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Soulwax:

Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dewaele are the masterminds behind indie-electronic band Soulwax. On this week’s episode they chat to Robert Bound about their handsome studio in Ghent, their latest release, ‘Foundations’, and – having been grounded in their hometown for the first time in their 25-year career – they discuss the places they miss the most.

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4993 May 2021
30 min

Soulwax: 

Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dewaele are the masterminds behind indie-electronic band Soulwax. On this week’s episode they chat to Robert Bound about their handsome studio in Ghent, their latest release, ‘Foundations’, and – having been grounded in their hometown for the first time in their 25-year career – they discuss the places they miss the most.

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49826 Apr 2021
30 min

Oscars 2021: 

Film critic Anna Smith and Monocle’s senior culture correspondent Fernando Augusto Pacheco join Robert Bound to review this year’s Academy Awards, which saw ‘Nomadland’ win big and had a refreshed format by the director Steven Soderbergh. Our guests also recommend their favourite films from the nominee list.

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49719 Apr 2021
30 min

Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian: 

Two independent US record labels – Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian, which both operate under the Secretly Group – celebrate their 25th anniversaries this year. Their co-founders Darius Van Arman and Chris Swanson join Robert Bound to discuss their roots in Bloomington, Indiana, the artists that have shaped their labels and the music industry’s past quarter-century.

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49612 Apr 2021
30 min

Spring lookahead: books, film and music: 

Robert Bound is joined by literary critic Lucy Scholes, film critic Simran Hans and music journalist Kate Hutchinson to find out which films will be getting us back into cinemas, the albums to spin in the run-up to summer and the books to enjoy on a sunny day in the park.

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4955 Apr 2021
27 min

‘Tina’: 

We meet Oscar-winning US director duo, Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, who have just released their new documentary about the life of superstar singer Tina Turner.

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49429 Mar 2021
30 min

Michael Peppiatt: what is a head?: 

What is a head? That’s the question we’re asking this week’s guest, art historian, writer and curator Michael Peppiatt, who has put together an exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts that explores exactly that, through the art of Tony Bevan and Frank Auerbach. Peppiatt chats to Robert Bound about what the head symbolises, the difference between a head and a face, and why it is the greatest challenge to artists.

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49322 Mar 2021
30 min

Peggy Seeger: 

Robert Bound meets the legendary folk singer as she releases her brand-new album ‘First Farewell’. They discuss family, age and the folk scene over her 60-year career.

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49215 Mar 2021
30 min

‘Creation Stories’: 

Robert Bound is joined by Tim Robey, film critic for ‘The Telegraph’, and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, to review ‘Creation Stories’, a biopic of Creation Records boss Alan McGee. The notorious British record label represented some of the biggest names in indie, rock and Britpop.

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11 Mar 2021
14 min

The Power of Sound: Nainita Desai: 

The composer Nainita Desai is a master of innovative thinking in scores for film, television and games. She is best-known for her documentary work – including music for the Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ and a new Sundance-winning documentary that’s soon to be released called ‘The Reason I Jump’ – but her career has been multi-faceted. Desai has a background in maths and has also worked as a sound designer, which gives her a unique approach. In this episode, Desai discusses the techniques she came up with to reflect the experiences of autistic teenagers in ‘The Reason I Jump’ (from water-filled clarinets to improvising on cellos), how working with Peter Gabriel early in her career inspired her and why her job is to manipulate a viewer’s emotions.

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4918 Mar 2021
30 min

Patricia Lockwood: 

US poet and author Patricia Lockwood is known for her memoir, ‘Priestdaddy’, as well as her social-media presence – she has been nicknamed the ‘poet laureate of Twitter’. Her first novel, ‘No One is Talking About This’, is about the internet and human connection, online and offline. She talks to Robert Bound about the book, the language of the internet, writing a book on her phone and making interior lives exterior.

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4 Mar 2021
13 min

The Power of Sound: Emile Mosseri: 

Composer Emile Mosseri is a rising star in Hollywood. In the past few years he’s scored three major films: Joe Talbot’s drama ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’, Miranda July’s quirky heist movie, ‘Kajillionaire’, and most recently Lee Isaac Chung’s Golden Globe-winning ‘Minari’. Plus, on the small screen, he created the tense sound-world for the second season of Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’. In this episode he discusses the scores and sounds that he grew up with and how they filter into his music; the ways in which he has worked with different directors to bring their vision to life in sound; and how he keeps a thread running through his work.

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4901 Mar 2021
30 min

Gabriele Finaldi: how do you run an art institution in a pandemic?: 

Robert Bound speaks to Gabriele Finaldi, the director of London’s National Gallery, about the obstacles in the past year and what they have taught him. Plus: the gallery’s plans for its bicentenary celebrations and the pieces of art that he visits the most when he wanders the building alone.

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25 Feb 2021
10 min

The Power of Sound: Arlo Parks: 

As she releases her debut album, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ the London-based singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks reflects on how she defines her sound. She tells us about the music and poetry she was brought up on, why certain instruments speak to her and the effect that the spoken word has on her music.

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48922 Feb 2021
30 min

Adam Curtis’s ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’: 

Is documentary-maker Adam Curtis a journalist or an artist? Who is he making films for and what does he want to teach them? As his new series, ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ hits BBC iPlayer, Robert Bound puts these questions to critics, Ed Cumming and Susannah Butter.

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18 Feb 2021
15 min

The Power of Sound: Roderick Cox: 

Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2011, award-winning American conductor Roderick Cox has become a celebrated name in classical music. He served as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for three seasons before relocating to Berlin, where he is now based. He is also a champion of diversity in the industry and set up the Roderick Cox Music Initiative to help provide scholarships for young musicians of colour from underrepresented backgrounds. In this episode, Cox tells us what it is like to take to the podium and lead an orchestra: from thinking about the acoustics of a concert hall to the addictive feeling you get when you’re hit by the sound of a large ensemble. Cox discusses the works that drew him to conducting; why he needs more life experience before he tackles certain composers; and the power that music has to teach us about other cultures.

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