Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music

Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

The middle course of this musical smorgasbord focuses on both storytelling and emotion. And there can be no better demonstration of the latter than the unintended result of a quick street test – which is lovely.

There are amusing chats with Sting and film composer Danny Elfman, whose studio-cum-museum is amazing. And although our host visits a psychologist and a cognition lab, there’s no hard science here.

As the series is making loud and clear, however, the importance and joy of music is in the variety and experimentation. So what we have here is Copeland’s fanfare for the common man. And it’s all the better for it.

Summary

The performer continues his mission to understand how music works by exploring its extraordinary power to tell stories. His journey includes meetings with film director Francis Ford Coppola, who explains how simple musical devices transformed the most famous scenes in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Sting, who describes the secrets of his song-writing process, rapper Talib Kweli, who looks at the power of music in protest, and the French-Cuban Ibeyi sisters, who show how music has kept the Yoruban tradition alive.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Stewart Copeland
Contributor Francis Ford Coppola
Contributor Talib Kweli
Contributor Ibeyi Sisters
Contributor Sting
Director Nico Wasserman
Editor Alex Muggleton
Executive Producer Jez Nelson
Series Editor Sam Anthony
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