All Songs Considered Blog
5:07 am
Sun July 8, 2012

The Shredder Behind '100 Guitar Licks' Speaks

Alex Chadwick, an employee of the Chicago Music Exchange, recorded a 12-minute video that chronicles the history of rock in one take and 100 songs.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:47 pm

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The Record
3:42 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Conquering Reverb: Behind The World's Oldest Sound Effect

Reverb is a natural phenomenon, but sound engineers have been finding artificial ways to reproduce it since the 1940s.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:33 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
3:42 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.
Uwe Arens Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:24 pm

Avi Avital is one of the world's leading classical mandolinists, gracing concert halls from Tel Aviv to Munich to New York. But the young Israeli says he discovered the mandolin only by coincidence.

"When I was a kid, I had a neighbor who played the mandolin — the neighbor from upstairs," Avital tells NPR's Guy Raz. "It was one of those buildings where all the doors are open and all the neighbors are friends and more close than relatives. It was like one big family.

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Author Interviews
1:03 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Remembering George Szell, Powerhouse Conductor

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 4:42 pm

Michael Charry was the "sorcerer's apprentice" to celebrated 20th-century conductor George Szell. For the last decade of Szell's tenure at the Cleveland Orchestra, Charry was an assistant conductor.

Now, Charry has captured the power of Szell's artistry — as well as his tempestuous personality — in a new biography called George Szell: A Life of Music.

Charry vividly recalls Szell testing him on how many notes he could find in a chord when he first auditioned for the job.

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4:53 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Live Friday: Calle 13, Ana Tijoux In Concert

Calle 13 was formed by stepbrothers Eduardo Jose Cabra Marti­nez, who calls himself Visitante, and Rene Perez Joglar, who calls himself Residente.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 1:33 pm

By the time Calle 13 hit the stage as part of the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn, the crowd was ready to explode. Prospect Park was packed from one end to another, with as many people left outside due to capacity limits. Puerto Rican flags waved in the air and expectations were high. As usual, the Caribbean rappers didn't disappoint.

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