Art + Music + Technology

My friend and co-worker Wesley Smith joins the podcast today. I'm excited to talk to him for many reasons, but his work in heavy-duty graphics/OpenGL is the stuff of legend. It was interesting to hear about the trail that he's taken to get to his current position, where he sees himself going in the future, and what he's doing now to make our heads spin!

When you talk to Wesley, you are often surprised to find out how personable he is - and how willing he is to share. Talking to him about his approaches to graphics, math and collaboration gives us a unique opportunity to see how a complex character is able to combine dense theory, heavy tech and great artistry into a single - and compelling - outcome.


Direct download: podcast_060_WSmith.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:54am CDT

There are many different loop library companies out there, but nobody seems to be doing it quite like The Loop Loft. These guys are combining impeccably recorded instruments with timeless (and ultra-clean) mixes to create some of the best loop sets around. Ryan Gruss, the founder and CEO of The Loop Loft, is our guest this week, and he opens the door to his past at Berklee, inside the loop at Atlantic Records, and the development of The Loop Loft from its beginnings as a blog to its current position as a killer loop-lib company.

In addition to the interview, I want to take the opportunity to point to a Kickstarter campaign that a friend is putting together. Linz Craig has been working in East African maker spaces spreading the word about Open Source software, hardware and the opportunity that comes from making things. Please visit the Kickstarter site for his documentary project, and help him spread the word about the power behind making things!

Have a happy holiday season, and drop me a line if you know someone that would like to be interviews - even if that someone is you!

Direct download: podcast_059_RGruss.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 11:43am CDT

Sometimes you can't plan a good thing - you have to let it come to you. I wanted to talk to another 'maker' in the modular synth area, and reached out to Andrew Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick Audio; he was enthusiastic about it, and a call was scheduled.

A few days later I saw a posting on Synthtopia for a new Kilpatrick synthesizer - the Phenol. What luck! So our chat includes discussions about his Euro modular creations, the development of his own format (the Kilpatrick Modular format, a 4U variant), and the design decisions behind this new device: the Phenol patchable synth. While talking about this, we learn a lot about Andrew's background and his design process when creating new devices.

This was an awesome talk, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed doing it!

Direct download: podcast_058_AKilpatrick.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 1:42pm CDT

Otso Pakarinen is one of the finest composers that I personally know. He runs a company out of Helsinki that does jingles and soundtrack work, but he is probably most widely known for his work as the primary personality of Ozone Player. His compositions are a masterful mix of complexity and tunefulness, and he combines influences with a deft hand. Love his work, and I also really like the man. I'm really excited to share this discussion with you!

One of the things that I appreciate about Otso is the pragmatic approach he takes to composition. Especially important is the discussion about how he takes on new projects: he gives himself a lot of time to come up with ideas, then expands from there. So much the opposite of the way that I approach thing, but so sensible.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with my less-than-ideal sound quality while I was on vacation; but the content definately makes up for the crappy microphone!


Direct download: podcast_057_OPakarinen.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 12:38pm CDT