performing arts

#356      37 min 36 sec
Digital "dischord": How technology and markets are bleeding our musical artists

Prof Andrew Leyshon

Economic geographer Prof Andrew Leyshon charts the rapid changes in the music industry since the 1990s, how new technologies are changing how music is made and consumed, and how artists are affected. Presented by Peter Clarke.

#345      33 min 45 sec
Postmodernism: What is it good for?

Prof Brian McHale

Literary theorist Prof Brian McHale explains the origins and trajectory of postmodernism, muses on its role in our cultural expression, and speculates on its demise. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#251      27 min 46 sec
Rhythm of the beat: The culture, meaning and meter of the tabla

Dr Nadeem Malik

Dr Nadeem Malik takes us on a musical and historical journey with the South Asian percussion instrument, the tabla. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

Episode 152      23 min 00 sec
Be not afraid of greatness: Shakespeare's vital role in the 21C classroom

Prof Jonothan Neelands

Professor of education Jonothan Neelands explains why the plays of the Bard are as relevant and stimulating as e'er they were to students of all ages today. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 123      26 min 37 sec
Masterclass in improvisation: Flute legend Dave Valentin in Australia

Dave Valentin

New York-based latin and jazz artist Dave Valentin discusses how he came to his intstrument, the flute, its place in latin music, and what it takes to be a musical improvisor. With host Eric van Bemmel.


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Episode 84      22 min 08 sec
Music masters: improvisation as a research topic

Christopher Hale
Paul Williamson

Professional jazz musicians and research students Chris Hale and Paul Williamson pick up their instruments and speak about improvisational music as a focus of academic research. With guest host Katherine Smith.

Episode 58      24 min 23 sec
Singing and Teaching Early Music

Vivien Hamilton

Soprano Vivien Hamilton chats with host Jacky Angus about her art and work in early music. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 57      24 min 19 sec
Timbre and Transcendence: Improvisation in Music

Dr Robert Vincs

Dr Robert Vincs explores the transcendental possibilities of improvisational music. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 40      19 min 59 sec
Politics Meets Pop Culture In Indonesia

Dr Ariel Heryanto

Anthropologist Dr Ariel Heryanto speaks to Up Close host Jacky Angus about how Indonesian pop culture both influences and is influenced by complex social and political forces.

Episode 24      24 min 50 sec
Simon Phillips: Theater is No Drama

Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips joins Up Close host Sian Prior for a wide-ranging discussion of the role of theatre in contemporary society, and its continuing relevance in the digital age.

Guest: Simon Phillips, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company

Topic: Contemporary theatre