"What If..." Original Music

We thought a project about creativity and innovation should feature original music by Nebraska composers!

These songs were used in these What If... segments, listed with the composer who created the piece.

Ord Economic Development - Season 1, Episode 1

UNO Biomechanics Program - Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Happiness & Celebration” by Dmitri Shaposhnikov
  • “Juniper” by Philip Daniel, ft Shawn Williams
  • “Bruisin' the Bricks” by Daniel Christian
  • "Pursuit of Happiness" by Conner McConnell
  • "Sunday Comics" by Peter Sukstorf

Winston - Season 1, Episode 1

Church Renovation - Season 1, Episode 1

UNMC's iEXCEL Program - Season 1, Episode 2

  • “The Tiny Sailboat” by Conner McConnell
  • “Shards of Light” by Josh Spaulding
  • “Progress” by Nathan Todhunter

Quantified Ag's Cattle Health Tags - Season 1, Episode 2

Growing Great Beginnings - Season 1, Episode 2

Flywheel's Workplace Culture - Season 1, Episode 2

Experimental Music - Season 2, Episode 1

Feya Candles - Season 2, Episode 1

Storm Chasing - Season 2, Episode 1

Raising Shrimp - Season 2, Episode 2

  • "'Surrender' from 'Two Poems'" by Krista Connelly, ft Adam Pelandini (saxophone) and Aaron Hirsch (piano)
  • "The Pasture" by Eshaan Giri
  • "Happy Morning" by Conner McConnell
  • "Mischief" by Conner McConnell

Root Research - Season 2, Episode 2

Upstream Farms - Season 2, Episode 2

On the Go Gelato - Season 2, Episode 2

Dog Braces - Season 2, Episode 3

  • "For Her" by Philip Daniel ft Shawn Williams
  • "Sprightly" by Eshaan Giri
  • "Three Times a Charm" by Conner McConnell
  • "Mom's Heart" by Dmitrii Shaposhnikov
  • "Over All of This" by Rob Temple

Homestead Painting Restoration - Season 2, Episode 3

Spidercam - Season 2, Episode 3

Mullen Remote Education - Season 2, Episode 3

  • "III. Nocturne" by Mathew Fuerst
  • "Olympus" by Eshaan Giri
  • "Overcoming" by Dmitrii Shaposhnikov
  • "Lonely" by Simon Tefft
  • "The Jolly Friar" by Stephen Tefft

Do Space - Season 2, Episode 4

Bike Union - Season 2, Episode 4

  • "Dandelion" by Daniel Christian
  • "All Dressed Up With No Place to Go" by Stephen Tefft
  • "Discovery" by Nathan Todhunter

Highlander - Season 2, Episode 4

  • “Crossing Paths” by Peter Sukstorf
  • “Crusin Around for the 80s Sound” by Jaymeson Pon
  • “Music of the City” by Conner McConnell
  • “To Build a Bond So Strong” by Josh Spaulding
  • “Homage” by Shawn Bell
  • “Innovation” by Eshaan Giri

Listen to a special episode of The Verge featuring music by our What If... composers!

Dmitrii Shaposhnikov sits before three tiered keyboards, singing and playing
Dmitrii Shaposhnikov (courtesy photo)
Daniel Christian, dressed in white shirt with black tie and vest, sleeves rolled up, plays a guitar standing up while singing
Daniel Christian (Liliedahl Imaging photo)
Meredith Ollerich poses with trumpet on a bench outside in bright sunshine, wearing long, sleeveless black dress
Meredith Ollerich (Swinarski Photography photo)