Host: @pickleshy

“This is all the sounds my teacher ever taught me not to make.”

As a listener, encountering new music for the first time can be enlightening, confusing or downright daunting. We’ll look back on our first experiences with new music, and explore ways to introduce it to others so that it opens them to seeking more and different musical experiences.


  1. Introductions. Name, city, role of new music in your life.
  2. Think of a time you’ve introduced someone to new music. Why, specifically, did you want them to hear it?
  3. What was their reaction when they experienced the new music you shared with them? How did their reaction impact you?
  4. How important is it for a first-time hearer to like new music?
  5. How did YOU first experience new music? What was going on in your head as you heard it?
  6. Can a musical work/experience be made particularly accessible to new listeners? Should it be? If so, how? If not, why?
  7. On the flip side, Is it important to prepare a friend/parent/colleague for an open, explorative experience of new music?
  8. What piece of new music would you reco to a first-time listener, and what advice along with it? (Include links!)

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(Photo: a snippet of voiceless, [this body] is filled by Kevin Baldwin, 2015)