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In this edition of “Talking Points,” influencial composer Igor Stravinsky shares his thoughts on composition, creativity, craftsmanship, and other topics. “I’m soon recording my debut single and a follow-up EP as well, therefore I’m working much on my writing and production skills. The most useful thing I learned was the practical approach of creating a tidy score for strings musicians.”

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+ Enter the “Chip It Challenge!”: Create your own chiptune cover of Devo’s “Whip It,” and you could win a modded Game Boy, a flash cart, and feedback from Chipocrite, glomag, and BIAS One! Decades before he was laying down the bass track for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” consummate studio session man Nathan East was playing on hit records left and right. A song that is a little bit hard rock, a little bit R&B, done by a band that until then was sort of new-wave-ish, “Would I Lie to You” seems like a fitting way to end this list.