Pied butcherbirds, such as this one, sing solos, duos and trios.
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Is birdsong simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or could we call it 'music'? Australia's pied butcherbirds show there are surprising overlaps between birds' and humans' musical abilities.
Valesca Fora do Eixo, Brazilian funk artist.
The sounds and sights of Brazilian feminist funk.
Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag, painted by Maxwell Newhouse for John Burge.
Composer John Burge speaks of his drive to create a musical piece to mark Canada's 150th year of confederation and to capture our collective experiences.
South African jazz legend Ray Phiri passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
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Two of South Africa's finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
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Expressing music into mathematical formulae can help us understand why some pieces and performances can send shivers down your spine.
Musicians protesting against government while holding instruments in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Musicians who learned how to play through a state-funded program called El Sistema are taking their instruments to the streets to protest the government.
Some musicians believe certain instruments, such as the trumpet, are more ‘masculine’.
Women are disturbingly under-represented in Australian jazz, with relatively few female composers and instrumentalists. What's holding them back? And what can be done about it?
The Slants in concert/Tommy Byrd/Flickr
Have American companies just been given the green light to deploy "edgy" branding that goes way too far?
Michael Jackson sings during the opening performance of a 13-city U.S. tour in 1988.
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The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.
In the work of many rappers today, the legacy of Tupac Shakur lives on.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
A podcast on what music does to our brains, and why it moves us.
Singing helps us remember information.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
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Who are the 'macho boasting idiots' now?
Vinyl is one thing but digital plug-ins which claim to emulate the analogue sound are a rose-tinted step too far.
MP3 compression of digital audio files made music more portable.
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The MP3 audio file transformed the way we accessed music online. So what does it mean now that licensing and support for the popular format is to end?
The Sex Pistols perform in Memphis, Tennessee during their 1978 American tour.
Banned from the BBC, denied its rightful place on the charts, 'God Save the Queen' – released 40 years ago this month – remains one of the most controversial protest songs of all time.
Nine “Muses” in Renaissance dress enjoy music-making on a pastoral Parnassus, on a painted virginals lid of c.1540.
Girolamo Romanino, National Gallery, London
Modern music fans like to surround themselves with images representing their musical tastes – and so did Renaissance Italians.
Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs.
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Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?
Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.
With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.