Columns

Bell Labs: Noise For Your Nose

July 2014

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“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.

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Bell Labs: Sole Music

March 2014

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Clive Bells laces up his travellin' shoes and goes for a wander through the clips, clops and squeaks of footwear in music.

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Bell Labs: Ear To The Rail

December 2013

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All aboard with Clive Bell: "Musicians love trains. They sing about them, imitate their sounds, and scamper, instrument in hand, for the last departure homebound after a show."

Columns

Bell Labs: Drum Roll, Please

October 2013

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Clive Bell takes a look at the Tweets, the column inches, the bitching and the I’m-above-all-this-nonsense that music competitions attract.

Columns

Bell Labs: Flutes In Crisis

September 2013

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Who gives a toot about the flute anymore? A panegyric by Clive Bell on the once potent pipes of Pan, and some green shoots of hope for this currently degraded wind instrument.

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Bell Labs: Other Folks' Business

January 2013

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In the first of a new series of columns written for thewire.co.uk, Clive Bell pitches an imaginary book about Westerners who rewired World Music as if they were saving the whale.