37 episodes

Themes and Variation is Soundfly’s podcast about music and perspectives. In each episode, expert musicians and avid music lovers draw on their professional experiences and personal backgrounds to share unique insights and passionate opinions about songs they’ve selected based on their interpretations of a given theme. Of course, whether the panel’s discussing epic songs, songs that use the same sample, or classic wedding band requests, this is a show for anyone who loves music and has a desire to dig into it.

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Themes and Variation is Soundfly’s podcast about music and perspectives. In each episode, expert musicians and avid music lovers draw on their professional experiences and personal backgrounds to share unique insights and passionate opinions about songs they’ve selected based on their interpretations of a given theme. Of course, whether the panel’s discussing epic songs, songs that use the same sample, or classic wedding band requests, this is a show for anyone who loves music and has a desire to dig into it.

    Songs Revisited (Holiday Special!)

    Songs Revisited (Holiday Special!)

    In 2021, our podcast released 24 episodes, each of which was centered around a musical theme. Some of the themes were pretty clear cut (like "Songs That Used Found Sounds" or "Dilla Songs"), while others were more abstract (like "Whimsical Songs" or "Mysterious Songs"), but they were all up for interpretation.
    We heard insights and ideas from 30 different panelists, each of whom brought a unique musical perspective to the show. This year's guests included performers, producers, video game music composers, songwriters, educators, students, theorists, vocalists, and instrumentalists. We talked to some of our favorite Soundfly course instructors, as well as some amazing Soundfly Mentors. What all of these people had in common was their love for music and readiness to discuss the things that jump out to them about songs they find, in some way, meaningful.
    For the final episode of the year, Carter and Mahea looked back on the last 12 months of the show, revisiting some noteworthy moments along the way. They chatted about how Themes and Variation has impacted their listening habits, and Mahea put Carter's memory to the test via some trivia questions.
    On behalf of Carter, Mahea, and the rest of the Soundfly team, happy holidays and thank you for a wonderful year of Themes and Variation.
    Check out all of our courses including Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats here.Subscribe to all of Soundfly's premium course content here.Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.Want to listen to a playlist of every track we broke down last year? Well then, here you go.

    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 26 min
    One-Hit Wonder Songs (with Lina Farah)

    One-Hit Wonder Songs (with Lina Farah)

    The term "one-hit wonder" evokes a certain notion of failure. It implies that the artists that get slapped with that label could never follow up the song that made them global sensations. The truth is, getting even just a single hit is a monumental achievement, and these hits were so big that they took on a life of their own.

    For the latest episode of T&V, Carter and Mahea sat down with songwriter/vocalist Lina Farah (aka Naheli) to dissect some of these songs turned phenomena.

    Themes and Variation is presented by Soundfly, a music education website changing the way we build our creative skills :
    Check out all of our courses including Intro to Music Production in Ableton Live,  here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code THEMES to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.We want to hear the songs you love that use found sounds! Add them to the community playlist for this episode.

    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com!

    • 55 min
    Songs to Wake Up To (with Sarah Galdes)

    Songs to Wake Up To (with Sarah Galdes)

    Whether you consider yourself a morning person or not, the first thing you listen to can sometimes set the tone for the rest of your day. So what kind of song do you prefer to wake up to — something with a strong backbeat to shake you from your slumber or a tune with a gentle build to ease the way between dreams and reality?
    For the latest episode of Themes and Variation, Mahea and Carter sat down with Sarah Galdes, an incredible drummer and musical artist to discuss some songs that are perfect ways to start the day.
    Check out all of our courses including Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats here.Subscribe to all of Soundfly's premium course content here.Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.We want to hear the songs you wake up to! Add them to the community playlist for this episode. You can find the examples discussed in the episode there too.

    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 50 min
    Songs That Groove (with Efa Etoroma Jr.)

    Songs That Groove (with Efa Etoroma Jr.)

    The concept of “groove” can be hard to pin down. That single word alludes to the rhythmic character of a composition, the feeling with which performers play their parts, and a certain ineffable something that catches the ear and sinks right into a listener’s core. Creating something that sits right in the pocket requires both swagger and comprehension.
    For the latest episode of Themes and Variation, Mahea and Carter sat down with the ever estimable drummer and producer, Efa Etoroma, Jr. to try to define the indefinable. Our conversation about runs the gamut of all things groove — from legendary virtuosity to beats that just feel good, this one's all about "Songs That Groove."
    Check out all of our courses including Beat Making in Ableton Live, here.Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats drops 11/10 at soundfly.comSubscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code EARLYBIRD20 before 11/9 to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.We want to hear your favorite songs that groove! Add them to the community playlist for this episode.

    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 48 min
    Songs I'm Embarrassed to Admit I Love (with Lavender Looi)

    Songs I'm Embarrassed to Admit I Love (with Lavender Looi)

    While we may not believe anyone should truly be ashamed of their taste in music, most of us have been in a situation where we felt the need to explain why a particular song was part of our music collection. Call it shame or guilty pleasure, but there are tracks we quietly enjoy, while convincing ourselves they're outliers that say nothing about who we are as listeners.
    Sometimes, that stems from a fear of what our peers might think. Sometimes, it has more to do with an internal voice that says we "should know better" than to like that song. Sometimes, it comes from the realization that our response to a certain song or style reveals something about ourselves that makes us uncomfortable.
    In the latest episode of the T&V, Mahea and Carter sat down with composer, producer, and Soundfly Mentor, Lavender Looi to discuss "Songs I'm Embarrassed to Admit I Love."
    Check out all of our courses including The Music of Boy Bands, here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code THEMES to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.We want to hear your favorite boy band hits! Add them to the community playlist for this episode.

    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 43 min
    Gateway Jazz Songs (with Peter Martin)

    Gateway Jazz Songs (with Peter Martin)

    As an art form, jazz can be passionate or mesmerizing, spontaneous or calculated, inviting or intimidating. It's a unique genre of music, in that it is somehow perceived to be both inclusive and exclusive. For some, it is little more than the soundtrack of their holiday shopping trips, but for others, it's something powerful that relentlessly beckons to their very souls.
    In the latest episode of our podcast, we sat down with Peter Martin, a phenomenal pianist, podcast host, and music educator to discuss "Gateway Jazz Songs."
    Themes and Variation is presented by Soundfly, a music education website changing the way we build our creative skills :
    Check out all of our courses including Kimbra: Vocal Creativity, Arranging, & Production here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code THEMES to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.We want to hear the songs that made you want to study music! Add them to the community playlist for this episode.
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Twister2009 ,

Engaging, Insightful, Fun.

If you want to hear about all the rich, weird and interesting perspectives, ideas sitting in behind favourite songs (and songs you know nothing about), then this podcast is the place to be. Engaging.

K834 ,

Looking forward!

Very excited for this! We could all use some inspiration in the “new topics for conversation” department right now... I now have a solid reason to talk about the Fine Young Cannibals, thank you.

ruby dziuba ,

Super intrigued

I am so excited to hear what this podcast has to offer. Anyone who appreciates music to this level will totally relate to these discussions!

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