Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.


All Songs Considered Blog
9:29 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Drum Fill Friday

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Below are six drum intros and fills. Match the intro or fill to the album it's from. If you get it right, the artist and song names will appear.

As always, if you've got a drum fill or intro you think would be good for the quiz, let us know in the comments section.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:35 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

What Does This Sound Like?


Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 2:01 pm

I won't lie to you. I listen to a lot of music. And when you listen to a lot of music, it's impossible to miss the countless similarities in all the little bits and pieces of songs from all kinds of artists. I'm not talking about entire riffs or melodies or beats that get borrowed, stolen or inadvertently lifted and repurposed. I'm talking about the two or three-second clips that pop up in songs. Little harmonies, a few notes that run together just so. These are the bits that send you frantically searching for what on earth it reminds you of.

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