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[International Music Council] Music World News 02/2018

 

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Music World News

 

The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world – brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.  

Issue 02/2018 – 24 January 2018

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Bernstein, Made for TV

On January 18, 1958, the first Leonard Bernstein « Young People’s Concert » was broadcast live on television. Through the 1960s, the programs took off and were seen in 40 countries, alongside American exports « The Flintstones » and « Bonanza. »

WNYC

The Story of New Beat

From the DJ History archives: The rise and fall of Belgium’s infamous 1980s dancefloor movement, as told by those who helped to shape the sound.

Red Bull Music Academy

Getting in the groove

Music reminds us that the mind is more than a calculator. We are resonant bodies as much as representing machines.

Aeon

Hugh Masekela: South Africa’s ‘Father of Jazz’

Jazz legend Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet in the 1950s: a time when the colour of his skin meant he was no more than a second-class citizen in his own country, South Africa.

BBC

The Pop Innovations of a 50-Year-Old Soundtrack

The Graduate’s use of folk-rock songs by Simon and Garfunkel stood in for a generation’s reaction to the status quo.

The Atlantic

Tour du monde en 33 tours

Alors que les CD n’intéressent plus grand monde, la résurrection du vinyle se confirme. Une lubie occidentale? Pas si sûr : de Nairobi à Oulan Bator, des disquaires militent pour le microsillon.

Libération

Music Industry

Facebook Just Signed a Deal With the Largest Music Publisher In the World

Facebook’s music ambitions are rapidly taking shape, thanks to a pair of momentous deals. Late last year, the social network finalized a groundbreaking pact with Universal Music Group, which includes Universal Music Publishing Group.

Digital Music News

Spotify Is Said to Be Going Public in Early 2018

Spotify is finally ready to go public.

The New York Times

Zimbabwe: Is the Digital Platform Robbing Musicians?

I am standing in a long queue at the enquiries desk at one of the local banks. I have a problem with sending money to someone through online banking. I have asked for RTGS forms and they tell me that those are no longer in use because the bank is now paperless (whatever that means).

All Africa

Not dead yet: Record executives fight for compact disc’s future

In ‘the year of streaming,’ those shiny little discs prove they still have life left in them.

CBC

Combien rapporte une écoute sur Deezer ?

Pas assez, estiment les artistes, qui n’hésitent pas à donner de la voix contre les plates-formes de streaming.

Les Echos

Music Education

Mariachi Is Inspiring a Revolution in Music Education

Acoustic guitars are flying off the shelves at Iowa-based West Music, one of the country’s largest and oldest distributors of instruments for schools and school districts.

Acoustic Guitar

How we are bringing high-level music education to the masses

The concept for tonebase was born from a question posed in the “Innovation and Collaboration” class at the School of Music: “If you could contribute ANYTHING to the classical music world, what would it be?”

Yale News

When it comes to education, we mustn’t lose sight of music for music’s sake

It’s tempting to promote the wider educational benefits of studying music to those who would seek to marginalise it – but we should never be shy in endorsing the arts as important in their own right.

The Strad

Comment donner le goût pour la musique à votre enfant ?

Votre enfant est encore trop petit pour intégrer un cours de musique, et vous voudriez lui transmettre votre passion le plus tôt possible ? L’éveil musical en famille, c’est possible : voici quelques conseils qui pourraient vous décider à vous lancer.

France Musique

Policy, Research & Politics

Chinese music fans fear rap latest to fall foul of government censors

Chinese news website says ‘artists with tattoos, hip hop music’ to face government broadcast ban, amid tightened government control of the media and arts.

South China Morning Post

An Orchestra to Break 72 Years of Silence

If the populations of two countries but one nation haven’t spoken to each other for decades how does one break this silence? When political measures keep failing, can a musical performance challenge the status quo, achieve the unthinkable?

Spark

The Trump Protest-Song Boom, in the Eye of History

The year since has seen a flourishing of protest music, extending a preexisting trend in which even the most vanilla pop singer began regularly slinging social causes with their music.

The Atlantic

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for « inciting debauchery » after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

The Telegraph

Téhéran : à la chasse aux chants cachés du shah

A l’image de la répression des mœurs qui alimente les soulèvements actuels, tout un pan de l’histoire musicale de l’Iran et d’ailleurs reste prohibé depuis la révolution islamique.

Libération

Technologies and media

Yamaha uses new technology to inspire musicians

Following the verbal instruction, an acoustic piano started playing on its own. If members of the audience close their eyes, they’d probably believe a real pianist playing the song « I’ll remember you. »

Xinhua News

Music media in Africa

The music media environment in Africa has evolved throughout the years and has become incredibly diverse. Depending on whether you are in southern or northern Africa, or in a French- or English-speaking country, the realities are multiple and detailed.

Music in Africa

Music tech predictions for 2018

What technological trends can listeners and artists expect in 2018?

FACT Magazine

What Is Bitcoin, Blockchain’s Future in the Music Industry?

« Blockchain technology is coming like a tsunami, » says Dot Blockchain CEO Benji Rogers. « Every business in this space needs to start thinking about a Blockchain strategy. »

Billboard

Music of the Spheres; Big Data Meets Big Sound

Most of us learn by using our eyes. Whether it’s reading or poring over formulas, graphs and charts, it’s a mostly visual experience.

WVTF

The Pointy End

Why Is the Orchestra Seated That Way? An Explanation

Why don’t the oboes and tubas sit in the front of the orchestra? Why don’t flutes and first violins swap positions, or — in what would be the coolest configuration, let’s be honest — bass trombones and contrabassoons sit right up front with the conductor? Why is there even a conductor at all?

WQXR

Your brain responses to music reveal if you’re a musician or not

How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new research.

Science Daily

When Does Speech Become Music?

Most of us instinctively know when someone’s singing and when they’re talking. But since music and speech are both just sounds, how do our brains tell them apart?

BBC

Could chill-out music boost your post-workout recovery?

Many of us know that an upbeat playlist can help us power through a workout, but new research in the United Kingdom now suggests that what you listen to after your gym session could also boost post-exercise recovery.

Inquirer

Pourquoi vous mettre à la musique devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année

Vous rêvez de vous lancer dans la pratique d’un instrument ou du chant, mais hésitez à franchir le pas ? Voici cinq arguments – science à l’appui – pour vous convaincre que la pratique musicale devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année !

France Musique

 

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