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  • Watch All of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Performed on Original Baroque Instruments

    Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons reigns as one of the world’s most recognizable early 18th-century pieces, thanks to its frequent appearances in films and television commercials. Upon its debut in 1725, The Four Seasons stunned listeners by telling a story without the help of a human voice. Vivaldi drew on four existing sonnets (possibly of his own provenance), using strings to paint a narrative filled with spring thunderstorms, summer’s swelter, autumnal hunts and harvests, and the icy winds of winter.

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  • The Making of a Violin from Start to Finish: Watch a French Luthier Practice a Time-Honored Craft

    Two families have been credited with making the greatest violins of the classical period: the Stradivari and the Guarneri. The first luthiers with those names were trained in the workshops of the Amati family, whose patriarch, Andrea, founded a legacy in Cremona in the mid 1500s when he gave the violin the form we know today, inventing f-holes and perfecting the general shape and size of the instrument and others in its family.

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  • A History of Punk from 1976-78: A Free Online Course from the University of Reading

    From Matthew Worley, professor of modern history at the University of Reading, comes the free online course Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-78. Worley is also the author of the book, No Future: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture.

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  • Revisiting Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” and the Album That Opened R&B to Resistance: Revisited 50 Years Later

    R&B superstar Marvin Gaye was more than willing to risk his career on a record. His polished public persona was a false front behind which lurked some serious demons — depression and addiction, exacerbated by the illness and death of his close friend and duet mate, Tammi Terrell.

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  • CIVIC Chat About Their Debut LP, Future Forecast

    Melbourne punks CIVIC drop the studio to chat about their long-awaited debut album Future Forecast. Coming off the back of their EP New Vietnam and a string of singles, the band’s debut is their first release on local label Flightless; it was also a recent Triple R Album Of The Week. Roland and Jim from the band run Teenage Hate co-host Tim Scott through the recording of the album (from corked trombones to last-minute covers) and preview their upcoming album launches.

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  • Mogwai share their essential punk favourites

    Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai are warming up for the release of their 10th album As The Love Continues by taking over Double J every week in February.

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  • How Giorgio Moroder & Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” Created the “Blueprint for All Electronic Dance Music Today” (1977)

    House, trance, techno—any DJ playing a four-on-the-floor groove can drop Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s “I Feel Love” into a set and instantly mesmerize the crowd. It has been happening since 1977. The disco hit doesn’t just hold up as a classic moment of nostalgia: it’s still one of the greatest dance tracks ever produced.

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  • Interview with Jazz Trumpet legend Charles Tolliver

    Interview with the legendary Jazz trumpeter & co-founder of Strata-East Records Charles Tolliver, discussing the label, Slugs, Jackie McLean, John Gilmore and more, from Radio KXCI 91.3 FM Tuscon AZ USA

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  • ‘Fresh Air’ Celebrates The 90th Birthday Of Jazz Improviser Sonny Rollins

    Rollins recorded his first sessions in 1949, and played his last live shows in 2012. Kevin Whitehead offers an appreciation, then we listen back to a 1994 interview with the tenor saxophonist.

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  • Stations of the X – 63 the yellow house

    GTK report from 1971 about the yellow house, the wacky kings cross pile (in macleay st) where you could live the dream of ‘art as life’.

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