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.
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.
Lisa Bella Donna
Lisa Bella Donna is somehow algorithmically connected to me – her work shows up consistently in my social media feeds, the sites that I read cover her work, and (of course) the music really speaks to me. So it’s kind of odd that it has taken so long to get her on the pod. Maybe it’s because she’s pretty laid back about her self-promotion, and maybe it’s because she is very busy. But in any case, I’m really glad to be able to talk with her about her career, her background, and her love of synths.
Tim Exile has been involved in the Music Tech world for a long time. As the developer of a number of effects and instruments for Native Instruments, he became well-known for pushing the envelope on what we considered to be ‘normal’ devices. Now he is working on a platform, called Endlesss that brings all of this together. In our discussion, we cover everything from his background, to his growth in Reaktor-based development, and on to his efforts in bringing Endlesss into being.
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.