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This is possibly the most fun anyone could have in the music world at the end of 2102: Beck’s new album Song Reader will be released as sheet music only.

It’s ironic that I read this news (in a tweet from Ben Goldacre) in the middle of researching and writing about  about the relationship between performing, listening, notation, the recording industry, the origins of the concept of the composer, and so on.  In the light of all that, this is a wonderfully provocative and political act that challenges assumptions,  conventions and behaviours on countless levels.

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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist