60 episodes

Themes and Variation is Soundfly’s podcast about music and perspectives. In each episode, expert musicians and avid music lovers draw on their professional experiences and personal backgrounds to share unique insights and passionate opinions about songs they’ve selected based on their interpretations of a given theme. Of course, whether the panel’s discussing epic songs, songs that use the same sample, or classic wedding band requests, this is a show for anyone who loves music and has a desire to dig into it.

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    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Themes and Variation is Soundfly’s podcast about music and perspectives. In each episode, expert musicians and avid music lovers draw on their professional experiences and personal backgrounds to share unique insights and passionate opinions about songs they’ve selected based on their interpretations of a given theme. Of course, whether the panel’s discussing epic songs, songs that use the same sample, or classic wedding band requests, this is a show for anyone who loves music and has a desire to dig into it.

    Theme Songs ( with Tangelene Bolton)

    Theme Songs ( with Tangelene Bolton)

    There's something wonderful and maybe even a little mystifying about a good theme song. A few familiar notes can serve as a cue to sit back, break from ordinary life, and enter new worlds and realities through the stories that splash across our screens. An iconic theme may even become a sort of character itself — bearing a personality of its own and possibly even evolving over time.
    For episode 58 of our podcast, Themes and Variation, Carter and Mahea sat down with composer, Tangelene Bolton to chat about some of our all-time favorite "Theme Songs." 
    The episode centers around musical pieces that serve as themes for the shows What We Do In the Shadows, Westworld, and Doctor Who. The selections that feature in the discussion were created by Norma Tenega, Ramin Djawadi, Ron Grainer, and Delia Derbyshire.
    Check out all of our courses including Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats here.Subscribe to all of Soundfly's premium course content here.Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.
    Check out each song mentioned on this episode with this handy Spotify playlist!
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 40 min
    The Most Played Song on My Phone (with Dominique Marie)

    The Most Played Song on My Phone (with Dominique Marie)

    We had a tough time settling on the exact wording for this theme.
    Personally, we think that has a lot to do with the fact that, as babies of the late '80s, the members of our podcast team have listened to music via many different means. When compared to tape decks, Walkmans (Walkmen?), CD drives, and record players, there's something about the idea of phones as primary sources of media that's still a little strange.
    On the other hand, one convenience offered at this audio technology juncture is the ease with which we can learn about our listening habits.
    From rhapsodies we use to wind down to commuter karaoke favorites, the latest episode of our podcast addresses tracks that fit the theme, "The Most Played Song on My Phone." For this discussion, Carter and Mahea were delighted to be joined by singer, songwriter, and music consultant, Dominique Marie.
    Check out all of our courses including Kimbra: Vocal Creativity, Arranging, & Production, here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code PODCAST to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.
    Listen to this episodes playlist here!
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 53 min
    Songs That Got Me Into Scoring (with Drum & Lace and Ian Hultquist)

    Songs That Got Me Into Scoring (with Drum & Lace and Ian Hultquist)

    Do you remember the first time you were really aware of the music in a movie or TV show? Maybe you heard a swell of strings or an eerie synth line and looked down to see that the hairs on your arm were standing on end. Maybe you noticed that a certain character kept appearing right after a particular melody started.
    In the newest episode of our podcast, Themes and Variation, Carter sat down with composers Sofia Hultquist (Drum & Lace) and Ian Hultquist to talk about the songs that first got them into film scoring.
    Themes and Variation is presented by Soundfly, a music education website changing the way we build our creative skills :
    Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code PODCAST to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.
    Check out each song mentioned on the episode with this playlist!
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 43 min
    Songs That Say So Much (with Laura Lizcano)

    Songs That Say So Much (with Laura Lizcano)

    One of the things I love most about music is its seemingly mystical ability to articulate things that cannot be expressed through words alone. There are times when the combination of poetry and melody forms a unique and powerful language audiences can immediately comprehend.
    In other cases, an instrumental part may communicate an idea or emotion so perfectly, it encapsulates a profound piece of the human experience even without the presence of lyrics.
    For the most recent episode of the Soundfly podcast, Themes and Variation, Carter and Mahea sat down with vocalist and songwriter, Laura Lizcano to discuss "Songs That Say So Much."
    Check out all of our courses including Songwriting for Producers, here.Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code PODCAST to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.Check out Laura's new record Daughter of the Sea here!
    Listen to every episode from this episode here.
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 52 min
    Songs That Lived Beyond the Film (with Ian Temple)

    Songs That Lived Beyond the Film (with Ian Temple)

    "A good theme — like the 'Pink Panther' or 'Baby Elephant Walk' — can work all the way through the picture, which is what I did with them. So, for me, a good melody is not just a pretty tune." – Henry Mancini
    Music's presence in a film or television show can completely transform the audience experience. It can set the scene, heighten emotions, provide context clues, and so much more. Every now and then, a piece of music can even take on a life of its own, creating a legacy beyond its cinematic origins.
    To celebrate some pieces from the pictures and Soundfly's newest course, Intro to Scoring for Film and TV, Carter and Mahea sat down with composer, pianist, and Soundfly CEO, Ian Temple to discuss "Songs That Lived Beyond The Film."
    Themes and Variation is presented by Soundfly, a music education website changing the way we build our creative skills :
    Subscribe to all of our courses here and use the discount code PODCAST to take 20% off!Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.
    Check out each song mentioned on the episode with this playlist!
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 48 min
    Short Songs (with Tasha Solomita)

    Short Songs (with Tasha Solomita)

    There's something pretty wonderful about a piece of music that says everything it means to in under two minutes — a piece that somehow satisfies its listeners while managing to leave them wanting more. There's also something great about a highly-recognizable song that addresses a specific category of leisure attire. If that has you scratching your head, you'll definitely want to either read on or jump right to the episode.
    For Episode 53 of our podcast, Themes and Variation, Carter and Mahea sat down with New York-based singer, songwriter, and incredible person we're glad to call friend, Tasha Solomita to discuss "Short Songs" (or as one of us chose to hear it, "Shorts Songs").
    The episode is anchored by selections from the catalogs of a chamber ensemble group called the Pixies, an experimental woodwind orchestra known as the Beatles, and an avant-garde electronic jazz quartet that goes by the Royal Teens. No, we're just kidding. It's an all rock episode.
    Check out all of our courses including Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats here.Subscribe to all of Soundfly's premium course content here.Sign up to work one-on-one with one of our incredible mentors here.
    Check out each song mentioned on this episode with this handy Spotify playlist!
    Have questions or comments? Want to suggest a theme for a future episode? Drop us a line at podcast@soundfly.com or reach out on Twitter.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Greg Greg Greg Greg ,

Friends with Music Degrees

This podcast is like hanging out with old friends and talking about music you all love. Except here, your friends all have music degrees and offer lovely explanations for songwriting concepts in context.

jdking23 ,

A great blend

Fun (and funny!) music discussions with a little theory mixed in. You'll learn about chords and stuff if you want, but you can also just hang out and enjoy the conversation.

R mmmmmmmmmm henry ,

this is a good music podcast

i love listening to it while cooking. the hosts have a great vibe.

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