Listening to the Birds: Saturday, Aug. 22 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

The red-whiskered bulbul is one of the birds that inspired composer Olivier Messiaen. Photo by Prasanna Venkatesh G.

You can learn a lot from the birds—when you’re quiet enough to listen.

The freedom and spontaneity of birdsong has inspired composers across the ages, including many composers today. Each one has its own unique melody, rhythm, timbre, and tune.

This week on Second Inversion, we’re listening to the birds. From mourning doves to evening vespers, we’ll hear music written for an entire orchestra of birds. Plus, a piece that brings together birdsongs from all around the globe.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 22 at 10pm PT.

Music for Meditation: Saturday, Aug. 15 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Pauline Oliveros, Philip Glass, and Ravi Shankar are featured in this week’s episode.

In times of chaos and uncertainty, music can help us find solace, comfort, and clarity.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring quiet and introspective sounds from our own backyard and around the globe. From gong vibrations to moonlit meditations, we’ll hear music that invites us to slow down, center ourselves, and just listen deeply.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 15 at 10pm PT.

Artists You Didn’t Know Composed: Saturday, Aug. 8 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Yoko Ono is among the featured composers in this week’s episode.

Some of the most exciting classical music of today is being written by artists you might least expect.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music from artists you didn’t know composed, including rock stars, performance artists, peace activists, and more. We’ll hear music inspired by the chaos of a rock ‘n’ roll concert tour, music capturing the stillness of one activist’s meditation practice, and music written from the heart and played with a stethoscope.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 8 at 10pm PT.

Voice as an Instrument: Saturday, Aug. 1 | 10pm

Pamela Z is among the featured artists in this week’s episode. Photo by Lori Eanes.

The human voice may be the original musical instrument, but in the 21st century composers are taking it to new heights—literally.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear new and novel approaches to vocal music, including music that loops, layers, and transforms the human voice—plus artists who speak volumes without ever using words.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 1 at 10pm PT.

Modern Lullabies: Saturday, July 25 | 10pm

Max Richter is among the featured artists in this week’s episode. Photo by Mike Terry.

by Maggie Molloy

We live in a frenetic and fast-paced world—and sometimes it can be a real challenge to turn off our minds, switch off the lights, and just rest.

Music can help with that. On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: music to lull you to sleep. We’ll hear modern lullabies that’ll have you counting sheep. Tune in for music inspired by sweet dreams, starlit evenings, and the quiet hum of midnight.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, July 25 at 10pm PT.