The Butterfly Effect: Saturday, June 3 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Tomoko Mukaiyama is among the featured artists in this week’s episode. Photo by Shinji Otani.

The meteorologist Edward Lorenz once said that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil could ultimately cause a tornado in Texas. The smallest change can lead to chaos. A simple, whimsical little insect can transform our lives in ways we never expected.

This Saturday on Second Inversion: The Butterfly Effect. We’ll take wing with some big music inspired by these delicate little creatures. From evenings at a butterfly greenhouse to afternoons spent studying the different species, we’ll get lost in the bold colors and dazzling transformations of butterflies.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 3 at 9pm PT.

88 Keys: Saturday, May 27 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Trimpin’s motion-controlled robotic piano is featured in this week’s episode, from a 2015 collaboration with the Seattle Symphony.

It’s an instrument that’s been around for over 300 years—and composers are still discovering new ways to play it!

When Bartolomeo Cristofori first invented the piano around 1700, it was called the pianoforte. In Italian, piano means “soft,” and forte means “loud,” so the name was meant to reflect the large dynamic range of the instrument. (This was quite revolutionary at the time for a keyboard instrument.)

Of course, pianos can do much more than just play soft and loud. From Beethoven to Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, the piano has been the beating heart of so much of Western classical music history. It’s a history that’s still unfolding today.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: 88 Keys and Infinite Possibilities. We’ll hear from piano composers who think outside the box. From artists who play inside the piano, to a piece of piano music played with no hands, we’ll how composers today are expanding the piano keyboard. Plus: music from a composer who threw a wrench in the classical piano tradition (or at least, a handful of screws and bolts).

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 27 at 9pm PT.

Wildflowers: Saturday, May 20 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Namaqualand in South Africa is known for its super blooms. Photo by Martin Heigan.

April showers bring May flowers—and we’re celebrating the new blooms this weekend on Second Inversion!

On this Saturday’s episode: Wildflowers. Join us for a musical bouquet, as we forage our way through music inspired by rare blooms, exotic bulbs, and vibrant blossoms. From the delicate gardens of Pennsylvania to the super blooms of South Africa, we’ll hear musical flowers from all around the globe.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 20 at 9pm PT.

Late-Night Happy Hour: Saturday, May 13 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Wanna grab a drink this Saturday night?

Nothing pairs with an ice-cold cocktail quite like some hot new music! On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: late-night happy hour. We’ll hear music inspired by salty food, strong drinks, and nights at the local pub. Pour yourself a cold drink and join us for some hot musical appetizers.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 13 at 9pm PT.

Jet Lag: Saturday, May 6 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The life of a musician is filled with many travels: glamorous nights spent performing in cities all over the world, and long days spent—well, at the airport.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music inspired by the thrill of travel—and the tedious process of actually getting to your destination. We’ll hear music of airplanes, airports, and of course, the accompanying jet lag. Please place your seat backs and tray tables in their full upright position and join us for experimental sounds at 38,000 feet.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 6 at 9pm PT.