51 minutes | Nov 25th 2020

Songs That Changed Pop (with Charlie Harding)

Is it necessary for elements of its composition to defy musical convention? Should it incorporate ideas and technologies in ways listeners are unlikely to expect? Could it instead be largely a musical symbol of artistic independence and creative empowerment? In the latest episode of our podcast, “Themes and Variation,” our three-person panel discusses some examples of how Taylor Swift, T-Pain, and Radiohead have contributed to the world of pop music. For this episode, I was joined by Switched on Pop’s Charlie Harding, a musician and music lover who has an astounding grasp on the ins and outs of popular songs and songwriting (he quite literally wrote the book on it not too long ago), as well as my co-producer and frequent episode companion, the ever-insightful, Mahea Lee.Themes and Variation is presented by Soundfly, a music education website changing the way we build our creative skills :Check out all of our courses including Modern Pop Vocal Production here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code THEMES to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.And check out our free Themes and Variation companion course for writing prompts and additional resources.We want to hear what songs were on the first record you ever bought! Add them to the community playlist for this episode.Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com!
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