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Post image for Rediscovering the Music of the Age of Caravaggio

The aural history of the 16th to 17th century resonates through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Painting Music in the Age of Caravaggio.

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Five Musical Instruments of the Future

by Allison Meier on February 13, 2015

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Instruments that translate electronic music into physical actions and acoustic instruments that sound as space-age as any synthesizer are just some of the 20 semi-finalists in the 2015 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

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Post image for Data-Driven Music for the Disharmony of New York’s Income Inequality

As the 2 train travels from Brooklyn through Manhattan up to the Bronx, it journeys along 49 stations of neighborhoods as varied as Flatbush, the Financial District, and Wakefield.

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North Brooklyn will soon be buzzing with the sound of a procession of trumpets, as an experiment in breaking up city noise with music takes over a stretch of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

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Post image for New Algorithm Turns the Emotion of Language into Music

The future of e-books, or any electronic text, may be soundtracked. A new experiment in automation is generating music in response to the emotion of words in literature.

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Post image for One-Handed Instrument Competition Removes Barriers to Music

If you want to play an orchestral instrument and have a disability restricting play to one hand, there are currently no options. A competition underway organized by the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust (OHMI) with Ars Electronica is striving to improve opportunities for those excluded from music.

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Post image for Studio of Composer Charles Ives Preserved in Manhattan

Object by object, some 3,000 artifacts from the studio of composer Charles Ives have been reconstructed at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Washington Heights. The replica of the studio he used in the final 40 years of his life even has a light box mimicking the Redding, Connecticut, view he once had from his James & Holmstrom piano.

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Post image for A Rap Epic for the Enigmatic Toynbee Tiles

Tiles embedded in busy intersections around North and South America have been appearing for two decades. No one knows who their creator is, but the Toynbee tiles, as they’re called, have been the subject of a 2011 documentary and extensive archiving and mapping of their locations. Now the cryptic phenomenon has its own rap epic.

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Post image for Trading Stage for Warehouse, a New Organization Brings Opera to Brooklyn

The L train was out of order and the night was freezing, but that didn’t stop a crowd from packing into a Bushwick warehouse earlier this month for the last weekend of Puccini’s La Bohème, staged by the Brooklyn-based LoftOpera.

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Post image for The Dense, Dark Tones of an Organ Mystic

Experimental musician Charlemagne Palestine performed last Thursday at Plymouth Church, presenting a vibrant evening of deep organ drones.

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