Episode 42: U2

“Cedarwood Road”

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10 Cedarwood Road is the address of Bono’s childhood home in Dublin. For the U2 song “Cedarwood Road,” Bono looked back to his life there as a teenager, when skinhead culture seeped into his neighborhood via the Seven Towers, housing projects that were built around that time. In this episode, Bono traces the arc from those memories to the lyrics of “Cedarwood Road,” and The Edge breaks down the process of how the music was written, with the original demo and the isolated tracks from the final recording.

U2 is currently on tour throughout North American and Europe.

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Bono’s best friend is Guggi, a visual artist who grew up at 5 Cedarwood Road.

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Episode 41: Will Butler

“Anna”

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Will Butler is a member of the band Arcade Fire, and he co-wrote the score for the film Her, which earned him an Oscar nomination. In March 2015, he put out his first solo album, Policy, and in this episode, he breaks down the song “Anna” from that record. This interview was recorded live at SXSW.

Buy “Anna” on iTunes here.

Watch the music video:

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Here’s a picture of the vintage Korg MS-20 synthesizer:

(from the site Vintage Synth Explorer, where you can also read more about the MS-20.)

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Episode 40: Ramin Djawadi

“Game of Thrones (Main Title Theme)”

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Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in April 2011 and became the most watched show in HBO’s history. The main title theme was written by Emmy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi. In this episode, he’ll break down the different elements in the piece, and how themes within the show inspired his composition and choice of instruments.

Watch the main title sequence for Game of Thrones:

And check out this great deconstruction of the visuals over at Art of the Title.

Buy the Game of Thrones original soundtrack here.

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Guitar Version

8-Bit Version

Piano Version

South Park “Wiener” Version

Peter Dinklage Version

There are many, many more cover versions out there.

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