250 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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    • 4.8 • 170 Ratings

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.

    Attendance is 100% - #Jamuary2022

    Attendance is 100% - #Jamuary2022

    Showing up is literally the most important part. Here are some thoughts on the importance of being consistent with your music-making, as well as a pep talk for #jamuary2022.
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    Show Notes:
    Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 9 min
    The Pleasure Principle

    The Pleasure Principle

    The Pleasure Principle is a psychological phenomenon that likely plays a role in how we make music. In this episode, we explore how we can use the Pleasure Principle to our advantage and avoid allowing it to negatively impact our music-making.
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    Show Notes:
    Video Game Bundle - https://brianfunk.gumroad.com/l/videogame Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 6 min
    Keppie Coutts - How to Write Songs

    Keppie Coutts - How to Write Songs

    Keppie Coutts teaches songwriting and runs the YouTube channel "How to Write Songs." Keppie studied and taught at Berklee College of Music. Her credits range from genres diverse as folk, pop, and heavy metal. Her latest work is on a new audiobook/album Mothertongues.
    Keppie and I spoke about her songwriting process and the challenges songwriters face. We explored what it means to turn nothing into something, as well as some of the common misconceptions around the craft of songwriting that hold people back.
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    Show Notes:
    Keppie's Music Site - https://www.keppiecouttsmusic.com How to Write Songs (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHX6_NG_L7OitIAgcS56zpw/videos How to Write Songs (Blog) - https://kcsongstudio.com 5 Song Writing Exercises That Will Change Everything - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUQ0kR-lTg Songwriters on Songwriting - https://amzn.to/3m4gSGV Twelve Foot Ninja - https://www.twelvefootninja.com/ Seth Godin - https://seths.blog Austin Kleon "Steal Like an Artist" - https://amzn.to/31ZcIJ2 "Art and Fear" - https://amzn.to/321LEbY Jonathan Mann (a song a day) - https://www.jonathanmann.net Matthew Dicks "Storyworthy" - https://amzn.to/3GDyeSC "The Lanyard" Billy Collins - https://youtu.be/0EjB7rB3sWc Sean Lennon Interviews Paul McCartney - https://youtu.be/iCe8fdBeTCs Brian Funk Links:
    Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Francisco Dean - Honoring History with Music

    Francisco Dean - Honoring History with Music

    Francisco Dean is a trained jazz musician and music educator at the University of Chicago Lab School. Francisco composed a piece for his school's electronic music ensemble for the Jewish Student Association's Holocaust Remembrance event. Every sound was created with samples from Holocaust artifacts from the Illinois Holocaust Museum. 
    In my opinion, this is one of the finest examples of using modern electronic music production techniques in an educational setting. Dean's students became deeply connected to the victims and events of the Holocaust, on a level rarely reached in traditional education. 
    Francisco shared the depth of thought that went into the project, the obstacles faced along the way, and his creative strategies to translate Holocaust artifacts into music.
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    Show Notes:
    Explore all exhibit posters (photos of the artifacts and usage in the piece), the full score of the piece, a "Making of" video (Behind the scenes featurette), video of the live performance of the piece, and complete notes giving a background of the composition: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14qF6QdSwIToU8VXKnA5geUx9gcXCnS6f?usp=sharing 
    Brian Funk Links:
    Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 2 hr 19 min
    Bill Small - Getting Out of Our Own Way

    Bill Small - Getting Out of Our Own Way

    Bill Small is a musician, songwriter, and founder of Artist Mind Inc. He has lots of experience in just about all aspects of the music business. Bill applies what he has learned over the years as a personal coach for people from all walks of life, including artists, lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs. 
    Bill shared many of his techniques and strategies for helping people define success in their lives and creating clear goals for the future. We discussed how we get in our own way and often have trouble realizing we are doing so. Bill has a lot of wisdom that applies to just about all aspects of life. 
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    Show Notes:
    Bill Small Website - https://billsmallmusic.com Artist Mind Inc. - https://www.artistmind.co Bill's Bandcamp - https://billsmall.bandcamp.com Bill on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/589911163 Bill's Podcast "The Subtle Art of Not Yelling" - https://subtleartofnotyelling.com Brian Funk Links:
    Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 56 min
    Tyler Campbell - Founder of Alder Audio

    Tyler Campbell - Founder of Alder Audio

    Tyler Campbell is the founder of Alder Audio. He hand makes high-quality ribbon microphones in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coming from a background in chemistry, music, and working for his father's business, Tyler combines his skills to create his own unique microphones.
    Tyler and I spoke about ribbon microphones and how he started creating them. Like so many things in life, the path was not planned. We discussed the challenges of creating both physical objects and music, and how Tyler's "low barrier to entry" mentality is the key to his success. So many of the lessons he's learned in crafting microphones apply directly to music-making.
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    Show Notes:
    Alder Audio - https://www.alderaudio.com/ Alder H44 Ribbon Microphone - https://www.alderaudio.com/h44 Alder Audio Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alderaudio/ The Other Favorites - https://www.theotherfavorites.com Josh Turner - https://www.youtube.com/c/JoshTurnerGuitar Carson McKee - https://www.youtube.com/c/carsonmckeemusic The Other Favorites covering Paul McCartney using the Alder H44 - https://youtu.be/oM6SSopAkvc Line Audio CM4 - http://www.lineaudio.se/CM4.html Ear Trumpet Labs - https://www.eartrumpetlabs.com Leather Pros - https://leatherpros.com Brian Funk Links:
    Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening. 
    Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider!
    And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
    Brian Funk

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 Ratings

JairRobinson ,

More than Music

This podcast is literally one of the best podcasts that I have ever listened to. Brian presents value to both music production, motivation, and personal psychology to help you achieve goals. He gets some very impressive guests on the show that delve into their techniques and secret workflows.

Every podcast is timely, without unnecessary words and filler, and covers a wide variety of necessary aspects of music production and how to execute on personal creativity with finished products. Thank you Brian!

Lust Island ,

Solid Topics

At first I was hesitant to dive into a podcast about music production. I thought it’d be similar to those “how-to” videos on YouTube. Not at all- just some interesting guests that delve into their methods and interpretations of musical themes. Brian is a great host too. Great resource for anybody that deals in the realm of music creation.

The Luminati ,

Solid, sound advice

And solid advice about sound. Very practical information and fantastic interviews. Give it a try if you want to take your music up a notch and produce on a higher plane.

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