152 episodes

An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.

Music Production Podcast Brian Funk

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An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.

    #152: How Do You Know When a Song is Finished?

    #152: How Do You Know When a Song is Finished?

    As you work and toil over your music, there comes a point when a song is finished. But how do you KNOW your track is finished? You can always add or change things. You can try new sounds or alter the arrangement. But how do you know where to stop?

    In this episode, we explore the topic from both a philosophical and practical purpose. We ask questions about what makes a song complete and then go through specific techniques and approaches you can use to finish your music.

    • 39 min
    #151: What Is Your Listener Doing and 13 Musical Emotions

    #151: What Is Your Listener Doing and 13 Musical Emotions

    As you are making music it can help to consider what your listeners will be doing as they listen. You can also think about the 13 musical emotions and which ones you want to evoke with your music.

    All of this can help us finish and release an album, EP, or single this month in the Finish February Challenge!

    • 14 min
    #150: Finish February - Release Music This Month!

    #150: Finish February - Release Music This Month!

    Jamuary is over! And if you participated, you probably have lots of ideas to work off of. Even if you didn't participate, I'm sure you have a lot of unfinished ideas anyway. Finish February is a challenge to finish some of that music and release it. It can be a single, EP, or full album. The point is to finish some music and get it out to the world!

    • 14 min
    #149: Derek Sivers - Musician, Writer, Founder of CDBaby

    #149: Derek Sivers - Musician, Writer, Founder of CDBaby

    Derek Sivers is a musician, writer, and entrepreneur. He started CDBaby in 1998, offering independent musicians (including me!) a way to sell their music online. Derek wrote "Anything You Want" explaining lessons he learned from the adventure. 

    Derek is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in this episode he shares some of his insight about making music and the creative process. It was a great conversation that makes meaningful connections between life, business, and creativity. 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    #148: The Power of Focus

    #148: The Power of Focus

    By participating in the #Jamuary2020 challenge to make and share a new piece of music each day, it's become extremely clear how important it is to find ways to focus while working. 

    In this episode, I talk about some important lessons I'm learning and offer some practical ways you can find focus while working on your music.

    • 16 min
    #147: Do It Even When You Don't Want To

    #147: Do It Even When You Don't Want To

    You will inevitably come across days that you just don't feel like making music. The thing that differentiates a professional from an amateur is the amateur does it when he/she feels like it; the professional does it no matter what. If you can make music on the days you are tired, uninspired, and lacking motivation, you can do it any time!

    • 9 min

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