XPol (cross pollination) is a show focused on multidisciplinarity. Its goal is to present the new, interesting and untapped ideas that emerge when different disciplines collide. Main subjects: Music, Philosophy, Science, and their intersections.
A Rhizomic Conversation with Chad Matheny aka Emperor X
Chad Matheny is a trained physicist, former biology teacher, web developer, musician, audio engineer, music business lecturer and philosophy enthusiast.
He has released several albums and toured the world under the name Emperor X. He also operates a jazz and experimental music venue in Berlin called Donau115.
Housekeeping & Update
The progress so far and the shape of things to come.
Extremist Music Cultures – Jonathan Pieslak
Jonathan Pieslak is a composer, music theorist and professor at the City College of New York. His current academic research is focused on the cultural dimensions of terrorism and of political violence.
He's the author of Radicalism and Music: An Introduction to the Music Cultures of al-Qa’ida, Racist Skinheads, Christian-Affiliated Radicals, and Eco-Animal Rights Militants.
He also authored several metal music theory papers, incl. the seminal Re-casting metal: Rhythm and Meter in the music of Meshuggah.
Focused Practice in the Digital Age – Jason Haaheim
Jason Haaheim is the principal timpanist at the metropolitan opera orchestra since 2013, and he is a former neuroscientist. He explores and analyzes the challenges faced by musicians and artists willing to perfect their craft in the 21st century on his blog and in his deliberate practice bootcamps. His approach combines subtle artistic sensibility and rigorous scientific thinking.
Being an Independent Musician in a Changing Industry – Simon Horn
Simon Horn, also known as Charlie Bly, is a singer-songwriter, producer, musician and educator hailing from Australia and currently based in Germany. He has played over 2000 concerts worldwide, with several bands and musical projects, including Frank Gambale, Michael Lane, and Vimala.
In this episode with discuss the evolution of the music industry, the impact of the internet and mass media on listening habits, songwriting, branding, teaching students, the continued importance of playing live, and more
Boucle Infinie & The Algorithm – Rémi Gallego
Rémi Gallego is the musician and producer behind the Algorithm and Boucle Infinie and a Front-End Developer (creator of Winampify). His music and his video game soundtracks explore the intersections between metal and electronic music, and generally his art is deeply influenced by the evolution of technology.