Mark Foley

Music commentator

Mark Foley is Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Electric Bass, and Principal Double Bass in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

He has been a featured soloist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival, the Binghamton Symphony, the Minnesota Opera and also performs extensively as a jazz artist.

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9:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Musical Space: The Value of Wu-Tang Clan’s New Album

    

Rap super-group Wu-Tang Clan have come up with a bold new marketing plan for their latest album, and it’s a doozey.

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5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Musical Space: Record Store Day Is All About The Deep Find

Record Store Day takes place on Saturday, April 19.
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April 19th is Record Store Day—an international celebration of vinyl records that caters to rabid fans and rabid collectors alike. The first Record Store Day was in 2007 and came with a hitch in the age of online shopping: The releases were only available at independent stores and you had to physically go to the store to get the records you wanted—if your store received those releases in your shipment.

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5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Musical Space: Music Videos Can Be More Than About Watching

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Its always bothered me how listening to music can be a very passive and linear experience. Lately I’ve been checking out some interactive music videos; these might help solve the problem. Interactive Music Videos are software-driven, using input from the listener to determine the course of the images.

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5:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Musical Space: When Are You Supposed To Clap?

As much as I love classical music, there’s one thing that bothers me about going to a symphony concert; it’s that awkward moment when the music stops and people don’t know if they should clap. Symphonies and sonatas are divided into movements; the question is whether there should be applause after each movement, or only after the whole piece.

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12:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Musical Space: How One Corporation Supports Music

The Red Bull Music Academy is a two-week long festival of New Music that happens every Fall. There are a lot of great music festivals around the world, but this one is interesting to me because it represents how arts patronage can work in the digital age.

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5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Musical Space: Slide Guitar Is An American Tradition

The idea of sliding something against the strings of a guitar is as American as pecan pie.

the lonesome cry of the slide guitar is a distinctive part of our musical heritage.

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5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Musical Space: The Joy Of Skweee

The goal of skweee seems to be the use of the most synthetic sounds possible to make music that is still funky and soulful.
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Here’s something that’s caught my ear recently: Skweee (that’s S-K-W-E-E-E), which started in Finland and Sweden a little over 10 years ago. The goal of skweee seems to be the use of the most synthetic sounds possible to make music that is still funky and soulful. It is a downtempo style - much slower than Electro House or Drum and Bass. The digital drum parts are lifted from funk and R & B, the melodies, chords and basslines tend to sound like they came from the cheapest synthesizers available.

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10:14 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Musical Space: Phoneland

The song you are hearing is made entirely from music produced on my phone. Doing it was fast, fun and easy; it didn’t take much know-how, either. Most of you could do it, too; I think all of you should try.

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9:14 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Musical Space: Streaming Live Concerts

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As always, I’ve been fretting over the state of live music, and I think I’ve found a way that maybe the internet can help. Concerts are not new to the internet, of course. NPR’s All Songs Considered, for instance, has its excellent Tiny Desk Concert series. But these are just recordings.

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5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Musical Space: What To Listen To Whlie We Drive

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Some kinds of music work better while driving than others, so it can be said that the automobile has had an influence on what kind of music people listen to.

A car is not the ideal listening environment. It’s noisy, so any music that is too soft will get lost.

I hate to say it, but classical music is the most difficult music to enjoy while driving. Any soft string chord or timpani roll is going to be lost in the rumble; and you can’t count on an important part to be repeated, so a passing ambulance could make you miss the climax of the entire piece.

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