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Neil Tennant: ‘Sometimes I think, where’s the art, the poetry in all this?’ | Music | The Guardian
“Really quite often, a publisher says, ‘Let’s get Neil Tennant to write his autobiography’ and it’s quite nice that they do,” its author muses. “I’m not convinced my life’s been interesting enough. This is my autobiography.”
songwriting  uk  creativity  music  pop  popmusic  history  biography 
20 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Charting the Charts / Observable
Something happened around 2000 that increased the homogeneity of the Billboard Top 10. The article explores some ideas, which include a change in the way record sales were tabulated, the dominance of a few producers and the increased prevalence of digital music-making. More recently, however, the charts have seen the return of some musical diversity.
data  popmusic  songwriting  code  culture  BillboardHot100  music  radio 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
More synthetic bamboo! The greatest preset sounds in pop music | Music | The Guardian
“Whether a pop classic or a royalty-free instrumental from YouTube, collage, rewriting, quotations, sometimes thieving a melody – all that is at the heart of a thousand songs that I love. Debate about the purity of creation is void; we live in a society that spits and digests, and pop music is an impure space. That’s precisely why I love it.”
music  culture  software  creativity  creativecommons  pop  popmusic 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #39
"And I found myself wishing, while it was playing, that I could be Kate Bush sitting at a piano. This, instead of playing air guitar to Page's solo on 'Stairway to Heaven.' What could it mean?"
aesthetics  popmusic  rock  teenagers  music  memory  men  children  friendship  gender  detroit  school  uk  drinking 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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