Culture with Robert Bound

How do you talk about music?

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20 March 2017

Episode 284

30 minutes

Robert Bound is joined by Hrishikesh Hirway, who’s the creator of the podcast “Song Exploder”, and music journalist Laura Snapes to discuss the formats, language and knowledge required to write and talk about music.

20 March 2017

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Chapter 1

Song Exploder: Hrishikesh Hirway

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The idea of “Song Exploder” is that each week a band or artist talks you through how they wrote a particular song; it was dreamt up by LA-based music-lover Hrishikesh Hirway and is about to celebrate its 100th episode. Hirway speaks to Robert Bound about how it came to be.

12 minutes

Chapter 2

13 minutes


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Chapter 2

Musical notes: Laura Snapes

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How do you put into words what music does – or should or shouldn’t do – in an eloquent and accessible manner? Laura Snapes is a regular voice on Monocle 24 when we talk about music; she’s also critiqued it for “Pitchfork”, “The Guardian”, “Uncut” and plenty more besides. She tells us about her process for writing a review.

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