Curating The Week: Music-Related Stuff Online


1. An article about the voice work of loopers.

“Loopers are voice actors whose work begins after the show or film is shot and edited. Their job is to record what people in the background of a scene could be saying. Their dialogue is never really heard at full volume — and it’s mostly ad-libbed…Loopers add texture and dimension to a scene — filling in those blank spaces between dialogue. For 37 seconds of TV screen time, there could be six layers of looping — and there are many more for a major motion picture.”

2. An article about what ancient Greek music may have sounded like.

“Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. More than 2,000 years later, modern scholars have finally figured out how to reconstruct and perform these songs.”

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3. An article about Rhythm Necklace, an app for creating multi-layered polyrhythms. The app was inspired by Godfried Toussaint’s book The Geometry of Musical Rhythm.

“Rhythm necklaces have been used in fields like radio astronomy and nuclear physics to visualize repeating patterns…NYU computer scientist Godfried Toussaint uses them extensively in his book The Geometry of Musical Rhythm, which shows how music from disparate cultures is built around surprisingly similar geometric patterns.”