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Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.

Listen Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

November 15, 2012 – Ambient music composer William Basinski's masterpiece is the sound of audio tapes falling apart.

Adrian Sherwood's latest album, Survival and Resistance, was released on Sherwood's own On-U Sound label in August.

Watch Adrian Sherwood: Dub Without Borders

September 19, 2012 – The British producer has been obsessed with Jamaican dub music since he was a teenager in the '70s.

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The Pet Shop Boys' new album is called Elysium.

Read Pet Shop Boys Leave 'West End' To Explore 'Elysium'

September 9, 2012 – The synth-pop duo has sold 100 million records since forming in 1981. Elysium is their 11th album.

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Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments.

Watch Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

August 28, 2012 – He is one of the few pop electronic dance musicians also consistently described as a composer.

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Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.

Read The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

August 12, 2012 – The duo discusses its new LP and producer Johan Karlberg's shelved dream job: wildlife photographer.

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A fan of soul and disco, Nemiah Mitchell, Jr. (left) let the taste of his son, Vince Lawrence, shape the output of his record labels Mitchbal and Chicago Connection.

Listen This Old Chicago House: EDM's Family Roots

June 29, 2012 – A new box set tells the story of how a father and son helped launch Chicago's house music scene.

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Orbital is, from left to right, Paul and Phil Hartnoll.

Watch Orbital: The '90s Revival Is On (And On)

April 18, 2012 – Half the British dance-music duo on their new songs and the last time sounding old school was cool.

Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines.

Read Tanlines: Grown-Up Problems, With A Beat

March 19, 2012 – On its danceable debut, the Brooklyn duo reasons that growing older can mean accepting uncertainty.

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Suzanne Ciani's new retrospective album, Lixiviation 1969-1985, presents long-form works alongside her many commercial projects.

Read Suzanne Ciani, Trailblazing Synth Musician, Looks Back

March 4, 2012 – The pioneering creator of electronic film scores, jingles and sound effects discusses her career.

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Cut Hands' William Bennett uses traditional Ghanaian and Haitian percussion to create ecstatic dance music that's at once primal and futuristic.

Read Wriggle Like An Eel: The Primal 'Afro Noise' Of Cut Hands

March 2, 2012 – William Bennett uses African percussion to create dance music that's both primal and futuristic.

Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel pose at a January screening of Le Voyage Dans La Lune at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Watch Air: Scoring A Cinematic Marvel, 100 Years Later

January 29, 2012 – The duo wrote original music for a sparkling new restoration of the iconic Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

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Cut Copy

Read Cut Copy: Wine Bottles And Electronic Beats

December 29, 2011 – Cut Copy's Dan Whitford says he isn't afraid to take inspiration directly from music he loves.

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Damon Albarn.

Read Damon Albarn Captures The Sounds Of Congo

October 13, 2011 – For the album Kinshasa One Two, the Gorillaz leader spent a week in Congo recording local musicians.

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The Oramics machine is the creation of Daphne Oram, the first director of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop and a central figure in the evolution of electronic music.

Read A Relic From The Roots Of Electronic Music

October 9, 2011 – The Oramics machine, a contraption dating to the 1950s, is an ancestor of the synthesizer.

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Eric Hilton and Rob Garza have been recording and performing as Thievery Corporation since the mid-1990s. Their newest album is called Culture of Fear.

Read Thievery Corporation: Power Of Two

August 21, 2011 – D.C.'s lounge kings discuss their new album, Culture of Fear, and the benefits of working as a duo.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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