Art in the age of digital production

Between 1986 and 1988, the jazz musician and experimental music pioneer George Lewis created the first version of Voyager. After spending some time making work that involved compositional programmes
Between 1986 and 1988, the jazz musician and experimental music pioneer George Lewis created the first version of Voyager. After spending some time making work that involved compositional programmes [More]

From “O Fortuna” to “Anaconda”: A playlist of musical profanity

Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two-year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene.
Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two-year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. [More]

Sex, death, booze, and mung bean sandwiches

How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry
How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry [More]

Music and metaphysics: HowTheLightGetsIn 2015

How The Light Gets In (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival
How The Light Gets In (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival [More]

Love Songs, RIP

Does the rise of hip-hop mean the end of the love song? Yes, says Terry Teachout. Rap is loveless music for a post-marital world…
Does the rise of hip-hop mean the end of the love song? Yes, says Terry Teachout. Rap is loveless music for a post-marital world… [More]

Philip Glass’s memoir

Philip Glass was born with the “I-don’t-care-what-you-think gene.” It’s been a gift, a license to experiment. It’s also led him astray…
Philip Glass was born with the “I-don’t-care-what-you-think gene.” It’s been a gift, a license to experiment. It’s also led him astray… [More]

Announcement: IAI’s 2015 Festival on Art and Philosophy

The Institute of Art and Ideas has just posted the schedule for their upcoming 2015 festival “HowTheLightGetsIn” and early bird tickets are on sale now.
The Institute of Art and Ideas has just posted the schedule for their upcoming 2015 festival “HowTheLightGetsIn” and early bird tickets are on sale now. [More]

Music and perception of time

Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught
Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught [More]

On Philip Glass

Since 1976, Philip Glass has composed 10 symphonies and six string quartets – all excruciatingly boring. But no one should doubt his historical significance…
Since 1976, Philip Glass has composed 10 symphonies and six string quartets – all excruciatingly boring. But no one should doubt his historical significance… [More]

Sad songs

A pop song’s life on the pop charts is short, even brutish. Maybe that’s why a strain of sadness has long run through the songbook…
A pop song’s life on the pop charts is short, even brutish. Maybe that’s why a strain of sadness has long run through the songbook… [More]