The Piano Has Been Thinking

Düsseldorf’s Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, is not a man who does things by halves. A one-time rapper and rock band synth player, the 47-year-old has spent the last decade transforming his first instrument, the acoustic piano, over a dozen albums, into a thing of infinite sonic possibilities courtesy of numerous physical ‘preparations’ – his materials of…

Folklore Vinyl

If psyhco-geographically themed railway brass band music on limited edition, seven-inch vinyl, in a hand-printed sleeve is your idea of audiophile gold, then look no further than Manchester imprint Folklore Tapes’ latest release. Until now a cassette-only imprint, Manchester’s Folklore Tapes, which deals in “folkloric arcana and heritage of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Britain,…

Black and White Photograph

Portrait of the Artist

In the second series of interviews for Art & Music, Will Stokes paints his own portrait of the life and work of 22-year-old, Hong Kong-born composer Joanne Sy who is currently gliding onto London’s contemporary classical scene. Joanne Sy is no stranger to uniting the visual with the aural, having had compositions performed at both the…

Kicking the Mickey Mouse Out of Our Heads

The romanticised virtuousness of Disney’s ‘magic kingdom’ ill prepares us for the grim reality of adult life, says Sophie Ioannou. Why not let a somewhat less sneaky-clean, but not less iconic, American institution- namely sizzled barroom philosopher Charles Bukowski- call the shots, she suggests… Walt Disney ruled the kingdom of my childhood. As a kid,…

Paradise Lost?

Why is cinema so eager to present a dystopian view of the world and yet so reluctant to depict its opposite, asks Peter Wix It’s a strange place we live in, where dreams of ideal societies and great improvements for the general good occupy so little space in the collective imagination. However you introduce such…

Hannah Höch

Hannah Höch

WhiteChapel Gallery This visual chocolate box of an exhibition, displaying neat rows of precisely hung, small works in dark frames, is a vast collation of German collagist Hannah Höch’s life with the knife. The dozens of caramel-toned cut paper and photomontage works on show stand as exquisite evidence of her dedication to delicate and meticulous…

33 1/3: Blank Generation

Pete Astor (Bloomsbury) Part of the fun of the 33 1/3 series of books on classic albums is trying to anticipate which direction the author will take. We’ve been treated to track-by-track details of the writing and recording processes, personal and poetic takes from jaded band members and giddy fans alike, and even a short…

Chris Marker: A Grin Without A Cat

Whitechapel Gallery, until 22 June The title of the Whitechapel gallery’s Chris Marker retrospective derives from the French writer, photographer and documentary film director’s powerful 1977 work that splices together political movements of the ’70s into a 180-minute film essay that disturbs and provokes. Marker, who died in 2012, aged 91, was a fighter in…

Tania Kovats: Oceans

15th March- 25 May 2014 The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Notwithstanding a title that wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of a flaccid pop album, and subject matter so well- trodden that it’s getting muddy, Oceans demonstrates that British artist Tania Kovats’ seeming avoidance of the YBA enclosure during the early stages of her…