music

Have you been to any gigs recently and if so who?
Chris: I saw Idles at the Eden Project in Cornwall in mid-September and it was great! Their music isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but they are very good live, and yes, I saw my first Wall of...

This is must-see film for anyone interested in the human capacity to adapt to unwanted change. It is a painstaking study of a musician learning how to be deaf. It follows Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a heavy metal drummer with addiction issues, as he grieves the near-total loss of his...

Sign up for an in-person tour of a blockbuster exhibition and you’re unlikely to be welcomed by the museum’s chief executive and then provided with special one-to-one treatment from the exhibition’s curators. In doing just that, the virtual tour of Electronic: From...

City of London Sinfonia has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Impact Award for its work with young people with severe mental illness. The award, supported by the ABRSM – a music exams board – is given to organisations or initiatives which have a positive impact on...

Darüsiffa means ‘the healing house’ (Benek et al., 2015). Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital was one of the first and finest examples of a Darüsiffa, built in the time of Anatolian Seljuks in the 13th century and then reinforced in the Ottoman Empire era (Erdal & Erbaş,...

“If heaven and hell decide, that they both are satisfied/
Illuminate the ‘noes’ on their vacancy signs/
If there’s no one beside you, when your soul embarks/
Then I’ll follow you into the dark.”

Death Cab for Cutie I...

Music and humans go back a very long way. The earliest accepted instruments, made from bones, appear on the European scene about 40,000 years ago. But for perhaps at least a million years before that, our ancestors had the throat architecture that in theory would have allowed...

With many people reporting they are enjoying rediscovering the joys of actually listening to an album in full – see, for example, British Psychological Society President David Murphy on 10 which have...

Rap music for many brings to mind themes such as exorbitant boasting, greed, gang-violence, sex, drug-use and money. However, as an evolving and varied entity, rap is possibly one of the most emotionally forthcoming, painfully honest and psychologically insightful genres of...

Any book that combines psychology with Soviet history and the meaning of music was always going to catch my eye. My Russian grandmother came to England in 1918 when her family fled the revolution, so I have always had a fascination with this era of world history. But it is...