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A Hero's Disruption

A Hero's Disruption

A Hero's Disruption

It has been an exceptional year for the post-punk Dublin band Fontaines D.C., and this week, just over a year after their debut 'Dogrel', they release their much anticipated second album 'A Hero's Death'.

Published on 30 July 2020

Jake Tiernan is bass-player with the band Turnstiles and writes a blog at https://waxlyrical667328945.wordpress.com. He was a participant in the Journal of Music/Galway City and County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme in 2019.

Dark Side of the Boom: Music and the Generation Game

Dark Side of the Boom: Music and the Generation Game

Dark Side of the Boom: Music and the Generation Game

Like a canary in a coal mine, the music industry has collapsed just before Wall Street, twice in one century. Gareth Murphy explores the eerie parallels – and what could come next.

Published on 1 April 2015

Gareth Murphy is author of Cowboys and Indies – The Epic History of the Record Industry. For his music business articles in the UK press, he won Writer of the Year at the 2017 PPA Independent Publisher Awards. He ghostwrote Siren Song, Sire Records founder Seymour Stein’s official autobiography, and lives in Paris.

Where Electronic Music Began

Where Electronic Music Began

Where Electronic Music Began

Mark Brend explains how the appearance of the first electronic musical instrument in 1906 set the tone for discussions about electronic music that continued through much the twentieth century.

Published on 25 January 2013

Mark Brend is an author and musician who lives in Exeter, Devon. His books include Strange Sounds and American Troubadours, and his journalism has appeared in Record CollectorMojoArt & Music and many other publications.

Hidden Frames

Hidden Frames

Hidden Frames

Mary Halvorson's music expands the definition of free jazz rather than fitting neatly into the genre.

Published on 18 May 2011

Patrick Groenland is an Irish guitarist and composer. Having studied at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, he is now based in Dublin. www.patrickgroenland.com

Empty Space

Empty Space

Empty Space

Commissioned to compose a work in response to 9/11, John Adams confronted the question: can modern classical music still be the transcendental force we need it to be?

Published on 1 August 2010

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Looking for America

Looking for America

Looking for America

In the early part of the twentieth century, a young musician named Natalie Curtis began drawing attention to the music of Native Americans and African Americans, publishing collections, organising concerts and advocating their traditions as

Published on 1 June 2010

Michelle Wick Patterson is Assistant Professor of History at Mount St Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She has just published Natalie Curtis Burlin: A Life in Native and African American Music (University of Nebraska Press) and is currently working on an anthology of the work of ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore.

From Memory

From Memory

From Memory

"If you don’t have a friend who is an artist, you’re wasting your time." Kevin Volans remembers Morton Feldman

Published on 1 April 2010

Kevin Volans is a composer living in Ireland. His work, principally in the field of chamber and orchestral music, has been performed at the Berliner Festwochen, Vienna State Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Lincoln Center, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the BBC Proms.

Minimalism Schminimalism

Minimalism Schminimalism

Minimalism Schminimalism

In February 2006, Steve Reich came to Ireland for the fourth RTÉ Living Music Festival of which he was the featured composer. In this article, published at the time, Bob Gilmore discusses Reich's work and the ideas around it.

Published on 1 January 2006

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California. His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014. Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music.

The Next Best Sound to Silence: The ECM Story

The Next Best Sound to Silence: The ECM Story

The Next Best Sound to Silence: The ECM Story

For over 30 years the Munich based record label ECM have issued a unique series of recordings which, says Tim Thurston, have not only redefined jazz, but have changed the face of contemporary music.

Published on 1 November 2001

Tim Thurston is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer on music. He presents Gloria, a weekly programme of sacred music on Lyric FM.