Podcast Playlist

6 Serious podcasts on music

Rappers, composers, crooners, and pop singers discuss the process of making beautiful sound.
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Six podcasts that take you into the mind of a musician.

Rappers, composers, crooners, and pop singers discuss the process of making beautiful sound. Featuring stories about Justin Timberlake, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Nico Muhly, Bus Driver and more. 53:59

1. Toronto Symphony Podcast

"There almost has to be a psychic connection between the principal and the second flutist." — Nora Shulman on playing Daphnis et Chloé.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Principal Flute, Nora Shulman, explains one of the trickiest moments in the flute repertoire, from Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé.

2. Switched On Pop

"[In] 'Can't Stop This Feeling'... we're hearing the same musical techniques that we heard a millennium ago."  — Nate Sloan, on Justin Timberlake's summer single.

Don't assume pop music is merely a modern genre. Justin Timberlake uses references and techniques in his songs that dates back 1,000 years. 

3. Southern Souls

"Harmonies didn't come to us... but now we sound sorta like The Eagles. Which I kinda dig." — Max Kerman on his band, the Arkells.

Singer and chief songwriter in one of the fastest rising rock bands, the Arkells, Max Kerman talks about acoustics, touring and his home town of Hamilton.

4. Esquire Classic

"He got the girl. He was the matinée idol. He danced with Gene Kelly. He was a Navy soldier. All of that made a difference to me. It made me feel like an American." — Gay Talese on what Frank Sinatra meant to the Italian American community

Fifty years after it was first published, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" remains the most influential magazine story of all time. Author Gay Talese explains why. This piece is featured in the Canadian Broadcast version only.

5. Meet the Composer

"And then two weeks before you open it's the craziest thing that ever happened and everyone's screaming in French." — Nico Muhly on working for American Ballet Theatre

One of the most successful composers of his generation, Nico Muhly, speaks about his composition style.

6. Song Exploder

"I guess that's our writing style. Aggressive bravado behind ridiculous things to say." — Busdriver on songwriting

Rapper Busdriver discusses the more personal and intimate nature of his track "Worlds to Run," which includes contributions from Anderson Paak and milo.

Want more? We featured two other episodes with must hear music podcasts here and here.

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