Strange Dreams: Saturday, May 28 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí.

Artists have long been fascinated by the subconscious. Salvador Dalí used to nap at his painter’s easel, ready to capture whatever melting clocks or lobster telephones drifted into his dreams. Composers do the same thing sometimes…

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Strange Dreams. From the surreal to the subliminal, we’re exploring composers’ wildest and most bizarre musical visions.

One composer finds music in the snores of his sleeping partner. Another explores how our evening TV viewing seeps into our subconscious. We’ll hear from a composer who imagines herself in the dreaming mind of her pet turtle⁠—plus, the whimsical story of a dream collector, who runs around picking up everyone’s dreams at the end of the night.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 28 at 9pm PT.

Music for Healing: Saturday, May 21 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Music from the composer and performance artist Du Yun is featured in this episode. Photo by Zhen Qin, makeup by Nina Carelli, and art direction by SpaTheory.

Sometimes music is the best medicine—it mends the heart and soul. A daily dose can keep you feeling calm, centered, and inspired.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Music for Healing. We’ll explore music as a medium for solace, comfort, and liberation. From the healing ceremonies of the Navajo people to the meditative power of Hindustani ragas, ruminations on mental illness, and the songs of spiritual healers, we’ll explore the restorative power of music.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 21 at 9pm PT.

Wildflowers: Saturday, May 14 | 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 14 at 9pm PT.

Sonic Art Museum: Saturday, May 7 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
The artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Běla Kolářová inspired the music on this week’s episode.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art and wondered: What would this painting sound like?

Well, so have a lot of composers! On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music inspired by famous works of art. We’re taking a stroll through a sonic art museum—from the splatter-painted canvases of Jackson Pollock to the meditative hues of Mark Rothko and the visceral street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 7 at 9pm PT.

Sonic Textiles: Saturday, April 30 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
The vibrant woven textiles of Ghana inspired the title of pianist William Chapman Nyaho’s album Kete. Photo by Lee D. Baker.

Like any great work of art, a piece of music comes together one stitch at a time.

This Saturday on Second Inversion: Sonic Textiles. Join us for music threaded with vibrant color, texture, and pattern. From quilts to needlework and woven tapestries, we’ll hear from artists who explore the very fabric of music. Composer Gabriela Lena Frank traces the vivid threads of her Peruvian heritage, Ghanaian-American pianist William Chapman Nyaho explores the mesmerizing rhythm of the loom, and Caroline Shaw stitches together a musical patchwork quilt.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, April 30 at 9pm PT.

Music from William Chapman Nyaho’s album “Kete” is included in this week’s episode.