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Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the Grand Final of the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest: an oddball, meteoric and sincere performance. Abir Sultan/EPA

Eurovision shock: is ironic appreciation now unnecessary as slick singing styles reign?

Long known as a spectacle of quirky Euro-kitsch, this year's contest more closely resembled singing TV shows such as The Voice. Notable exceptions, however, were Iceland's Hatari and our own Kate Miller-Heidke.
Metallica singer James Hetfield (left) and guitarist Kirk Hammett perform on stage during Lollapalooza 2017. Mario Ruiz/EPA

Why artistic differences in a band can be a good thing

There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.
At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite. Freedom Master/shutterstock

Did academia kill jazz?

Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
The absence of women rockers such as Chrissie Amphlett (pictured here in 2006) from an Oz playlist promoted by the prime minister speaks volumes about how women are excluded from the music canon. Joe Castro/AAP

Why Scott Morrison’s white, male music playlists matter

The PM's Spotify playlists are significant as they offer insight into what he sees as valuable in popular culture. They also remind us how women are excluded from the music canon.
A promotional photo for the release of Skygge’s first album ‘Hello World.’ Jean Francois Robert

AI’s first pop album ushers in a new musical era

AI and human musical collaborations have been around since the 60s, but for the first time, we are hearing AI "pop" music: can AI actually create creative and emotionally engaging music?
Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with colours and shapes? Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: How augmented reality may one day make music a visual, interactive experience

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Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.

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