The late musician Madosini playing the umrhube mouthbow.
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Composers are keeping bow music alive through electronic music and other experiments.
South African producer and DJ Black Coffee plays in New York in 2018.
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Despite controversy at home and a decade late, the Grammy win proves how much the world loves South Africa’s biggest house music star.
Daft Punk’s anonymity was really a stroke of genius.
Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter: pioneering use of synthesizers in pop music.
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A classically trained musician, Schneider influenced a generation of musicians from David Bowie to hip hop.
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Unlicensed music events are on the rise again – and the free parties of the 1980s and 90s show they’re not all bad.
Heidi Mellington, performing here with Anthony Smith in Dizzygothica in 2007, has spoken about the importance of a supportive local music scene for emerging artists.
Depite new technologies for music dissimination, EDM artists located in cities have access to resources not available in non-metropolitan areas.
The German band laid the foundations for the electronic pop revolution which continues today.
The MOS 6581 or SID to his friends.
From niche player to chart hit, the characteristic sound of videogames has had a considerable influence on music.
Detail from Jenny Hval’s album Blood Bitch.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, music has important roles to play – either to reflect or interpret the state of affairs, or simply to provide solace.
Unlike Dr Strangelove, few people learned to love the bomb – but it changed society nonetheless.
Think the Cold War is over? It may be, but its effects still cast a long shadow over society.
On the same day that London’s legendary Fabric closed permanently, Berlin’s infamous techno club Berghain was granted a tax break.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
One of popular music’s most influential artists, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, turned 80 this year. It is a good time to acknowledge his work as irreducibly complex, deeply layered, subtle and nuanced.
Geoff Hill and Trevor Pearcey in 1952 with the CSIR Mk1, the world’s first computer to make music.
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It might not sound like the best music in the world, but Australia was the first by a matter of months at playing a tune on a computer.
This year’s Ibiza Prom was a convenient target for those unhappy with the expanded remit of the Proms – but an unfounded one.
A lot happens when computer science and pop music collide.
Experimental electronic music took centre stage during the Unsound component of the Adelaide Festival program.
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Unsound Adelaide brought genre-crossing electronic music to the Adelaide Festival for the third year in a row– but this year’s program could’ve been much more adventurous.
The ‘EasyJet set’ get on inexpensive flights each weekend for some techno tourism.
Some 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – on November 9 1989 – Berlin is a utopia for many people. In otherwise precarious and uncertain lives, Berlin holds out the hope of pursuing creative work…
The Moog, 2014 Model Sub 37 – producer of squelchy bass lines and distorted expressive solos.
The classic sound many of us imagine when the word synthesiser is mentioned is the sound of the Moog – the warm, solid propulsive groove of its bass sound and the distinctive sweep of its patented lowpass…
Neil Young has big plans to improve the sound of digital audio – but how realistic are they?
There’s a diagram that does the rounds online that neatly sums up the difference between the quality of equipment used in the studio to produce music, and the quality of the listening equipment used by…
Mute Synth, a collaboration between Dr John Richards and Mute Records.
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Following the explosion of do-it-yourself music in the 1990s, aspiring DJs and producers have been spoiled rotten. Home studios are increasingly commonplace now that there is such a wealth of affordable…