Music

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.

Enigma of Einaudi.

Audiences clearly adore Ludovico Einaudi, if the demands for encores and multiple standing ovations—which greeted him on his most recent North American tour—are any indication. Accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, the Italian pianist and composer is expanding his popularity everywhere he goes.

Soul-mining music man.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Producer and musician Daniel Lanois is a master of his craft. He is one of the most distinctive music-makers of his time and he has influenced the career of many well-known musical acts.

Getting by with a little help from his friends.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: David Foster is forever in blue jeans. It somehow speaks to his Canadian heritage, and perhaps to his musical tastes. His abilities as a producer are pretty much unassailable, but what most folks might not realize is how he recognizes emerging talent and brings it forward.

Turn style.

In painter, sculptor, and audiophile Tyler Hays’s handcrafted BDDW design shops in New York and Milan, visitors may find wool tapestries made from yarn as thick as a wrist, and paper-thin ceramics beside vintage industrial wall-lamps.