The Listening Service Podcast

Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works

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Why do we call it 'classical' music?

Why do we call it 'classical' music?

Tom Service poses a very simple question (with a not-so-simple answer).

Six of the world's most extreme voices

Six of the world's most extreme voices

From babies to Mongolian throat singers: whose voice is the most extreme of all?

How did the number 12 revolutionise music?

How did the number 12 revolutionise music?

How Schoenberg opened a new cosmos for composers and listeners to explore.

Why are we all addicted to bass?

Why are we all addicted to bass?

Bass is everywhere, but why do we enjoy it? Join Tom Service on a journey of discovery.

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How do you start a piece of music?

Join Tom Service on a musical journey through beginnings, repetition and bass lines.

When does noise become music?

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We like to think we can separate “noise” from “music”, but is it that simple?