Dr. Victoria Williamson is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sheffield University and one of the world’s foremost researchers on the Psychology of Music. In this, her first book, she explores the complex relationships between music and our brains. She poses such questions as:
Do babies remember music from the womb?
Can music help with exercise or recovery from illness?
What is going on in your brain when that certain song transports you back to teenage years.
To continue our Music theme this week in the lead-up to International Music Day on 21st June I’d like to introduce you to The Wire magazine. Although published in The UK, The Wire has a truly global ear, previewing, reviewing and promoting music of just about any style. There does seem to be an emphasis on cutting-edge new music in a variety of styles. Jazz, HipHop, Minimalist, Electronic music as well as Noise, Rock and Contemporary Classical forms all get wide coverage.
View all our magazines and periodicals here -> Magazines & Periodicals List June 2014
As well as the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere (and the longest in the North), on the 21st June everything music is celebrated. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.
To help celebrate the day this Saturday we will feature a music-related post every day this week culminating with something special on Friday.
This week’s Website of the Week is Setlist.fm. I was at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night to see Arctic Monkeys play one of the handful of gigs they have been doing to promote their latest album AM here in Australia. Apart from witnessing a predictably excellent performance I was interested to see for myself how closely they stuck to the setlist they have been playing on the tour so far. Australian gigs have been supported by the Perth band Pond, two members of which have been part of fellow psych/rock/glam/garage band Tame Impala up until late last year.
There has been quite a bit of press about the band with accusations from one American support band The Orwells that every Arctic Monkeys show of this tour is identical. The Orwells who supported the band on the US leg of their AM tour went so far as to say not only are the songs on the setlist the same but they are played in the same order and with every seeming ad-lib “choreographed” into the bargain.
Alex Turner, frontman and principal songwriter for the band responded in the sort of fashion that has garnered him fans and critics in equal measure. That is to say he responded like a Rock Star, and that is his job afterall…
This naturally got me to thinking of how to find out what songs bands play when and how often, on which tours and over time. If you follow a band’s career closely enough you can sometimes find fan posted setlists for the latest tour but not much more. Setlist.fm is a Wiki that by contrast offers an incredible wealth of information about bands, past and present, their touring info and really comprehensive setlists. It is constantly being added to and amended and provides not only gig by gig setlist info but comprehensive statistics on which songs come from which album and how often they are played.
This week’s Website of the Week is Songmeanings.com. Ever wondered just what that song you heard was all about? Search songmeanings.com and not only get a complete transcription of the lyrics but sample a broad range of opinions on what the songwriters were really trying to say. a fount of knowledge and speculation of the real meanings behind thousands of songs, new and old.
This week’s Website of the Week is Brain Pickings. This is a pretty amazing website run by Maria Popova. Her mission is to bring us culture, the more interesting the better. In her own words; “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” So take a quick tour of the sight and expand your mind.
Year 9 English students prepared for researching a multimodal presentation on sustainability. Pupils will be required to source images, sound and information to develop a presentation on their given topic. The focus today was on finding suitable ‘free to use’ resources and learning how to reference these correctly using the Harvard Style.
The following links were used as a starting point:
Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffidsedited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynicalby Robert Shearman. David McComb was an Australian singer/songwriter best known as the Lead Singer/Guitarist with groundbreaking Perth band The Triffids. Named after the British writer John Wyndam’s famous dystopian novel, McComb Garnering wide critical acclaim with this band especially in the UK and Europe. The lineup included McComb’s brother Robert, future Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bass player Martin P. Casey and pedal and lap steel guitar legend, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee. McComb became a member of The Blackeyed Susans, as well as forming a shortlived post-Triffids band The Red Ponies. His only solo album Love of Will has become highly collectible following the singer’s untimely death at age 37.
A very detailed, subjective but ultimately excellent blog whose sole purpose is to point people in the direction of great music. Emphasis is on pop, rock and ‘independent’ music, written by an ex-Adelaide writer of a certain age.