8 Articles by:

Robert Barry

Robert Barry is a freelance writer and composer. His latest book is Compact Disc (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Repetitive Beats

The Design Museum’s show Electronic showcases how a once-revolutionary music has become bourgeois and clichéd, but contains scattered hints at what was once possible.

Remembering Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone’s melodic writing was among the most distinctive in cinematic history – but beyond these classics, ‘The Maestro’ was also committed to the radical democratisation of music.

Spiral Scratch

The ‘Scratch Orchestra’ founded in the 1970s by composer Cornelius Cardew was an experiment in democratic music-making, turning the orchestra into the microcosm of a new society.

Pop & Populism

The UK singles chart has long been a barometer of popular desires. Today, it’s telling us that everything is up for grabs.