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    The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert

    By Dr Ben Winters

    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?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Oct 2019

  • The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert

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    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?
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    What does Moon music sound like?

    By Professor Mahesh Anand

    Listen to the Earth’s Reflection – a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Yazz Ahmed in collaboration with Dr Mahesh Anand.

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    19 Jul 2019

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    Listen to the Earth’s Reflection – a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Yazz Ahmed in collaboration with Dr Mahesh Anand.
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    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    09 Jul 2019

  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

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    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe.
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    The OU meets Pink Floyd

    By Dr Sean Williams

    Dr Sean Williams of The Open University talks to Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason about his drumming concerns and career.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Apr 2019

  • The OU meets Pink Floyd

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    Dr Sean Williams of The Open University talks to Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason about his drumming concerns and career.
  • Musicians, loops and the longest piece ever

    By Dr Robert Samuels

    Dr Robert Samuels explores looping in music and demonstrates how technology can make musical use of the sound of a dog eating a carrot.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Feb 2019

  • Musicians, loops and the longest piece ever

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Feb 2019
    Dr Robert Samuels explores looping in music and demonstrates how technology can make musical use of the sound of a dog eating a carrot.
  • David Bowie: identity is creativity

    By Dr Frank Monaghan

    On what would have been Bowie's 72nd birthday, Frank Monaghan explores how his constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    08 Jan 2019

  • David Bowie: identity is creativity

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2019
    On what would have been Bowie's 72nd birthday, Frank Monaghan explores how his constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his...
  • What makes a great Christmas number one?

    By Dr Catherine Tackley

    Will Flakefleet Primary School beat Ariana Grande to Christmas Number One this year? Explore the musical compontents that make up a great festive chart-topper here...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Dec 2018

  • What makes a great Christmas number one?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Dec 2018
    Will Flakefleet Primary School beat Ariana Grande to Christmas Number One this year? Explore the musical compontents that make up a great festive chart...
  • Sounds of environmental change

    By Dr George Revill

    What does environmental change sound like? Dr George Revill argues that sound can be a powerful way of conveying how places are transformed by climate change.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Dec 2018

  • Sounds of environmental change

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 17 Dec 2018
    What does environmental change sound like? Dr George Revill argues that sound can be a powerful way of conveying how places are transformed by climate change.
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    Scoring the Shoreline

    By Dr George Revill

    George Revill considers the synergy between sound waves and ocean waves - how the coast of Britain has inspired the nation's musical heritage.  

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Sep 2018

  • Scoring the Shoreline

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    George Revill considers the synergy between sound waves and ocean waves - how the coast of Britain has inspired the nation's musical heritage.  
  • How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement?

    Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US Civil Rights movement. Leah Kardos pays tribute.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2018

  • How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2018
    Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US Civil Rights movement. Leah Kardos pays...

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    Discovering music: the blues

    This free course, Discovering music: the blues, will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which...

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    An introduction to music theory

    Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

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    03 Oct 2019

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    An introduction to music research

    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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  • Recording music and sound

    This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers...

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    This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction...
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    Music and its media

    This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in which music is transmitted. It considers how the means of communicating a...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Mar 2016

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    This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in which...
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    Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

    The music of Mozart has been used to examine the foreground and middleground of harmony in free courses AA314_1 and AA314_2. In this free course,...

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    The music of Mozart has been used to examine the foreground and middleground of...
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    Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground, continues our examination of 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis,...

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    05 Feb 2016

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    Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely...

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    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces ...
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    Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

    Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    27 Jan 2016

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    Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a...
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    Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

    Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct...

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    15 Jan 2016

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    Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to...

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