This video explains why it’s so hard to talk about how music sounds

Language often fails us when it comes to explaining why a rock song sounds like, well, a rock song. This video takes us through a way of expressing the inexpressible. There’s a little music theory here, but don’t let that frighten you. In fact, you may end up learning to listen to music in an entirely different way.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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