Art + Music + Technology

I mention it during the intro, during the interview and during the outro - I'm a fanboy of the work of Olivier Gillet. As the designer/developer behind Palm App "Bhajis Loops" and "Microbe" (as Chocopoolp) and the Mutable Instruments modules (with Braids as one of my alltime favorite modules), Olivier is on the front lines of music technology creativity. If you haven't yet heard of his work, I'm glad to be introducing you to him.

In this interview, we talk about Chocopoolp's creation, how this morphed into Mutable instruments, and how a DSP-trained student became a leader in the mostly-analog world of modular synthesizers. We also learn a little about how he works, and where he is taking Mutable for the future. The conversation flys around a bit, but Olivier keeps me on track...


Direct download: podcast_025_OGillet.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

Teacher, maker and tool-builder Ali Momeni is our subject for the week. Ali is well-known in several communitied, having been an active coder/composer while at UC-Berkeley, creating large-scale word at the University of Minnesota, and now active with ArtFab at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in Max, Pd, microprocessors and (as we hear in this podcast) a wide variety of industrial fab machines. He is also one of the most engaging people you'll ever meet - whether in person, or in an interview like this.

One of the recent projects that Ali finds himself involved in is a library of machine learning tools. The link for that library is: If you are interested in more complex mapping of data to actions, you will want to dive into this collection of tools. He is also active in the ongoing development of the Udoo board; you can find more information here:


Direct download: podcast_024_AMomeni.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 8:55pm CDT

Mark Mosher is one of the most active synth-fanatics in the Denver area. He creates music, leads a scene of performers, helps organize the Boulder Area Synth Meetup, does example and tutorial videos for hardware and software - and probably doesn't sleep much. This last week he put out a new album Fear Cannot Save Us, which is a continuation of the science fiction themes from his earlier albums Reboot and I Hear Your Signals, but is also one of the finest classic electronic music albums I've heard in a while. So I took the opportunity to quiz him on the making of the album, how he mixes sci-fi themes with electronic music, and how he produced such an excellent sounding product.

If you want to hear the new album, you can check it out at You can also learn more about Mark and his activities at Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_023_MMosher.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 1:21pm CDT

Sometimes it can be really exciting to look at New Stuff and get excited about it. But sometimes a review of Old Stuff can be just as exciting. Author, educator, journalist and musician Mark Vail has the gift of helping us see more than the glamour of New Gear, and I had a wonderful discussion with him for this week's podcast.

Given Mark's encyclopedic knowledge of hardware, this could have turned into a "I thought the QRB-1500 was much superior to the FRX-9590" drone-athon, but he isn't like that - he's a relaxed and fun guy that has a story for every hardware spec. He has also spent time with history-making builders and artists, and enjoys sharing the memorable background that helped create the Music Instrument (MI) world.

I hope that you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed making it. Also, you can get a little more info from, and meet/hear him at a book signing at The Avid Reader in Davis, California on April 11, 2014.



Direct download: podcast_022_MVail.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT

I seem to have known Barry Threw for a long time, but after this interview I realized that this was the single longest conversation we'd ever had. Some of the reason behind this is that we often met up at conferences or shows (AES, NAMM, Expo74 and the like...), where time is unnaturally fragmented into small bits. So this was a refreshing change of pace for us, and we took advantage of it by drilling into a wide variety of things: architectural surface projection, Naut Humon and Recombinant Media Labs, the development of the K-bow and even abstract stuff like "religion as a precursor art locale".

Toward the end of the podcast, we also talk a little about the plight of Bassel Khartabil, a technologist currently imprisoned in Syria. If you would like to learn more - or get involved - you can find out more at Barry's site ( and at the FreeBassel site (

Direct download: podcast_21_BThrew.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:44pm CDT