Speed of Life: Remembering David Bowie

Look up here, I’m in heaven I’ve got scars that can’t be seen I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen Everybody knows me now –David Bowie, “Lazarus” The work and legacy of David Bowie was very much on our minds this week as we learned of his passing. I remember just a few weeks ago watching the … Continued

The Power of Sound in Education: How Music Can Help Students Learn

Man Made Music has worked on a number projects of late revolving around education, targeting youth ranging in age from early childhood through adolescence. It’s a great challenge: how can we meaningfully enhance systems of learning with sonic? Then I started to wonder… how is it that I can remember the melody and lyrics to … Continued

Immersive Experiences: Hearing Is Believing

When I first heard about Sleep No More, a site-specific interactive theatrical work created by Punchdrunk, the production was still somewhat of a mystery to the public. I had heard it was based around Shakespeare’s Macbeth, that guests received masks to wear and were not allowed to speak and that there was a secret top … Continued

Wanna Write a Hit Song?

What makes a song a hit?* What are the magical elements – including melody, arrangement, hook, lyrics and voice – and how do they come together to create a song that resonates with people worldwide? Sure, money and marketing can contribute to how visible a song is in the marketplace, but when the promotion cycle … Continued