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.
Philippe Starck: Dreams Within Design
Philippe Starck is a force of nature in the world of creativity. He pioneered the concept of Democratic Design - the notion that design and creativity should make life better for as many people as possible. His energy, imagination and questioning have resulted in thousands of creations from household objects, eco-friendly homes, a space habitation module to Steve Jobs' mega-yacht. Join us as he shares his passionate commitment to community, advancing evolution and candid revelations about the early experiences that shaped his boundless drive to create.
Laurie Anderson & Bob Ezrin: O Superwoman
Two of the most transformative musical forces of our time - Laurie Anderson and super-producer Bob Ezrin, sit down for a talk with host Brian Levine. This intimate conversation is one of old friends reminiscing on career highlights, the creative passions that drive them and of course, their shared love of Lou Reed. Listen to Laurie and Bob's remarkable stories of days past, thoughtful perspectives on our current moment, and plans for future collaboration.
John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul is one of the world's most provocative, insightful and prescient thinkers, and he has thought deeply about the erosion of democracy in our time — an issue of increasingly urgent concern in light of recent events.
We caught up with John for a lively and wide-ranging discussion about the role of the arts in promoting democracy and the common good, social engagement, what we can learn from Indigenous cultures, and the dangers of propaganda, ideology, corporatism in eroding and corrupting the public sphere. John's passion, wit and lifelong love of the arts and freedom of expression make for a compelling listen.
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.