Art + Music + Technology

I couldn't believe it. I got an email message from Todd Reynolds that he was coming to Denver and wanted to get together. I asked him if he'd be up for a podcast-chat, and he agreed enthusiastically. I met up with him and a friend for breakfast, then we retired to the work space at DU to have a chat. I've been wanting to corner him on some of his processes - as well as his background - and came away having completely enjoyed the morning.

I don't want to give away too much, but if you don't already know Todd's work, you should spend a little time tracking it down. It bridges the gaps between classical, experimental and electronic music, and is as influenced by world music as by Shostakovich. Todd is one of the best musicians I've ever seen play, and I consider it an honor to know him as a friend. I hope you enjoy this talk as much as I enjoyed having it!

Direct download: podcast_032_TReynolds.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 4:17pm CDT

I've been working with Mike Metlay, in some capacity, for almost two decades. Mike is one of the people that I know that represent a fount of knowledge about the history and current vector of electronic music. I've been wanting to record a conversation with him where we could talk about the history of the internet and early media arts. Mike was over to my home studio to do some research for Recording Magazine, we needed to take a break; we grabbed a recorder, hopped in my truck, and headed out for dinner.

Of course, the recorder (a Tascam DR-07 mk2 - now considered an offical EVIL DEVICE to me) gave me a lot of grief and provided some pretty poor audio. But we also get to capture Mike in full-on, ultra-opinionated, ultra-open mode. Once I pieced together all of the segments, we end up with almost an hour and a half of interview time, and fly all over the place. You see: Mike likes to talk, I like to remember, and the next thing you know we are in full-on 'old guy radio' mode.

During an early part of the conversation, I can't remember the name of a network that was an early online mechanism for discussions about the music profession. I can't believe I couldn't remember it, but I was thinking about the PAN network. You can find out more about PAN on a website that still maintains its existance on the web: Sheesh, I can't believe I couldn't remember that...


Direct download: podcast_031_MMetlay.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 1:32pm CDT

In my first two-person podcast, I meet with Pete Dowling and Matt Jackson of Surreal Machines ( Pete and Matt have just released a new MFL-based Live pack, and I hit them up for an explanation of the concept, a discussion about what it is like to collaborate on this kind of project, and how one might ever be satisfied with ones work. This is a revealing interview that provides insight on code-based collaborations.

If you haven't gotten a chance to test drive the Dubmachines Live pack, you should give it a try. The two devices are cool to work with, and have a very unique sound (and vibe) to them.


Direct download: podcast_030_DowlingJackson.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 3:53pm CDT

Reza Ali is someone that seems to have infected the brains of a lot of people I respect. His visual work as a solo artist is quite compelling, but he has also worked with many names (other artists as well as commercial companies) that you know very well. He was kind enough to take some time out of his schedule for a nice chat, and we ended up diving into interesting branches of art, creative coding and the art-tech life.

When working with visual artists, I like to be able to provide some links to their work. Here are things that Reza has available online:

His blog:

His Vimeo:

His most recent showing:


Direct download: podcast_029_RAli.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 11:43am CDT