music

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...

Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Kurt Cobain, Beyonce, Kanye West…. the list of pop stars who have struggled with anxiety, depression or other mental health problems is huge. Empirical evidence backs this up: the music industry really does make...

For those that don’t know who The Wombats are – who are you, and what are you up to at the moment?

The Wombats are a band from Liverpool. We have just released our fourth album. I’m currently in LA just about to shoot a music video for a song called ‘...

For the uninitiated, Evil Blizzard are four bass players and a singing drummer, who have garnered some big support slots and regularly headline their own gigs in London, Leeds and Manchester. They are something of an enigma, not only because of their genre-defying music, but...

The relationship between musicians and substance abuse is not a shocking revelation. From Berlioz, through Beethoven to The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, there is a long and tragic lineage of artists falling foul of stimulant abuse. It’s often attributed to...

According to Action on Hearing Loss, 11 million people in the UK (1 in 6) have some form of hearing loss, and it is estimated that this figure will rise to 15.6 million (1 in 5) by 2035.

Hearing loss (whether mild, moderate,...

How musically mindful are you? Anne-Marie Czajkowski (University of Leeds) used a brief demonstration to illustrate how mindfulness can be used to support musical performance. Sit up straight, close your eyes and focus on your breathing – specifically where you feel...

Sam Chaplin, famed director of The Choir With No Name, has a passion for using the power of music and song as pathways to recovery for people with a history of mental health issues. For the last three years, he has worked with...

Founded in 1977 by legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin and his friend, Ian Stoutzker CBE, UK charity Live Music Now joined forces here with the Royal Society of Medicine to consider core benefits for music interventions. The...

There have long been links between music and science, from studies of acoustics at the University of Cambridge in 1873 to keyboard-playing Professor Brian Cox, but London-based producer and University of London neuroscience PhD Floating Points is no D:Ream.
His debut LP...