First Person

Ideas or essays written from a more personal point of view.

FOCUS ON

Collecting My Heritage(s)

Building a music collection might have implications for the discovery and conservation of a music heritage.

Claudiu Oancea

FOCUS ON

The Shadow of a Leaf in Water

I rely on different modal harmonies from Western and Iranian music and embrace a hybrid of sonorities that can belong to either of the traditions.

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Solidarity in Times of Pandemic

This is the exact moment to start paying attention.

Rabih Beaini

A STORY OF GENTRIFICATION

The Peckham Barber

The story of Andrew, the gracious Cypriot Barber from Peckham, south east London.

Garth Cartwright

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Song For My Father

As things return to “normal”, its likely most of us understand that some things will never be the same.

Garth Cartwright

ESSAY

Home and Music

Mothers know everything, they even invented a language of themselves.

Maria Balabaș

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Attuning Temporality

Hearing is a complex neurological process whereas listening is a selective learnt process, an ongoing tuning in and out, dynamic; mental and physically demanding.

Lara C. Geary

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Pricked Up Ears. A Lockdown Listening

Why am I happy to listen to beauty when I know that my culturally trained ears are just a better tool?

Anamaria Pravicencu

ESSAY

Proudly Disengaged

The days when art was centralized in Europe are long gone if they ever truly existed in any way other than imposed dominance supported by exclusive institutions.

Joe Morris

Fernando Pessoa and The Newfound Existentialism

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Less solace, less certainty, less cures, less normalcy, less identity, less togetherness: the paltry talking-head zoom-conference solo-concert isn’t cutting it.

Andrew Choate

The Nyépi-Demic

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

The topic is very much on the table - a table of a very stimulated society, for sure, addicted to new experiences, and sometimes craving to just ‘feel better’.

Vincent Moon

Socially Overwhelmed By Isolation

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Socially overwhelmed by isolation – the difficulty of self care versus the social sense of duty.

Thomas Venker