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Alt.Latino
9:54 am
Thu October 11, 2012

El Pueblo Unido: More Latin American Protest Songs

Students take part in a demonstration to commemorate the massacre of Tlatelolco, in Mexico City, on Oct. 2, 2012.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:33 am

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Deceptive Cadence
9:29 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Jonathan Biss: Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions.
Joseph Kriehuber Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:38 pm

(In this third and final part of a series, pianist Jonathan Biss explores the idea of musical longing in Robert Schumann's music. Click the audio link above to hear Biss play Schumann and discuss the composer with Performance Today host Fred Child.)

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The Record
7:03 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Taking Stock Of The MP3 At Mid-Life

The Hardware: The Rio, a portable MP3 player introduced by Diamond Multimedia in 1998, had 32MB of internal memory, just about enough to hold one 35-minute album of MP3s encoded at 128 kBps.
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Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:31 am

Last week, Joel Rose wrote about the compact disc on its 30th anniversary, but it could have been an obituary. In the last decade, CD sales in the United States have dropped by more than two thirds, fulfilling a cycle that dates back to wax cylinders and 78 rpm discs: the 20 to 30 year lifespan of a format, followed by the rise of a new technology. So we decided to look at the format that usurped the CD's place in music listener's ears and hard drives, if not always hearts.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:20 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Song Premiere: Gold And Soil, 'From The Snow Tipped Hills (Remix)'

The duo Gold and Soil remixes The Silver Lake Chorus' "From the Snow Tipped Hills."
Paulo Rafael

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:18 am

Were the 25 voices of The Silver Lake Chorus to belt out "From the Snow Tipped Hills" on a mountainside, I'd run for fear of an avalanche. The original, written for the group by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is built around an ethereal vocal arrangement, bare in instrumentation and full of power.

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Mountain Stage
3:57 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Bearfoot On Mountain Stage

Todd Paris Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:21 am

The bluegrass band Bearfoot returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. This was one of Bearfoot's final appearances featuring its current lineup, as singer Nora Jane Struthers and bassist P.J. George are set to step away to promote an upcoming Struthers solo project.

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