Kraftwerk on stage in 2004, with Florian Schneider on the right. File photograph: Juerg Mueller/Keystone via AP

Wednesday’s announcement of the death of Florian Schneider (typically, the actual date he died remains a mystery) sent me down a listening rabbit-hole(...)

Timothée Chalamet: Dune is a blockbuster that won’t get delayed. Right? Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty

When Denis Villeneuve signed up for one of pop culture’s great white whale hunts, he can’t have imagined the project would take on an emblematic quali(...)

Gerald Barry. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of media kerfuffle about claims that going to the cinema counts as “a light workout”. The research was carried out by scientists (...)

Colin Currie: ‘You’re either on the note or you’re off.’

“Depending on how you cut it,” Colin Currie says wittily, “percussion is one of the newest old instruments or the oldest new instrument in classical m(...)

Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

Wu Wei played at New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted at the weekend.

You just can’t envy John Harris, the director of the New Music Dublin festival. At the beginning of March the so-called Beast from the East and Storm (...)

Mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain: the first of three recitals in the Dublin Song Series

The human voice is everywhere in the world of music. Whole traditions and genres depend on it. Without it there would be no love songs, no choirs, no (...)

While John Harris wants to ‘salvage as much as we  can’, pressure  of time and space are weighing against him

Snow has been everywhere this last week and the New Music Dublin Festival was among the casualties. It can’t have been easy for festival director John(...)

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

Saturday, February 24th   Powder Her Face National Opera House, Wexford, 8pm €30/€27, 053-9122144/1850-467372 and on tour to Kilkenny, Navan, (...)

John Harris: arriving into a situation in which future festival themes and commissions are already in train

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris. He is a composer and is currently chi(...)

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