1. It’s worth pausing to consider not only the legacy and achievements of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, but also the rich musical associations of his life.

    It’s worth pausing to consider not only the legacy and achievements of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, but also the rich musical associations of his life.

  2. Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of records everyone can agree on? What’s been the most popular decade for music? What are the least-heard albums? 

    Your Poll Results

  3. What music do you listen to on your commute?

    NPR’s Ari Shapiro shared his commute list today. What’s yours?

  4. What are you listening to this morning?

    What’s playing in your headphones this AM, Internet?

  5. We’ve placed the entire onus of changing-with-the-times on musicians, but why can’t the educational, cultural and governmental institutions that support the arts adapt as well, extending the same opportunities to those whose music provides the soundtrack to our lives?

    — Thought-provoking op-ed from singer and New York Times writer Alina Simone 

  6. Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What’s Left Of Summer

  7. Watch: “Mathemusician” Vi Hart explains twelve-tone serialism using Stravinsky and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

    via Deceptive Cadence

  8. My first thought was, ‘Wow, that’s what the Internet sounds like!’ When you open your computer and everyone’s talking at you suddenly. But I was really wanting to hear the sound of jumbled talking, where you can’t understand what’s going on — and then, suddenly, one beautiful, simple chord.

    — 

    Violinist and vocalist Caroline Shaw on Partita for 8 Voices, the a cappella vocal piece that just won her the Pulitzer Prize for music. At 30, she is the youngest-ever recipient of the music Pulitzer. 

    Hear Partita for 8 Voices now.

  9. Posted on 21 February, 2013

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    music:

    After hearing much demand from the bloggers and fans on Tumblr, we have finally launched a #music tag page. 

    Track the new tag to stay up on the best new music, videos, artwork and photos on Tumblr, hand-picked by members of the community. The tag editors come from different areas of the music world, and all share a common passion for the sport.

    Been following the #music tag on Tumblr for a few months now. Necessary discovery there. —Lars

  10. Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure. It also modulates serotonin levels and norepinephrine, a stimulant. And in the right combinations, these can give rise to feelings of ecstasy and intense pleasure — almost a sense of being at one with the world.

    — Daniel Levitin via Who Needs Drugs When You’ve Got Music?