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Riffs, loops and ostinati - the art of repeating yourself!
Tom presses repeat - again and again and again ...
The Key to Keys
Tom Service asks why is western music in so many different keys and what exactly are they?
Can music be gendered?
Can you hear 'masculine' and 'feminine' in music?
The Double Bass
The elephant in the room? No, the Double Bass is much more.
Bruckner and the Symphonic Boa Constrictors
Is listening to a Bruckner symphony really like being crushed to death by a giant snake?
Anger in Music
Today at Sage Gateshead Tom finds out how music can induce, express and exorcise anger.
The Power of One
What special magic happens in music where there is no harmony?
Why are classical audiences so quiet?
Tom Service looks at why we are all so tense and silent during classical concerts. Shhhh!
Amateur musicians' vital role in music and performance over the last three centuries.
What is Sound Art? And why?
Tom Service considers the rise of Sound Art. Is it art music or something else?
Sound of the Underground
What does underground sound like? From earth-inspired music to sounds of the earth itself.
What's the point of practice?
Does practice make perfect? And what is perfect practice? Tom Service finds out.
Countertenors - classical rock gods!
A celebration of male singers who can hit those high notes!
Better than background music?
Is music for theatre more than just a prop?
Why do babies love music?
Tom Service asks why we seem to love music from the day we're born - are we born musical?
Is complicated music better than simple music?
Tom Service looks at complexity in music - can we actually hear what's going on?
Olivier Messiaen and the Interstellar Call!
In a live edition of The Listening Service, Tom responds to Messiaen’s ‘Interstellar Call’
All the tunes
After 1,000 years of written music, can there be any more new tunes?
The Music of the Night
Tom Service discovers what happens to music at night.
Al-Andalus: What makes music sound Spanish?
Tom Service looks for the essence of Spain in the music of later centuries.
Prog Rock - apotheosis or nadir?
Tom Service looks at Prog Rock, and asks: apotheosis of rock music, or vapid pomposity?
The Simple Truth
When is less more, and less less? How hard is it to achieve meaningful musical simplicity?
Bells, bulls and celestial balls
In Tune’s specially curated playlist with music by Mozart, Handel and Buddy Holly.
Waltzing with Beethoven
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, Paul Lewis performs Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations.
Marc Gregg takes us on a journey through the intense storytelling power of opera.
The late zone
An immersive soundtrack for late-night listening.
Bach and Mahler with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan Swain presents.