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Song Exploder and the Art of the Edit
Join Song Exploder podcast producer Hrishikesh Hirway, with Miyuki Jokiranta, for a conversation about music, story, the art of the edit … and his top three most coveted musician-guests. (Plus: a whisper of West Wing Weekly, which Hirway also co-hosts.)
'Here's a way for everybody to recognise that if all of these are songs that are successful in some way, but there are all these unique paths to get to them, then clearly, there's no rules. Because if there were, then every episode would be exactly the same.'
Hirway is fascinated by the art of editing. Through Song Exploder, his uniquely revealing music podcast, Hirway works with musicians – from Björk to U2, The National, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, Carly Rae Jepsen and Iggy Pop – to unpack their tracks piece by piece, exploring how their songs were edited into being.
Hirway is the host of the podcast, but sees his role on Song Exploder as primarily that of an editor. In the process of building each episode, he works with each artist on their core concept and their choice of song – then, after recording, he edits meticulously to remove himself from the conversation, directing focus on the artist as they share how they brought their chosen song to life.
Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and composer, and the host of Song Exploder, a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Past Song Exploder guests have included Björk, U2, The National, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, Wilco, and many others.
Miyuki Jokiranta is a radio maker and writer who currently produces for Earshot at ABC RN. Previously, she produced and presented Soundproof, RN’s playground for the sonically curious; within her own radio arts practice, she crafts a space between music and words. She has also produced for RN’s Books and Arts, Poetica and Off Track, and – while living and studying in the US – for a range of National Public Radio programmes including Radiolab, Radio Rookies and Radio Diaries.