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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

One of the bits of hardware that keep showing up around me are the Percussa AudioCubes. I would keep on running into Percussa's owner, Bert Schiettecatte, at trade shows, would run into users in different places, and even found out that my friends (see Mark Mosher...) are seriously into them. So when Mark opened the door for me to chat with Bert, I rushed in!

Bert's story is a somewhat common one - a guy with a vision of a product that works hard to make it happen. But when you start talking about all the different things that he had to learn - and master - for this implementation to succeed, it seems like an impossible task. So how does one person make the impossible happen? That's what we talk about.

I hope you enjoy this one - it is very revealing, but also points to one of the most innovative products out there. Enjoy the podcast, and check out the cubes!

Addition: You can now learn more about the new AudioCubes MidiBridge implementation by checking out this link.

Direct download: podcast_066_BSchiettecatte.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 2:54 PM

Chris Stack is about as multiply-experienced as anyone you can imagine. He was a marketing manager at Moog Music, and was instrumental in the launch of the Moog Guitar. He's been working with Paul Vo on his new and unique brand of synthesis. And he runs a little site called ExperimentalSynth.com that highlights interesting new developments in music hardware, and keeps an active feed on Facebook that keeps all of us up-to-date with cool videos.

But the thing that really intrigued me about Chris is that he comes from a similar background to my own: born and raised in a rural setting, he juggled jobs, learning both music and technology - eventually to land in the MI industry through a combination of determination and luck. It's interesting to hear how the twisty passages of The Real World can end up leading to something really wonderful. You can learn more about Chris at this Moog Foundation link.

Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_065_CStack.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:58 PM

First off, thanks to my friend Ben Bracken for opening up a door to one of my favorite artists: Keith Fullerton Whitman. Label/distribution runner, live performer, recording artist and sound designer, Keith does it all - and talked about it all as well. This is one of the interviews I most looked forward to doing, and it was even better than I could have hoped.

You can check out Keith's work through the typical digital locations, on his Soundcloud page (which has a lot of live recordings) and through his work on Mimaroglu Music (here and here). He's also to be found on YouTube and other fun video-oriented places, and you should be able to track down some of his old Hvratski tunes. Take the time to dive into some KFW - even if you aren't a lover of the aggressive, you will find some deep work in Keith's catalog.

Thanks to Keith, to all the listeners, and to all the people I met at NAMM. I've got to go back to bed now - enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_064_KFWhitman.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 5:06 PM

There are a few people who represent "Great Producer" to me in the electronic music world. These people have great taste, work with great people, and have a vision for their work that seems laser-guided. I consider Dave Fulton to be one of these people. As a founder of the group Dweller At The Threshold, he was responsible for some of the albums that reignited my interest in classic electronic music, while his solo work took me to darker (and perhaps more interesting) places.

Dave is a long-time modular user, and we talk a bit about the influence (and practicalities) of modular synths, but we also dive into "playing in a band as a practice", the pecularities of Portland and even the politics of radio. It is a wide-ranging discussion that is one of my favorite chats ever.

Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_063_DFulton.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:09 PM

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