It’s Time to Give Enya Another Listen

Even at her peak, she was hugely famous but never especially cool. But maybe we’re finally ready to heed her whispered call to awaken.

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This Rattlesnake Dares You to Call Its Bluff

Scientists designed a virtual reality experiment to understand just how tricky rattlesnakes can be.

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With R. Kelly on Trial, What Has Become of His Music?

The R&B superstar may have experienced a “social death,” with his music largely disappearing in public. But streaming data tells a more complicated story.

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Aaliyah’s Music Will Finally Be Streaming. What Took So Long?

Twenty years after one of the most celebrated stars of ’90s R&B died in a plane crash, her songs — like “Try Again” and “If Your Girl Only Knew” — will be widely available.

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The Enduring Appeal of Italian Composers’ Dramatic ‘Library Music’

Compositions made from the 1960s through the ’80s to soundtrack films and ads have found new homes on hip-hop tracks and compilations. New artists have been inspired, too.

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How Streaming Made Sound My Favorite Sense

The pandemic helped me appreciate the mind-altering magic of ubiquitous digital audio.

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Joel Chadabe, Explorer of Electronic Music’s Frontier, Dies at 82

As both a composer and an advocate, Mr. Chadabe devoted himself to what one music critic called the “marriage between humans and their computers.”

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Roger Hawkins, Drummer Heard on Numerous Hits, Is Dead at 75

An innately soulful musician, he recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and many others and was an architect of what became known as the Muscle Shoals sound.

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Bob Koester, Revered Figure in Jazz and Blues, Dies at 88

Mr. Koester’s Delmark Records and his Chicago record store were vital in preserving and promoting music the big labels tended to overlook.

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On Spotify, an Arranged Marriage Between Music and Podcasts

Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” dance around copyright constraints.

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‘Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm’ Review: Rockers Ripping It Up

A documentary explores the Welsh farm-turned-studio, Rockfield, where Black Sabbath, the Stone Roses and others made music.

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Can’s Live Shows Will Be Heard at Last, Thanks to a Bootlegger in Big Pants

A series of concert albums by the influential German band were made possible by Andrew Hall, a fan who followed the group around in the 1970s with a Sony cassette recorder hidden in his trousers.

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Musicians Say Streaming Doesn’t Pay. Can the Industry Change?

Services like Spotify and Apple Music pulled the business back from the brink. But artists say they can’t make a living. And their complaints are getting louder.

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Will Songwriting Survive Streaming? Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus Is Worried.

One of pop’s most successful songwriters on fighting for the value of his craft, and on the young talents he admires most.

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A Jaw-Dropping Philip Glass Opera Is Finally on Video

“Satyagraha,” one of the Metropolitan Opera’s greatest stagings of the 21st century, has been released on DVD and CD.

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From Claire Rousay, Field Recordings for a Modern World

With her new album, the emo ambient musician has learned to embrace everyday pleasures.

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Al Schmitt, Maestro of Recorded Sound, Is Dead at 91

The winner of multiple Grammys, he engineered or produced records by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and many others.

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Who Needs an Album? Just Keep Remaking the Song!

Recent hits by SpotemGottem and Lil Nas X show the power of extending the life of a single track, album be damned.

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Bob Porter, Jazz Producer and Broadcaster, Dies at 80

Hundreds of albums bore his name, notably reissues of classic material. And he helped make WBGO the biggest jazz radio station in the New York area.

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Ethel Gabriel, a Rare Woman in the Record World, Dies at 99

For much of her more than 40 years at RCA, Ms. Gabriel was a producer, overseeing “Living Strings” and other profitable lines.

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How I Time Travel to Parent My Adult Son

Once a year I record a brutally honest conversation for my little boy. Here’s why that’s psychologically healthy for both of us.

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Virtual Concerts to Watch

Looking for signs of a return to normal? Sitting back to enjoy a live-music performance might be a good place to start.

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Voice Mail Art Project Honors People of Color Killed by the Police

Through the 1-800 Happy Birthday Project, Mohammad Gorjestani invited callers to leave messages for Black and Latino people who died in encounters with law enforcement.

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Janet Jackson and Kermit the Frog Added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has designated 25 recordings, from modern pop hits to one of the earliest recordings of an American voice, as “audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time.”

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Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.

Many musicians aren’t sharing in streaming riches. Can digital music economics change to benefit everyone?

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He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age

Scott Ross, who would have turned 70 this year, died young of AIDS — but not before recording all 555 Scarlatti sonatas.

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One Album Released by 44 Labels. Is This the New Global Jukebox?

For a decade, Senyawa has helped redefine how Indonesian music sounded. Now, the duo wants to revolutionize how it gets heard.

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Rupert Neve, the Father of Modern Studio Recording, Dies at 94

His equipment became the industry standard and influenced the sound of groups like Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Chicago and the Who.

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Attend the Tale of ‘Anyone Can Whistle,’ Then and Now

A sparkling new recording of the 1964 musical makes half the case for Stephen Sondheim’s endlessly inventive score.

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Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse

The social network, which has a history of cloning its competitors, has started working on an audio chat product.

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Eva Coutaz, a Record Label Force for Quality, Dies at 77

An executive with the respected label Harmonia Mundi, she shaped classical music careers and public tastes in turning out incomparable recordings from a French farmhouse.

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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others.

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Meet Kidd G, Country Music’s Next Emo-Rap Star

A 17-year-old from a small Georgia town built an audience as a rapper on TikTok and SoundCloud before pivoting to country music and inching his way into a notoriously cloistered industry.

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How Pop and Jazz Wrapped Up the Past in 16 Boxed Sets

Reissues and deluxe editions of albums by PJ Harvey, Lil Peep, Charles Mingus and others provide fresh looks at familiar works, and the creative processes that birthed them.

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No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

Our chief classical music critic writes in praise of going to a shelf, pulling out a recording and sitting down to listen.

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The Uneasy Afterlife of Our Dazzling Trash

Where do CDs go to die?

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Mac Davis, Pop and Country Singing Star, Is Dead at 78

After writing hits for Elvis Presley and others, he became famous in his own right with songs like the No. 1 hit “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.”

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How Richard Nixon Became an Accidental Archivist

When the son of David Frost went looking for missing tapes of his father’s interview show, he found many of them in an unlikely place.

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How Much Is an Album Worth in 2020: $3.49? $77? $1,000? Maybe $0

It depends who’s selling. As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.

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Why We’re All Listening to Phil Collins This Week

The twins Tim and Fred Williams have wowed the internet with their YouTube reactions to vintage music. Why are generation-spanning videos like theirs so popular right now?

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How to Keep Music (and One Another) Alive

If we want to experience concerts again, we need to support the artists we love until the pandemic passes. Here’s how.

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Robert Ford Jr., an Early Force in Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 70

He chronicled the scene when it was new, then went on to mentor some of its most important early figures, including Kurtis Blow and Russell Simmons.

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The Pandemic Work Diary of Netflix’s Queer Champion

“Joining the ranks of every other clichéd gay in L.A.,” Fran Tirado is writing scripts and monitoring the platform’s L.G.B.T.Q. content.

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It’s Showtime! Press Play to Hear the N.Y.C. That Used to Be

“Missing Sounds of New York,” an album from the New York Public Library, recreates the everyday soundtrack many have been missing since March.

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The Vinyl? It’s Pricey. The Sound? Otherworldly.

The Electric Recording Co. in London cuts albums the way they were made in the 1950s and ’60s — literally.

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How to Make the Perfect Playlist

Need something fresh to listen to? Maybe something inspiring? These tips will help.

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