85 episodes

Music -- just vibrations in the air -- can make you feel heartbroken or elated, peaceful or stabby, inspired to save the whales or to invade Poland. This is HOW MUSIC DOES THAT.

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How Music Does That Dale McGowan

    • Music
    • 5.0 • 55 Ratings

Music -- just vibrations in the air -- can make you feel heartbroken or elated, peaceful or stabby, inspired to save the whales or to invade Poland. This is HOW MUSIC DOES THAT.

Click the website link to subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    How MUZAK Does That

    How MUZAK Does That

    How did wall-to-wall music find its way into every public space? Meet General George Squier.

    • 20 min
    Riffing on Each Other

    Riffing on Each Other

    How a few inaccurate jingles came to represent entire cultures.

    • 23 min
    Anatomy of an Earworm

    Anatomy of an Earworm

    After a month at the mercy of an earworm, I found the cure. Then it all went wrong.

    • 17 min
    When the Music Doesn't Trust You

    When the Music Doesn't Trust You

    The mark of a great film score is knowing when to shut up.

    • 31 min
    Unsung

    Unsung

    They are some of your favorite artists of all time. And you don't even know their names.

    • 27 min
    The King of Space-Age Pop!

    The King of Space-Age Pop!

    HOW MUSIC DOES THAT returns with a Mexican bandleader whose coloristic imagination defined the sound of the space age.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

mkmcemd ,

When Music doesn’t Trust You

Thanks Dale. I love a broad range of music. Movie Scores can be fantastic and enriching . But I was so glad to hear you bring this topic up. I believe there is far too much of it in many of todays feature films and series . Dialog has been losing for quite some time now.
This particular show of yours put me in mind of a parallel in fiction . Some fiction writers seem to depend heavily on dialog and by proportion much less dependence on scene set or atmosphere. Some fiction is almost ready for stage with a minimalist backdrop and props. In contrast , many great writers can really set a scene. In fiction , I believe I lean a bit towards MORE scene setting , more environment, more description.
Yet in film I lean the other way.

Glad you are back at it. I learn so much from you every show.

Saturn's Sails ,

Expected nothing less

I used to be a student with Dr. McGowan, even then his commitment to the art of music was palpable. Here it is no different, every episode I learn something new and fascinating and I couldn’t be happier that the show is coming back after a long hiatus. I look forward to listening more in the future

musicluvr! ,

So happy you are back!!!

I've been missing this. I was thrilled to see new episodes popping up. Really enjoyed the one on Beethoven

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