Slave to the rhythm – cracking the secret to the song code

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Peter Farnan, songwriter and founding member of Boom, Crash, Opera, asks if the century-long shift towards tech-enhanced sound production in popular music has minimised the importance of words, melodies and chords.  After you have stripped away the flourishes of performance and production a good song works because of deep, underlying conventions of lyric, melody and accompaniment. A regularly

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Barbra Streisand duets with ‘Donald Trump’

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Barbra Streisand’s political leanings and support for Hillary Clinton are well known, but that hasn’t stopped the 74-year-old diva from joining in song with “Donald Trump” on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The pair performed a somewhat unorthodox rendition of the Annie Get Your Gun classic Anything You Can Do. Streisand was appearing

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Prince’s Paisley Park will open to the public

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For three decades music fans have made a pilgrimage to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home and now museum in Memphis, Tennessee. But a new musical alter is about to open to worshipping devotees. Prince’s famed Minnesota compound, Paisley Park, will open its doors to public tours in October this year. According to the singer’s sister, giving the public

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First artists revealed for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017: Patti Smith, The Lumineers and more

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Byron Bay Bluesfest is known for its massive, eclectic line-ups, and 2017’s is looking like no exception. In a coup for the festival, legendary New York rocker Patti Smith (pictured above) will play her equally legendary album Horses in its entirety. It will be Smith’s first visit to Australia in eight years. Other legends include 80-year-old Blues pioneer Buddy Guy,

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Jess Ribeiro review (NGV, Melbourne)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is a place for experimenting with all styles of art – and the mix of musicians it presents at its Friday Nights line up is no exception. The latest to hit the spotlight in the Great Hall under its high roof and dramatic stained glass by the artist Leonard French last Friday

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When artists win, it’s worth more than just a gold medal

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Who’d be an Olympic athlete, eh? After years of thankless slog, committing hour upon gruelling hour to punishing training regimes and joyless calorie-controlled diets, striving for the merest chance to fly the native flag on sport’s most venerated international stage, the braying masses back home, lolling on the sofa, sneer at anything but gold. If

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Monash Uni gets a $45 million arts expansion with “sonic virtual reality”

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

The 586-seat Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne’s south-east was built in 1967 but now $10 million in state government funding and a $5 million gift from the Potter Foundation will see the theatre renovated as a “state of the art” facility as part of a $45 million “Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts” complex of

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