Category Archives: National / International Music

Student Collaboration: ‘In C’

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Terry Riley - In C Parts Pic

This summer, amateur and student musicians will be coming together to create a unique virtual performance of Terry Riley’s iconic minimalist composition ‘In C’. This is a piece made up of a series of very short fragments of music, played on any instrument. In our rendition of the work, the fragments will come in any order, and participants will record… Read more »

Zoom, Latency & Live Music

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Within hours of the beginning of the first lockdown, music teachers up and down the country collectively came to realise something important about video conferencing technology: that there’s a delay / latency over the line that makes playing music live over Zoom, Microsoft Team, Skype etc pretty much impossible. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to overcome this issue… Read more »

School of Rock

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I know that I’m 15 years behind, but today I finally got around to watching Jack Black in School of Rock.  Of course, I already had a fairly good idea of what to expect in terms of plot, but I must say that I was blown away by the film: a riot of silliness,dissent and Tenacious D style rock music! … Read more »

Live Music: It’s Like Nothing Else!

Every time I go to see a musical show, now matter what the genre, wherever it’s playing, and whether or not the performers are professional or amateurs, I walk out of the experience a fuller person: enriched by the experience.  And, last night was no exception. Steve Earle and The Dukes played Manchester’s O2 Ritz as part of their world… Read more »

Music Journalism: Daily Mail Style

Tom Utley is paid to review a Paul Simon concert, even though he’s only ever been to 2 gigs in his entire life. Don’t bother to click on the link below – it’s only there should you become overwhelmed with curiosity as to how a man who obviously knows nothing about music and has nearly zero experience of live performances… Read more »