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The Future of Music Is in Your Hand

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

When I'm playing, I think about someone like Pollack, and remind myself that I'm throwing sound at blank space until something emerges. I have to trust the process, so I can stay focused and not second guess myself.

Fantastic Man: First Ever Documentary on Nigerian Artist William Onyeabor

Eddie Cota | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Eddie Cota

Nigerian artist William Onyeabor self-released eight albums that took a heavy synthesized futuristic approach to African funk and soul music. Three decades later, the first-ever documentary, Fantastic Man, explores Onyeabor's uniqueness and lasting impact through interviews and rare footage.

Icon of the Day: Chaucer Meet Hip Hop, Hip Hop Meet Chaucer

Alona Elkayam | Posted 03.20.2012 | Style
Alona Elkayam

I had this great idea in 2005: Take one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett, and set his collection of work, How It Is, to hip hop.

Having Fun With Serious Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With his impish humor, penchant for odd sounds, and relentless tinkering with the aural landscape of his songs, Tom Zé seems to be in a separate orbit than his Brazilian contemporaries.