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Science, Maths & Technology 

Music in Code

Today, listening to music is easy - we have CDs, MP3s, radio, television and the internet. But around a hundred years ago life was very different - either you had to play music yourself or have someone else play it for you. The 15 video tracks in this album demonstrate various ways to play music by mechanical means, with the ingenious use of levers, pegs, cylinders or paper rolls, and explain the principles used to create and control these music-making machines. This material forms part of TA212 Technology of Music.

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40 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Music Printing

From the middle of the 15th century onwards, the intellectual and cultural life of the West was revolutionised by the development of the printing press. This album explores the technological problems and solutions specific to the printing of music and shows how technology has transformed the way music scores are produced today. The five video tracks examine early music printing processes, 20th century photo lithography and the invention Sibelius, the music programme that changed everything. This material forms part of TA212 Technology of Music.

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35 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Composing with MIDI

In the last 50 years, developments in technology have had a profound effect on the production, recording and manipulation of music. The 8 video tracks in this album introduce Simon Whiteside, a television and film composer, explore his recording studio and explain how he uses MIDI to create music for films and television programmes. Using an example of one of the programmes he has worked on, Simon illustrates the technical and creative processes involved. This material forms part of TA212 Technology of Music.

Audio
45 mins
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History & The Arts 

Sensory augmentation devices

How can new technology help you to play a new musical instrument? The E-Sense research programme is experimenting with novel augmentation devices to explore sensory, bodily and cognitive extension. In this interdisciplinary research, philosophy and art combine with various flavours of computing: ubiquitous; wearable; and physical. We take a look at how E-Sense's speculative philosophical research experiments, built on the 1960's work of Paul Bach-Y-Rita's minimal tactile vision sensory substitution (TVSS) systems, are now helping progress research in other very practical applications.

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10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Black British Jazz

What is Black British Jazz? This short film explores the research carried out by The Open University research team led by Dr Jason Toynbee who has been examining the history of Black British Jazz and the stories of the artists who have performed it. This video looks at the history of jazz and how the story dates back as far as 1919, documenting how successive waves of black musicians have contributed to developing new and uniquely British sounds, as well as addressing the problematic issues surrounding race and cultural identity.

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10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Handel: A Classical Icon

In commemoration of Handel's 250th anniversary, world renowned Handel scholar and Open University Professor Donald Burrows introduces one of the most famous composers of the eighteenth century. Devised for non-musicians and beginners, the 5 video and 5 audio tracks in this album explore the music that made Handel famous. His operas are classics of the Baroque style, his oratorios are the basis of English choral tradition, his music still played today at every monarch's coronation. This "Great Londoner" became an icon in his own lifetime. What is the secret of his success? What was one of Handel's performances like, and how powerful is his legacy?

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1 hr
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History & The Arts 

Entrainment

Open University ethnomusicologist Martin Clayton describes how his study of music and its performance in different cultural settings has allowed him to develop his understanding of the concept of entrainment. His research into this phenomenon is providing key insights into the synchronisation of rhythmic processes in humans and in the natural world. To find out more, follow the research links.

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5 mins
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Festival Fever! Are events in fields the new cash cows? video icon

Money & Business 

Festival Fever! Are events in fields the new cash cows?

As part of Festival Fever!, the Money Programme team filmed interviews with some key players from the UK festival scene. Here you can watch longer versions of these interviews.

Video
10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Charles Hazlewood on... Romeo and Juliet

The conductor Charles Hazlewood introduces Romeo and Juliet as part of the BBC/OU Discovering Tchaikovsky series.

Audio
5 mins
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Charles Hazlewood on... Tchaikovsky's reputation audio icon

History & The Arts 

Charles Hazlewood on... Tchaikovsky's reputation

The conductor Charles Hazlewood argues that Tchaikovsky is more about passion than sugar plums.

Audio
5 mins
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Charles Hazlewood on... The Pathetique

The conductor Charles Hazlewood explores the sense of peace in Tchaikovsky's last major work.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Charles Hazlewood on... Tchaikovsky and me

The conductor Charles Hazlewood explains the challenges and rewards he's found in Tchaikovsky's music.

Audio
5 mins
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