6 episodes

Doing Music is a podcast that explores the techniques and strategies behind musical ideas. In each episode, Craig Schuftan looks into the myth of spontaneous creation and talks to artists about their hands-on approaches for sparking something new. Doing Music is for anyone interested in the act of making music – because often the most exciting results happen when we stop musing and start doing.

This podcast is brought to you by Ableton and hosted by Craig Schuftan. Craig is a music producer and the author of three books on music and popular culture.

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    • 4.4 • 17 Ratings

Doing Music is a podcast that explores the techniques and strategies behind musical ideas. In each episode, Craig Schuftan looks into the myth of spontaneous creation and talks to artists about their hands-on approaches for sparking something new. Doing Music is for anyone interested in the act of making music – because often the most exciting results happen when we stop musing and start doing.

This podcast is brought to you by Ableton and hosted by Craig Schuftan. Craig is a music producer and the author of three books on music and popular culture.

    Listen deep and head far out with Helado Negro

    Listen deep and head far out with Helado Negro

    Is it necessary to bare your soul to make good music? Roberto Lange has swapped the beautiful introspection of his earlier songwriting as Helado Negro to draw inspiration from outside sources. In this episode of Doing Music, host Craig Schuftan speaks to Lange about the people, places, and processes which influence his work, from the North Carolina landscape he calls home to field recording, experimental sampling and imaginary meetings with Pauline Oliveros and Lupe Lopez. 
     
    Explore further:
    Pierre Schaefer - ‘Acousmatics’ 
    Pauline Oliveros - ‘Some Sound Observations’ 
    Freddy Mamani - Neo-Andean Architecture
     
    Keep up with Helado Negro on Instagram, YouTube and via his website — and check out his latest album Phasor.Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram. Tell us what you think of this episode: doingmusic@ableton.com

    • 1 hr
    Rewarding repetition with Bendik Giske

    Rewarding repetition with Bendik Giske

    Bendik Giske’s adventurous music demonstrates how much potential a stripped back approach can have if you push hard enough against the limitations. In this episode of Doing Music, the celebrated Norwegian saxophonist talks to Craig Schuftan about his extended technique and the power of a minimalist method for music-making. As his performances and studio recordings prove, Bendik’s focus is on repetition as a route to deeper truths, but the conversation reveals that his exacting style also draws on mistakes as an essential creative tool, and the revelation that if you play a synth riff by The Prodigy a million times, it becomes your own.
     
    Explore further:
    Helen Thorington — The Noise of the Needle
    Beatrice Dillon
    Kodwo Eshun — More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction
    Jean Cocteau
    Gertrude Stein — Portraits and Repetition
    Jack Halberstam — The Queer Art of Failure
    Keep up with Bendik Giske on Instagram and via his website — and check out his self-titled album Bendik Giske.Tell us what you think of this episode: doingmusic@ableton.com
    Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram.

    • 53 min
    Studio stories with Gavsborg

    Studio stories with Gavsborg

    For Gavsborg, cultivating a space for ideas to flourish is essential. In conversation with Craig Schuftan, the co-founder of maverick production crew Equiknoxx talks about his formative years in Kingston and the various places and people that have shaped him. Beyond the day-to-day of home studio life, Gavsborg shares his thoughts on what it takes for collaboration to bloom, and when high-pressure situations can unlock untapped potential.
     
    Keep up with Gavsborg on Instagram, YouTube and SoundCloud — and check out his latest album An Honest Meal.
     
    Tell us what you think of this episode: doingmusic@ableton.com
    Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram.

    • 59 min
    Making movies out of music with Sofia Kourtesis

    Making movies out of music with Sofia Kourtesis

    Sofia Kourtesis’ sparkling dance music is brought to life by her diaristic phone recordings, depicting vivid scenes that play out like the movies she’s inspired by. In this episode of Doing Music, Sofia tells Craig Schuftan about the importance of imperfection in her sound, finding ways to protest in her choice of samples and embracing her Latin American heritage in her music. As a Peruvian artist relocated to Berlin, her story takes in her engagement with club music in the German capital, discovering her own sound and the desire to make music beyond the confines of the dancefloor.
     
    Explore further:
    The Warriors
    Los Hermanos Ballumbrosio
     
    Keep up with Sofia Kourtesis on Instagram and via her website - and check out her latest album Madres. 
     
    Tell us what you think of this episode: doingmusic@ableton.com
    Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram.

    • 48 min
    Songwriting as therapy with Cavetown

    Songwriting as therapy with Cavetown

    Robin Skinner’s open-hearted songwriting as Cavetown matches lyrical vulnerability with an emotive approach to production. In the first episode of Doing Music, Robin tells host Craig Schuftan about his rise to fame as a teenage YouTube sensation and what that means for him and his music. It’s a sensitive insight into a DIY artist who has shared his most intimate issues through song, touching on the search for a sense of home, navigating fame and collaborative songwriting as the next step in self-therapy. Along the way, prepare to bask in the nostalgic warmth of the Moomins and contemplate the idea of an 18th century emo kid.
     
    Explore further:
    Comet in Moominland by Trove Jansson 
    ‘Homesick’ by Cavetown, from Moominvalley Official Soundtrack 
    The Sorrows of Young Werther by J.W. von Goethe 
     
    Keep up with Cavetown on Instagram, YouTube and via his website — and check out his latest EP Little Vice.
     
    Tell us what you think of this episode: doingmusic@ableton.com
    Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Welcome to Doing Music

    Welcome to Doing Music

    Doing Music is a new podcast series hosted by musician and author Craig Schuftan, where he talks to a varied cast of inquisitive contemporary artists about the ways they make music and where they get ideas from. These are candid conversations about the endlessly fascinating, sometimes challenging journey every artist goes on from one lightbulb moment to the next, with space to touch on production approaches along the way. Whether you’re an avid creator, a curious listener or a devoted fan, these wide-ranging episodes have something for everyone who ever wondered what’s behind a great piece of music.
    Doing Music is brought to you by Ableton. Follow us on TikTok and Instagram.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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