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For “Dune,” Hans Zimmer wanted to conjure sounds that nobody had ever heard before. “I felt like there was a freedom to get away from a Western orchestra,” he said. “I can spend days making up sounds.” nyti.ms/2ZfzITg
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“There’s a really beautiful concept in te ao Maori, that of kaitiakitanga,” Lorde wrote. “It refers to an understanding that people and environment are interconnected and dependent on each other’s care to thrive.” nyti.ms/3lNCF5D
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Adam Granduciel has been thinking about how to balance the obligations of parenting with the demands of making records and touring. His son Bruce’s car seat was visible in the Zoom frame as his father wondered aloud, “What am I going to pass down?” nyti.ms/3FUWnEK
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During a period in which rock has shifted toward the margins of popular music, the War on Drugs has reached heights with meticulously crafted, guitar-forward songs, over time trading their textural, rootsy soundscapes for something more structured. nyti.ms/3FUWnEK
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“I find him really good at finding the ‘nerve’” of a song, Tove Lo said. He’s “not so focused on the format, but what feeling you want to feel next in the song. He’s also not afraid to go somewhere unexpected without losing the sentiment of it all.” nyti.ms/3p7U3EA
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Dame Hinewehi Mohi assembled “Waiata/Anthems,” an album of English tracks performed in Maori that includes a translation of Benee’s “Soaked” and Kings’s “Don’t Worry ’Bout It.” This year, a second installment of the project arrived. nyti.ms/3lNCF5D
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When the composer Hans Zimmer was approached to score “Dune,” the new movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel, he knew one thing absolutely: It would not sound like “Star Wars.” nyti.ms/2ZfzITg
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He burst on the scene in 1987 with the 43-minute-long biopic “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” which was cast with dolls. In 2007 he made “I’m Not There,” with six actors, including Cate Blanchett, playing Bob Dylan, or at least versions of Dylan. nyti.ms/3AM1T8P
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In its sixth week out, “Certified Lover Boy” had the equivalent of 94,000 sales in the United States. Virtually all of that number is attributed to streaming, with nearly 126 million clicks online. nyti.ms/2XmaGka
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Recordings from a 1965 John Coltrane live set featuring “A Love Supreme” languished in the Seattle bandleader Joe Brazil’s basement for years. Now they’re being released as a full album. nyti.ms/3aSFw7g
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“Queens,” a prime-time musical drama, centers on four estranged women in their 40s who reunite hoping to recapture the glory they had as the Nasty Bitches, a fictional ’90s hip-hop group. nyti.ms/3vpXcjW
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Meet the new owners of the Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”: a collective called PleasrDAO who paid $4 million in a complex deal involving cryptocurrency. nyti.ms/3aUFfk7
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“I know the world has always been in some kind of constant conflict and flux,” Roberto Carlos Lange, who records as Helado Negro, said. “But it feels even heavier now.” nyti.ms/30OHHXT
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