How Music Does That

Series produced by Dale McGowan

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How music communicates in an emotional language we don't even know we know.

Music — just vibrations in the air — can make you feel heartbroken or elated, peaceful or stabby, inspired to save the whales or to invade Poland. Join Dr. Dale McGowan as he explores how music from rock and pop to classical and film to nursery rhymes and video games does what it does.


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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The no-clapping-between-movements rule in a classical concert was created for a bad reason. So we’re gonna kill it -- you and me and Emanuel Ax.

  • Added: May 13, 2020
  • Length: 23:26
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Years after dismissing it in college, an aging white music professor discovers that hip hop is where the real creative genius is happening in music...

  • Added: May 12, 2020
  • Length: 21:45
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Eight hundred years ago, a group of defrocked priests left the church and found the world. This music created a powerful, hilarious, moving window ...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2019
  • Length: 20:56
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From a Bach fugue to Princess Diana's funeral to Truman's wall, this technique is the music of finality.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2019
  • Length: 12:05
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Yes, Beethoven composed while he was deaf. But more astonishing is the fact that he changed the course of Western music in the process.

  • Added: Nov 02, 2019
  • Length: 24:10