Music has been dependent on science and technology for millennia, but the 20th and 21st centuries have been particularly remarkable for the huge number of new opportunities they have opened up. Whether we are composers, performers or listeners, our musical experiences are shaped by the technologies that make them possible.

One especially important area at the moment concerns technology in the home, and the possibilities that the internet opens up for listeners. That's why we are offering a guide to this new technology – and how best to use it – as part of this month's theme. Take a look at David's detailed article for tips on how to create the perfect listening and viewing experience for some of the world's best classical music, from the comfort of your sofa.

What about composition, I hear you ask? Well, we have that sorted as well. Grant's article on game-changing technological innovations lists ten of the most important new inventions for composers of the last century or so – you can listen to plenty of examples there, too.

That's not all. We also cheated a bit by publishing an interview with composer Jim Aitchison last week, in which he talks about working with the remarkable new piano known as the Yamaha Disklavier – another great example of how technology can help shape music and its future.

And we will be publishing more over the course of the month, so be sure to stay tuned!

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