Pick Of The Week Podcast – Episode

What inspired this piece of music? That question gets a thorough answer by songwriters in the music podcast 'Song Exploder.' (Photo: Courtesy Radiotopia)

Looking for something new to listen to while you drive to work/go for a walk/wash the dishes? We're here for you. In a weekly series, we're highlighting a podcast, audio personality or specific story worth hearing.

This week's pick: Song Exploder

You ever love a song so much that you want to dissect it: Learn what inspired it, discover the real meaning of the lyrics and figure out how it was mixed? Then you need to listen to Song Exploder, a podcast that asks songwriters break to down their music for fellow audiophiles.

Why it's ripe for listening

With the Academy Awards Sunday, it's the perfect time to hear Song Exploder's insightful interviews with musicians behind this year's nominated scores.

La La Land's Justin Hurwitz talks about why Emma Stone's Audition song sounds a bit like a recital.

Moonlight's Nicholas Britell explains how he found the "musical analog of poetry" by chopping and screwing classical music.

And Arrival's Jóhann Jóhannsson reveals how he created a "subsonic rumble" by layering sounds.

Memorable line

Britell talks about why writing for a movie isn't an exact science.

"For me, one of the amazing things about the film-scoring experience is I think you never really know how things are going to turn out and work. There's this fascinating alchemy of how sound and picture relate, and I don't think anyone really knows why these things feel the way I do. So, the more I get the opportunity to do this, the more I feel it's important to follow these kind of instincts and feelings, and let your emotional response to things drive you in different directions."

To see last week's podcast pick, go here.

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