Song Exploder

A Music podcast featuring Hrishikesh Hirway
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Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.

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emilyboda reviewed this podcast on Jun 12th, 2017
"Incredibly well done! My favorites are the ones about the songs I already knew. It's less fun to listen to if you don't already know the songs, but those episodes are good for introducing you to new music."
athytee reviewed this podcast on Aug 29th, 2017
"I was introduced to this cast approx 6 months ago and I have downloaded so many of the back episodes. Great production, and great music. It has opened my eyes to so many artists I never would have heard otherwise!"
Emily.boda reviewed this podcast on Oct 24th, 2017
"*Amazing* podcast. Go through the feed and download all the episodes of songs that you recognize, you'll experience them in an entirely new light. Unfortunately it's hard to appreciate the episodes with songs that you don't already know, but that doesn't make the podcast any worse. Beautiful idea and wonderfully executed by Hrishi."

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Jan 1st, 2014
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Feb 6th, 2019
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