5 Amazing Classical Music Flash Mobs

When apparently random members of a crowd come out of the woodwork to present a rehearsed performance, you have a flash mob! And with the increasing popularity of online video viewing, flash mobs are not only fun for the crowd who gets to see an unexpected live performance, but for internet users around the world as well. While almost any type of performance can be presented by a flash mob, some of the most popular

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Music and Data Visualization, part 3

With our Voyager: Interstellar Music and Science event coming up on April 26, we’re celebrating music and science all month long! And what better way to do so than with another music and data visualization/sonification post? Below are four fascinating science-based visualizations and sonifications that utilize classical music in incredible ways. So cool! 1. NeuroKnitting Jenn came across this fantastic video awhile back. Brainwave activity of a person listening to a selection from Bach’s Goldberg

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Marches Madness 2014!

March is here! In Salon97land that means it’s time for … Marches Madness! Throughout the month we are sharing an eclectic selection of marches across our social media channels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Tumblr to be a part of the fun! We’re also compiling a Marches Madness playlist on Rdio as we go along. Do you have a favorite march? Let us know and we’ll add it to the mix!

Music and Data Visualization, part 2

We’re back by popular demand with more music and data visualization! From an aural portrayal of climate change to classical masterpieces depicted with bar graphs, this latest selection of music and data is full of creativity and beauty. 1. Classical Masterworks as Bar Graphs We shared one of these with you last year as part of our blog post celebrating Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring‘s 100th birthday. Time for more! Via Musanim’s YouTube channel, watch a

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Music and Data Visualization, part 1

From musical discovery (classical and beyond!) to consuming various other forms of arts and culture, to reading articles and books on virtually any topic under the sun, we’ll devour just about anything you send our way. So, it’s little surprise that we love infographics. It’s even less surprising that we love, LOVE seeing data visualized through and about music. What could be cooler than that?! Luckily for web surfers the world over, there is a

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A Bear Sits at a Piano.
How Would You Caption This?

We posted this curious photo on our Facebook Page awhile back and asked the Salon97 community what their captions would be: Gosh, you guys are creative. And funny! Here are our bear/piano photo captions: Lauren: “He preferred to play Bearoque music, but he was stuck thumping out Disney tunes for the tourists.” and “Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear, fuzzy wuzzy sat on a chair, fuzzy wuzzy liked to play Leclaire.” Jonathan: “Sing Us a Song,

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The Conductor by Jacqueline Berger

Writers almanac recently featured a poem about an elderly conductor. A brief snapshot of many things we don’t typically think about when attending a concert. The Conductor by Jacqueline Berger There’s no mention, of course, in the program that the conductor has Parkinson’s. He enters the stage, stands for a moment facing the audience, his hands by his sides, tapping air. Then he holds them together, an act of gratitude —we are gathered, we can

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Music to Read By: A Playlist to Accompany Mary Roach’s PACKING FOR MARS

The article below was originally published as a Salon97 guest post for BookRiot.The fabulous folks at BookRiot run a wonderful website that brings out the “cool” in all things books and reading. Check them out! And now for the playlist… Occasionally I come across a book that simply begs to be enjoyed along with a playlist. I have a field day with such projects. In actuality, I generate a lot of playlists—at least one per

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The Michigan Theater’s Barton Organ

I took my first trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan in October of last year. One of the highlights of the trip was walking into the famed Michigan Theater at 10:00 a.m. sometime in the middle of the week and being invited by the manager on duty to take a look around. Not only did we look around, but this lovely mid-western fellow invited us to visit the theater’s Barton Organ. And sit at it. AND

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