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Interview Highlights Vol. #1 | The Cyber Den

Since 2014, The Cyber Den has been interviewing countless iconic figures from the world of gaming. This is a collection of the funniest moments from previous radio interviews, feat. Jon St. John (Duke Nukem), Joe Kucan (Kane – Command & Conquer), David Bateson (47 – Hitman) and Paul Eiding (Colonel Campbell – Metal Gear Solid). […]

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Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas Interview (MediEvil Series Composers) | The Cyber Den

While Siren takes a break from its live shows (for now), that leaves us with plenty of time to revisit some of The Cyber Den’s past interviews. Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas, AKA Bob & Barn, are the masterminds behind the soundtrack for the beloved hack ‘n’ slash MediEvil series. Back in February they hopped […]

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Aubrey Hodges Interview (Console DOOM & Quake Composer) | The Cyber Den

Aubrey Hodges has composed for well over 250 games in this three decades in the industry, ranging from the Nascar series to the days of Sierra Online games. He’s most famously known for his ambient music and sound design for the console versions of the DOOM & Quake series. Aubrey has a lot of fascinating […]

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David Doak Interview (TimeSplitters, Goldeneye 64 & Perfect Dark) – The Cyber Den

Dr. David Doak has worked on critically-acclaimed Nintendo games like Goldeneye 64 & Perfect Dark. He also co-created the beloved TimeSplitters series as part of Free Radical Design. The good doctor was able to pop on The Cyber Den earlier this year to talk about his fascinating career in game development. Special thanks to Connor […]

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The Improvisation of Music

Written by on 7th April 2017

Students on the BA (Hons) Music course looked at composing in a whole new light when they were joined by London-based quintet, Valia Calda, for a unique music masterclass last Friday.

The band, which draws inspiration from Jazz, Free Improvisation, Electronic and Greek Folk Music, spent the afternoon with the students, introducing them to the concept of free improvisation where musicians refuse to constrain themselves by following set rules.

Following a demonstration by Valia Calda, the inspired students took over, developing their free improvisation skills to create their very own musical masterpieces which were recorded by fellow Audio Production students.

Dr Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, a lecturer in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, thought it would definately be worth trying an improvisational music workshop with both first and second year Music students at the University of Lincoln: “I wanted the students to experience something completely different,” Dr Balosso-Bardin explained. “Most of the students play popular or classical music so I wanted them to break down the barriers and see what happened. By learning the techniques behind conducting for improvisation the students will have the skills they need to play an improvised piece, not just as an individual artist but as a group.”