Bach’s music as ‘Proto-techno’?: Uncovering and Recovering Francesco Tristano

Image Description: Francesco Tristano performing on piano with a laptop by his side Pianist and Composer Francesco Tristano is somewhat of a musical vagabond. Still in his thirties, he boasts an incredible career which unceasingly voyages through the distinct artistic realms of classical, contemporary and techno music. Having prioritised the music of Bach during his […]

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The sounds of the outsider

Image Description: Stormzy performing at a festival, with a dark background and red white lights around him.  Much of British culture can be simmered down to the constantly brewing tensions  between the elite and the outsiders that refuse to commit the sin of deference. Even though everything I write seems to conclude with me despairing […]

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Eurovision: A review

Image description: Eurovision crowds in purple and turquoise lighting turned to a stage with a spotlight Following Saturday’s Grand Final, another Eurovision has come and gone. In what felt like the quickest grand final in recent memory, 26 countries competed for the glass microphone trophy, with Italy pulling up ahead of the jury-favourites Switzerland and […]

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Bittersweet symphony: ‘Glasthomebury’ and the rise of the virtual festival

Image description: a large crowd and colourful flags in front of Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival attracts 200,000 seasoned festival-goers and newcomers alike to its home in Pilton, Somerset, every year. While well-accustomed to the odd ‘fallow year’ to allow the site’s land to regrow, the festival first opened its gates to […]

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Bobi Wine- Uganda’s popstar politician

Image description: Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu with his bodyguard Frank Senteza aka Frank during campaigning. Frank is wearing a red top with a picture of Robert, they both have a fist raised. Uganda’s January elections saw Bobi Wine, a musician who gained political credibility and a loyal following through his pop career, challenge President Yoweri Museveni, […]

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10 Songs for Nostalgic Ears

Image Description: An array of vintage cassette tapes One of my favorite things about music is that there truly is never a shortage– new music is constantly being created, and in the streaming age we have access to recordings from the early 20th century onwards. Still, somehow I frequently find myself in phases where I […]

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Conversations with Alumni

The latest alumni interview is with Vashti Bunyan, who studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford during the 1960s. The singer-songwriter has had a decidedly unique career – disenchanted by the lack of commercial success achieved by her debut album Just Another Diamond Day after its release in 1970, Bunyan abandoned music. Over the […]

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Opera for One: ‘Singing The Stages of Grief’ Review

Image Description: poster used to advertise the production, a tree made out of abstract images of people on a black background Exploring grief through music, Oxford Contemporary Opera Society has commissioned 5 pieces that move through the stages of grief. Throughout the performances, dissonant chords and large ranges in the melody present challenges for the […]

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