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Great orchestras are amazing

on Thu, 10/07/2010 - 21:27

Last night, I went to a concert by the New England Conservatory of Music's Philharmonia. This is an orchestra made up of undergrad students at NEC. The pieces on the bill were Petrouchka by Stravinsky and the New World Symphony by Dvorak. (Sorry, these names should have diacriticals; I'm not going to bother just now...)

At the end, I tweeted "Just finished hearing Stravinsky & Dvorak at New England Conservatory. An orchestra is a violent, living, joyous thing to experience. #love".

It was amazing to hear these kids.

The world's most important 6-second drum loop

on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 05:30

The Amen Break (from Amen Brother) has been used in everything from “late eighties gangster rap, to corporate America’s recycling hip-hop forms to sell things like Jeeps and blue jeans to suburban America”.

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