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.
Long before the days of singer-songwriters, troubadours were writing love songs for the hopeless romantics.
In medieval times, troubadours were poets and musicians who wrote songs about chivalry and courtly love. But of course, love and heartbreak are pretty timeless themes—and composers today are still writing love ballads for the hopeless romantic.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, love is in the air and on the airwaves. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we’ll hear modern spins on the age-old love ballad. Songs about love, songs about heartbreak—and songs about online dating nightmares.
Blinding sun, shimmering sands, prickly plants and an endless, open sky—there is something magical about the desert.
It’s difficult to put it into words, to capture it on paper, or to sum it up in a song. The music of the desert slips through your hand like sand, evaporates like a mirage—but composers have never stopped trying to capture it. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Desert Mirage. From singing sands to desert duets, cactus needles to cricket songs, we’ll hear music and stories from deep within the desert.
We live in a fast-paced world, and it can be a real challenge sometimes to turn off our minds, switch off the lights, and just rest.
Music can help with that. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Sweet Dreams. Music to lull you to sleep! We’ll hear modern lullabies that’ll have you counting sheep. Snuggle up and join us for music inspired by gentle dreams, starlit nights, and those quiet moments just before you drift off to sleep. Plus, music from a real all-nighter of a concert—a piece dreamt up for audiences to listen to in bed!