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    What makes a great Christmas number one?

    By Dr Catherine Tackley

    What do the Christmas chart-topping songs by Mr Blobby, Rage Against the Machine and Band Aid all have in common?

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    01 Dec 2018

  • What makes a great Christmas number one?

    What makes a great Christmas number one? Creative commons image Icon Paul Conneally under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Dec 2018
    What do the Christmas chart-topping songs by Mr Blobby, Rage Against the Machine and Band Aid all have in common?
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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...

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    10 Sep 2018

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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?

    By Leah Kardos

    Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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...
  • Inventing the record business

    By Eva Moreda Rodríguez

    As Spotify prepares to float itself, Eva Moreda Rodríguez hails their distant ancestors. Uncover the early years of...

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    10 mins

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    27 Mar 2018

  • Inventing the record business

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Mar 2018
    As Spotify prepares to float itself, Eva Moreda Rodríguez hails their distant ancestors. Uncover the early years of the recording industry
  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

    By Professor Robert Morrison

    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic...

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    5 mins

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    21 Sep 2017

  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

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    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic supporter of equality. Robert Morrison...
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    20 Sep 2017

  • Why do Taylor Swift & Sylvia Plath have more in common than you might think?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Sep 2017
    Eleanor Spencer-Regan explores the common thread between Look What You Made Me Do and Lady Lazarus
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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 – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us...

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    13 Sep 2017

  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it...
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    The Music of Time

    How does music gain the meaning different societies give it?

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    01 Aug 2017

  • The Music of Time

    Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    How does music gain the meaning different societies give it?
  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    By Emma Sutton

    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jul 2017

  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work. Emma Sutton uses Woolf's story A Simple...
  • After Manchester: Can you make venues safer?

    By David Lowe

    The bombing of a crowd leaving a venue can be hard to prevent. David Lowe asks if we need new strategies.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 May 2017

  • After Manchester: Can you make venues safer?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 May 2017
    The bombing of a crowd leaving a venue can be hard to prevent. David Lowe asks if we need new strategies.

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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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    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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    In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together...
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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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    16 hours

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    This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in 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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    Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation....
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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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    08 Feb 2016

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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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    05 Feb 2016

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    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground, continues...
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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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    05 Feb 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    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

  • Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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    Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective Creative commons image Icon Jesse Kruger under Creative-Commons license
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
    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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    15 Jan 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
    Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to...

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