Musical Time

Published: Jun 02 2021

Time is at the heart of the musical artform.

It is measured in heartbeats, sentences, or the pragmatic click-clacking of a metronome. It dulls the monotony of the waiting room, or represents the cycling of the seasons. Music can whisk us through time in an exhilarating flurry of notes, dizzying us with an overwhelming amount of sound per second, or it can suspend us in a reverie where time itself melts away and we glimpse eternity in a single, interminable tone.

In this episode we look at how musicians harness time, and how audiences experience it.

A list of recordings featured in this episode can be found here: