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Maryanne Amacher, an artist and composer, is one of the women featured in the new documentary Sisters with Transistors. CREDIT: Peggy Weil/Courtesy of the artist

‘Sisters With Transistors’ Highlights Pioneers Of Electronic Music

In the 1920s, the Russian physicist Leon Theremin debuted an electronic instrument that could be played without any physical contact. Players stood in front of a box and waved their hands over antennas, summoning otherworldly sounds seemingly from thin air. The theremin might have been regarded as a passing novelty if not for the late Clara Rockmore, a virtuoso who helped to refine the instrument’s design, and wowed concert hall audiences with her performances. Continue Reading ‘Sisters With Transistors’ Highlights Pioneers Of Electronic Music

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Picture of Woody Guthrie performing

Confronting The Blind Spot In The Great American Protest Song ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has long been offered as an “alternative national anthem,” performed by musicians from Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger to Chicano Batman and Sharon Jones. Its message seems fairly simple — we are all equally entitled to the rights of this country, including the land we stand on. But Native Americans will just as soon point out that the core of the song, that “this land was made for you and me,” is a wholly colonialist message. Continue Reading Confronting The Blind Spot In The Great American Protest Song ‘This Land Is Your Land’

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