
Another exclusive new music-themed crossword created just for NewMusicBox readers! De-stress from the holiday crush and review the year that was…
In C, Taylor Swift, and Cultural Canonization: A reflection in 53 phrases.
I sometimes wonder if, several decades from now, people will look back on the current era of new music and characterize it in terms not far removed from tourism.
Some NMBx thoughts on Halloween: costume ideas with Matthew and critic-at-large Moe.
Boston loves its exemplars—those acts that either are so singular as to make (and, sometimes, break) the mold, or that so fully embody a sound, or a genre, or an attitude, as to aspire to a kind of universal standard.