Category Archives: Academic

Frank Zappa and Virtuality

Well, I am really looking forward to talking about Frank Zappa for the first time in a couple of years this week. I am presenting at a panel as part of the book launch for The Oxford Handbook of Music … Continue reading

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Albums Based on Previous Images

I have just sent off an essay to a potential publisher on Matching Mole – the relationship of the band to politics and genre boundaries. As can be seen below, their 2nd album is a direct take on a┬áChinese propaganda … Continue reading

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The Heritage of Live Popular Music Making in Merthyr Tydfil 1955 to the Present Day: How Do Musical Memories, Mediated Through Technology, Impact Identity and Nostalgia?

The relationship of popular music to memory, identity and nostalgia is now well established in popular music studies, with academics such as Schulkind, Hennis and Rubin (1999) outlining how music, in particular from ones youth, can have strong nostalgic impact … Continue reading

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Matching Mole, Virtuality, Merthyr Tydfil Music and More

I have not blogged for over a month, so I thought I would write a quick post as a catch up of what I have been up to. The year kicked off with the publication of The Handbook of Music … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Listening to and Performing Music

Here is a fantastic video, which builds on my post from last week regarding the interlectual ┬ábenefits of engaging with music. Recent research indicates that engaging with music as either either a listener or performer has a unique impact on … Continue reading

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The History of Acid Jazz Podcast

I am having a chat tomorrow with the guys down at the Loose Goose Podcast on the early years of the Acid Jazz movement. In order to do a bit of prep I raided my old vinyl collection and found … Continue reading

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Songs of Social Protest Conference: University of Limerick, Ireland.

Day 1 – April 29th 2015 After the long trip from South Wales to Limerick, the first thing that struck me with the University of Limerick is its size and beauty. I was at the university to give a paper … Continue reading

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