The Classical Series, vol. 3: Classical Sampling and Influences in Rock and Metal Music

At first, it may seem a bit difficult to find a link between the “harshness” of rock and metal music and the stereotypical “soothing” sounds of classical music - yet the similarity could not have been any more prominent, with the presence of classical sampling in many rock songs, the emergence of neo-classical metal bands, and guitar solos and riffs that somewhat imitate symphonies.

Playlist: Neo-Psychedelia Picks

Neo psychedelia is a variety-filled subgenre of psychedelic music that originated in the 1970s as an outgrowth of the British post-punk scene - which still exists until today with the fame of acts such as Tame Impala, Pond, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. In this article, contributor Dinda Az’ara Putri has curated a neo-psychedelia playlist for you to enjoy.

Sampling in Hip Hop Culture

Have you ever listened to a new Hip Hop hit and got the feeling that there is something familiar, that you have listened to it before although it was released just last night? The chance is you actually know the song that is used as a sample on this new song, yet the tweaks that have been done to the sample might left you thinking. This leads us to the next question. What is sampling, actually?

The (Computer) Science Behind Your Music App’s Shuffle Algorithm

In this general music knowledge article, contributor Patricia Kusumaningtyas will take you into a world where you are a software engineering in a music streaming company tasked to create the perfect shuffle algorithm. You will realize that a simple random shuffle wouldn’t cut it, and you have to create a “smart” shuffle in order to make your music shuffling algorithm as even as possible.