June 30, 2022

Is Music Making us Hikikomori?

First – a definition: Hikikomori (from Japanese), also known as acute social withdrawal, is total withdrawal from society and seeking extreme degrees of social isolation and confinement. Hikikomori refers to both the phenomenon in general and the recluses themselves. Hikikomori have been described asloners or “moder-day hermits”. […]
May 30, 2022

Vangelis 1943 – 2022

I function as a channel through which music emerges from the chaos of noise Vangelis These words characterize the best one of the most important electronic musicians of the last five decades.
April 30, 2022

Fisherman’s Friends – The Movie

Very rarely happens to me, that I am willing to watch one movie more that once. In fact, I could count repeatedly watched movies just on fingers of my two hands. A very special position in such a list belongs to the movie Once Upon A […]
March 31, 2022

Music Is Like Transportation

I like analogies and recently the following one came to my mind:  What if we would consider music to be similar to cars and to moving around – like for transportation?  So here is the situation: – Everyone who learns the rules and gets tested for […]
February 28, 2022

The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance

There is a new book published just recently, in January 2022, that I believe is worth your attention. Especially if your interests include music psychology, performance science, musicology, and music education. Its title is The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance and the editor of the publication […]
January 31, 2022

Musicking Heals Loneliness

I was watching the YT video by my favourite globetrotter Eva zu Beck the other day, and her experiences from Iraq. At one point her guide Abo Haider, an old fisherman and peasant, starts singing and then explains his motivations: When I sing, I feel that […]
December 27, 2021

12 Most Interesting Music Books of 2021

The end of a year is usually the best time to evaluate results of the previous twelve months in many fields and areas. Here are twelve books that, for me, represent the best and/or the most interesting, what has been published on topics related to music. […]
November 30, 2021

CANADIANA by Canadian Brass

New album from the legendary Canadian brass quintet, playing their own renditions of famous Canadian authors. This is their 108th album on the 51st anniversary of the group. Here is a collection of songs from famous Canadian authors like Joni Mitchell, Rush, k.d. lang, Bruce Cockburn, […]
October 31, 2021

Be Musical or Be Musician?

Recently, at the ‘Neighbourhood Chilli Cooking Competition’ our kids had a chance to present their musical achievements. They showed how accomplished both of them are. Victoria, who just turned 13,  played a violin concertino, while Martin (8) played an ‘ad-lib’ improvisation based on his previous practicing. […]
September 30, 2021

Musicking Can Compete With A Gym

Playing a music instrument has become an activity mostly done by kids or professionals. It is like bringing kids to a playground and watching them play while sitting comfortably on a nearby bench. We know that kids need some activity and so we are willing to […]
August 31, 2021

Strange or Outsider Music – Which Do You Prefer?

Two new information popped up recently from my readings, that may seem to be quite similar. When you think about the meaning of these two words – ‘strange’ and ‘outsider’ – wouldn’t their meaning be rather close?  In my understanding, if someone is an outsider, it […]
July 30, 2021

50 Years Fireball by Deep Purple

It was in 1972, in the country that doesn’t exist anymore, called Czechoslovakia. In the town where I was living, the communist regime allowed to build and open a new department store, as a part of a larger chain called ‘PRIOR ’. As was common in […]
June 30, 2021

Is MIDI 2.0 As Revolutionary As Its Predecessor?

It was year 1983 and after a lot of deliberations and persuasion, my parents relented and agreed to speak with the uncle living in the West Germany, about a possibility to purchase and send me a new keyboard synthesizer. This was not an easy task. Especially […]
May 31, 2021

Online Music Grows and Learns from Adult Channels.

New technological developments on one side and challenges of the current pandemics on the other side, force everyone to adapt to be able to survive. That includes the music industry.  Over twenty years ago, the music industry was terrified by the internet and its capabilities to […]
April 30, 2021

Sachetization of music. Are you ready?

Sa-che-ti-za-tion. Have you heard this term before? Because for me it is completely new. Not that I don’t know what ‘a sachet’ means. But how does it relate to music? My Google search for the word ‘sachetization’ returned only 2,100 results. So it is quite new, […]
March 31, 2021

Help End COVID-19. Donate Your Voice.

Today, while listening to the radio, I heard this very interesting news. There is a Canadian company working on a project, that will allow identify people who have COVID-19, from their voice. Simply using their phone. The way how it works is, that the software analyzes […]
March 31, 2021

How Music Impacts Your Mental Health

Music and Mental Health. How do they work together? Does music have a positive or a negative impact on humans’ Mental Health?
February 25, 2021

Why Some Music Teachers Are ‘Killing’ Music

Why are some music teachers and musicians ‘killing’ music for others? Their students? This question popped in my mind recently, when we were trying to find a new music teacher for our children. I have decided to describe this experience, because I am sure this happens […]
February 23, 2021

Chick Corea 1941 – 2021

The year was 1976 and my cousin, by some ubelievable stroke of good luck, managed to get from abroad a bunch of new vinyl LPs. It was a true miracle for us! We were growing up in the former Czechoslovakia, where the access to the western […]
January 11, 2021

4 Musicking Habits To Make Your Life in 2021 Better

Do you start a New Year with a new set of resolutions? Here are 4 musicking habits, that can improve your life in 2021
December 29, 2020

How Music Helps My Family Thrive Through Lockdowns

This era of the global pandemics is not easy for anyone. Still, if there is one common pleasure, or an activity, that can make it more bearable without any ‘side-effects’, it is music. For my family, music plays a very important role. I dare to say, […]
November 30, 2020

Simple Gift Ideas For Musicking

Christmas is upon us and if you are still missing few gifts for your loved ones, or you are completely clueless about what to buy, here are some ideas that could inspire you.  Our recommendations are for simple Christmas gifts that don’t break the bank, but […]
October 30, 2020

You Can’t Save Time – You Can Spend Time Right

This is an idea I got while watching YouTube and really liked it, because it can very well relate to music and the broad benefits of musicking.  Don’t know about you, but not always I am happy about my own productivity. As the internet is full […]
September 30, 2020

Is The Music Melody Dead?

I keep chuckle on the following picture.  Let’s imagine there is this situation in the future – some 70 years from now: a music therapist meets with a new client, who is an old lady with dementia. She doesn’t know much about the world around her, […]
August 31, 2020

11,000 Complaining Composers or – A Storm In A Teacup

What happens when 11,000 (yes, eleven thousands!) music composers participate in a competition to write a music score for a scene from the HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld. When in May 2020 the successful producer of audio libraries Spitfire Audio announced a music composing competition, I am […]
July 7, 2020

Ennio Morricone 10/11/1928 – 6/7/2020

Yesterday was a beautiful, hot summer day. Normally, the media would suffer from a summer slow-down, trying to pick anything to fill the time. Not this year though. In spite of the deluge of the negative corona virus related news, one other sad message toppled them […]
June 17, 2020

Make Music Day 2020

June 21st  has a special meaning in the human history for thousands years. People used to gather and celebrate the longest day of a year and the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. To strengthen the importance of this particular day, various other celebrations and […]
May 31, 2020

BBC Symphony Orchestra For Every Family!

As I had been researching information for my previous blogpost about bedroom orchestrators, I couldn’t avoid watching videos from Christian Henson. He is an award-winning film composer and one of the founders of Spitfire Audio – the company behind one of the most popular orchestral libraries […]
April 30, 2020

How Orchestral Samples Trigger Endless Tension in the Epic Music

What could be the opposite from the very basic music making, that Musicably promotes? I don’t mean an absolute professional music virtuoso, although that would be one of the possibilities. But if we want to stay in the non-professional area. What would be the opposite to […]
March 31, 2020

Musicking In The Time Of Pandemic

I am sitting at home, locked down with my family, like hundreds millions people all over the world. Raging pandemic is destroying lives and inflicting serious injuries on the most of the world’s societies and economies. In this situation one of the best tools helping suffering […]