Art + Music + Technology

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: 11:06am CDT

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.


Direct download: podcast_063_DFulton.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 9:09am CDT

I'm a sucker for acoustic (double) bass. I'll admit it. Something about the low tones, deep resonance and the physicality required to play it keeps me entranced. It also helps that I can't play the sucker (a lack of frets sends me running!), so it remains mystical to me.

But mix the double bass with looping, audio processing and tons of sensing - and you've got my undivided attention. Robert Matheson ( does just that. He shared his latest recording, Day's End, with me, and I was completely down for a chat. But the more I found out about his playing rig and techniques, the more I needed to know. It was a fascinating chat, and opened my eyes about the kinds of sensing that works with an instrument as massive as the bass.

Enjoy, and if you get a chance check out Day's End on Bandcamp!

Direct download: podcast_062_RMatheson.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:48am CDT

In the past I've interviewed some 'hyper-media' people - folks that seemed equally conversent (and comfortable) in video, music or network theory. But I don't think that I've yet chatted with anyone that is so clearly cross-media savvy as Henry Warwick. From his portable libraries to his music releases, from paintings to videos, he has both done the work and studied its history; the result is a tremendous depth as well as breadth of work that is rare for an artist/academic.

This discussion ranges all over the place, and there is probably something for every listener. But the more interesting this is that way that Henry is able to stitch it all together into a coherent whole. I had a blast talking to Henry, and I hope you enjoy listening in!

Direct download: podcast_061_HWarwick.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 11:20am CDT