This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy, an Opera Australia soprano’s homophobic rant, crowd surfing at Handel’s Messiah!?, YouTube’s new deal, RIP Horace Silver and Lee Hyla. PLUS: “I’ll have the Rings, hold the orchestra.”
- This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy. We don’t get it. Dave had some thoughts.
- The Hartford Wagner Festival wanted to put on Wagner’s Ring Cycle using a digitized orchestra. Some people had quite strong (Dare I say “Wagnerian”?) reactions to this. Sam thinks that the American Federation of Musicians and others are overreacting.
- “Leading scientist ejected from classical concert for attempting to crowd surf.” FYI – This is not The Onion. Dr David Glowacki was ejected from a Bristol Proms performance of Handel’s Messiah when he got a bit over excited during the Hallelujah Chorus. He gets pretty excited about other cool stuff too.
- YouTube is starting a music streaming service. It’s either awesome or terrible and it will either lift up or strangle smaller labels. Hmmm… We’ll keep an eye on it.
- The crowdfunding music projects has sunk into the cultural consciousness over the last few years. Ben Beaumont-Thomas at The Guardian wonders if this can lead to changes in the music industry.
- The music world says goodbye to Lee Hyla (1952-2014) and Horace Silver (1928-2014).