Andrew Ford – the lead ABC Radio National broadcaster on the world of music – seems like a remarkably nice guy. He just radiates good mental health. Talented, hard working, nice, modest. Daggy but just a tad – enough for it to be engaging rather than painful.
In addition to being one of Radio National’s freshest broadcasters, he’s also a composer. Every now and then he puts in the effort to make great radio docos on the history of music and he’s at it again. The first installment of Music and Fashion was on last Saturday. It was marvellous. Fascinating stuff about the evolution of modern dance beginning with the salacious volta in the fifteenth century, traversing through the scandalous waltz in the early nineteenth century to even more outrageous moves like the Tango.
Interesting fact. Ragtime introduced the African two beat which has been common to every major modern dance craze since, as opposed to the three beat of the European Waltz.