Kate Feenstra

Music

Underdog instruments

The zither is, if nothing else, a cross-cultural affair, manifesting itself as the Vietnamese đàn tranh, the Japanese koto, the German scheitholt, the Chinese guzheng, and so on. No other instrument that has that ethereal quality that every continent has seemed to make its own. The thirty-year career of Ruth Welcome and her zither-laden renditions…

Music

Greatest film scores

A good film score, for the most part, knows to speak only when spoken to, to leave necessary space, fill in enough gaps. It reveals what may not be so clear in the film’s narrative, substitutes for missing emotions or ideas. Mica Levi’s score to the 2013 sci-fi piece Under The Skin is a prime…

Music

Old, sexless and dull?

When it comes to music, we see women left, right and centre. On tour, at awards shows, on TV, on the radio, on every blog under the sun – so how could anyone say women don’t run the music game? Every creative industry has its cross to bear – often it’s the complete absence of…

Music

The almighty mashup

It was a wise old superhuman called Grimes who once told Interview magazine, “genres are sort of disappearing, people just use bands as reference points”. So called ‘post-internet’ music, she says, is blurring the lines between pop, house, electronic, folk, you name it. But isn’t this what music is meant to be? I vividly remember…