If you’re not familiar with the podcast Song Exploder, I encourage you to check it out. In it, musicians dissect their own music, digging into the nuances of instrumentation, inspiration, etc.
Last night I heard a fully formed episode, in my dreams, of another podcast called “Song Imploder.” In contrast to Song Exploder, the challenge in this amazing, imaginary podcast is for a musician to piece together a working approximation of their hit song using found sounds.
As is often the case with dreams, the details of the episode are fuzzy. However, I remember some specifics like sampled bloops taken from the classic Pac Man video game, repeated rhythmically to recreate a synth bass line. A crowd scene in a hotel lobby was recorded and overdubbed to approximate the raucous symphony of multiple guitars climaxing.
I don’t know how realistic such a challenge is outside of dream-land, but I’d sure enjoy listening to “Song Imploder” if anybody wants to take a stab at it!