Richard Thomas on minted petit-bourgeois pugilists, the end of year chart and the class politics of Black Friday
"The marketing narratives laid down by the likes of Red Bull and similar have helped beckon forth an enveloping haze of meaningless positivity, creating a world that’s happy yet contentless, adult but toothless." Nathan Budzinski assumes the lotus position, breathes deeply and becomes mindful of Eternal Bliss™
Yan Jun gets more questions than answers when he asks himself what happened in 2014
You read correctly: the sage Mr Bell buffs his crystal ball (well, his laptop screen), peers into the fogs of 2015 and sees double
Clive Bell on plunging one's head into a brazier of burning coals, playing for the angels and the legacy of Ostad Elahi, reclusive tanbour master
Philip Clark on JS Bach, Jimmy Lyons's ear for architecture and the poetic metaphor of the line
Yan Jun blows up knock-off speakers, bids Mother Nature farewell and embraces life and death in The Machine era
Clive Bell muses on the biwa as vehicle for Japanese epic, and finds parallels in Irish folk ballads and beyond
Philip Clark on Deutsche Grammophon's 1970s forays into free improvisation, and the impact of DG's current boss, former A&R pop picker Max Hole
Damon Krukowski on musicians who drop their mother tongue and sing in English – and why it's great to sing in Welsh
"Some recordists are like hoarders, bringing home whatever they find outside with little discrimination as to what's worth preserving and what’s not." Derek Walmsley sorts through The Wire's post bag in search of the person behind the mic.
Emily Bick feels the qualitative in the different approaches improvisors and composers take to the sonification of data sets
Clive Bell on the recent furore over Sam Callow's accompaniments to traditional British folk singers.
“We have, at the present time, a destruction taking place, in and of nature, unprecedented in history..."
Damon Krukowski imagines a different analogue metaphor for our digital music making tools
“That musician really gets up my nose”. Like a bloodhound, Mr Bell picks up on the scent of a new musical accompaniment and asks whether it's gesamtkunstwerk or gimmick.
Yan Jun chews over some spicy food and experimental music: What are these enlargements of bodily experience reacting to?
Since the pirate stations shipped out, the FM radio spectrum is being repopulated by the people
A&R time travellers and unnecessary reissues are stifling a new generation of artists, says Britt Brown. Where is our faith in art made by the living?
Richard Thomas is left hungry for ideas by the consumer feeding frenzies unleashed by music festival programmers out to fill every seat at the table