Editorial: The science behind top 40 radio

Pop music can be hard to escape. You turn on the radio, you walk into a mall, it’s playing. As bad as it can be, it’s hard to deny. Even the music snobs in your life have probably danced to Iggy Azalea, or found themselves humming along to a One Direction song. Take, for example, Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989. It sold more than a million copies in its first week. (I may or may not have been one of the million). [...]

A yoga beat

Music may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about a yoga class, but for Connie McInnes, “music is everything.” “The reason that I find (music) so important in the classes is because it allows people another way to let go, another distraction,” she says. “And they can just become completely consumed in the music, in the energy that the music is bringing.” [...]

Your friendly neighbourhood recording studio

So you wanna be a rock superstar? Being a hit at open mic, week after week, is getting old; you’re ready to be discovered. But becoming a YouTube sensation like the Biebs isn’t happening and your hands are frostbitten from wintertime busking on Spring Garden Road. There are many places in Halifax to get you out of the basement and into a recording studio, some for the very low price of nothing. [...]

Q&A with Willie Stratton

Boarding Party’s album Deserter was nominated for an East Coast Music Award last week. The album is up against four others for the Rising Star Recording of the Year award. This is Willie Stratton’s third album – he has a self-titled solo record and an EP, The River – but his first with the Boarding Party. The East Coast Post caught up with Stratton in downtown Halifax. [...]

Phoenix Choir makes people ‘so very happy’

The only thing better than rocking out on a Saturday night is rocking out with a full choir and a big band ensemble. That’s exactly what happened when the Phoenix Community Choir teamed up with the Tuesday Night Band for a concert, appropriately titled “Rocking Out.” The two ensembles bopped, jived and rocked away two halves, covering everything from Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” [...]

Tuning into the perfect pitch

Marc Blouin, a recent graduate of the bachelor of music program at Dalhousie, felt like a celebrity in high school. “People would run up to me in the halls and sing a note and ask me what note it was,” he says. And Blouin would be able to name the note, every time. That’s because he has perfect pitch, a rare trait that enables an individual to identify any musical pitch by ear. [...]