We all have those certain sounds that transport us straight back to childhood—the sound of the school bus rumbling down your street, or maybe the plastic, clicking sounds of rewinding a cassette tape. The sound of the screen door slamming as you used to run outside, or the timbre of that cheap guitar you used to play in the backyard.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Musical Nostalgia. We’ll hear from composers creating new music inspired by the old, familiar sounds of childhood: summer nights on the porch, wind chimes twinkling in the evening breeze, crickets chirping outside your childhood home. It’s a musical trip down memory lane.
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.
A couple planks of wood might not sound like the most riveting orchestration—but it turns out the musical possibilities are endless!
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Knock on Wood! We’ll hear from composers who have built entirely new sound worlds from some very humble lumber. From the warm wooden tones of the marimba to literal two-by-four planks of wood, we’ll hear from artists who have logged some serious hours exploring the timbre of—well, timber.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star—how I wonder what you are. It’s a question that dates back a lot longer than the old nursery rhyme. Since the beginning of time, philosophers, poets, and musicians have looked to the sky and tried to imagine what was up there. How many of us are still doing the same thing today?
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Starry Night. Join us for music that shimmers and sparkles like the stars in the sky. We’ll hear celestial sounds, astronaut anthems, and even music recorded in outer space. Plus, one composer’s musical impression of Van Gogh’s Starry Night—and another’s gravity-defying soundtrack for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Music is like water: it can be calm and serene, or choppy and chaotic. It can lift you, carry you, or bury you—it can immerse you in its waves.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re scuba diving for new sounds. We’ll get lost in the waves, with music ranging from rippling rivers to epic storms and tender whale songs. Plus, a sound ecologist takes us to the beach to listen to the barnacles.