The Handwritten Blueprint For A Musical Masterpiece

Before music becomes music—before it's played by musicians—it's just ink on a page. Some compositions require a great deal of ink and a lot of pages, hundreds of carefully-drawn notes bound into massive tomes of score-paper. And yet it's worth remembering that some of the greatest compositions of all time were born of… » 9/23/13 10:30pm 9/23/13 10:30pm

A Listener's Guide to the Music of Kids on the Slope

And so with one last musical interlude, Shinichirō Watanabe's marvelous anime Kids on the Slope » 7/05/12 8:00pm 7/05/12 8:00pm concluded its 12-episode run. was something truly special—a nostalgic, dream-like tribute to friendship, love, and the mysterious power of music.

From The Creators of Cowboy Bebop, a Dreamlike Ode to Youth, Love and…

I was a band kid in high school. (This is probably not a surprise to readers of Kotaku Melodic » 5/31/12 8:00pm 5/31/12 8:00pm.) I tried on a lot of hats in middle school—I tried being an athlete, tried being a brain, tried being involved in student government. But it was in the jazz band that I found a home.

Growing the Jazz Audience 'Can't Be Done.' Maybe That's Okay?

Look, I'm under no illusions about jazz music's unpopularity. I grew up playing jazz, went to school to study jazz, made a living as a jazz musician for a while out of school. Jazz is beautiful, jazz is the best. And people, by and large, don't care about it at all.

Here at Kotaku Melodic, I'll write about jazz… » 5/24/12 8:30pm 5/24/12 8:30pm

Super Meat Boy Blowing a Hadoken Through a Saxophone!

Did that headline get your attention? Good, because you should go and read this super-cool piece by Kill Screen's Lana Polansky about mechanics, practice, saxophone, jazz, and Street Fighter. (It also features the amazing illustration above, drawn by Daniel Purvis.) » 12/20/11 9:30pm 12/20/11 9:30pm

First Transformers: War For Cybertron DLC Contains All Three Preorder…

Folks who spent up to $100 for War for Cybertron preorder codes on eBay are going to kick themselves, as a listing on the Xbox website for the game's first map pack indicates that all three preorder characters are included. » 7/02/10 1:20pm 7/02/10 1:20pm