A man was sentenced to 20 hours of Beethoven after being caught for playing rap music too loud, as an alternative to a full fine. He only lasted 15 minutes before leaving.
Liquindi, or Pygmy water drumming, is practiced by the Baka Forest People of central Africa. Tones are produced by trapping air in one’s hands and hitting the surface of the water, to create percussive musical rhythms.
Classical and heavy metal music attract listeners with similar personalities but dissimilar ages. Younger people of the personality type like metal, older counterparts like classical. Both share their motivation: to hear something dramatic and theatrical, a “love of the grandiose.”
Mexican-American composer, Conlon Nancarrow, made pieces of music for player pianos with abnormal time signatures usually consisting of square root values and pi like 1/√π/√⅔.
At the beginning of the song Roxane by The Police, during the intro, you can hear a strange piano chord, then Sting laughing. In fact, during the voice recording, Sting accidentally sat on the piano just behind him. They decided to keep this on the final mix.
In 1996 ASCAP threatened Girl Scouts of America for singing campfire songs without paying licensing fees.
People are making music with broken plumbing.
The song “Mambo No. 5″ was initially chosen for 2000’s Democratic National Convention, but this idea was scrapped due to the line “A little bit of Monica in my life.”
When his boat sank off the Jamaican coast, Chris Blackwell – the producer who first discovered Bob Marley – was found near-death by some Rasta fishermen. They nursed him back to full health, forming a bond with their culture that became the basis for his famous investment in the island’s music.
Keith Richards heard the riff to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in a dream. He woke up, played the riff on a tape recorder and mumbled “I can’t get no satisfaction” and went back to sleep.
A man developed a passionate love for the music of Johnny Cash after being implanted with a brain stimulation device.
According to a study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy the song Weightless by Marconi Union is the most relaxing song ever.
Britney Spears’ music is used by the British Navy to scare off Somali pirates.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon earnings were invested in a floating restaurant, a fudge-making hotel, a computer game, a film nobody saw, a skateboard company, a car hire business, and a children’s shoe factory. All complete failures. They fled to France as tax exiles and recorded The Wall.