Writing Songs with Narrative Gaps

Why did Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” create so many myths? Its mood is solemn, even mysterious, and its lyrics are replete with gaps of meaning: it invites the listener to make sense of it.

AfroDJMac: Always in the Mood for Music

When Brian Funk first filmed an Ableton tutorial in his basement five years ago, he wanted to maintain his anonymity. So the high school English teacher put on sunglasses and dubbed himself AfroDJMac.

Musical Notation: Imaginary Barlines

Discussions of imaginary barlines tend to get very mathematical. It’s easier to think of them in terms of clarifying syncopation. An imaginary barline is a notation convention designed to help [...]