7 episodes

The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 

Across six episodes, released weekly from 5 October, J Wilgoose Esq and writer Rory MacLean take us on a journey through Berlin, the city that inspired the album, touching upon its history, its inhabitants, and the artworks created there.

Rory MacLean’s best-selling book Berlin: Imagine a City was a source of inspiration for J Wilgoose Esq as he moved from London to Berlin to make the band’s fourth album. In this series they dissect the music of Bright Magic, illuminate the ways David Bowie, Weimar Germany, The Novembergruppe, Marlene Deitrich, Berghain, Anita Berber, and more can be found within, and shed light on the creative process.

Buy/stream the album

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The Bright Magic Podcast Public Service Broadcasting

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The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 

Across six episodes, released weekly from 5 October, J Wilgoose Esq and writer Rory MacLean take us on a journey through Berlin, the city that inspired the album, touching upon its history, its inhabitants, and the artworks created there.

Rory MacLean’s best-selling book Berlin: Imagine a City was a source of inspiration for J Wilgoose Esq as he moved from London to Berlin to make the band’s fourth album. In this series they dissect the music of Bright Magic, illuminate the ways David Bowie, Weimar Germany, The Novembergruppe, Marlene Deitrich, Berghain, Anita Berber, and more can be found within, and shed light on the creative process.

Buy/stream the album

https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

https://linktr.ee/PublicServiceBroadcasting

https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net

Buy Berlin: Imagine a City by Rory MacLean

https://rorymaclean.com/

This is a 4Kicks Production - for more go to https://www.4kicksproductions.com/

    Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale / Ich und die Stadt

    Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale / Ich und die Stadt

    In this final episode, J Wilgoose Esq and Rory Maclean discuss Blade Runner, the films of Viking Eggeling, the scores of Jóhann Jóhannsson, the paintings of Ludwig Meidner, and the poetry of Kurt Tucholsky. All of which came together to inspire the album’s closing tracks. 


    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 


    Buy/stream the album

    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net


    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com


    A 4Kicks Production

    https://www.4kicksproductions.com


    #BrightMagicAubergines 

    • 47 min
    Lichtspiel I: Opus / Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau

    Lichtspiel I: Opus / Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau

    Lichter! Kamera! Action! Berlin of the 1920s was abuzz with artists working in an exciting new medium - film. These pioneering abstract artworks inspired a triptych of pieces by Public Service Broadcasting. Art like theirs would eventually be described as degenerate by the National Socialists, and yet some of them went on to collaborate with the Nazis, turning their skills within the medium for the purposes of propaganda.


    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 


    Buy/stream the album

    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net


    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com


    A 4Kicks Production

    https://www.4kicksproductions.com

    • 44 min
    Gib mir das Licht / The Visitor

    Gib mir das Licht / The Visitor

    Bowie and Berber take centre stage. Gib mir das Licht is a piece that reflects the demise of both the famous Berlin-based dancer Anita Berber and the Weimar Era during which she lived. The Visitor is David Bowie - a man who made Berlin his home during the late 1970s, a man whose work principally inspired J Wilgoose Esq to move there, and a man Rory Maclean worked with at the time.


    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 


    Buy/stream the album

    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net


    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com/


    A 4Kicks Production

    https://www.4kicksproductions.com/

    • 53 min
    People Let’s Dance / Blue Heaven

    People Let’s Dance / Blue Heaven

    Myth and authenticity are themes explored in Bright Magic’s second act and also here by J Wilgoose Esq and Rory Maclean in this third episode. People Let’s Dance celebrates the German capital’s club scene and its ability to provide a space for people to be their authentic selves. Whereas Blue Heaven was inspired by the near-mythical figure of German actor Marlene Dietrich.


    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 


    Buy/stream the album

    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net


    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com/




    A 4Kicks Production

    https://www.4kicksproductions.com/

    • 46 min
    Im Licht / Der Rhythmus der Maschinen

    Im Licht / Der Rhythmus der Maschinen

    Get ready as J Wilgoose Esq and Rory MacLean take you to the city of light, the fastest city in the world - Berlin of the 1920s. In that decade, like moths to a flame, artists and free thinkers were drawn to this metropolis which would be bathed in light for the 1928 Berlin Im Licht exhibition. Im Licht and Der Rhythmus der Maschinen are tracks inspired by the city’s technological and industrial development in the years before the Wall Street crash of 1929. 


    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 


    Buy/stream the album

    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic

    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net


    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com/




    A 4Kicks Production

    https://www.4kicksproductions.com/

    • 49 min
    Der Sumpf (Sinfonie der Großstadt)

    Der Sumpf (Sinfonie der Großstadt)

    Why Berlin? In this first episode of the Bright Magic Podcast, Rory MacLean and J Wilgoose Esq explore this question. What is it about Berlin that has meant so many artists, Public Service Broadcasting included, have been drawn there over the years? They explore Berlin’s history, discuss the city’s origins, explain the album’s title, and dissect the opening track of Bright Magic - Der Sumpf (Sinfonie der Großstadt).




    The Bright Magic Podcast is the official companion series to the new album Bright Magic from Public Service Broadcasting. 



    Buy/stream the album
    https://ffm.to/psb_brightmagic
    https://linktr.ee/PublicServiceBroadcasting
    https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net






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    Buy Berlin: Imagine a City

    https://rorymaclean.com/




    A 4Kicks Production

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    • 43 min

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