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I've know Hans Tammen for quite a while, but almost all of the 'knowing' related to hiw work at Harvestworks in New York. I was surprised, for some reason, when an interview with him was released (and publicized on Facebook) on the Prepared Guitar blog, and I learned a lot about him in just 13 questions.

So I asked about the podcast, and he said "Yes", and here you go!

I really like the way he talks about his work - it's as if he is on a constant search for wonderment and surprise, and I found it really inspiring to hear about the lengths he go to in order to keep himself on the edge of his seat. I also liked hearing about the trials involved in managing *two* large scale ensembles as conductor and composer.

If you want to see/learn more about Hans Tammen, you can check out his work at, and hear/see some of the work embeddded in the Endangered Guitar page.


Direct download: podcast_076_HTammen.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:57 PM

My friend David Fodel is an amazing cat. He is a busy artist, constantly creating new artwork. He is also a teacher at UCD (University of Colorady - Denver), currently working with a group of sculpture students. But perhaps most interestingly, he is the creator/coordinator/developer of events and festivals, most significantly the MediaLive festival in Boulder, CO.

I've often been curious about what it takes to create festivals, then have both the strength and faith required to swing the doors open for the public. Since I'm in the process of working at one of Dave's events (Mediatized, April 16, Emmanuel Gallery on the grounds of UCD, Denver CO), I thought I'd connect with Dave for a discussion about his background, his ideas about community, and his vision for his personal art.


Direct download: podcast_075_DFodel.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 4:36 PM

Picking a person to appear on episode 74 was pretty easy once the door was open; during a meeting, David Zicarelli said "Hey, who is going to be podcast #74?", and I said, "Um, how would you like to do it?" When he said "Sure!", it was Game On.

I've known David for a decade-and-a-half, but we'd never gotten a chance to talk about his early years of programming education, how he got into music software development, where Max came from - nor what he thinks are the important core concepts. This kind of stuff doesn't come up very often in day-to-day conversation, so it was great to open that door for this chat.

i hope you enjoy this talk with David Zicarelli, the founder of Cycling '74, and innovator in so many areas of music software and one of the most intelligent people I've ever met. Let's rock!

Direct download: podcast_074_DZicarelli.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 2:29 PM

Margaret (Meg) Schedel's career has blown up since we first talked to her in podcast Episode #3. I caught wind of this by watching her Facebook feed - it seemed like there was a daily barrage of place gone, things being done, and open doors for others to get involved. Meg isn't self-promotional (in fact, we talk about it in this episode...); rather, she's promotional - she helps people see what is going on, and is always willing to swing the door open for others as well as entering it herself.

This episode talks about some of the edgy new stuff that's out there (and that she's documenting), as well as the practicalities of managing a busy, engaged life. We also get a glimpse into the mind of a very busy person, and see how she makes decisions, sets priorities and organizes her efforts. My experience with Meg is that every conversation is packed full of information and ideas - this one is no exception.


Direct download: podcast_073_MegSchedelRevisited.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 2:09 PM

If you would give me an hour and ask me how I'd want to spend it, talking with Paul Schreiber would be at the top of my request list. I appreciate his sense of humor, his strong feelings about thing, and his willingness to share openly about any subject that might come to mind. I also appreciate that, by having been a 'hobby' synth maker, he has always been able to stay at arm's length from the grittier side of the industry.

Some of this podcast covers similar ground to my first discussion with him (podcast 13), but as is the case with Paul, each discussion about something reveals new information. And Paul is a treasure trove of information, having been there at the crusty beginnings of the new modular revolution.

Enjoy, and let your friends know about the podcast!

Direct download: podcast_072_PSchreiber2.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 2:04 PM

One of the things I've always been curious about has been the Institute of Sonology, a Dutch center of electronic music studies. I knew that Gregory had been a "Sonologist", as had Gerhard Behles of Ableton and many others. But I knew practically nothing about the place. Gregory had always been circumspect about it whenever I talked to him, so I finally cornered him w/r/t doing a podcast about it, and here we are.

The podcast starts with a continuation of the Dockstader discussion, but it folds into the Sonology discussion quite easily. I think that you'll find the whole thing - including the influence of the Philips Corporation on the world of electronic music. If you ever wondered why scenes grow up in different places, this might open your eyes a little.

Thanks again to Gregory, who always teaches me without making me feel stupid - the primary attribute of a wonderful educator.

Direct download: podcast_071_GTaylor2.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:37 PM

I'm not going to editorialize on this one - its importance should be self-evident. Justin Brierley had been interacting with Tod Dockstader and his daughter Tina for some time, starting with his interest during a stint at school. He subsequently was able to work with Tod's computer (containing much unreleased material), but perhaps more importantly he was able to spend time with Tod before his death, talking about music and more.

Rather than have me blather on, please check out the following links:

Unlocking Dockstader (Justin's site)The Unofficial Tod Dockstader site
Starkland Records Home Page
Starkland's Dockstader Page
Wired Magazines overview of Tod

Enjoy, and please learn more about Tod!

Direct download: podcast_070_JustinBrierley.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:35 PM

Magazines have long held my attention - even after they have seemingly become irrelevant. We talk to newly-made "official" A+M+T historian Mike Metlay about the early days of music magazines, fanzines and their influence on the music, and how magazines remain useful in the age of endless webpages and forums. Mikes got some unique (and heartfelt) feelings about magazines - obviously so, since he's the editor of one - and his willingness to share honestly is what makes him a great guest of the podcast.

So, enjoy a trip in the wayback machine as we remember old gear mags, their writers and editors, fanzines and the fans and New Jersey(!) in Magic Podcast #69. But watch out, we might have a case of Two Old Guys Shouting At Kids (which ought to be the name of my next podcast...) going down here!

Direct download: podcast_069_MMetlayMags.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 4:12 PM

I've been following Soy Sos's posts on the Muff Wiggler forum for quite a while - he has a unique view of the gear, and fills a role as an intermediary between the hand-wavers on MW and the Pittsburgh Modular company. Cool gig! But I also knew that Herman Pearl was a serious recording head, and when Mike Metlay mentioned that he'd be up for an interview, I was in!

As our chat progressed, we found ourselves talking about the current state of the recording studio industry, and how the current generation of recording artist is engaging with both the technology and the world. With his interesting view on current artistic direction, Herman maps out the landscape for us in a way only available from an insider.

If you are interested in Herman's studio, you can check it out at the Tuff Sound Recording site, and if you need to reach him, his email is found there. In any case, I had a great time talking with Herman, and I hope you enjoy listening it!

Direct download: podcast_068_HPearl.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 5:26 PM

One of the most interesting people I met up with at NAMM was Sam Botstein of Tipsy Circuits. Sam is the producer of The Distillery, a podcast that also talks to media art people, focusing primarily on music (and often analog) people. But Sam was at NAMM showing off a new Eurorack module - the Emperor, an Intel-loaded computing box-in-a-module. I have to admit that it was pretty damned cool to see Max, Maschine and other products running within a Eurorack system.

So we set up an interview date/time and pulled it off. But it turned out that Sam has a much more diverse background than most folks - in this discussion, he took me on a journey from playing with the Extreme Trumpet Mafia, through Keith McMillen's CalArts and Mills tribes, slipstreaming through turntablism and lymphoma, and ending up on the NAMM show floor with a Great Big Module and an even bigger plan. It was a wild ride.

And he's only 21.

An amazing individual share an amazing story. Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_067_SBotstein.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 6:50 PM

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