Tag: John Cage

  • 5 of the Most Unusual “Instruments” Used in Musical Scores

    5 of the Most Unusual “Instruments” Used in Musical Scores

    From natural sounds to mechanical devices, many unusual things have been incorporated into musical scores by daring composers. Here are 5.

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  • What Are Your Favorite Songs That Defy Expectations?

    What Are Your Favorite Songs That Defy Expectations?

    In Ep. 48 of Soundfly’s podcast, Carter and Mahea are joined by composer Ryan Lott (of Son Lux) to discuss songs that do “the unexpected.”

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  • Songs That Are NOT for the Faint of Heart

    Songs That Are NOT for the Faint of Heart

    In Ep. 40 of our show, songwriter and guitarist Christina Apostolopoulos joins us to chat about distortion, restraint, and unplayable songs.

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  • An Introduction to 20th Century Composer Christian Wolff

    An Introduction to 20th Century Composer Christian Wolff

    Today we’re taking an introductory look at one of the 20th century’s most daring avant-garde composers and his music, Christian Wolff.

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  • 10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    + 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 roots of field recording go all the way back to early 1900s when pioneer musicologist John Lomax began recording cowboy songs in Texas. His son Alan […]

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  • 4 Different Ways to Start a Musical Sentence

    4 Different Ways to Start a Musical Sentence

    When you’re composing music, you kind of have to split yourself into a bunch of different personas. There’s “you, the artist” who contributes all the emotive content; “you, the craftsperson,” who gets anally retentive over just how you’re going to translate the emotive content in such a way that another human being can interpret it with […]

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  • An Introduction to the Prepared Piano and How to Notate It

    An Introduction to the Prepared Piano and How to Notate It

    + 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. American composer John Cage was arguably the most prolific composer of prepared-piano music and is often credited as having invented the prepared piano, so to speak. While […]

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  • Compact Discs as Expanded Instruments: Pioneers of Hacked CD Sound Art

    Compact Discs as Expanded Instruments: Pioneers of Hacked CD Sound Art

    History and Context of the CD The Compact Disc (CD) was introduced into commercial ubiquity on October 1, 1982, alongside the world’s first-ever CD player, the SONY CDP-101. Billy Joel’s sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was selected to be the first recording issued on this new digital audio format, which is hilarious considering that particular […]

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  • Sampling as Instrumentation: How Recorded Noise Found Its Way Into Music

    Sampling as Instrumentation: How Recorded Noise Found Its Way Into Music

    + Learn to create and arrange original, instrumental hip-hop music from sampling pioneer RJD2 himself in his new course on Soundfly, RJD2: From Samples to Songs. When we turn on the radio to any pop station, we hear sampling. When we utilize any MIDI instrument technology within our DAWs and hardware, we hear sampling. It’s everywhere, and it’s due […]

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  • Pauline Oliveros Made Me a Better Listener

    Pauline Oliveros Made Me a Better Listener

    We know more about hearing than listening. Sound is sound, and all sound can be music. There is virtue and scholarship in all sounds, all music, but we aren’t listening to it. We might be hearing it, but we aren’t listening. We as musicians and music lovers find ourselves forming cliques. We congregate in venues, […]

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