Tag: composers

  • On Sofia Gubaidulina, the Once-Blacklisted 86-Year-Old Composer Who’s Still Working

    On Sofia Gubaidulina, the Once-Blacklisted 86-Year-Old Composer Who’s Still Working

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. If you wander up an unremarkable remote backroad outside a certain quiet village in Germany, you might stumble across the home of one of the world’s most…

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Morton Feldman — an Intimate Encounter with Sound

    A Beginner’s Guide to Morton Feldman — an Intimate Encounter with Sound

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. By Soundfly Mentor Tim Maryon A student of mine recently said that they’d never been given the chance to “get into” famed American composer Morton…

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  • Orchestral Works for Children’s Education: Britten, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saëns

    Orchestral Works for Children’s Education: Britten, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saëns

    + Pursue your dreams faster with a Soundfly Mentor! Share your musical goals with us and we’ll pair you up with a professional musician, engineer, educator, or music industry veteran who will help you achieve them in a customized four-week session. Inventive, exciting music plus an educational angle? Now that’s a Soundfly super combo! Here’s a topic we’ve wanted to…

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  • Scarlatti and Rossini Prove That Cat-Inspired Composing Is Hundreds of Years Old

    Scarlatti and Rossini Prove That Cat-Inspired Composing Is Hundreds of Years Old

    We’ve written on cats in classical music before, so this should come as no surprise to the casual Flypaper reader, but, yes, we are that excited. “Cat mania” has certainly reached new heights in the Internet Age, with “Grumpy Cat” earning over twenty million views on YouTube and searches for “cat merchandise” yielding over ten thousand results…

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  • Sibelius, That High-Functioning Drunkard

    Sibelius, That High-Functioning Drunkard

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. The notion that partying is somehow intrinsically linked with the culture surrounding musicians is unfortunately nothing new. From Motown to EDM, the hard drinking and illicit drug…

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  • Mirah on the Sound of 50,000 Decisions and ‘Total Collaboration’

    Mirah on the Sound of 50,000 Decisions and ‘Total Collaboration’

    Welcome back to Soundfly’s weekly interview series, Incorrect Music, curated by guitarist, singer, and composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud (of the band Arthur Moon). In this series, we present intimate conversations with artists who are striving to push the boundaries of their process and craft. Brooklyn is the latest home to the singer-songwriter and performer Mirah, who comes to us by way…

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  • 5 Moments in the History of Tape That Shaped Modern Music

    5 Moments in the History of Tape That Shaped Modern Music

    Before the synthesizer, electronic experimenters were already at work with another instrument — the tape recorder. Before the ability to record, musical excellence, virtuosity, and authenticity were associated with playing a live instrument. In fact, recording was often perceived as a “dishonest” activity by some artists at its introduction. Until it fell into the hands of those willing…

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  • Matt Mehlan of Skeletons on How the DIY Golden Age of NYC Still Shapes His Music

    Matt Mehlan of Skeletons on How the DIY Golden Age of NYC Still Shapes His Music

    Welcome back to Soundfly’s weekly interview series, Incorrect Music, curated by guitarist, singer, and composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud (of the band Arthur Moon). In this series, we present intimate conversations with artists who are striving to push the boundaries of their process and craft. Dre’s interview with Matt Mehlan (of the avant-garde pop band Skeletons) makes me smile…

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  • What Exactly Is a Nocturne, and How Do You Write One?

    What Exactly Is a Nocturne, and How Do You Write One?

    Despite what many people think, classical music isn’t just a single, monolithic genre of music written by an old, stuffy bunch of dead guys. In fact, European classical music is so diverse that the only common denominator shared amongst pieces in its vast repertoire is that modern Western musical notation was basically invented in order to be…

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  • Circuit Des Yeux on Improvising to Find Her Voice and How ‘Why?’ Is an Answer

    Circuit Des Yeux on Improvising to Find Her Voice and How ‘Why?’ Is an Answer

    Welcome back to Soundfly’s weekly interview series, Incorrect Music, curated by guitarist, singer, and composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud (of the band Arthur Moon). In this series, we present intimate conversations with artists who are striving to push the boundaries of their process and craft. Chicago’s Haley Fohr has returned to her irreverent rock project Circuit Des Yeux after…

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Jlin: Rhythm, Variation, & Vulnerability