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Dropbox is making a new app for note-takers

The cloud storage provider Dropbox is working on a new productivity app for note-takers. Currently in testing with a limited number of users, the online app will rival services like Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep and Evernote.

Practice makes for a good musician

Although musicians need a natural talent, new research suggests that by practicing music causes changes in the brain's neural network.

'Beethoven of Japan' says he can hear again

A composer known as the "Beethoven of Japan" said on Wednesday he had regained some of his hearing ability, a week after setting off a furor by admitting he had used a ghost writer for his popular symphonies and other music.

Review: The artist tells the story in HBO's 'Six By Sondheim' Special

Stephen Sondheim has composed music and lyrics for classics such as "West Side Story", "A Little Night Music", and "Sweeney Todd". Now, in a new HBO documentary, James Lapine looks back at this celebrated career, through Sondheim's own words.

Dan Deacon dances to his own tune Special

Musician Dan Deacon contemplates his homeland on America, a bold album that combines hard-edged dance beats and gorgeous symphonic soundscapes. It's a timely work from a thoughtful artist who gladly puts actions behind his convictions.

Happy Birthday Sir Malcolm

Sir Malcolm Arnold was born 91 years ago today. In 1958, his score for "The Bridge On The River Kwai" won him an Oscar for Best Music and Scoring.

Oscar and Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch dies

New York - Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the music for "A Chorus Line", "The Way We Were" and "The Sting", has died at the age of 68.

Beastie Boys, Mandalas, Vision: Joel Thome in the perfect circle Special

Composer Joel Thome has worked with some of the biggest names in rock music, including Frank Zappa and Steve Vai. Now a new documentary explores his cultural contributions as well as his unique composing methods.

Disney composer Robert Sherman dies

Disney composer Robert B. Sherman has died at the age of 86. Sherman and his brother, Richard wrote the song "It's A Small World (After All)" and songs from "Mary Poppins" and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Previously unknown Mozart piece found in 18th century music book

A previously unknown work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been uncovered in the state of Tyrol in Austria. The Mozart Foundation in Salzburg reported the music was discovered in the western Austrian state tucked inside a late 1700s music music book.

Television theme composer Vic Mizzy Dead at 93

While the name Vic Mizzy may not have been widely known his theme songs were. The theme for The Addams Family and Green Acres are parts of many people's memory. Muzzy, composer of those tunes, died Saturday at the age of 93.
 

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Joel Thome collaborated extensively with Frank Zappa  arranging much of the eclectic composer/musici...
Joel Thome collaborated extensively with Frank Zappa, arranging much of the eclectic composer/musician's unconventional work for both symphony and rock music production.
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composer Marvin Hamlisch
composer Marvin Hamlisch
Phil Konstantin
Drawing from the ageless  composer Kyle Randall finds inspiration in some of the musical traditions ...
Drawing from the ageless, composer Kyle Randall finds inspiration in some of the musical traditions of the past, such as the liturgy of the Mass.
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“People ask me  “Why do you still play vinyl at shows? You’re hauling around a 100-pound bag!...
“People ask me, “Why do you still play vinyl at shows? You’re hauling around a 100-pound bag!”" laughs Kid Koala. "My joke answer, half-serious is, I’m too lazy to bring a laptop! To me it’s just like these old blues cats: these (records) are my axes in a way [...] I’m out-of-step with the actual times, but I’m glad, in a way, being an outsider. I’m out-of-step with what’s fashionable.”
Emma Gutteridge
Composer Barbara Monk Feldman  whose  Pyramus and Thisbe  will be premiering as part of the Canadian...
Composer Barbara Monk Feldman, whose 'Pyramus and Thisbe' will be premiering as part of the Canadian Opera Company's 2015-2016 season.
Jeff Higgins
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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, right-to-die activist.
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