25 episodes

The Contemplative Podcast hosted by Matt Emery is a conversation with top composers, artists, record labels and DJ's about the creative process and techniques of making and releasing music (including records, tv, film and game soundtracks). Artists offer insights of touring and live performances, inspirational records and figures and wherever else the chat take us. There will be music from each artist along the way threaded throughout the conversation.

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The Contemplative Podcast hosted by Matt Emery is a conversation with top composers, artists, record labels and DJ's about the creative process and techniques of making and releasing music (including records, tv, film and game soundtracks). Artists offer insights of touring and live performances, inspirational records and figures and wherever else the chat take us. There will be music from each artist along the way threaded throughout the conversation.

    Hidden Notes

    Hidden Notes

    Welcome back to the fourth episode (in our third season) of The Contemplative Podcast with your host, Matt Emery. On today’s episode, Matt chats with Daniel Inzani and Alex Hobbis of the Hidden Notes music festival, which will take place this year in Stroud, Gloucestershire (UK) on the 23rd and 24th of September, featuring an amazing roster of live performances (see full line-up here). We’ll also get a chance to learn about their Hidden Notes record label, Straud, brewing organic pale ale and releasing music in various exciting medium formats. As always, there will be music along the way showcasing the artists from the festival and the imprint. If you’re new to this podcast, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes and catch up on the past seasons. You can find us directly on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app using the links on the sidebar. Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    A Winged Victory For The Sullen

    A Winged Victory For The Sullen

    Welcome back to our third episode of The Contemplative Podcast with your host, Matt Emery. On today's episode, Matt chats with Adam Wiltzie of the one and only A Winged Victory For The Sullen about the beginnings of this magnificent duo (with Dustin O'Halloran), their albums, The Undivided Five (Ninja Tune, 2019) and Atomos (Erased Tapes, 2014), their long-term collaboration with Francesco Donadello, playing at the BBC Proms, the upcoming shows at The Barbican (May 13-14, 2023), and so much more.  As always, there will be music along the way, with snippets from various AWVFTS releases. If you’re new to this podcast, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes and catch up on the past seasons. You can find us directly on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app using the links on the sidebar. Enjoy!

    • 22 min
    Clarice Jensen

    Clarice Jensen

    Welcome back to a second episode of a brand new season of The Contemplative Podcast. On today's instalment, Matt Emery chats with Clarice Jensen, an American (NYC-based) cellist, a graduate of the Julliard School, and an artistic director of ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble). As an instrumentalist, collaborator, and in her role in ACME, Jensen has recorded and performed alongside many of my all-time favourite modern classical composers, including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Björk, Stars of the Lid, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich. As a solo composer, she has been celebrated on these pages for her albums on FatCat's 130701 imprint - see the writeup on the debut, For This From That Will Be Filled (2018, Miasmah), a track premiere from the album The Experience Of Repetition As Death (2020, 130701), and the review of her latest, Esthesis (2022, 130701), with many ending up on my Best of the Year selections. I have also previously published this In the studio with Clarice Jensen. In this episode, Matt talks with Clarice about her recent tour with Dustin O'Halloran, the ACME string ensemble, performing Max Richter's SLEEP, her live set-up, and of course, the new album. And as always, there will be music along the way, with snippets from her past releases. If you’re new to this podcast, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes and catch up on the past seasons. You can find us directly on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app using the links on the sidebar. Enjoy!

    • 38 min
    SYML.

    SYML.

    Hello, and welcome back to another episode of The Contemplative Podcast! In fact, welcome back to a whole brand new season! In 2022, Matt Emery interviewed eight amazing composers, artists and labels (see the full list here), and today we're kicking off the third season's entry for this year with Brian Fennel, aka SYML, with a chat about his new record on Nettwerk, his recent session for KEXP radio, numerous collaborations, sound and genre explorations, and a lot more! Of course, there will be music along the way, taken from SYML's various albums and EPs released throughout the years. If you’re new to this series, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes and catch up on the past seasons. You can find us directly on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app using the links on the sidebar. Enjoy!

    • 35 min
    Sophie Hutchings

    Sophie Hutchings

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Contemplative Podcast! As you may be already aware, we’ve taken a small break, but we’re very happy to announce our return with many exciting new guests in the upcoming episodes over the course of this year. If you’re new to this series, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes, and catch up on the past entries and seasons, in which we’ve covered many of your favourite composers and labels! You can find us on directly Spotify and Apple Podcasts or use your favourite app to subscribe using the links on the sidebar. In today’s episode, Matt Emery, had the privilege of chatting with the talented Australian composer and pianist, Sophie Hutchings, in which they talk about making music from a very young age, the creative process behind her latest release, Echoes In The Valley, working with various labels, in many studios, reading books, and so much more! As always, there is music along the way to guide us on this journey. We hope that you enjoy it!

    • 52 min
    Eydís Evensen

    Eydís Evensen

    Happy holidays and welcome back to another episode of The Contemplative Podcast! If you’re new to this series, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes, and catch up to past entries and seasons, in which we’ve covered many of your favourite composers and labels! You can find us on directly Spotify and Apple Podcasts or use your favourite app to subscribe using the links on the sidebar. In today’s episode, Matt Emery chats with the Icelandic composer, Eydís Evensen, who has released her debut album, Bylur, on XXIM Records earlier this year. You will learn all about the making of her album, working with the label, performing live, favourite current albums and much more! As always, there will be music along the way with snippets taken from Evensen's album plus a stunning remix from Slow Meadow. Hope you enjoy!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Shaz Perry ,

Simply wonderful!

This was truely a great find. A wonderful host who genuinely cares about his guests and his love of music is infectious. I highly recommend it.

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