Think about your favorite podcast. Does a certain tune come to mind? Now think about a moment you remember in your favorite podcast. Was it sad and somber or full of hope? Now think about how music helped move that moment forward.

For a lot of us, music is emotion. Studies of the brain will tell you that your mind reacts in so many different ways to the sound of music. So it’s only natural that you would want to take all that magic and sprinkle it over your podcast.

Well, not so fast. Music — and composing it — can get really complicated, especially if you’re going to enter the NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

Full article and audio at NPR

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