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Video/Cultures & Languages

The reverence and revelry of a New Orleans jazz funeral procession

2 minutes


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

4 minutes


How the deaf experience of music can enrich music for everyone

12 minutes

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

We could all do with learning how to improvise a little better

Stephen T Asma


Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace


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