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.
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.
The Home Office’s new rules for touring musicians inflict a harsh regime on musical workers, and try to put borders around sound. It won’t work.
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.
The Apollo landings, however much they were driven by militarism, brought about a wave of cosmic dreaming, where people on earth dreamed of new possible worlds.
An interview on race, punk and hating Winston Churchill, with the self-described ‘Black Fleetwood Mac’, Big Joanie.
Streaming services are hastening music’s subservience to advertising and ripping off musicians — but they could serve more utopian purposes.
The UK singles chart has long been a barometer of popular desires. Today, it’s telling us that everything is up for grabs.