One of the major opera events of the year is the premiere performances of Charles Wuorinen’s operatic version of Brokeback Mountain. The opera comes directly from the story by Annie Proulx, who herself transformed her writing into the libretto. There is an obstacle, however: these are at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the closest(…)
If you can’t enjoy the classic bourgeois pleasures of a country house and/or foreign travel when the sun rushes down at you and the ozone makes your throat ache, you can at least dream the dream in reality, so to speak. My friends at medici.tv have created a new version of their mobile app, dedicated(…)
Who among us would not want to be at the Aix-en-Provence Festival? Since the press announcement landed in my in-box at the beginning of this year, I’ve thought about it every day. The pleasure of attendance would be two-fold: to enjoy great music in a beautiful locale, and to know that I had achieved some(…)
In the fall of 2009, Capitol/EMI issued a lavish and long-awaited box set, collecting the catalogue of recordings of one of the world’s most beloved, and most important, pop music groups. The music this group made was not only great in its own right but revolutionary and hugely influential. Whole genres of popular music of the last forty years are impossible to imagine, and would have been impossible to create, without the legacy of this band, arguably the greatest of all that came out of the rise of pop culture and mass media. That band is, of course, Kraftwerk.
The story of how the digitization of music revealed the music industry’s feet of clay has been told more than once, but it’s never been properly explained. File sharing may be the prevailing symptom, but it’ s not the actual cause. Something preceded the creation of Napster, and that was the desire, even the need for many music fans, to have a Napster. As far as I have seen, after the many books and articles on the subject, no one has touched on the parties responsible, the decisions they made, what they thought they were doing and how they were fooling themselves. Perhaps it’s because it’s been told from the standpoint of business, when it’s really a story about music.
Bad, hectoring, scolding writing? Seriously, this kind of article is invariably a mistake, a set of generational assertions that rely on nothing more than personal anecdote and prejudice. Are we still in awe of the supposed ‘multitasking skills’ of all generations that succeed ours? There’s no thinking, just complaining. Jazz will survive many generations, as(…)
Here’s a playlist of a select top tracks from downloaded 2009 music.