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How northern style has influenced the world

The north of England has established an identity and an array of visual imagery that resonates not only through the UK, but across the world. A new show at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool examines its influence.

Inside La La Land

La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical, has picked up rave reviews from critics and is sweeping the board at awards shows. Over six years in the making, the film stays true to Chazelle’s vision as conceived while he was at college at Harvard. We hear from producer Marc Platt and music director Marius de Vries about how it was made.

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Serious Fun with Diagonal Records

Electronic music can be a straight-faced business, but there’s a refreshingly playful edge to the artwork Guy Featherstone creates for Diagonal Records, the label co-founded by musician Oscar Powell. Here the pair discuss their approach and reveal how it has transferred to Powell’s new home at XL

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A soundtrack to Apple

From its iPod silhouette campaign onwards, Apple’s advertising has had a strong link to music. We talk to Chris Pattinson, Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple’s ad agency, about the role that music plays for the brand and why being in its ads can be good for artists and the music industry too

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Inside the archive of Trevor Key, music design’s unsung hero

From Tubular Bells to the Sex Pistols and New Order, photographer Trevor Key played a major role in not just one important pop culture moment, but three. We take an exclusive peek at the treasures of Key’s archive and ask why he doesn’t enjoy the reputation he surely deserves

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Inside Red Bull Music Academy

In 18 years, Red Bull Music Academy has become a global institution, with an annual residency scheme for emerging musicians, a radio station, a network of music studios and a year-round programme of events running in 60 countries. Creative review paid a visit to the 2016 Academy in Montreal to find out the secret to its success

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Opera for all: how ENO is hoping to reach new audiences

It’s been a tough few years for English National Opera. In 2014, Arts Council England announced plans to cut the company’s funding by £5 million – a reduction of almost a third. In a statement explaining its decision, ACE praised ENO’s “ambitious work” and “important role in developing talent” but said it had struggled to reach box office targets and […]

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CR in print

Each month we focus on one key part of society, from food or travel to entertainment, education or fashion, we ask one big question – how is creativity changing our world?

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