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The mysteries of music—and the key of data

The mysteries of music—and the key of data

March 6, 2017

Researchers at the University are at the cutting edge of the intersection of data science and music: developing databases to study music history, and creating algorithms to automatically identify a genre or singer.

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Take it easy: a celebration of country rock

Take it easy: a celebration of country rock

October 18, 2016

Celebrating a style of music that dominated the 1970s, the University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music features an evening of country rock as part of its “In Performance” concert series.

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The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

October 7, 2016

John Covach talks with Nick Bruno in the studio about the Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premiere episode of UR Quad-Cast.

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Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

September 9, 2016

In 1967, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and remain the only band with four No. 1 albums in a 12-month period. “Their music stands up,” says John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

March 9, 2016

“It used to be in the U.S. and the U.K. that a producer was basically a salaried employee whose job it was to make sure the company’s studio time was being used wisely,” said John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York, who teaches an online course about the Beatles.

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An artist who wouldn’t let himself be penned in

An artist who wouldn’t let himself be penned in

January 11, 2016

The important difference in Bowie’s approach was that most new albums often brought with them a fresh persona — and also a change of musical style as well.

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The story behind David Bowie’s name change

The story behind David Bowie’s name change

January 11, 2016

It was a relatively normal practice at the time to take on a stage name, but Bowie took that tradition one step further: David Bowie wasn’t just a pseudonym.

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An Emmy for your thoughts: behind a big campus music gift by this alumni couple

An Emmy for your thoughts: behind a big campus music gift by this alumni couple

October 7, 2015

University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music recently received a $2 million gift by alumni couple Jeff and Joan Beal to launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.

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Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

November 13, 2014

These streaming sites pay nano-pennies to musicians, John Covach, popular music historian director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York and popular music historian, told the Monitor. Covach pointed to a recent blog post from a consortium of bands whose music is being streamed in which said they report royalties between $36 and $58 per month.

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