Music

Keys to the kingdom.

The sound emanating from within C. Bechstein’s piano factory in the sleepy German town of Seifhennersdorf, Saxony, is a cacophony of keys being tested, the guttural sawing of wood, and, at one workbench, a radio softly playing American pop music.

All strings attached.

You might say Stevie Blacke likes to string people along. In a continually shrinking music industry, the Berklee College of Music graduate has found the ultimate way to provide more with less by creating entire string sections by himself.

A whole new world.

When the Decemberists ended their two-year hiatus, the Portland, Oregon, quintet took a decidedly low-key route to recording the follow-up to 2011’s The King Is Dead.

All sides now.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Goethe said architecture is frozen music. A Joni Mitchell song is a liquid painting.

Yes, there's a museum for that.

Museums encourage discovery in unexpected ways, often about the unexpected itself. These seven galleries around the world display the likes of history’s unusual, unpredictable, and oft un-celebrated.

Neil Young's PonoPlayer.

Kickstarter may seem like an unlikely beginning for one of the music industry’s highly anticipated debuts, but Neil Young’s PonoPlayer digital music player was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns.

Journey to jazz.

“Here’s the deal: jazz has never been my genre,” says Annie Lennox, sitting on the sofa in her manager’s office in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, one day Lennox found herself searching for jazz tunes on YouTube and she fell down the Internet rabbit hole.

Strings attached.

There was only ever one place that could be the setting for a museum devoted to the violin: Cremona, Italy.