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How Music Does That

Dale McGowan

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. This is how music does that.

26:30 | Aug 9th

Beethoven composed while deaf -- but that's not the amazing part.

19:22 | May 23rd

When music is stripped down to its essentials, every note matters.

14:26 | Sep 1st, 2018

The quality of "cool" in music has deep roots in the evolution of the brain.

20:43 | Sep 14th

Most covers stay on the surface. Sara Bareilles got down into the bones.

13:47 | Jul 25th

Sometimes meter will mess with your head.

19:07 | Jul 11th

From Sting theory to a wedding in Bulgaria, it's meters gone wild.

16:57 | Jun 27th

The most captivating piece by the most famous composer you've never heard of.

15:57 | Jun 5th

It was a middle-class party trick. Then it changed rock and roll.

18:01 | May 13th

'The Gnome' is a creepy masterclass in orchestration.

14:41 | Apr 29th

Fred Rogers hid a geeky musical inside joke in his theme song.

13:58 | Apr 11th

A computer has chosen the most iconic song ever. Time for the human rebuttal.

11:25 | Apr 3rd

One note has been teasing you, making promises to you, and leading you home your whole life.

19:59 | Mar 5th

Oh, little piano piece. You're not in Kansas anymore.

14:06 | Feb 26th

There's a reason so many songwriters hate the one that made them famous.

18:45 | Feb 19th

So I wasn't going to be John Williams. But I had one Hail Mary left.

21:19 | Feb 12th

Just in time for the Oscars, I found my abandoned dream in a box.

20:43 | Feb 5th

The 'Stairway' lawsuit was based on a modern myth about how music is created.

10:20 | Jan 29th

Johnny's gonna be fine -- but I'm worried about Trent.

15:53 | Jan 22nd

Music without dissonance is like a rollercoaster without hills. It's light rail.

16:41 | Jan 15th

From the Satanic Panic to Pokémon, a creepy folklore often bubbles under our music.

18:45 | Jan 8th

Beethoven lit a fuse that burned for 89 years. This was the boom.

20:05 | Jan 1st

Whether music surprises you depends on where your ears have been.

25:29 | Nov 5th, 2018

Without lyrics or even a descriptive title -- nothing but vibrations in the air -- this piece brings people to tears. Here's how.

15:12 | Oct 28th, 2018

It's a hidden key to music's emotional power. And it's not all that hidden.

13:35 | Oct 21st, 2018

I had never felt so tangibly dropped into another world.

08:59 | Oct 13th, 2018

Even starting this piece was an act of pure optimism. Now to finish it.

17:29 | Sep 29th, 2018

In which two little kids knew a big thing I didn't know. And I'm okay with that. No really, I'm fine.

17:11 | Sep 22nd, 2018

A gorgeous technique to unify emotion in music has been passed down from the Renaissance to Radiohead.

13:13 | Sep 15th, 2018

From a Bach fugue to Diana's funeral to Truman's wall, this technique is the music of finality.

16:47 | Sep 8th, 2018

The edgy, powerful electric guitar tune that kicks off Pulp Fiction has a long and surprising history.