A huge welcome to Song Exploder, the newest member of Radiotopia! Song Exploder is a brilliant, complex show with a simple concept: Musicians take apart a song, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made.
Host and producer Hrishikesh Hirway is himself a musician; a songwriter, composer, and remixer. Taking apart songs to remix them led him to create Song Exploder. Hrishikesh is also a graphic designer, and his design sensibility permeates his work. In fact, Song Exploder is featured in this week’s episode of everyone’s favorite design show, 99% Invisible, diving into the score and sound design of TV’s “Hannibal”.
Out today: Emmy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi takes apart the main title theme to the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Subscribe now.
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SONG EXPLODER, THE PODCAST WHERE MUSICIANS BREAK DOWN THEIR SONGS NOTE BY NOTE, JOINS RADIOTOPIA
Premieres June 11th with Game of Thrones Theme Composer, Ramin Djawadi
Cambridge, MA (June 11, 2015) – Song Exploder, the addictive podcast where artists like Spoon, My Morning Jacket, and The National take apart their songs piece by piece to tell the story of how they were made, debuts on June 11th as the latest series to join Radiotopia, the acclaimed podcasting network from PRX.
Launching with a breakdown of the earworm Game of Thrones theme by its composer, Ramin Djawadi, Song Exploder is the brainchild of Hrishikesh Hirway, a songwriter, composer and remixer. In his remix work, Hirway was often surprised by sounds hidden within other artists’ songs, discovered only after he’d broken the track down into its raw components. Realizing that song origin stories could fascinate more than just music fans, Hirway founded Song Exploder to let artists show exactly how their songs were made, detailing their process of turning ideas into music. Regardless of one’s musical knowledge, Song Exploder will open people’s ears and inspire them to create. Listeners will never listen to a song the same way after it’s been exploded.
The addition of Song Exploder to Radiotopia comes on the heels of a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, enabling the podcast network to continue its expansion with new programs that push the boundaries of storytelling. Radiotopia features four shows among the Top 40 most popular podcasts in the country, including flagship program 99% Invisible, plus Criminal, Love + Radio and Radio Diaries.
Radiotopia was launched in February 2014 by PRX, the award-winning public media company, and has quickly become the leader in today’s audio storytelling renaissance by helping independent podcast producers develop sustainable business models and find new ways to engage audiences.
“Song Exploder fits right in with PRX’s storytelling ethos, opening up another subject to audiences and showing its universality,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “We’re delighted our Radiotopia network will bring the personal experiences of today’s most relevant musicians to an even wider audience.”
“Radiotopia has curated a set of shows that I have been inspired and influenced by, and I’m honored to be included among them,” said Hirway.
Radiotopia will soon announce the hiring of an executive producer to provide leadership and promote collaboration across and beyond the network. It will also establish a new pilot fund to identify and nurture diverse emerging producers and hosts. PRX has a track record of introducing innovative new programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and Michael Ian Black’s How to Be Amazing to millions of listeners across broadcast and digital platforms.
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