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Sleep. It's both an oasis where our physical and mental batteries get recharged and a playground for the subconscious. It's also the subject of Max Richter's latest project, SLEEP, which inspired this video by Yulia Mahr.

Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

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British composer Max Richter spent about two years writing and recording a piece of music which, if it's successful, few people will hear in full. It's a composition called SLEEP and it runs eight hours long — the perfect length for a good night's rest. The full version of the piece will be released as a digital album Friday.

Yes, this is the Jonas Kaufmann Puccini album that Kaufmann wants you to hear. Last month the opera star took to his Facebook page to discourage fans from purchasing a competing Puccini release newly recycled by his former record company.

Maria Boynton

This week, WNIJ brings back NPR's "Three-Minute Fiction," which featured a noted author issuing a prompt to listeners to submit their own 500-600 word stories.  The author then selected the best stories which were read on the air.

New Orleans can proudly be called the birthplace of jazz, but the city has also been a cradle for classical music. Opera was heard there as early as 1796. And just a few decades later, in 1829, the city produced America's first musical superstar — Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing ChapStick around the dance floor.

"Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat," was the refrain of one song played all over the playa last year.

News about the stock market's ups and downs hardly comes as music to the ears — unless you happen to be experimental musician Jace Clayton.

Clayton, who also performs and records as DJ /rupture, is working on a new composition called Gbadu And The Moirai Index, which uses an algorithm to translate the market's movements into a piece for four voices. Each singer plays a mythological character — the Moirai are the three Greek goddesses of fate, and Gbadu is a dual-gendered West African fate deity.

Last weekend, thousands of uncommonly refined punks flooded the Estonian town of Rakvere to participate in the third Punk Song Festival (previous gatherings were held in 2008 and 2011).

Psychedelic Rockford

Aug 28, 2015
James Clucas

 

The first Rockford Psych Fest took place Friday, August 21st.  The event was organized by local musician, Josh Weidman.

The Young Minds perform at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

(Video credit: James Clucas)

Tundras performs at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

(Video credit: James Clucas)

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