The geography of Pitchfork’s 2011 Top 100 list.
Full article/methodology is here.
The Medium is the Message: Joe Muggs on how it’s never just about the music: music, and how we respond to it, is shaped by the medium.
The whole essay is well worth the read.
…instead of pipes, there were sixteen cat heads each with its body confined; the tails were sticking out and were held to be played as the strings on a piano, if a key was pressed on the keyboard, the corresponding tail would be pulled hard, and it would produce each time a lamentable meow. The historian Juan Christoval Calvette, noted the cats were arranged properly to produce a succession of notes from the octave…
It produces katzenmusic by torturing live animals as a productive means, causing them to mew on demand: literally cat-calls that are not merely cat-calls, but something more—a form of music semiotically reassembled from the distinct voices controlled by the device."
The Birth of Sampling by Michael Betancourt
Or, how the katzenkavalier presaged recombinant sampling and Autotune.
Absolutely fascinating article about how the songs of humpback whales in the South Pacific evolve and spread. It turns out that specific themes in songs change astonishingly quickly, every 2 to 3 months, and new songs travel westwards from the east coast of Australia to French Polynesia.
But the best part? “Sometimes the “hit song” contained snippets from previous seasons…” Humpback whalesong mashups!