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Jay Z Tackles The Music Video As a Cinematic Masterpiece

Jay Z’s new music video opens on a very familiar set…“Friends”? But where’s the music? Where’s Jay Z? This might be what you’re thinking as you watch the short film “Moonlight,” part of a series of new music videos for Jay Z’s most recent album, “4:44.” In them, Jay Z diverges from the usual music

Hans Zimmer in NYC: A Creative Take on Live Cinematic Orchestra

For decades, Hans Zimmer spent most of his time hunched over in a dark, windowless room.         One of Hollywood’s most prolific and highly esteemed film composers, the Oscar-winning 59-year-old has arranged the iconic soundtracks for some 133 movies—from cinema staples, such as “The Lion King” (1994) and “Rain Man” (1988), to more recent box

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Fitter, Happier, More Innovative… The Legacy of Radiohead’s “OK Computer”

Albums such as Radiohead’s landmark “OK Computer” (1997), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this May, are released only once in a generation. “OK Computer” challenged listeners to consider popular music not merely as a form of entertainment, but more importantly as a culturally relevant medium of art and philosophy. Its most definitive aspect is its

It’s Not Death Metal, I Promise

When battles happen in movies, you usually expect an appropriate score to match. No important scene would be complete without exciting battle music. While this same music might bleed into other dramatic scenes and trailers, one has to admit that it’s rare to find such music outside the setting of movies, TV shows, and video

The Hamilton Mixtape: Odes to Diversity

On December 2, 2016, the eagerly awaited “Hamilton Mixtape” was finally released, after weeks of teaser songs and anticipation. Yet, even before the release, the Mixtape divided Hamilton fans. Many were all for the Mixtape, anxiously prepared for its debut. But others were hesitant about the idea, concerned about it not living up to the

Childish Gambino Revives the 1970’s in “Awaken, My Love!”

Even if you aren’t familiar with Donald Glover as a musician, you probably know him from something else. Glover, who makes music under the name Childish Gambino (which he got from the infamous Wu-Tang Name Generator as a joke), is a little bit of everything. Along with being a musician, he is a stand-up comic,

Alicia Keys Art

Unadorned and Unembellished: Alicia Keys’s New Style

It is the hub of modern civilization. A holy place where, every year, people from across the nation gather together as millions more watch from the comfort of their homes. A veritable mecca for people of all races, genders, and sexualities that have one thing in common: an unusual appreciation for music videos. Year after