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Bell Labs: Noise For Your Nose

July 2014

“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.


Ventriloquism: Unheimlich manoeuvres

June 2014

Sarah Angliss traces the vocal-throwing art's continued persistence in the face of obsolescence, and the peculiar relationship between performers and their knee pals.


Yan Jun: Which Hell Do You Prefer?

May 2014

"The end of the world has already happened and we are all living in that apocalypse together." Yan Jun takes the temperature of two of China's biggest cities and their music.


Stewart Home: Keep Fit

April 2014

Novelist and poet Stewart Home listens in to getting pumped, and works out some listening suggestions for the more discerning gym bunny.