songwriting

Making music: a Taxing process?

Blues and Rock-influenced unit Tax The Heat drop in to discuss new album 'Change Your Position'...

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The dissonant tritone thing is very particular: Vovoid (Interview)

Vovoid's Denis 'Snake' Bélanger shares some nuggets (of wisdom) at Camden's Underworld...

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Make Better Music 74 : Collaboration

The ability to listen, appreciate, evaluate and contribute towards a fellow-musician’s creativity is a high order skill and the rewards often completely justify the effort....

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Make Better Music 72 : Music Theory

Music theory is way of labelling sounds and ideas in a way that highlights the relationships between them...

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Gallon Drunk : The Soul of the Hour

Gallon Drunk have never sounded so together nor so accomplished. The result of such symbiosis is seven tracks of intense mood and impressive groove. ...

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The Presence LDN : Interview

I won’t use a computer to make music ever again. Those things lead to a shiny but soulless place in the heart....

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We’re masochists (Imperial Teen)

'We're not in a gay band, we're just in a band. On the other hand we're not NOT in a gay band, I just think 'who cares?'' Imperial Teen interview....

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The Beat Instrumental

Without sung text the listener was invited to create an entire narrative based on only the title and the music itself. You had to do a little (imaginative) work. ...

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Wait for the Drop. Anticipation and Music

The auditory cortex performs a role beyond just processing sound. Rather, this area of the brain appears to be activated during other activities that require learning and thought, such as confirming...

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Luna Rossa : Interview

'The Sleeping Pills & Lullabies title was an idea of mine. It was the idea of two different ways of falling asleep…'...

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Douglas Dare : Seven Hours [EP]

Devoid of histrionics, of 'emotional' treatments, and of cloying sentimentality. Dare's presentation of the songs is instead factual, crisp and resigned....

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The Levellers (Simon Friend) : Interview

'Certainly I think we’ve been ignored. Or not even ignored – shunned' - Simon Friend of The Levellers makes up for some lost media attention. ...

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Randall Dunn Interview

I don't think that the world has become a horrible place. I think that we should be more aware of now rather than some idea of the future. ...

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Mick Harvey Interview: Part 2

In part 2 of his interview, Mick Harvey talks about Nick Cave, murder and PJ Harvey....

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Mick Harvey Interview: Part 1

In part 1 of his interview, Mick Harvey talks about Australia, love songs, religion, songwriting and the new album...

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Make Better Music 70 : Time

There is no aural analog of the photograph or still frame from a film. Sound is, at its core, inherently a time-dependent phenomenon. ...

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Why We Buy Music

A study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time...

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The Icarus Line on Giant Drag

Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line talks about producing the 2013 release by Giant Drag - Waking Up is Hard to Do....

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us [Final Part]

'Art is not made by committee' SWP concludes his series on the art of the soundtrack...

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Make Better Music 69: On Sound

"It is common for us to be in situations where we can not see (or at least vision is severely restricted) but exceedingly uncommon to be in situations where we can not hear"...

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us [Pt 3]

If you want sublime original music you don’t ask a god-given talent to appropriate and subtly re-arrange a track by Enya....

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King of Drone : Aidan Baker Interview

More than a feeling : Trebuchet interviews eclectic drone maestro Aidan Baker about a bunch of random stuff that we wanted to know. ...

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Benoit Pioulard : Hymnal

Mechanisms for the reordering of memory and forward living. Benoit Pioulard : Hymnal. Released 4th March on Kranky ...

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Counterpoint : Reich Bach at Ya!

The truth of music in 2013 is that we don't really need a masterpiece right now. We need a higher grade of ordinary....

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Melvins Announce London May Shows

Melvins performing live Lysol & Houdini at London Brixton Electric on Sunday 19 May and playing Bullhead & Stoner Witch at the same venue on Monday 20 May...

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Early music lessons boost brain development

Montreal researchers find that music lessons before age 7 create stronger connections in the brain...

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds : Her Majesty’s Theatre

Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Performing Push the Sky Away. Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Feb 10th 2013...

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I have not gone out of my way to mythologise myself, but… [Michael Finnissy]

ince the late 60’s Michael Finnissy has been composing classical work that challenges, shakes and agitates the listener from complacency.   The scope of his work is remarkable in its...

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Benoit Pioulard new album March 4th

Hymnal is the fourth kranky album by Thomas Meluch under his musical alias Benoit Pioulard, following Précis (2006), Temper (2008) and Lasted (2010). It was written and recorded throughout a year...

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Charlotte Sometimes: Interview

After four albums, dropped deals, reality television, a rare jaw disease that almost crippled her singing career, and a few lost loves, Charlotte has proven there is no plan B. ...

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