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Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

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Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Howard and Guy Lawrence, the brothers behind Disclosure, found global acclaim in 2012 with their song “Latch” ft. Sam Smith which blended house and dubstep in a doo-wop time signature. Since, they have collaborated with many of pop’s most sought after vocalists (The Weeknd, Lore and Khalid to name a few) in an ever evolving vision of dance music. On their latest album release, “Energy,” Disclosure channels sounds and samples from the global south. Listen to find out how they make the energy flow. 
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    • 40 min
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wanted

    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wanted

    When we listen closely to the Fifth, we hear a testament to self-expression and determination. Which means that we get to decide how to honor this symphony today, whether that means taking a break from Beethoven to commission new works from underrepresented composers, bringing new audiences into the fold by staging concerts in communities outside of the concert hall, or re-writing Beethoven’s works to make them reflect our present moment. 
    Featuring:
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet
    Andrea Moore, Musicologist
    Deborah Borda, CEO and President
    David Lang, Composer
    Jaap van Sweden, Conductor
    Leelanee Sterett, Horn
    Sherry Sylar, Oboe
    Music Featured:
    Carlos Simon, Loop
    Talia Leon, Stride
    David Lang, Prisoner of the State
    Recoding of Beethoven Symphony 5 by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Sweden used by permission from Decca Gold.
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    • 31 min
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT III, Putting the Classism in Classical

    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT III, Putting the Classism in Classical

    Before Beethoven’s time, classical music culture looked and sounded quite different. When Mozart premiered his Symphony 31 in the late 1700s, it was standard for audiences to clap, cheer, and yell “da capo!” (Italian for “from the beginning!”) in the middle of a performance. After Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony debuted in the early 1800s, these norms changed — both because the rising industrial merchant class took ownership of concert halls and because of shifts in the music itself.
    As we explored in episodes I and II of the Switched On Pop podcast series The 5th, the musical complexity of Beethoven’s symphony required a different kind of listening. The Fifth’s four-note opening theme occurs and recurs in variations throughout the symphony, slowly shifting from minor to major keys and mirroring Beethoven’s experience with deafness. The Fifth’s creative rule-breaking — subverting the classical sonata form in the first movement, for example — requires close listening to fully grasp. Over time, these norms crystallized into a set of etiquette rules (e.g., “don’t clap mid-piece”) to enhance the new listening experience. In the third episode of The 5th, we explore how Beethoven’s symphony was used to generate the strict culture of classical music — and the politics that undergird those norms of behavior.

    Music Discussed
    Recording of The New York Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 conducted by Jaap van Zweden used by permission from Decca Gold.
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    • 32 min
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT II, From Struggle to Victory

    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT II, From Struggle to Victory

    In the first movement of his famous symphony, Beethoven sets up a battle between hope and despair. The dark side of that spectrum is represented by the anguished opening notes of the first movement: DUN DUN DUNNN. Over the course of the next three movements, Beethoven keeps trying to overcome his dark fate with bright major melodies, and keeps getting defeated.
    With each high and low, we begin to understand that this battle isn't just about major and minor keys, it's about the will to live in the face of adversity. How do you perform such an emotional rollercoaster? We talk to the members of the New York Philharmonic about what it's like to sound a symphony whose stakes are life and death.
    Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
    Leelanee Sterrett, Horn
    Kyle Zerna, Percussion
    Frank Huang, Violin
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet
    Sherry Sylar, Oboe
    Recording of The New York Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 conducted by Jaap van Zweden used by permission from Decca Gold.
    Hear new episodes of our four-part miniseries The 5th every Tuesday and Friday starting September 8th.
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    • 28 min
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT I, A Battle Brewing

    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT I, A Battle Brewing

    You know Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You’ve heard it in films, advertisements, parodied in Saturday morning cartoons and disco-ized in Saturday Night Fever. The Fifth Symphony is a given, so much so that it blends into the background. You know this piece, but how well? Of all the symphonies of the bewigged classical "greats," why is this one still stuck in our heads over two centuries later?
    To answer these questions, we’re giving Beethoven’s famous symphony the same treatment we give to pop songs. And we’re doing so with the help of an orchestra that’s been performing this piece since 1842, the New York Philharmonic.
    In Movement I, we hear how the famous opening notes of the symphony aren't just melody: they’re the main character in a drama that will unfold over four movements.
    Featuring:
    Frank Huang, Violin
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet
    Sherry Sylar, Oboe
    Recording of The New York Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 conducted by Jaap van Zweden used by permission from Decca Gold.
    New episodes of our four-part miniseries The 5th drop every Tuesday and Friday starting September 8th.
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    • 27 min
    Announcing THE 5TH with The New York Philharmonic

    Announcing THE 5TH with The New York Philharmonic

    A podcast mini-series in IV movements explaining and reconsidering Beethoven’s game-changing symphony. Episodes air Tuesdays & Fridays starting Sept 8th.
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Fun and informative song podcast

If you're wondering why a song is stuck in your head,
which chord progression will certainly fill you with dread,
what does it mean when the verses do or don't ryhme,
why the vocals and beat aren't synced all of the time.

To find all of the answers, you better start from the top,
just sit back and listen to 'Switched On Pop'.

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