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Tripping in the ICU

For those suffering the trauma of intensive care, the soothing swoosh of otherworldly ambient music can be a welcome gift

Charles Fernyhough

Video/Dance & Theatre

Passion, precision and swagger: join an Oscar®-winning flamenco masterclass

29 minutes


The night when straight white males tried to kill disco

Hadley Meares


Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes

Video/Automation & Robotics

Dance dance automation: music from the factory floor

8 minutes


A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians

13 minutes

Video/Dance & Theatre

Stephen Fry loathes dancing. To understand better, see it performed – in dance

2 minutes


Music of the mind: a stunning string quartet created through brainwaves

9 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?

4 minutes

Idea/Poverty & Development

Make rhymes not war: the hip hop solution to gang violence

Jooyoung Lee


Why a well-crafted melody has the power to colonise your mind

Patrick McNamara


How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain

Richard Kunert


A Bach cello piece played atop a mountain is as exhilarating as you’d expect

8 minutes


Why sad songs can be feel-good and noise music can be nice

Princess Ojiaku

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Can talking about music add to our understanding of it?

Lawrence Kramer

Video/History of Ideas

Music is marvellous, but not mysterious: an interview with Lydia Goehr

6 minutes


The story trap

We use neat stories to explain everything from sports matches to symphonies. Is it time to leave the nursery of the mind?

Philip Ball


‘Sgt Pepper’s’ challenging union of high and low culture, art and commodity

9 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

Sonifying the world

When Chris Chafe translates data into music, listeners sway to the beat of seizing brains, economic swings and smog

Carren Jao


How the vocoder went from military tech to an instrument of the counterculture

11 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

What does a classical musician do when she starts losing her hearing?

12 minutes

Video/Cultures & Languages

A flamenco guitarist shares the rich intensity of his city and his music

13 minutes

Video/Consciousness & Altered States

A jazz-inflected, stylishly expressive take on the experience of blindness

8 minutes

Essay/Dance & Theatre

The music in you

You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Essay/Human Rights

A change is gonna come

The great civil rights song turns 50 – the political made personal, and heartbreak transmuted into fiery action

Manjula Martin

Video/Human Rights

An anthem of the Civil Rights movement is powerfully relevant 50 years later

3 minutes

Video/Poverty & Development

The children of Cateura’s Recycled Orchestra refuse to be defined by poverty

4 minutes


Going to the chapel

Paul Simon’s album ‘Graceland’ is a joyous political statement. Does it strike the same chord in the sombre Rothko Chapel?

Nathan Dunne


For an 80-year-old American jazz fan in England, to live is to tap dance

3 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

The cochlear switch

And so I entered a new world where every tap, squeak, clang, whisper and consonant exploded and sizzled inside my head

Josephine Dickinson