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Ways of Thinking About Song Arrangement and Track

  I have spent today playing around with some ideas for a new book I am in the early stages of working on. There are a lot of sweeping statements in there at the moment – but this is where … Continue reading

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Music graduates are more employable than you might think | Education | The Guardian

Just read an interesting article in The Guardian which outlines the employability music graduates. The article goes on to discuss the array of professions that music graduates enter – and the important skills that good degrees indoctrinate into their awards. I … Continue reading

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The Demise of the Triangular Mix: Why Has it happened?

In Alan Moore’s excellent paper with Ruth Dockwary, he discusses the demise of what he calls the ‘Triangular’ mix – which has been replaced by the ‘diagonal’. To get an understanding of this, listen the ‘The Wind Cry’s Mary’ by Jimi … Continue reading

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Critical Listening and Students: Popular Music and Form

In preparation for a musicology lecture this week, I began to think about the importance of students having an awareness of the general conventions in popular music. Factors such as an awareness of the commonality of eight bar sections (verses … Continue reading

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Songwriting and Grief: Creative Unifying Principles

I was thinking this week about Sting’s creative process when writing both Nothing Like The Sun and The Soul Cages. It is well documented how Nothing Like the Sun was written during a time when Sting’s mother died from cancer, … 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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Apple Music talks investigated for potential anti-competitive behaviour

The new Apple streaming service is getting more interesting by the second. According to an article in the Guardian – they are now being investigated for anti competitive behaviour. Could we be experiencing a similar situation to the ‘payola’ situation … Continue reading

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Apple Music Finally Unveiled

So, Apple have eventually entered the streaming market. It appears that they are now attempting to develop an ‘all in one’ platform that facilities users to access all of their content in one place. What I am interested in is … Continue reading

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Sting Interview: BBC Radio Newcastle on May 29th 2015

My interview on Radio Newcastle on my Sting book is available for the next week below. The interview links into Geordie Identity and the progressive ‘love/hate’ relationship with a region. It also covers how it is possible to negotiate your … Continue reading

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The Elements of Music and Musical Form

This podcast is on the relationship on the elements of music and form. It considers the ways in which elements such as musical texture, time signatures, and harmony can interact to create expectations in a listener. In popular music, these … Continue reading

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