New projects by Google and Sony use machine-learning technology to create music that essentially writes itself. Should we be scared—or excited?
Turn your ear a certain way, and you can hear her everywhere.
Chaos isn't the absence of a pattern; it's a pattern too complex to discern. Jayson Greene talks with some of Young Thug’s closest collaborators in an effort to figure out the secrets of his mercurial style.
Looking beyond lyrics, why is the overall sound of a song like Ariana Grande's "Break Free" so good at turning off our brains, while something like Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" is more conducive to contemplation? Jayson Greene investigates.
Questions about music's effect on the brain have stumped scientists for years, and "common knowledge" in this area can be riddled with rumors. Jayson Greene tries to separate fact from fiction.
With Elton John's 1973 opus Goodbye Yellow Brick Road getting an expanded reissue this week, Jayson Greene looks back on the gloriously haunting title track, decoding the musical secrets it employs to evoke endless surprise and obsession.
Jayson Greene discusses how the loops and mantras of rap trigger obsessive listening—a phenomenon currently typified by Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy crew—in his latest column.
For writer Jayson Greene, seemingly disparate styles of music—from classical to soul to hip-hop and beyond—are linked in mysterious and powerful ways. It's all about finding the right connectors—like Philly Soul architect Thom Bell.
Jayson Greene on his struggle with an idiosyncratic, anxiety-based condition called psychomotor agitation-- which causes involuntary physical tics-- and how it affects his relationship with music on a daily basis.
Whereas Kanye West once used soul to add uplift to his music, Yeezus has the rapper/producer employing his signature samples to more sinister effect. Jayson Greene breaks down this confrontational about-face in his latest column.
Jayson Greene on the current sound of street-rap production-- popularized by beatmakers including Metro Boomin' (Future) and Young Chop (Chief Keef)-- which flips Lex Luger's minor-key formula into something lighter and more playful.