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What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?
The reverence and revelry of a New Orleans jazz funeral procession
Why does contemporary art make for wildly popular blockbusters?
Judith H Dobrzynski
The mathematics of music means piano strings can never be in perfect harmony
How the deaf experience of music can enrich music for everyone
We could all do with learning how to improvise a little better
Stephen T Asma
Now THAT was music
Tripping in the ICU
Passion, precision and swagger: join an Oscar®-winning flamenco masterclass
The night when straight white males tried to kill disco
Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music
Dance dance automation: music from the factory floor
A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians
Stephen Fry loathes dancing. To understand better, see it performed – in dance
Music of the mind: a stunning string quartet created through brainwaves
Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?
Make rhymes not war: the hip hop solution to gang violence
Why a well-crafted melody has the power to colonise your mind
How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain
A Bach cello piece played atop a mountain is as exhilarating as you’d expect
Why sad songs can be feel-good and noise music can be nice
Can talking about music add to our understanding of it?
Music is marvellous, but not mysterious: an interview with Lydia Goehr
The story trap
‘Sgt Pepper’s’ challenging union of high and low culture, art and commodity
Sonifying the world
How the vocoder went from military tech to an instrument of the counterculture
What does a classical musician do when she starts losing her hearing?
A flamenco guitarist shares the rich intensity of his city and his music
A jazz-inflected, stylishly expressive take on the experience of blindness