The Gould Standard is a new conversational podcast from The Glenn Gould Foundation about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We speak with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick.
The inspiration for the podcast is legendary pianist and tech visionary Glenn Gould, whose genius continues to resonate globally today. The Gould Standard is the latest expression of The Foundation's mission to enrich the lives of people everywhere through the transformative power of art.
Harry Gregson-Williams is one of today's most exciting and versatile film composers. He is noted for his unforgettable scores for such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Kingdom of Heaven, Man on Fire, Mulan, The Martian, Prometheus, and of course, Shrek. In a wide-ranging conversation, Harry talks about his evolution from choir boy to composer, his creative methods, the changing role of technology in his practice, and his collaborations with directors Tony and Ridley Scott, Nick Park, Ben Affleck, and Joel Schumacher.
If the mark of a great actor is the ability to transform herself completely, then Tatiana Maslany is one of the finest of her generation. With her Emmy-winning breakout playing multiple cloned “sisters” in the TV series Orphan Black, Tatiana not only showed the world her incredible versatility but her ability to infuse her characters with compassion, diverse experiences, and an intense longing for connection.
In this exclusive conversation, Tatiana and Brian talk about her beginnings growing up in Regina, Saskatechewan, her failure in gymnastics, passion for improv, zombie flicks, her latest role as a Depression era radio evangelist in Perry Mason, and of course, Sarah Manning, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Beth and all the other “sistras” from Orphan Black... and her recent experience as a juror for The Glenn Gould Prize.
Ever wonder what makes a Musical Genius tick? Or how “Super Producers” keep churning out hits? Well, Chilly Gonzales, with tongue (partly) in cheek has described himself as both of these terms. What Gonzo (to his friends) really is, is a true musical original. From his hit solo piano records, his sold-out concerts around the world, to his collaborations with Feist, Drake, Peaches, Jarvis Cocker and Daft Punk— Chilly Gonzales is a musical explorer, who defies categories, combines humour with serious artistic ideals and has developed a captivating musical language all his own. In this feature conversation, Gonzo lets (most of) his hair down and gives us an intimate look at his idiosyncratic, endlessly fascinating inner life.
Warning: Some explicit content.
The music featured in this episode of The Gould Standard is used with permission.
In the latest instalment of The Gould Standard, we welcome our friend Nyla Innuksuk, revolutionary Inuk filmmaker and VR content creator. Nyla spoke with host Brian Levine during her quarantine before travelling to Nunavut, to complete her debut feature film Slashback, a horror epic set in the Arctic tundra.
Nyla talks Virtual and Augmented reality as CEO of Mixtape VR, working with Indigenous musicians like A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq, even co-creating the world's first Inuk Marvel Superhero, Snowguard, with Jim Zub. In this thought-provoking conversation, Nyla also shares details of her life threatening health crisis, and the importance of reconciliation through art.
Music heard in this podcast:
“Immutaa” by Beatrice Deer
“Una” by Elisapie
“Ghost” by Josh Q and The Trade Offs
Has technology ushered in a Brave New World of creativity, connectedness and individual empowerment— or has it created an invisible tool to enable surveillance, manipulation and the invasion of our privacy? Few people alive speak more clearly and provocatively to these issues than Cory Doctorow, award-winning science fiction writer, blogger and activist for a more open, accountable and human-rights-focused digital future. In this in-depth conversation with host Brian Levine, Cory explores the deep social engagement, sense of wonder, and occasionally, the rage that inspires his fiction and non-fiction writing.
Petula Clark Part 2
Welcome back to Part Two of The Gould Standard’s exclusive conversation with Petula Clark. Petula and host Brian Levine talk about her Hollywood film career, an encounter with Elvis in Las Vegas, how she accidentally ended up on John and Yoko’s “Give Peace a Chance” record, and Petula’s adventures in the present moment.
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I have only listened to a couple of the episodes and I am already hooked, looking forward to more!
What a great series so far, really enjoyed the latest episode. Keep up the quality content!
Really enjoying this thoughtful, interesting series! The episode featuring Cory Doctorow was refreshing and on point with many things on my mind lately.