Pick of the Week – 8 January

Posted on: January 8, 2016 in: Pick of the week

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.


Music in the Brain

With the help of an fMRI machine, neuroscientists at MIT have discovered a group of brain cells in the auditory cortex which respond specifically to music. Maybe music really is hardwired into us? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhTCOlJ-nh4]

Can talking about music add to our understanding of it?

Inspired by this very moving article, Lawrence Kramer asks why we tend to be reluctant to capture musical experience with words. And when we do, can it help us not only to make sense of the music itself, but also our own lives?

Quartet for the End of Time. Village Underground. 23 April 2014.
Design a wig

We’re finishing this week with a bit of light relief. This is a rather addictive little game from the V&A where you can design your own 18th century wig. Here’s one of our more modest constructions…

design a wig