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Tears and Chills

Tears and Chills

Tears and Chills

Why does music provoke such strong reactions in us? How can it make us cry? What is it about music that moves us so profoundly?

Published on 1 February 2011

Jeanette Bicknell is a Canadian writer whose main area of research is the philosophy of art and music. Her book Why Music Moves Us: Making Sense of the Musical Sublime is published by Palgrave-Macmillan. www.jeanettebicknell.org

Sensuality Matters

Sensuality Matters

Sensuality Matters

There is a long line of theories claiming that we have reached the end of art, but they are forgetting something, writes Joanna Demers

Published on 1 June 2010

Joanna Demers is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. She is the author of Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music, to be published by Oxford University Press in July.

Wagner, Inc.

Wagner, Inc.

Wagner, Inc.

In a masterful self-promotional effort that began in his twenties and lasted for the remainder of his career, Richard Wagner managed to develop himself into a ‘brand’ – a name, look, ideology and product that continues today.

Published on 1 April 2010

This is Serious

This is Serious

"The story of how Cowell came to love ‘Jedward’ is the story of how capital, given enough time, consumes even that which appears to be inconsumable." Despite its cheapness, music is the winner in The X Factor, argues Stephen Graha

Published on 1 April 2010

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

A Whole New Thing

A Whole New Thing

A Whole New Thing

Alice Echols tells the forgotten story of the daring, cross-racial experimentation that happened across rock, funk and disco during the 1970s.

Published on 1 February 2010

Alice Echols is a cultural critic and historian. Her latest book is Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture (W.W Norton).

Composing by Numbers

Composing by Numbers

Composing by Numbers

People plus music: it’s a simple formula for compelling television programmes, but why does screening creativity in music defeat even the most imaginative producers and directors, asks Christopher Fox.

Published on 1 December 2009