Comparative Piece on Two Major UK Festivals

Two Festival Comparison - download link In this piece, I am going to question the cultural, social and economic impacts of festivals through the analysis of similarities and differences between Capital’s Summertime Ball and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend since their inaugurations in 2009 and 2003 respectively. ‘A performance event comprising two or more live performances... Continue Reading →

Product Development: MixMap App

For our Mobile App Development module, we are currently under the process of developing our own music app and researching into our market and customer base. Our product is MixMap, a playlist sharing solution. MixMap offers users the ability to share and discover playlists on a map based platform by creating avatars, adding friends uploading... Continue Reading →

Global Ecologies Research Projects

Short Video Project: As part of the Global Ecologies module, we were tasked with creating a short video which explores Manuel De Landa's idea of how a city (or in Cheltenham's case, Cultural capital' integrates itself with the surrounding area. From conducting our own research around the topic, we discovered a book by Ruth Finnegan... Continue Reading →

Podcast: Where is the Music Industry?

In response to the research and learning in our Global Ecologies module, I have produced a 10 minute podcast discussing Where is the Music Industry? I found it interesting to look into music from other cultures and how they think about the Western music industry, and have enjoyed relating it the idea back to the... Continue Reading →

Formation, Beyonce : Textual Analysis

Beyoncé has always been an artist with the aim to empower whether that be to empower women, to empower races, or to empower her audience in general. At the beginning of this year came her latest motion of empowerment with the release of Formation but was empowerment really what she achieved? Formation tackled current issues... Continue Reading →

Concept Albums: an opinion piece

The Concept Album. Defined as “an album that has a unifying theme or that tells a single story” derives from the idea of creating a narrative through a piece of music or series of songs. It’s origins date back to mid 20th century jazz era, with artists exploring rhythms and chord progressions which became the... Continue Reading →

Eminem Album Review

Over-political or an LP of activism?  The 9th release from renowned rapper Eminem has split critics and fans alike. ‘Revival’ was much anticipated following a 4-year hiatus since the 2013 ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’ release which came with its own abundance of questions and criticism. The real question however is, was ‘The Real Slim Shady’... Continue Reading →

Understanding Basic Music Copyright

The 3 Activities: To understand music copyright there are 3 basic activities that exist separately but can also intersect: 1) Writing Lyrics 2) Making Recordings 3) Performance Writing Lyrics: ♫ To begin, for a songwriter to become the original owner of their creative work, the work needs to be put into a fixed form. The... Continue Reading →

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