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The initial idea for Listening In was to explore topics at the cross-section between popular culture and twentieth century, or contemporary music – and so I was drawn to things like Kubrick’s use of Krystoff Penderecki’s music in The Shining, the influence that Karlheinz Stockhausen had on The Beatles, as well as the use of György Ligeti’s choral and orchestral works in 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Three years later, and I’ve now made 58 videos covering music from a wide spectrum of styles and genres. Film music has become the staple of the channel, but I’ve also looked at Stravinsky’s storytelling in Petrushka, Radiohead’s orchestration and harmony in Pyramid Song and George Orwell’s use of musical language and imagery in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

My aim for the channel is to cover complex ideas in an engaging way. Music can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult - especially when thinking about modern and contemporary classical music - but the video essay format has allowed me to break down the barrier for entry. It's allowed me to talk honestly and openly about the music that I love.


Visit the channel to find out more.​

Listening In - A series of video essays on music.

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