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Laibach and think of North Korea: The subversive political message of the Slovenian band

Laibach and think of North Korea: The subversive political message of the Slovenian band Copyrighted image Credit: Laibach under CC-BY-SA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Aug 2015
Having accepted a booking to play North Korea, Laibach are suddenly achieving more attention than they've had in the rest of their thirty-five year...

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star Creative commons image Credit: Netherlands National Archive under CC-BY-SA licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Cilla Black's hosting of Surprise Surprise and Blind Date shouldn't obscure what a significant figure in the cultural history of the 20th century...

Free course: Understanding musical scores

Free course: Understanding musical scores Copyrighted image Credit: Jon Jablonsky under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 06 May 2015
OpenLearn is a fantastic place to gain understanding of what to expect from Open University study; trying a free course, such as From Notation to...

What makes a great Christmas number one?

What makes a great Christmas number one? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Conneally under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Dec 2014
What do the Christmas chart-topping songs by Mr Blobby, Rage Against the Machine and Band Aid all have in common?

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert Creative commons image Credit: Allan Warren under CC BY-SA 3.0) license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the Berlin 'Freedom' concert come about after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and what significance has music played in Germany's past?  

Entrainment

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Entrainment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2008
Open University ethnomusicologist Martin Clayton describes how his study of music and its performance in different cultural settings has allowed...

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An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Credit: ©
Masters level Duration 16 hours Updated 21 Aug 2015
In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together materials to allow you to explore the ways in which music may be...

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Inside music

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Inside music Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the fundamentals of Western music and develop a more detailed...

MA Music part 1

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MA Music part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider written documents about music, musical criticism and performances in...

The arts past and present

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The arts past and present Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...