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The Sound Of Fear

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Fear is primal. It’s how we react to the unknown. And when composers and songwriters set out to make frightful music, it opens up a world of creative possibilities. We’ll hear vivid examples from John Williams, Modest Mussorgsky, John Carpenter, Christian Scott and The Shirelles. 

Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:

  • What do you think is the best way to express fear in music? 
  • Which song in the episode was the most fearful to you? 

Ready to explore more frightful music? Check out this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music:

This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order.

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Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg

Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk

Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.  

Executive Producer: Brad Turner

Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast. 

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