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Listen Up: Five Experimental Sound Artists Who Will Change the Way You Hear
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Listen Up: Five Experimental Sound Artists Who Will Change the Way You Hear

BY Sehba Mohammad

Sound artists use sound as a medium, like a painter would use oil-paint. Sound artworks range from layering unusual sounds together to create aural...

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A True Story from Inside Guantánamo Bay

BY Sehba Mohammad

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, wrote a 466 page diary in the confines of his cell, detailing his arrest and the atrocities he suffered...

Nine Great Songs For Listening to When You’re Angry
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Nine Great Songs For Listening to When You’re Angry

BY Sehba Mohammad

Anger is a completely normal emotional response to feeling threatened and most people feel it once in a while. Listening to music, especially punk rock, is a...

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