Much More than the Notes is a podcast series dedicated to music, its poetics, and its politics. It offers interviews with personalities whose life and work is strongly entangled with music, whether they are musicians or not. Life stories that remind us that music is much more than artistry, a pleasant form of entertainment, or mere fashions, underscoring that the political in this particular discipline should not be reduced to the lyrical or to artists who explicitly (or not so explicitly) express a conscious commitment to a cause. We talk about how the sonic has effects beyond these more obvious aspects, articulating different ways of understanding the world and being in it. Whether it be New York deep house, jazz in its various transformations and phases, border music born between Mexico and the United States, or the echoes of West Indian dub that resonate in migrant communities in the United Kingdom, the dynamics of these effects can be found.

Setting aside the trite and misleading argument that music is a universal language, this series delves into music as a matter of specific cultural practices, shared knowledge, and affect. Sometimes across generations, and sometimes within communities, networks, or groups. And it is, above all, a matter of power, of material relations, and even of conflicts. In short, it is much more than the notes.

Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019, the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 and an RSL Fellow. Roger has been chosen by Decibel and Arts Council England as one of fifty writers who have influenced the Black-British writing canon and his work has been featured in a number of prominent anthologies, including The Forward Book Of Poetry 2024; Mapping The Future – The Complete Works Poets; Poetry Unbound – 50 Poems To Open Your World; The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain; and The Fire People and Bloodaxes’ Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets. He has received commissions from The National Trust; London Open House; BBC; Tate; The National Portrait Gallery; V&A; INIVA; MK Gallery; and Theatre Royal Stratford East, where he was also an associate artist, and he is an alumnus of The Complete Works, a national mentorship programme founded by Bernadine Evaristo MBE.

Robinson has sat on the judging panel of some of the world's most prestigious writing prizes, including the Folio Prize; BOCAS Lit Fest; Forward Prize; Bridport Prize; T.S. Eliot Prize; and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. His poem A Portable Paradise features on the UK syllabus for GCSE English Literature.

His workshops have been shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums & Galleries and were also part of the Barbicans’ Webby award-winning Can I Have A Word?. His book The Butterfly Hotel was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Roger Robinson has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the global writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. 


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Rubén Coll (Interviews and editing)
Sarah Iacobucci

Andrea Zarza, Jerilyn Gonçalves, José María Llanos, Cristina Martínez, Nicola Griffiths, Olga Sevillano, José Luis Espejo, Belén Benito and Sarah Iacobucci

Produce © Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (con contenidos musicales licenciados por SGAE)

Audio quotes

  • Roger Robinson. "Shine" from Dog Heart City. Jahtari (2017)
  • King Midas Sound. "I Sound" from Dub Heavy - Hearts & Ghosts. Hyperdub (2009)
  • Brother Resistance. "Star Warz Rapso" from Rapso Take Over. Left Ear Records (1986/2021)
  • Black Stalin. "Burn Dem" from Roots Rock Soca, Rounder (1986/1991)
  • Dennis Bovell. "Silly Dub" from The Dubmaster. Trojan (1993/2022)
  • Imamu Amiri Baraka. "Answers in Progress" from It's Nation Time. African Visionary Music, Black Forum/Motown (1978)
  • Aba-Shanti-I and The Shanti-Ites. "Zulu Warrior ('96' Mix)" from The Wrath of Jah - Verse 1 (Earth Rocker). Falasha Recordings (1996)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson. "Wat About Di Workin' Claas?" from Making History. Island (1984)
  • Roger Robinson. "Smash and Scatteration" from Dis Side Ah Town. Jahtari (2015)
  • Roger Robinson. "Flowers" from Dog Heart City. Jahtari (2017)
  • Roger Robinson. " Brixton Summer" from Dog Heart City. Jahtari (2017)
  • RZA. "Ghost Dog Theme" from Ghost Dog. El Camino del Samurai. Epic (2000)
  • Roger Robinson. "Bun Bun Bun" from Dog Heart City. Jahtari (2017)