Words on Wednesday, and this week's word is: Chanterelle! No, nothing to do with mushrooms: it's a technical name for an instrument's highest-pitched string. Theoretically it can apply to any stringed instrument, but it's used mostly with the violin, lute and 5-string banjo. The word means 'the one who sings'; it's believed that it was first used to refer to the top strings of the hurdy gurdy (a folk instrument which uses a wheel turning inside the instrument as a sort of circular bow which rubs against the strings to produce its music). Only the top strings on a hurdy gurdy can play tunes; the lower strings can't change their pitch, they just play a constant drone. On a violin, it's the E string which is the chanterelle: just half a millimetre thick (you can see how slender it is in this picture), and usually made of pure metal wire – sometimes gold plated – whereas the other strings mostly have a core of gut or nylon which has metal wound around it. Ironically, though it's the "chanterelle", the E string can play much higher than any human voice can sing!
Rihanna made her annual appearance at the Crop Over Festival (casually known as Carnival) on Monday in her native Barbados and, yes, there is visual evidence of her splendor and, yes, it is time to bend the knee. 💥⚡️🔥 via @jezebel
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Remembering Peter Sculthorpe who sadly passed away three years ago on this day. Thankfully we still have his beautiful music which evokes such an distinctive musical landscape of the Australian landscape and indigenous culture. Here's Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, talking to ABC Classics about working with Peter on his concerto 'Island Songs'.
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Out Now! Our "Born to be Famous" compilation starring Orange Soul, Janey Quinn, Ali Muhareb, Shesaid, Dubvocaliza, Steph Sweet and Andre Mcdonald Carrying the DNA of bands like Last Exit, Electric Light Orchestra, and Van der Graaf Generator, the artists fuse alluring pop, expansive arrangements, and remote iconography with unexpected (and some times disruptive) audio experiments. The captivating forms that result don’t break conventions but are none-the-less magnetic. A truly curious and unusual mix. check it out at http://www.factoryfastrecords.com/born-to-be-famous
Born on this day - 7th August: Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946). "Bantock evolved his mature style at the turn of the century, and his most successful music was largely written in the first decade of the twentieth century. This included a succession of large-scale orchestral, and vocal and orchestral scores on exotic subjects, such as the song cycle Sappho, six tone poems including The Witch of Atlas, Dante and Beatrice and Fifine at the Fair, all crowned by his enormous setting of the whole of Edward Fitzgerald’s Omar Khayyám, which runs for just under three hours. Later there came other big choral works including his two-and-a-half-hour setting of The Song of Songs and orchestral music such as the Hebridean and Pagan symphonies. He wrote to the end, though latterly in an idiom then regarded by commentators as increasingly out of date. Viewed from a perspective of over fifty years this is no longer a bar to the proper appreciation of Bantock’s vivid and colourful art." © Lewis Foreman To sample some of Bantock's great works on Hyperion, click here: https://goo.gl/qiPtvr
To celebrate the release of their new EP, Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence dropped by the ABC Music office for a special live performance of their latest single ‘Our Backyard’. Check out it below, listen to the full EP here: ABCMusic.lnk.to/OurBackyard