National Library of New Zealand: Download Now… Free!. “Today we are very excited to cut the ribbon on a new born-digital collection donated by Luke Rowell, one of New Zealand’s foremost computer musicians. Over the last 20 years, Luke has performed hundreds of gigs around the world and released over 15 albums of popular electronic music, either as Disasteradio or Eyeliner. Among Luke’s best-known tracks is the synthpop hit ‘Gravy Rainbow’, while his Eyeliner albums are considered among the essential works of the vaporwave movement.”
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham to launch online database of musical works inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham to launch online database of musical works inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire. “The project, which started in 2015 and will end later this year, has researched all the song settings available to date of the 200+ poems written by the leading nineteenth-century French author who died over 150 years ago. The new database will contain over 1,600 songs in 25 different languages, and 40 different musical styles, from death metal to classical mélodie.” The database launches March 15th.
New-to-Me, from Kottke: Audio samples of 1500+ musical genres. “Warning: you might lose an entire hour to this… Every Noise at Once is a one-page map of playable audio samples for more than 1500 musical genres, from deep tech house to Finnish metal to smooth jazz to geek folk to klezmer to deep opera.”
Want to explore music genres? This newish site sounds like just the ticket. “The result of seven years of work by a polymath Belgian architect named Kwinten Crauwels, Musicmap is almost overwhelming in its comprehensiveness. Genres are color-coded (blue for blues, gospel, and jazz; yellow for rock; red for electronic). Six different kinds of dotted lines show different relationships among 234 sub-genres. Click one, and a description pops up next to a YouTube playlist (with Spotify coming soon).”