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In Tony's Dome: It's education, education and not much fun

I HAVE seen the future, and it's remarkably like the past.

The video generation

Remember where you were when you first saw 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? JOHN HARRIS celebrates that great modern art form - the pop promo

FOCUS: ROCK MUSIC: Charity and the charts

Next month's NetAid gives ageing pop stars another chance to shift their records

Music: At home on Planet Peter

Last week, Peter Gabriel's Real World label celebrated a decade of championing world music. But does the global roster live in its founder's shadow?

Pop Riffs: The first and latest albums bought by Jocelyn Pook

Belle and Sebastian and the White Horses

Architecture: Tyger tyger, burning brighter

The secret of the Dome is out: William Blake's fearful symmetry is to be framed by a spectacular light show.

Pop: God is in the Details No 2: `Don't give up'

POP MUSIC is not a great medium for natural dynamics. Music technology puts a thick black line around every element - as in a painting by Patrick Caulfield. There's little room for the blending and delicate brush strokes you expect in jazz or classical music. Yet the process of multitrack pop recording (once cynically described to me as the art of removing all dynamics and personality from the original performance - then taking days to put them all back in again at the mixing stage) has yielded some striking moments of beautiful artificiality. One of the best is in the final minute of "Don't Give Up" (So, Virgin PGCD5), after Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush have stopped singing and the bassist Tony Levin comes to the fore with a sneaky, reggae-flavoured riff. The recording puts you right in the middle of the rhythm section - the drums are close, and played hard, but the bass is much louder than it could ever be if you were really listening in that studio. Gabriel is giving us a privileged insight into the intimate workings of the recording studio.

Fast Track: A sweet song of success and synthesizers

CV: Jonathan Cole, Director Of Computer Warehouse

The week in radio: The end of the pier show hits the airwaves

If you tuned into Radio 4 this week you might have heard a voice saying: "BBC, World Service." It was confusing. What was he talking about? Had the frequencies changed all over again? The voice continued, imperious and a little scratchy. "This is London. Where you are isn't. You can tell by the flies, and the lack of discipline. For goodness sake cover yourselves up and listen".

Music: From Genesis to re-evaluation

Flares, Abba and disco have all been rehabilitated. Now Seventies revivalism faces its sternest test - prog-rock.

High-flying teenagers wanted for dome circus

RINGMASTER PETER Mandelson will recruit 180 young people to train as circus acrobats in the big show spectacular planned for the Millennium dome.

Music: The beautiful sound of freedom

Singer Yungchen Lhamo trekked a thousand miles to escape Chinese oppression in Tibet. Now she is captivating Western audiences with her ethereal voice and inner strength, reports Jane Cornwell

Peter Gabriel tunes in to write score for millennium spectacular

THE Millennium Dome entertainment spectacular will be a triumph of experience over youth - old stagers over Britpop tyros every time.
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