The idea that a record isn’t a finished artwork isn’t new, says East India Youth’s William Doyle. But by tinkering with a mainstream release and tinkering with it, Kanye West is confronting the idea that art is ever complete
In the last of our live radio series, classical composer turned sculptural producer Anne Meredith discusses the importance of shape in song and how she’s gone from making scores for the proms to bangers for the club
Skrillex produces Bieber, Rihanna covers Tame Impala, and the genre-bending 1975 top the charts. The people making and consuming music are more stylistically promiscuous than ever. How did we get here?
The son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood is so angered by punk having gone mainstream that he plans to torch his artefacts. Here’s some ideas on how he could channel his rage more constructively …
When his band Race Horses split up three years ago, Meilyr Jones’s search for a new musical direction led him to Byron, churches and Rome. He talks about the Eternal City’s magic and his new album 2013
In Boris Godunov – Mussorgsky’s only completed opera – the composer created one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon. We look back at some past productions and the singers who have brought the role to life
English National Opera this week opens a new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, his 1983 opera about the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh. Tristram Kenton went along to watch rehearsals and capture the creation of what looks set to be a stunning production.
When our correspondent was abruptly summoned to an audience with the legendary artist in his Minneapolis studios, he had no idea what to expect. Certainly not being asked to duet on Sign o’ the Times ...
At 71, the Rolling Stones legend is proud of his cartoon image as a rock outlaw. He’s back now with his first solo album in 23 years. But some days, the wildman reputation feels like a ball and chain – he just wants to visit an art gallery or water the garden
Back in Hong Kong, where they recorded their album The Magic Whip, Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave talk about falling out and making up, the state of British pop music and why 90s Britpop was a wasted opportunity