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Study visit review: vocal composition recordings

By | Music, Study Visits

On Saturday 2nd April, OCA music students gathered together from far and wide to pack out Music Room 1 of the MAC Birmingham. Students had a unique opportunity to write pieces for mezzo soprano and piano which would be recorded, premiered and discussed on the day with tutors and fellow students.

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The anxiety of influence

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

I have been to several exhibitions over the last few weeks and have been aware how important earlier artists have been to the ones that follow them. The phrase “anxiety of influence” was coined by the American literary critic, Harold Bloom in his eponymous book about poets, published in 1973. And writers have been worrying about it ever since. Visual artists seem less worried.

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Gamelan workshop

By | Music, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor and programme leader Carla Rees on the 11 June 2016 at the South Bank Centre in London to gain hands on experience with Javanese Gamelan.

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The nearest faraway place

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

The nearest faraway place has been a bounding collaborative experience for 35 OCA students spanning almost three years. Students worked together to create the handmade book which is more or less 9.60 meters long and about 2.5 cm thick. Read about the project and see the results…

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Musical Ancestry

By | Music

What have the above three faces got in common and who are they even? You may be able to name one or two but what links all three together? Well the answer is Musical Ancestry. The first image is that of Paul Hindemith, the second Arnold Cooke and the last is Felix Mendelssohn. What links these rather disparate composers is their musical lineage, and mine.

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Fangs and soup cans

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Textiles, Visual Communications

As far as the world was concerned Andy Warhol died in 1987 and had an open coffin ceremony, but on Easter weekend last there were reports of several sightings of Warhol in Manhattan, lurking in the shadows near where the original Factory would have been. Completely implausible and absurd sure, but what if…

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