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Anger in Music

Let’s get angry! Today at Sage Gateshead Tom explores how music can induce, express and exorcise anger.

LET'S GET ANGRY!

Music’s power to express and exorcise anger has taken composers, performers, and listeners, to the Dark Side of music’s profoundly emotional powers. How do you make the sounds of anger? We’ll scream like heavy metal virtuosos and operatic divas, we’ll explore the harmonies of anger through the sounds of the angriest classical music over the centuries, and we’ll hear what happens in our brains when we just have to express our vexatious impulses.

But while there’s a cathartic feeling of release once we’ve got over the musical, emotional, and hormonal expression of angriness, music itself can also make us angry. It makes Tom Service angry: when you’re on hold on that phone-call to the gas-board, when that TV theme or YouTube meme gets stuck in your head and just won’t budge: music can make us as exquisitely cross as any other fact of our lives.

We'll get anger management advice from Commander-In-Chief, Shred guitarist Berit Hagen (angry), composer Richard Sisson (very angry) and Professor of Black Studies Kehinde Andrews (seething).

From the sounds of anger to anger-inducing ear-worm: join us in an emotionally exorcising edition of The Listening Service. You’ll feel better. And if you don't you can get very angry with us!

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Queen of the Night Aria (The Magic Flute)

    Performer: Edita Gruberová. Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Bernard Haitink.
    • WARNER.
  • 999

    Emergency

    Performer: 999.
    • Captain Oi! .
  • Bob Dylan

    Idiot Wind

    Performer: Bob Dylan.
    • Colombia.
  • Disturbed

    Down With The Sickness

    Performer: Disturbed.
    • Giant.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Empio diro tu sei (Giulio Cesare)

    Performer: Nicole Lemieux. Performer: Il Complesso Barocco. Performer: Alan Curtis.
    • NAIVE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dies Irae (Requiem, D.626)

    Performer: Concentus Musicus Wien. Performer: Arnold Schönberg Chor. Performer: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • The Commander-In-Chief

    Why So Hostile?

    Performer: The Commander-In-Chief.
    • LIVE.
  • The Commander-In-Chief

    Evolution

    Performer: The Commander-In-Chief.
    • LIVE.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)

    Performer: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Performer: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Traditional

    Baby Shark

    Performer: Unknown.
    • PRIVATE TAPE.
  • The Commander-In-Chief

    Why So Hostile?

    Performer: The Commander-In-Chief.
    • LIVE.

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