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    Spirituals: The Power of Community and Music (Part 2)

    Spirituals: The Power of Community and Music (Part 2)

    In this episode, Christen identifies the musical characteristics that make up Black Spirituals. See how the American Black community has preserved Spirituals, in spite of its obstacles—acknowledging the transformative impact the art form has made still today. View Show Notes Find Us Online - website: https://wdav.org/powerplay - support: https://donate.wdav.org/pledge/ (Add “Power Play” to the Comments)

    • 22 min
    Spirituals: The Power of Community and Music (Part 1)

    Spirituals: The Power of Community and Music (Part 1)

    In this episode, Christen details the history and significance of Negro Spirituals. Come along as we trace the story through Spirituals' grooving rhythms, cleverly written meanings, and emotional testimonies of the Black community—hearing how this musical genre has survived and transformed. View Show Notes Find Us Online - website: https://wdav.org/powerplay - support: https://donate.wdav.org/pledge/ (Add "Power Play" to the Comments)

    • 19 min
    The Birth of Church Music: Purpose, Polyphony, and the Forming of New Art

    The Birth of Church Music: Purpose, Polyphony, and the Forming of New Art

    In this episode, Christen Crumpler investigates the relationship between music and religion during the Middle Ages. While the musical stylings were under restrictive guidelines, the music still managed to reach artistic creativity – with its purpose changing with the aging period. We look back at western music's development for better clarity on its historical ties to today.

    • 14 min
    Pirate Radio: Tales from the UK Radio Rebellion

    Pirate Radio: Tales from the UK Radio Rebellion

    When the English government fails to meet the radio needs of its people a group of “pirates” are ready to make their own. Broadcasting from boats, trees, or hidden studios, pirate radio stations would evade the authorities for decades as the inspectors sought to “bring the villains to justice.” Join Karbo and Ross as they tell the story of the DJ outlaws whose rebellion changed English radio forever.

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    Resources:
    London’s Pirate Pioneers by Albert Glinsky
    The Last Pirates 
    How Pirate Radio Went Digital
    Radio is My Bomb 
    Music:
    “Theme One” by George Martin
    “flowers in the rain” by the move
    “Hotshot” by Scott Holmes
    “base” by parallel park

    “Just give it time” by pierce murphy
    “Counterattack” by parallel park
    “lovechances” by mikaih beats
    “past the barbary” by Ava Luna

    Other Audio:
    Pirate Radio Afloat
    Jackie final Broadcast
    LWR sample
    Miscellaneous tv news samples
    Theremin bleep
    Live Jackie broadcast (recorded 8/13 by Karbo)
    Foundation FM interview

    • 34 min
    Chen Yi: Surviving the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Confronting Legacies of Imperialism, and Making Asian-American Music

    Chen Yi: Surviving the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Confronting Legacies of Imperialism, and Making Asian-American Music

    In this episode, Ross and Karbo become familiar with Chen Yi, a Chinese-American composer who lived through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution in China – and kept her love of music alive despite it. With complex relationships with both China and the United States, Chen's life and work negotiate critical intersections of race, gender, culture, and nationality in the worlds of classical music.

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    Episode Notes
    Music:

    “cdc1” and “cdc2” by Kosta T

    “Thinking of My Home” and “Spring Festival” by Chen Yi


    Mozart’s Symphony no. 40

    “Red Detachment of Women"

    “Veris Bellum Sonus” by Silva de Alegria

    “National Spark” by Krestovsky

    “Night March” by Dee Yan-Key

    “Arctic” by Chad Crouch


    Other Resources:

    “In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States" by Jennifer Kelly

    “Speak It Louder: Asian-Americans Making Music” by Deborah Wong

    “Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian-Americans in Classical Music” by Mari Yoshihara

    “The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion” by Irene Hsu

    • 37 min
    Leon Theremin: Espionage, Stalinism and Sci-fi Sounds

    Leon Theremin: Espionage, Stalinism and Sci-fi Sounds

    In this episode, Karbo and Ross follow Leon Theremin (born Lev Termen) as he invents the Theremin – an instrument most recognizable for its use in sci-fi movies. Theremin navigates the rise and fall of the Soviet Union as soldier, spy, prisoner, scientist, and outcast.

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    Read: "Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage"

    Music from MC Productions

    Music from Carolina Eyck

    U.N. Spy Debate. Reds 'Bugged' American Embassy Lodge Claims

    Neil Armstrong Talks to the Space Center - Audio

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Karibo ,

Entertaining and Enlightening

Nice woven storyline with the music discussed in the episode. Engaging banter from the hosts and interesting information about the composers and the historical context that influenced their music. Looking forward to the next episode!

CoffeeLite & AudioOasisStory ,

Music Exploration via Storytelling WOW!!!

Love, love, LOVE the combination of engaging & conversational diaglog with a layer of music history thrown in that stays with you long after the episode has ended. I'm hooked.

sabepa ,

Educational and Entertaining

The concept alone had me intrigued, but the hosts’ banter and presentation had me hooked. The stories they share are thoughtful and timely. I can’t wait to hear more.

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