An interview podcast where we talk to people that are engaged in the connection of art and music to technology. Visual artists, musicians, software developers and other creatives are invited to talk about their background, current work and future vision.
Paula Maddox is a wonder. She’s got an amazing history of synth design, and the work continues; her current company (Dove Audio) produces modules in Euro and 5U format, featuring her unique take on wavetables-as-oscillators. We share a passion for wavetables and single-cycle waveshapes, so it was a natural that we talk.
Mark Fell is one of my favorite artists – his work is the right mix of comfortable and challenging, and his music is truly as good as his ideas about music! As a result, I end up listening to a lot of his work, from the SND material to his recent experiments with live musicians. I’ve also had the chance to speak with – and interview – him in the past (for Cycling ’74), so there was already a comfort level there between us. So that should have made for a good conversation…
… and it did.
Carl Stone has been a huge influence on me – his work transported me from “Interested in that music tech stuff for making pop tunes” to “Let’s get serious!” His exploration into the nature of sampled sounds – and sampled/mashed/twisted tracks – took some of the ideas explored by Schaeffer, Cage, Reich and others, and gave them a whole new context. His recordings blew my head open, and continues to do so today.
Jeff Rona has fascinated me ever since he first appeared in Keyboard Magazine with his “The Reel World” column. It was a time when music-for-film was becoming interesting for tech-savvy musicians, and his writing fueled a lot of people’s interest in that work. With a background that includes working with Mark Isham and Hans Zimmer, Jeff has been in the mix for some of the greatest soundtracks in the last quarter century.
Will Kuhn is well-known in the Ableton Live community. He pioneered the use of Ableton in the K-12 classroom, and recently released a new book: Electronic Music School: A Contemporary Approach to Teaching Musical Creativity. I was happy to corner him recently, and we had a great chat about his background, how he approaches teaching, and how he developed the system described in the book. We also dive into some ‘hot takes’ from the book, which adds a little flavor to this important text.
Luke Thornton, one of the three people that make up the band Elder Island, perfectly embodies the self-learning/DIY perspectives that are fueling the exciting edge of current music making. Outfitted with a studio full of interesting gear, a lineup of dedicated friends, and the time to focus on production, Elder Island is producing some gorgeous house-infused pop music – and pushing the envelope on both sound design and production quality with their work.
The soma of forward thinking music/art comms. Here’s a game you could play: guess how many time Darwin says “i’m curious” per episode. Go!
Thoughtful, knowledgeable and friendly
A chance to hear experts in their field reflect on how they got there, what they do, and why they do it.I’ve learned about many people new to me, and I’ve been drawn deeper into the work of those I’d come across before.
For me as a musician, this podcast is like a pause to enjoy a fine tea, or bourbon, and a moment of quiet. Refreshing and inspiring.
thoughtful, revealing, immersive
After stumbling across these podcasts recently have been completely immersed in Darwin's thoughtful, reflective and respectful discussions with pioneers and creators in the electronic media/arts/music scene. This is a wonderful developing oral history that I suspect will be a resource for students and abject amateurs like myself for years to come. These conversations are an antidote to the tribulations of the big world, probably reflecting Darwin's own perspective atop the Rocky mountains, but also elevate you to the essence of why we create, the process of creation and the nature of art and music. Wonderful.