Music Appreciation Week

Latest Music Appreciation Week
1 week ago
Music cannot exist in a vacuum. I’m not just talking about the laws of physics here (those actually do prohibit sound from traveling across a literal vacuum). I’m talking about influence: Technological advances throughout the years have had a palpable effect on the music we hear. In this article, we’ll list eight pieces of gear that have undeniably changed music. 1. The Edison Phonograph First…
1 month ago
With more and more companies offering CD-quality streams, hi-res tiers, and lossless audio options, the temptation to reserve a bit more of the paycheck for pleasurable listening is greater than ever. Apple, Amazon, Tidal, Quboz, Deezer, and others have concluded that giving music lovers extra fidelity is a worthwhile endeavor, a move that is generally applauded by industry professionals and “…
1 year ago
In June 2021, Apple revealed two exciting developments for music lovers: Apple Lossless and Apple Spatial Audio, each on offer for Apple Music, and each available now—provided you have the right hardware and the right OS. What does this mean for you, the consumer? Let’s take a look. Apple Lossless We need to begin by defining “lossless” and “lossy.” I’ll use a mnemonic device to make it simple: A…
1 year ago
Like many people, music is the lifeblood of my day. Whether I’m waking up, working out, riding the subway to work, or just taking a stroll, everything is better when there’s a soundtrack. To celebrate my love of music, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite portable audio players. With each device, I’ve included a song recommendation, just a handful of personal favorites I’ve been…
1 year ago
For me, playing guitar has always been a way to share an afternoon or evening with others, expressly devoid of politics or religion, conversational topics I avoid for political and religious reasons. Music is a common language that is its own form of communication, so in the spring of 2001, I joined an online discussion forum, sponsored by an industry magazine. I was thrilled by the idea of…
1 year ago
It happens so easily and innocently. One day, you’re laughing at a party while tunes pump through a Bluetooth speaker at the back of a room. The next thing you know, you’ve dedicated an entire room as a temple for the purest, uncompromising audio fidelity, where you sit motionless in a state of emotional euphoria as your favorite songs fill your ears with the vibrant sounds their creators so…
1 year ago
Ideas born from a place of passion have an undeniable life about them, and you can feel it when you are in their presence. The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut, located in a ubiquitous brick building, in Windsor, Connecticut, is one of those places. As part of Music Appreciation Week, we thought it would be a good idea to visit the…
1 year ago
On the B&H Photography Podcast, we’ve hosted several incredible music and concert photographers to talk about their craft and share stories of their iconic photos, of David Bowie, The Beatles, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, KISS, Johnny Cash, and many other influential musicians. Within these conversations are also insights to improve…
1 year ago
Finding the right plectrum, as it was originally called (and still is in the UK), is a very personal endeavor. The genre of music you play, as well as your individual playing style, are both factors to consider when selecting your pick. And, I would be remiss not to mention the most important criterion of all, which would be the…
1 year ago
As we slowly return to photographing live music events, it is an important moment to take into consideration aspects of that job that fall outside simple gear and technique concerns. I am talking about health and safety, and I doubt that there are any concert photographers who do not view that aspect of the work in a new light since 2020. We know how severe an impact the live music business has…
1 year ago
If you are a singer/songwriter/musician who has been itching to get back out in public to perform in the warm weather, the most flexible solution for busking in public spaces is a battery-powered guitar amplifier that will provide hours of dependable play time and can handle the kind of punishment the street can dish out.…