Modern music is pretty much all synthesised, or at least comprises digital reproductions of recordings of acoustic sounds and yet this development was very much a twentieth-century phenomenon. This post comprises a whistlestop tour from early electric light bulbs through vacuum tubes to modern electronic circuitry, Oscar, Sala, Brian Eno, the too often overlooked Wendy Carlos, and on to the modern day with many a window shopping stop along the way.

Love it, hate it, fail to see the point of it, or not know what it is or how it came about – it is rare to find someone who has absolutely no opinion about the world’s most political musical competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. For years, I have pondered what was missing from this glitzy extravaganza, and today I happened across the answer: Lego.

Bloomsbury Sound Studies The Bloomsbury Sound Studies ebook collection is on trial until 11 December 2021.  It provides students and researchers with wide ranging, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarly content in the study of sound. Subject areas covered include art, aesthetics, …

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We are delighted to present a guest blog from our most recent work experience student to the University Library, Tara Bell.  Here’s how she found Library life, in her own words. During the summer, I planned a week of work …

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Do you do music?  If so, you should check out Music Online for audio examples of music from all over the World, as well as encyclopedic information relating to places, cultural groups, instruments, including the voice and electronic, and genre, …

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Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online both now have a new look.  Oxford Art Online includes the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists with over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art …

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Digital Theatre Plus is a useful resource for teachers and students of Performing Arts or English Literature.  It can also be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys dramatic or musical performance. It is mostly a video-based teaching resource for schools and …

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It was certainly one of those WOW moments: when he found something wonderful he wasn’t really expecting.  “I was in Portsmouth Central Library”, principal lecturer Dr. George Burrows tells me, “trying to find something historic about music and Portsmouth I …

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