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04/04/2019

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When I was in secondary school, a strict religious view entered into my musicality. From this point on I believed music should be human and transcendental. Human in a sense of being conceived by humans, as in popular variations on great composers’ lives. Wind is flutte...

28/03/2019

Whenever the Caribbean or “the West Indies” are mentioned, the first thoughts that come to the mind are: Jamaica, the beach, Pirates of the Caribbean, and so forth. But what if I told you that there is more to it than what meets the eye (or ear!) when it comes to The C...

20/03/2019

Lately a new current seems to have been set in (slow) motion wherein a significant deal of new music is made stoned, made for stoners, and simply sounds stoned itself. Devoid of excessive impulses, a lot of modern music has a slightly slacky beat and a bass line that h...

13/03/2019

Traditional music-making — i.e. playing an instrument — requires numerous muscle movements in order to produce sound. Take piano-playing for example. The entire process from score to sound involves the use of the eyes for reading, the brain for processing, and above al...

07/03/2019

When you think about it, almost any symphony orchestra is a cover band. Its repertoire consists typically of works by long-gone composers, with the occasional contemporary composition. The fact that members of the orchestra do not write new musical material for a long...

27/02/2019

It is that time of year, that the mind-set of people “underneath the rivers” will only be about partying and beer. A time of bad dancing, bad music, and so-called “polonaises”;
A time of drinking, yelling, and no shame at all. The time we call Carnaval!

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20/02/2019

Sometimes it seems as if academia and the real world are miles apart. Actual problems caused by gentrification, for instance, are all too often discussed, but seldomly solved by university scholars. Now, one group of ambitious international students at the University o...

14/02/2019

From Frank Sinatra to Cardi B and from the Beatles to Brockhampton, (western) pop music has had its fair share of superstars. Not only has new technology made available new possibilities for production and performance, pop music has mirrored and impacted society on a c...

07/02/2019

Anyone who has seen the 2007 modern classic I Am Legend can imagine what a techno club looks like after 3am: dark, grimy, and full of nearly naked nightcrawlers. The vibe, however, is often ecstatic and in reality hardly any limbs get torn off. How come this positive v...

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