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Media > Watch the world’s first turntable orchestra scratch out a mind-blowing performance
January 18th, 2019

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The Panasonic Corporation has released a video of the world’s first full turntable orchestra in support of Japan’s Record Store Day. It’s not just a DJ with an orchestra, it’s the Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra, and it’s an orchestra made entirely [...] more >>

Media > Why Does the Oboe Tune the Orchestra?
December 21st, 2018

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A while back we explored why the orchestra generally tunes to an A at 440 Hz, sometimes 442 Hz, and, for the conspiracy theorists among us, 432 Hz. More often than not the oboe sounds that A. But there are [...] more >>

Media > Why Do Orchestras Seem to Play Behind the Beat?
December 12th, 2018

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If someone ever criticizes you for being slightly off the mark or slow to react, tell them you’re modeling your actions after those in professional orchestras. Just look at this conducting:

Media > Why Is the Orchestra Seated That Way? An Explanation
November 30th, 2018

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Why don’t the oboes and tubas sit in the front of the orchestra? Why don’t flutes and first violins swap positions, or — in what would be the coolest configuration, let’s be honest — bass trombones and contrabassoons sit right [...] more >>

Media > Seeking new audience, conductor turns orchestra ‘inside out’
September 19th, 2018

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The challenge haunts classical music: How do orchestras rejuvenate aging audiences? Pondering the question, conductor David Bernard asked something related – how did he himself become enthralled by the music?

Media > Why Do Orchestras Tune to an A-Note Pitch at 440 Hz?
April 27th, 2018

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The sound of an orchestra tuning is instantly recognizable. As soon as you hear it, you know exactly what’s about to happen. But there is a simple reason why a whole lot of tuning orchestras sound awfully alike — they [...] more >>

Media > Country town Girgarre turns rubbish into tunes with junk orchestra
January 19th, 2018

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A violin crafted out of a car roof, dairy milking cups used as chimes and petrol cans turned into guitars — welcome to Girgarre’s junk orchestra.

Media > From war zones to slums, meet the orchestras without borders
February 24th, 2017

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An earthquake triggered a radical rethink in NZ, but for some orchestras, playing under duress has become a way of life.