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Every day, we discover more music in more places. It’s everywhere. But we are sacrificing quality for quantity. The consequence is that we spend more time hearing music and less time listening to music.
I’ve become increasingly interested in other people’s listening habits. How they listen, when they listen, why they listen. Quietly lying on the floor in the middle of the night, in headphones at the airport, in the car on a long road trip. Meaningful moments with the music we love is subjective. I think about that relationship a lot and want to know how it works for other people.
In each podcast, I sit with my guests and listen to the music that moves them, and evoke personal histories, production techniques, idiosyncratic preferences, emotional resonance.
At worst, these podcasts can sound like two curmudgeons ranting arrogantly about so-called “important” music. At best, I hope that our passion for music is contagious, and that we get to hear a unique side of my guests that we wouldn’t access in a regular Q&A interview.
My preference is to record in people’s homes and studios – their preferred listening environments. Consequently, we’re often interrupted by roommates, family background activity, traffic, neighborhood gardening … capturing a bit of how people live with their music.
If you enjoy the music you hear on these podcasts, please buy them in the highest quality available as directly from the artists as possible. No excuses.
Thanks for listening.
Marc Kate.

Why We Listen Podcast – Why We Listen Unknown

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Every day, we discover more music in more places. It’s everywhere. But we are sacrificing quality for quantity. The consequence is that we spend more time hearing music and less time listening to music.
I’ve become increasingly interested in other people’s listening habits. How they listen, when they listen, why they listen. Quietly lying on the floor in the middle of the night, in headphones at the airport, in the car on a long road trip. Meaningful moments with the music we love is subjective. I think about that relationship a lot and want to know how it works for other people.
In each podcast, I sit with my guests and listen to the music that moves them, and evoke personal histories, production techniques, idiosyncratic preferences, emotional resonance.
At worst, these podcasts can sound like two curmudgeons ranting arrogantly about so-called “important” music. At best, I hope that our passion for music is contagious, and that we get to hear a unique side of my guests that we wouldn’t access in a regular Q&A interview.
My preference is to record in people’s homes and studios – their preferred listening environments. Consequently, we’re often interrupted by roommates, family background activity, traffic, neighborhood gardening … capturing a bit of how people live with their music.
If you enjoy the music you hear on these podcasts, please buy them in the highest quality available as directly from the artists as possible. No excuses.
Thanks for listening.
Marc Kate.

    Why We Listen 45 – Sylvie Simmons

    Why We Listen 45 – Sylvie Simmons

    Sylvie Simmons meets with Marc Kate for the 45th episode of Why We Listen to listen to and discuss: Leonard Cohen – ‘Suzanne’ David Bowie – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide’ Serge Gainsbourg – ‘Ballade De Melody Nelson’ Sylvie Simmons is a writer and musician. http://sylviesimmons.com Listen to the podcast on the player below, or download HERE. […]

    Why We Listen 44 – Colin Cunliffe

    Why We Listen 44 – Colin Cunliffe

    Colin Cunliffe meets with Marc Kate for the 44th episode of Why We Listen. Colin Cunliffe is a performer based in NYC. Listen to the podcast on the player below, or download HERE. You can also subscribe to Why We Listen via iTunes HERE. Listen to Why We Listen on Stitcher HERE. Thanks for listening.

    Why We Listen 43 – Don Buchla Memorial Panel

    Why We Listen 43 – Don Buchla Memorial Panel

    Episode 43 of Why We Listen is a panel discussion between Roger Linn Dave Smith Keith McMillen Tom Oberheim and Jessica Rylan moderated by Marc Kate as part of the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts. It was an opportunity to reminisce about the legendary electronic instrument designer and pioneer. Listen to the podcast on the player below, […]

    Why We Listen 42 – Jon Leidecker

    Why We Listen 42 – Jon Leidecker

    Jon Leidecker aka Wobbly meets with Marc Kate for the 42nd episode of Why We Listen to listen to and discuss: Maryanne Amacher – ‘Living Sound, Patent Pending’ Marissa Marchant – ‘Emu’ Roland Kayn – ‘Electronic Symphony – Part 1’ Jon Leidecker is an electronic musician from San Francisco. Listen to the podcast on the […]

    Why We Listen 41 – Nayland Blake

    Why We Listen 41 – Nayland Blake

    Presented by Volume and ICA LA, Nayland Blake meets with Marc Kate for a live episode of Why We Listen at the Cooper Design Space Penthouse to listen to and discuss: Amy Taubin – ‘Life on the Inside’ X-Ray Spex – ‘Oh Bondage Up Yours’ Tunde Olaniran – ‘Namesake’ Nayland Blake is an artist from New […]

    Why We Listen 40 – Miguel Gutierrez

    Why We Listen 40 – Miguel Gutierrez

    Miguel Gutierrez meets with Marc Kate for the 40th episode of Why We Listen to listen to and discuss: Meredith Monk – ‘Gotham Lullaby’ Diane Cluck – ‘Yr Million Sweetnesses’ Colin Self – ‘Aflame’ Miguel Gutierrez makes performances and is based in Brooklyn. http://miguelgutierrez.org Listen to the podcast on the player below, or download HERE. […]

Customer Reviews

The Forgotten Works ,

Better late to the party than to never arrive

Just discovered this gem and am sad that A) it seems to be on hiatus and B) that there are only a small handful of the back catalog of episodes available.

Such a good idea and great conversations. I WILL say that I found most of the songs picked to be insufferable and yet I listened respectfully all the way through and then was rewarded with strong conversation about the selected pieces which almost never won me over and made me rethink my initial negative take on the song but then again, that’s not the point of this exercise...

rbxbx ,

I adore this podcast

Sometimes I can have some pretty bullheaded opinions about music, but this show has made me re-evaluate how I critically listen to both what I love and dislike. I've learned about a lot of great new music, while also coming away with a more balanced perspective on things I don't *necessarily* love. *cough* John Frusciante. Ahem.

Maryyyam ,

Brills

Insightful and intimate, it's lovely to nerd out with Mr Kate and his guests over their particular connections to music and life. Subscribe!

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