Art + Music + Technology

It's always a wonderful thing when you get a chance to work with someone whose company you can enjoy. That's the case with Matthew Davidson, a person I've always admired and whose work I've appreciated, but who is also a person you can just enjoy hanging out with. In this "interview", Matthew and I really just talk smart about controllers, modulars and the composition process. Matthew always has a thoughtful view on almost anything, and is willing to challenge people to push their thought processes beyond the most convenient position.

I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I had doing it. Matthew forces me to talk about myself a little (gulp!), for which I apologize in advance!

Direct download: podcast_016_MDavidson.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 4:01pm CST

I was really looking forward to this interview, since I knew it would not only be interesting, but educational. I don't know that much about analog video processing, but I've always loved the results. Liz Larsen, of LZX Industries, spends some time teaching me about the history and mechanics of analog video, introduces me to the core concepts, and helps me understand more about this fascinating world. LZX, if you don't know, is the primary developer of modular analog video systems, and the results of their users' work is quite beautiful. But beyond that, we get a glimpse into the world of an innovator, and learn about the struggles in developing a creative system that doesn't place a restrictive stamp on the work of the artist.

Follow me into this brave new world, and see if you don't want to take out another mortgage too!

Direct download: podcast_015_LLarsen_01.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:46am CST

OK, so I'm going to reveal a little fanboyism in this podcast. Randy Jones, owner of Madrona Labs, doesn't output a ton of products. But the ones that he does produce are impeccible. His Soundplane hardware device is a wonderful meshing of instrument and controller, while the Aalto software is one of the most modularistic plug-ins I've used. All of his work sports a deftness of design that I appreciate, and their operation are equally awesome.

I don't often pitch websites here, but madronalabs.com is worth a visit. And I really can't wait to try out that new Kaivo software!

Direct download: podcast_014_RJones.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:11am CST

Paul Schreiber has seen it all, from building his own Heathkit gear, to designing automotive stereo systems, to designing cell phones to creating modular synthesizer systems. I was, of course, mostly interested in the latter, but I was also interested in how modular systems were informed by his earlier experiences. In this interview, Paul shares how he learned electronics, how he designed the MOTM modular system, and also shares his advice for anyone interested in digging into it themselves.

This is the first in a series of interviews informed by the forum citizens over at muffwiggler.com. Don't let the name freak you out; I'm sure it started out as some sort of inside joke, but it really is the main meeting place for all things modular.

Direct download: podcast_013_PSchreiber.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 7:41pm CST

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