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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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Post image for Excavating the Music Hidden in Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”

Have you ever noticed the musical notes tattooed on some unfortunate soul in Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”?

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Post image for My Year in Racket: An Eclectic Musical Look Back at 2013

Obviously, this list needs to go to 11.

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Post image for After 500 Years, Leonardo da Vinci’s Piano Machine Comes Alive

Leonardo da Vinci had a lot of wild schemes for inventions, like a robot knight and elaborate flying machines that gave humans wings, but one he never got to experience himself has finally been realized by a crafty Polish pianist.

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Post image for Adorable Mid-Century-Inspired Theremins You Can Play

A crowd of whimsical theremins is currently residing in a Bowery gallery, ready to play out their eerie music from mid-century-inspired handmade forms.

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Post image for After Nearly a Century, Wax Cylinder Music Gets a New Release

Good news obsolete technology fans, the first cylinder music release in nearly a century is out today.

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