Switched On Pop
Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding
Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.
Do You Believe in Life After Autotune?
Auto-Tune may be the most divisive effect in music. Artists have protested it publicly at the Grammys, and critics have derided the effects for its inauthentic reproduction of the voice. And yet, nearly a decade since Jay-Z prophesied the death of Auto-Tune, the sound is alive and thriving in contemporary pop and hip-hop. Journalist Simon Reynolds has written a definitive history of Auto-Tune for Pitchfork that fundamentally changed how we hear this sound. This deep dive criss crosses geology, technology, and the evolution of pop as we know it. Songs Discussed:Cher - BelieveKaty Perry - FireworkRihanna - DiamondsFuture - F*ck Up Some CommasEmma Robinson - Stay (Cover)Imogen Heap - Hide And SeekZapp & Roger - Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)T. Pain - Chopped N Screwed ft. LudacrisLil Wayne - “How To Love”Kanye - “Heartless”The Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”Jay-Z - Death Of Auto-TuneElvis - Mystery TrainThe Beatles - Tomorrow Never KnowsWhispering Jack Smith - Baby FaceKesha - Tik TokBon Iver - WoodsFuture & Juice WRLD - Jet Lag ft. Young ScooterShek Wes - Mo BambaThe Carters - ApeshitFurther Reading:Simon Reynolds - “How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music"Simon Reynolds -Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture
Slay Bells, All Year Long
This winter season unwrap a deep dive through a pop subgenre of monumental importance: non-holiday songs that feature sleigh bells, from Bonnie Tyler to Nas, On Side B, we rebroadcast our episode on Mariah Carey's classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You"...and more sleigh bells.Featuring:•The Beach Boys - God Only Knows•Gustav Mahler - 4th Symphony, I•Michael Jackson - Jam•Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart•Miles Davis - On the Corner•Nas - Halftime•Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell - Firestone•Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
Look What You Made Us Do
Four years into Switched On Pop, Charlie and Nate finally reveal what was behind the entire series. We may have not been totally honest with you from the beginning. Back in 2014 we were more pop skeptics than fanatics. The genre was, to some degree, the sugar that made the musical analysis medicine go down. And then something happened. Just as people started to listen to the show, we too began to open our ears. Now, in our 100th episode, Charlie interviews Nate about how transforming the way you listen to pop can truly make life better. And we get raw about the constraints of pop and where we plan to go in our next 100 episodes.Songs discussed:Beethoven's 7 & 9Santana - "Smooth"Martha and the Vandellas - "Heat Wave"Zedd - "Stay"Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig in the Sky"Adelle - "Hello"
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