Music & Technology

The Music Channel teaches us about the industry, the instruments and the genres. These articles explain why music is such an important fabric of our collective soul.


Hot on the heels of the vinyl revival comes a mini-boom for cassette sales. But who's really buying them?

Will subscription music services – and the unlikely comeback of vinyl – save the music album from extinction?

The renowned string quartet will improvise live music to accompany 'space sounds' created by sonification of the total solar eclipse.

A computer programmer used data analysis to crunch the numbers for six decades of pop music's hottest hits.

Where else can you find an instrument that can be played with a mallet, a violin bow or a hair comb?

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery by learning more about this reggae superstar.

Nearly four decades after the Village People anthem hit the discos, the song's namesake still isn't really ready to fully embrace it.

When the Clash started working on their third album, they had no idea it would be so influential.

Which other famous rock star inspired the Lizard King's persona?

The copyright infringement lawsuits didn't kill off sampling. Musicians just figured out how to hide it better so artists often can't tell they're being sampled.

Not everyone agrees that as you age, you only want to hear the oldies.

Whether you love cheery pop tunes or melodramatic ballads has a lot to do with your age and gender, right? Actually, your musical taste depends more on your personality.

Ludovico Einaudi's 'Elegy for the Arctic' is part of a Greenpeace campaign to draw attention to the region's rapidly melting ice.

A musicologist uncovers a surprising link between the musical cultures of ancient Europe and India.

You want to wear the cool T-shirt the day after the concert; the band wants your cash to fuel life on the road. The Merch Cat app is geared at making both things happen.

Music executive Shanti Das and rapper Killer Mike have a conversation about Atlanta, music and social justice.

But does name-checking a product in a song always mean a big sales bump?

Here's a riddle: If a musician creates an artificial intelligence that composes music, then who actually wrote the concerto?

Reenactments of the 'Wuthering Heights' video are happening all over the world in July.

Overt religious themes? Canine-human hybrids? Gender-bending marionettes? Yep, David Bowie did it all, and often faced censorship because of it.

From fleek to bling to hood, hip-hop and teen culture influence the evolution of American and global English.

Protest music? What's that? Maybe musicians today are too concerned about getting paid. Or maybe there are ones who care, but industry forces make it tough to get heard.

Now that "Happy Birthday to You" is free to use, people everywhere will publicly sing it, right? Most likely. But the answer's not so clear.

That infamous pharma exec Martin Shkreli just bought the sole copy. Bummer.

Sure, some do, but it depends on what kind of music you're listening to.