Are We in a Golden Age for Experimental Film Scores?

Pulp Fiction and Garden State created a successful model for soundtracks, but movie directors are now moving away from the curated mixtape formula, and having musicians create idiosyncratic scores to set their films and soundtracks apart.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Feb 20, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,676 words)

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

Twenty years after this famous pitch-correction technology beautifully modulated Cher’s voice in her hit song “Believe,” Auto-Tune has proven itself not a fad but a fixture. Where did it come from, and what does it do exactly?

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 38 minutes (9,619 words)

What the Rise of XXXTentacion Says About Being a Fan Today

Critic and reporter Stephen Kearse considers the tragic life and death of young rapper XXXTentacion, and the nature of fandom.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,727 words)

What I Learned Road-Tripping Across North America With One of Those Giant CD Binders

On a two-year road-trip, a couple let their trip memories affix themselves to music from their old CD collection. In the process, they discovered the value of this outdated digital medium ─ not records, not streaming services, but CDs ─ for a certain kind of deep listening.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,046 words)

A Thousand Feet Per Second: OK Computer’s Sublime Velocity

On the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer, Anwen Crawford writes an analysis of — and love letter to — the album that “manages to suspend time at the speed of sound.”

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Mar 22, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,070 words)

Natural Selection: How a New Age Hustler Sold the Sound of the World

When you hear the recorded sounds of bird song or lapping waves in your acupuncturist’s office, this is where it all started.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Nov 2, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,838 words)

What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now

Despite a renewed interest in vinyl, America’s independent record stores keep closing. Like a cockroach, one Columbus, Ohio record store will not die. What’s its secret?

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Aug 3, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,634 words)

The Story of The Equals, Britain’s First Interracial Rock Band

In the swinging 60s, Caribbean immigrants and born-and-bred Londoners came together to create a new pop-rock sound.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Jul 18, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,220 words)

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous

Pitchfork looks at the life and work of the late musician Mark Linkous.

Author: Max Blau
Source: Pitchfork
Published: Nov 4, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,652 words)

Playing House

A look at why a growing tide of musicians are moving their shows away from sweaty clubs and into cozy living rooms, and the cottage industry that has sprung up around the production of so-called house shows.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Mar 12, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,600 words)