Interactive Music Timeline

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 8.13.01 AMClick and interact with the different eras of Rock Music.

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The Formula Behind Every Perfect Pop Song

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.03.53 PMSo now that the Grammy hype is over, everyone want to win next year. What does every good pop song look like? Watch this video from Discovery.

Automated Musical Instruments

Automated Instruments
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Musical instrument makers have always been fascinated by pushing the boundaries of their craft, and several creative individuals have created automated musical instruments that play without the need of a human performer.

Belgian composer, performer, and instrument maker Godfried-Willem Raes has invented a huge number of bizarre and offbeat instruments during his career. Many of them are unusual instrument/robot hybrids capable of being controlled by computers.

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The Most Popular Music Genres in the U.S.

This charts from Mashable & Statista shows a genre breakdown of album sales in the United States in 2013. Rock, R&B and Alternative were the most popular genres in 2013.

Sexy Sound: The Making Of Vinyl Records [video]

Vinyl recordsFor many audiophiles, there’s nothing like the sound of vinyl records. If you’re a forever fan, check out this short documentary from 1956 presented by RCA Victor, explaining the process from live recording to the mass production from the molds.

To top it off, check to see if Grandma’s been hiding away this album underneath that monster stereo system in the living room. Yes, that’s a stereo, not a bureau all you nearly-digital natives out there.

33 Fascinating Stories Behind Famous Songs [video]

33 Song StoriesHave you every been curious how song writers came up with their creations? These thirty-three incredibly famous songs have some incredibly interesting back stories.

SONOS Home Theater

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 8.30.14 AMSonos has been making great iPhone- and iPad-controlled smart, connected speakers for years. Recently they’ve moved into the home theater space as well. Now, not only can you get all your audio anywhere in your house, but you can get up to 5.1 surround sound in your living room. Easily. But how does is work with iOS 7 and Apple TV, and more importantly, how well?

While I’ve been aware of Sonos for a long time, it wasn’t until recently that I became really interested in it. That’s mainly because Kevin Michaluk wouldn’t shut up about it. Kevin loved that Sonos integrated with the services he already used, like Songza on the ‘net and his iTunes library on his Mac. Not only that, he said Songza provided a better experience through Sonos than it did through its own web site or app. He also loved that his fiancee could easily use the Sonos app to control all the music in their house. Being able to scale from super geek to regular person and back was the killer feature for Kevin. But for me, someone who rarely listens to music, it wasn’t that enticing. The home theater was.

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Musicians Who Died In 2013 [Interactive]


NPR has a great interactive  website to listen to & read about the musicians that died in 2013. Click the image to start your discovery.

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10 pieces of classical music everyone should know

classical-musicAre you the kind of person who appreciates multiple genres of music?

Being familiar with the classics in any genre is a factor in one’s overall cultural awareness. In jazz, there’s Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight.” In country, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” In R&B, everyone should know Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” is a hip-hop classic; Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” is one of the greatest pop songs of all time.

Classical music is a tougher nut to crack, not only because it has centuries of history behind it, but also because it seems classical music lovers belong to an exclusive club, throwing around terms like partita, singspiel and von Karajan.

For the classical curious, cutting through the mystique may be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Don’t be that person who says their favourite piece of classical music is Phantom of the Opera. Get to know the following works, and build your classical music foundation.

Learn about the 10 pieces of classical music everyone should know from CBC Music.