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Essay/Wellbeing

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

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Idea/Music

The night when straight white males tried to kill disco

Hadley Meares

Video/Music

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

Video/Music

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

Video/Neuroscience

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

Idea/Neuroscience

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

Patrick McNamara

Idea/Music

How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain

Richard Kunert

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Music

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

8 minutes

Idea/Music

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

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

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

6 minutes

Essay/Music

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

Video/Music

‘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

Video/History

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

Essay/Art

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

Video/Memoir

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

3 minutes

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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