New Year & New Music

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard

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Fourteen years after his last album, the R&B star returns with a warm, expansive masterpiece. Here’s to messiahs worth waiting for. D’Angelo has kept the world fiending 14 years for the follow-up to his Crisco-thick R&B classic, Voodoo, but as the man himself purrs in “Sugah Daddy,” “Can’t snatch the meat out of the lioness’ mouth/Sometimes you gotta just ease it out.” Black Messiah shows how deep easy can go. D’Angelo and his band have built an avant-soul dream palace to get lost in, for 56 minutes of heaven. [via rollingstone]

Black Messiah by D'Angelo & The Vanguard

BLACK MESSIAH out now! iTunes! It’s definitely a great and must have album.  To find out more about D’Angelo, his music and any upcoming events check out this link: blackmessiah 

TED Talk: Mark Ronson on How Sampling Changed Music

mark-ronson-ted-talk“I can hear something in a piece of media and I can co-opt myself in that narrative or alter it, even” – Mark Ronson

Producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Q-Tip, Adele) appeared as one of the latest installations in the TED Talk series. In a segment titled “How sampling changed music,” the talented Englishman spends a few minutes recounting the heart behind sampled music, a historical overview behind Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s “La Di Da Di,” and even goes as far as live mixing aspects of TED talks and the TED theme music.

Uploaded to YouTube on May 9th, 2014, it is definitely worth the watch. See below!

 

 

Fact of the day

Your favorite song affects your brain

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Listening to a favorite song seems to trigger a common pattern of brain activity, regardless of genre, a small study in Scientific Reports suggests. The findings may explain why different people describe similar emotional feelings and memory responses when listening to their favorite piece of music, whether it is something by Beethoven or Eminem.

 

[via natureasia]

Fact of the Day

music brainFinnish researchers have developed a ground breaking new method that allows to study how the brain processes different aspects of music, such as rhythm, tonality and timbre (sound color) in a realistic listening situation.The study is pioneering in that it for the first time reveals how wide networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated during music listening. The new method helps us understand better the complex dynamics of the brain networks and the way music affects us.

Via sciencedaily