Music, Time and Long-Term Thinking: Brian Eno Expands the Vocabulary of Human Feeling

   By Austin Brown (left) and Alex Mensing (right) / 11.30.2017 Brian Eno’s creative activities defy categorization. Widely known as a musician and producer, Eno has expanded the frontiers of audio and visual art for decades, and posited new ways of approaching creativity in general. He is a thinker and speaker, activist and eccentric. He formulated[…]

Music Fundamentals and Appreciation: Anyone Can Grasp the Basics

     By (left-to-right) Dr. N. Alan Clark, Dr. Thomas Heflin, and Dr. Elizabeth Kramer Clark: Director of Bands, Middle Georgia State University Heflin: Assistant Professor of Jazz, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Kramer: Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music History, University of West Georgia What Is Music? Music moves through time; it is not static.[…]

The History of Dance as Therapy

American dance therapist Marian Chace therapist in a dance therapy session. Image credit: American Dance Therapy Association By Julia Nurse / 10.12.2016 Web Content Officer Wellcome Library While researching the role of dance as a form of therapy for the latest Wellcome Collection exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond‘, I discovered a richly illustrated cross-cultural[…]

Music of the Middle Ages

By Dr. Elizabeth Kramer Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music History University of West Georgia Introduction and Historical Context Musical Timeline Click image to enlarge Introduction What do you think of when you hear the term the Middle Ages (450–1450)? For some, the semi-historical figures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian come to mind. Others[…]

The Irrelevant and the Contemporary

By Daniel Penny / 08.02.2016 Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands. They are thus in this sense irrelevant. But precisely because of this condition, precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than[…]

Why Do Some People Love Sad Music?

By Dr. Tuomas Eerola / 09.29.2016 Professor of Music Cognition Durham University Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s Someone Like You frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s Requiem have moved people for centuries. Both portray and bring about a strong sense of loss and sadness. But our enjoyment of sad music[…]