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July 9, 2021

James Gormley presents Adventures In Sound And Music

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Read an extract from John Tchicai: A Chaos With Some Kind Of Order by Margriet Naber

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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Donald Macleod pulls back the curtain on Berlioz’s greatest obsession

Donald Macleod explores the women who shaped Hector Berlioz’s life and work

Hector Berlioz was one the most innovative and rebellious musicians of 19th century France. He was a man of unwaveringly high expectations, in his wider life as well as his music. As the quintessential Romantic, one friend said that love was the “alpha and omega of his existence”. This week Donald Macleod looks at Berlioz through the passions and relationships that shaped who he was and what he created, exploring the romantic obsessions of an especially obsessive man. We’ll also hear a movement of his Symphonie Fantastique each day – Berlioz’s best known work, and the musical embodiment of his most powerful infatuation.

Music Featured:

Marche Funèbre pour la dernière scène d‘Hamlet (Tristia, Op 18)
Irlande (La belle voyageuse)
Romeo et Juliette – Scène d’amour
Lelio – Choeur d’ombres
Symphonie Fantastique (1st movement – Reveries – Passions)
Fleuve du Tage
Tempest Fantasy
Symphonie Fantastique, arr. Liszt for piano (2nd movement)
Harold in Italy (1st movement – “Harold aux montagnes”)
Requiem: Lacrimosa
Chanson de Brigands (Lelio)
Symphonie Fantastique (3rd movement – Scene aux champs)
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture
La Mort d’Ophélie
Marche Hongroise
Nuits d’été (1. Villanelle, 5. Absence)
Symphonie Fantastique (4th movement – Marche au supplice)
L’Enfance du Christ, Part II : La fuite en Egypte
Béatrice et Bénedict, Act II No 10 : “Dieu, que viens j’entendre?….Il m’en souvient “
Au Cimetière (Nuits d’été)
Rêverie et caprice for violin
Les Troyens : Act IV, Nos 34b-37 (“O blonde Ceres…Nuit d’ivresse”)
Le dépit de la bergère, H. 7
Symphonie Fantastique (5th movement – Songe d’une nuit de sabbat)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker

For full track listings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here:

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Henry Bruce-Jones Seoul Community Radio Presents: Beck Junghyun

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Cillian Breathnach Watch Rick Rubin and Paul McCartney talk Beatles in new docuseries trailer

Paul McCartney Rick Rubin

A new trailer for the Hulu documentary series entitled McCartney 3, 2, 1 has landed, featuring producer Rick Rubin and Paul McCartney chatting about the history of the Beatles and how their hits came together.

“In this six-episode series that explores music and creativity in a unique and revelatory manner, the documentary gives a front-row seat to Paul and Rick in an intimate conversation about the songwriting, influences and personal relationships that informed the iconic songs that have served as the soundtracks of our lives,” a synopsis for the series explains.

Watch the trailer below:


Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment said of the series: “Never before have fans had the opportunity to hear Paul McCartney share, in such expansive, celebratory detail, the experience of creating his life’s work – more than 50 years of culture-defining music.

“To be an observer as Paul and Rick Rubin deconstruct how some of the biggest hits in music history came to be is truly enlightening.”

Directing the show is directed by Zachary Heinzerling, who was also behind the 2013 Beyoncé documentary series Self-Titled and the 2013 documentary Cutie And The Boxer.

All six episodes of the documentary will land on Hulu on July 16, preceding the premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back, which will land on Disney+ in November 2021.

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Tom Skinner Portishead release ABBA “SOS” cover on streaming for the first time

Portishead ABBA SOS cover Mind Soundcloud

Portishead have released their cover of ABBA’s “SOS” on streaming for the first time – you can listen to it below.

The Bristol trip-hop group put a haunting spin on the classic single back in 2016, and have yesterday (July 8) made it available to stream via SoundCloud in aid of mental health charity Mind.

Listen to the cover below:

Revenue from listens will be generated through the platform’s new fan-powered royalties model, which was announced back in March. Both Portishead and SoundCloud will also make a donation to Mind to mark the release.

“When we heard that SoundCloud switched to a fairer user-centric payment system of streaming music, we were happy to make it the only place to stream our unreleased version of ABBA’s ‘SOS’,” said the band’s Geoff Barrow.

“After recording it years ago for Ben Wheatley’s film HighRise, we are excited to finally share it with the world, and we are even more excited that all streaming profits are going to a great cause.”


Michael Pelczynski, Head of Content & Rightsholder Strategy at SoundCloud, added: “Portishead’s timeless sound has inspired countless artists and given rise to many emerging genres on SoundCloud.

“We are honoured Portishead chose SoundCloud, the only platform where the artist to fan connection is directly rewarded, as the first place to exclusively release their cover of this iconic song.”

Announcing the fan-powered royalties system earlier this year, Michael Weissman, SoundCloud’s chief executive officer, explained: “Many in the industry have wanted this for years. We are excited to be the ones to bring this to market to better support independent artists.

“Artists are now better equipped to grow their careers by forging deeper connections with their most dedicated fan. Fans can directly influence how their favourite artists are paid.”

Meanwhile, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus promised back in May that the Swedish pop icons would “definitely” release new music at some point in 2021. It came after the group announced in 2018 that they’d share two new tracks.

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Will Lavin Brian May says Freddie Mercury would still be playing with Queen if he was still alive

Freddie Mercury Brian May

Queen guitarist Brian May has said he believes late frontman Freddie Mercury would still be playing with the band if he was still alive today.

Speaking in a new interview, May insisted that Mercury, who died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS in 1991, would still be a part of the Queen family had he not passed away.

“He would still be saying ‘Oh I need to do my solo stuff’, but he would be coming back to the family to do what we do,” May told Simon Mayo on Greatest Hits Radio, before adding: “The funny thing is I feel more and more that he is kind of with us in a way, maybe I’m getting to be an old romantic, but Freddie is in my day every day.”

He continued: “He’s always in my thoughts and I can always feel what he’d say in a certain situation, oh what would Freddie think, ah he’d like this, he’d laugh at this or whatever. He’s so much part of the legacy we created, that will always be the case.”

May then admitted he will never get over losing Mercury, but that takes solace in the fact that his former bandmate had “a great life”.

“You never finish grieving if you lose a family member, and Freddie was a family member, but you get to the point where you’re at peace and you think, my God the guy had a great life,” May said. “We created wonderful stuff together that is still making people happy, and there’s an acceptance there and a joy that it all happened. How amazing that it all happened.”

Meanwhile, Queen’s Greatest Hits is eyeing up its return to the UK Number One spot on the Official Albums Chart this week.

A special 40th anniversary edition of the compilation album is the reason for the original 1981 record’s current surge to the top, with 86 per cent of the new special edition record’s sales so far coming from physical formats.

Should the album continue to hold its current ranking from the Official Charts update, then it will mark its fifth total week at the top of the Official Albums Chart. When Greatest Hits was first released in 1981 it spent four consecutive weeks in the Number One spot across that November and December.

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Charlotte Krol Family of AC/DC’s Bon Scott launch fan site on late singer’s 75th birthday

Bon Scott

Late AC/DC singer Bon Scott is to be remembered on what would have been his 75th birthday with a new fan-focused website.

The singer’s estate will today (July 9) launch the site where fans can contribute testimonials about seeing or meeting the rocker who fronted the Australian band between 1974-1980.

Also on the website will be tributes from renowned rock stars as well as newly available merchandise.

The Bon Scott Estate said [via Blabbermouth]: “On the occasion of what would have been his 75th birthday, the Bon Scott Estate (Ron’s two brothers and his nephew) are proud to launch the new website and take this important step toward elevating Bon’s legend and tending to his legacy. Bon was a unique singer, songwriter and character that the world should never forget.

“This is an invitation for Bon’s fans and friends to gather and share their memories and observations of him and his music. His legacy lives in the hearts and minds of those who love him.”

ACDC Angus Young Bon Scott Brian Johnson
(L) AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Angus Young. (R) the late Bon Scott. CREDIT: Getty

Scott sang on the band’s first six albums: High Voltage (1975), T.N.T., Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976), Let There Be Rock (1977), Powerage (1978) and Highway to Hell (1979). He died in February 1980 at the age of 33 from acute alcohol poisoning.

Last month, the rock legends released the music video for their latest single, “Witch’s Spell”. It’s the latest from their 17th studio album, Power Up, following “Shot In The Dark”, “Demon Fire” and “Realize”.

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John Robinson Introducing the Ultimate Music Guide to The Doors

The Doors


“The end” is obviously a huge part of the concept of The Doors, and it’s true also that this magazine arrives with you on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the band’s uniquely charismatic lead singer Jim Morrison. But really, the subject of this latest issue of the Ultimate Music Guide isn’t how the music ended, but how it endures. How, 50 years on from their singer’s death – a period of time including two Jim-less albums, regroupings, and legally-challenged reformations of the surviving members – the music of The Doors remains so powerful.

In his exclusive foreword to the magazine, the band’s drummer John Densmore gives the matter some thought. “The Doors had their finger on the pulse of what was going on culturally during their heyday,” he writes. “They tried to expose the dark underbelly of the bullshit taught by politicians, parents…”

Reading and re-listening to the music while editing the magazine, you can definitely get a feel of some of the danger in that proposal. There was plenty of music made in 1967 to feed your head, but precious little which could rearrange it with the majesty and authority of that made by The Doors. Inside, you’ll find in-depth new reviews of every Doors album from their magnificent debut, through their excursion into pop with the Soft Parade, and final powerful retrenchment in the blues with LA Woman, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in April.

You’ll also find a blend of interviews and features. There’s an entertaining archive sequence about the band’s eventual arrival in London in 1968, in which the rumour of a singer who “thinks he is Christ” materialises in the person of a great rock band and their frontman who is actually quite keen on doing some sightseeing. There’s also a new and revealing Q&A with Robby Krieger, and a hilarious eyewitness account from Uncut’s Nigel Williamson on being an expert witness in the legal battle to determine who had the legal right to operate as “The Doors”.

There’s also considerable new work. You’ll find an extensive oral history on the Doors as a live band – not only the drama of what one observer calls the “Jim Morrison experience” – but also the subterfuge behind the scenes which has led to valuable live recordings being issued to the public. We’ve also touched in with Frank Lisciandro, a film-maker, UCLA contemporary and one of Jim Morrison’s closest friends, about The Doors on film. Frank is especially valuable to hear on the myths deriving from the 1991 Oliver Stone-directed Doors biopic. “Jim never looked over his shoulder and said ‘I feel like I’m being possessed by a Native American right now’,” he tells us.

Then, as now, audiences were ready to be entranced by Jim Morrison’s legend, and transported by The Doors’ music. John Densmore, though, is more down to earth about why the group continue to enjoy such influence: they were in the right place at the right time.

“Timing,” he says, “is everything to a drummer…”

Enjoy the magazine…

Buy a copy of the magazine here. Missed one in the series? Bundles are available at the same location.

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