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.

Finding the Groove: Saturday, July 18 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Eighth Blackbird is among the featured performers in this week’s episode.

Classical music can be a little stuffy; you don’t typically see a lot of classical concertgoers movin’ and groovin’ along to the music in their seats.

But in the 21st century, composers have taken a cue from funk, jazz, folk, and the blues—and they’re learning some new moves. On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music you can groove to. Tune in for toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from today’s top composers.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, July 18 at 10pm PT.

Furniture Music: Saturday, July 11 | 10pm

Qasim Naqvi and the synthesizer he built himself are featured in this week’s episode.

by Maggie Molloy

Some music is meant to be the main event: it demands your full focus and attention. And some music—is just for ambiance.

The term “furniture music” was coined by the composer Erik Satie in the early 20th century to describe music that blends into the atmosphere of a room. It’s music with color, texture, and character—but no specific storyline. On tonight’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll explore how composers today are expanding upon the notion of ambient and atmospheric music.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, July 11 at 10pm PT.

U.S. Road Trip: Saturday, July 4 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

America is a melting pot—and so is our music. From folk to jazz, pop, classical, and the avant-garde, American music has always been a merging of different cultures, influences, and ideas. And as you travel to different parts of the country, you find each region has its own unique music to share and story to tell.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re taking a road trip around the U.S. We’re exploring music from the people and places that make up our country. We’ll hear music inspired by coal miners in Pennsylvania, stories of slavery in the American South, sounds from the Pacific Crest Trail, and songs of the Alaska Natives.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, July 4 at 10pm PT.

Expanding the Piano: Saturday, June 27 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

John Cage’s prepared piano is among the featured music in this week’s episode.

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

Throughout history, the piano has captured the imaginations of composers ranging from Beethoven to Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff. On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll take a look at how composers today are expanding the piano keyboard.

Tune in to hear modern and creative approaches to this familiar instrument, including music from composers who play inside the piano, a performer who can play three pianos at once, and a man who threw a wrench in the classical piano tradition.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 27 at 10pm PT.

This is an encore episode which first aired in April.