The podcast will explore the potential of music to generate government-endorsed sentiments and identities, whilst also carrying the potential to fuel the fire of revolt and protest. There is a profound power in music. It appeals to something that exceeds the semantics of language. From Beethoven to Bowie, from Hitler to Hip-Hop, from Shostakovich to Shrillex, music has been utilised to shape and reflect the conditions of our society. Music does not require in-depth analysis to be understood, it is something that we experience with a sensual force that resonates with the listener, a non-discursive sonority.

Colourful harmony and meaningful melodies have provided the catalyst soundtracks to movements of change or have been manipulated to compose the anthems of autocrats. Music serves this double-sided, paradoxical function wherein it can be deployed by tyrants as a weapon of mass distraction ordaining government-endorsed sentiments and identities, whilst simultaneously being harnessed by those oppressed to articulate the ‘unwelcome’ sounds of resistance against that very regime.


Annabelle Lymbery has just begun her final year studying law at the University of Warwick. From a young age, music has been an integral part of her life; having the opportunity to produce a podcast exploring the paradoxical link between music and legal orders of society was something she was very passionate about.

It was a topic that actually sparked her interest two-years preceding the creation of the podcast during her studies of music; whilst she was supposed to be studying the intricate musical aspect of the compositions of Shostakovich, she found herself drawn to the political context behind this soviet musicians’ life. She was delighted to be able intertwine her love of music with her studies in law.

Music Credits

  • Lee Rosever- Everywhere
  • Daniel Birch- Low Force
  • Daniel Birch – Environmental disaster zone
  • Daniel Birch- Sleep

Special thanks to…

  • Professor Sara Ramshaw, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
  • Lisa Heledd Jones, Storyworks UK
  • Illan rua Wall, University of Warwick