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.
Cameron Warner Jones
Cameron Warner Jones is the kind of person that, once you’ve heard of him, you just want to get to know him. Imagine a person that gets his start creating the Synclavier Digital Music System, which was used by everyone from Laurie Anderson through Frank Zappa. Great stories, right?
The Synclavier influenced everything that came after, and much of it was driven by Cameron’s efforts. Let's dig in!
Peter Albrechtsen and David Barber
Peter Albrechtsen and David Barber worked on the movie The Killing Of Two Lovers, which is unique because it has no traditional musical score; all of the sound in the movie is a combination of location sound, foley and designed sounds, carefully mixed into a minimalist-but-complex soundscape.
In our discussion, we learn about how this kind of work was developed, how Peter and David worked together to pull it off, and the lengths taken to perfect the sound of the movie.
Part of my history is attending and teaching at University of Denver. One of the professors in this department is Chris Coleman, and he was a fascinating person to be around – he was always digging into new technologies, checking out both software and hardware opportunities, and inspiring people to try things outside their comfort zone.
In our discussion, we dive into microprocessors, open source software, physical vs. digital concerns and NFT’s - and more!
Plan 9: David Donaldson and Steve Roche
When Andrew Pask pointed me toward Plan 9 (and made an initial introduction), I couldn’t really tell what I was getting into. The soundtrack work was very interesting, and their recent releases mapped out a compelling set of skills. But then I checked out Modwheel – which is their sample library company – and started to connect the dots: Really unique sound design and instrument design led to quirky soundtrack work, which led to crazy sample libraries, which leads to even more sound design work.
One of the big surprises of the late 2010’s was the acquisition of Buchla and Associates by someone local to me: Eric Fox of Foxtone Music. I’d heard of Foxtone, but never visited, and never expected something like this to happen in good ‘ol Minneapolis. But sure enough, Buchla was now based out of the Twin Cities.
Mike Metlay (Bjooks)
Well, we welcome Mike Metlay back to the podcast. It’s been a while, and a lot has changed for Mike since our last discussion (episode 69!), and we find him in his new venture: as the editor-in-chief at Bjooks. If you are paying any attention to the world of electronic music, you’ll know that Bjooks just released a new book, entitled Synth Gems 1. Mike had a big hand in this release, and we quiz him about it in this interview.
Insightful + Inspiring
I always enjoy the wide range of conversations that Darwin has with his guests. Thank you for continuing to produce these podcasts.
Awesome interviewer. Interesting guests. Great content.
Lots of interesting conversation
Love the range of artists that the host, Darwin talks to. It helps that he seems to be knowledgeable about a wide range of topics having to do with art, music, and technology. My one request would be to not spend as much time going over people's personal story. I think it's more interesting when the conversation is about the opinions/beliefs people have.