Sunday, March 25, 2007

Collective -- the BBC's interactive culture magazine

If you're at all interested in culture, as you all should be ;), Collective is a website that you should definitely check out. Every week a new selection of articles on music, film, books, the arts, and even games is published, including lots of multimedia content (full album tracks to listen to, video interviews and film clips to watch, etc.). The site is explicitly designed to be as interactive as possible: users are invited to discuss articles online, to write their own reviews, to create their own 'space' which other people can visit, and so on.

But even if you're just a passive user like myself, you'll find plenty of things to keep you happy, especially once you start browsing the archives. To name just a few of the interesting features in the 'music' category, there are reviews of, interviews with and features on the likes of Patrick Wolf, Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, !!!, Aphex Twin, Daniel Johnston, Amon Tobin, Devendra Banhart, Four Tet, Low, and many, many more.

For a TV counterpart to Collective, you can tune in to The Culture Show on BBC2 on Saturday evenings at 8.10 pm.

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