Art + Music + Technology

VJ Manzo in an incredibly prolific individual - he's written several books (two out this year!), kicked off a major initiative with his website, and has developed some extensive Max object libraries. He's also taking over the site, which is a relief to many that depend on this resource.

So how does someone develop all these skills - and keep on generating new stuff? In VJ's case, it's a combination of drive, excitement and a desire to help people learn music technology. Enjoy this all-over-the-map chat with VJ as we talk about history/background, his ideas for education, and why he wants people to learn to make their own tools. This is a fun interview with an important voice in music tech education.


Direct download: podcast_106_VJManzo.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 8:31pm CDT

I've gotten so many requests to interview Leafcutter John - but it really blew up after his recent work at the Ableton Loop conference. I reached out to him and he was nice enough to say "Yes" to the interview request. What was cool is that it started out like an interview, but quickly turned into a chat about how we do our respective things.

This was a great one, and I can't wait to meet John in person. Awesome guy - and someone that has been quite thoughtful about what and how he does his thing. If you know Leafcutter John's work, this won't surprise you. But if you are new to his work, I think you'll really get into this talk.


Direct download: podcast_105_LCJohn.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 11:20am CDT

Mark Egloff has, quietly, inserted himself in many of our lives. As a Ableton-ista, he has worked on Push design, worked on the interface system for other hardware devices and even gotten involved in the manufacture of the new Push 2. But he's also taken an interesting path to becoming a serious (and prolific) Max for Live programmer, and has started, an outlet for the Live utilities that he enjoys building.

So how does a university business graduate become a critical cog in the world of hardware/software hybrid systems? And what does he think the future looks like? You may be surprised at his answers!

I always enjoy talking to Mark, but this opportunity to dig into both his personal and professional history was really special. Having just gotten my new Push 2, it is awesome to talk to one of the people with their fingerprints all over that system.


Direct download: podcast_104_MEgloff.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 8:18am CDT

I've been following Kerry Leimer's work for some time; after several friends simultaneously pointed to his work (and his label), I became a big fan. Therefore, I was especially pleased when I got a chance to release a duet album (with Gregory) on PoL, tourbillon solo. But in addition to running one of my favorite labels, Kerry is also an incredible artist, weaving relaxed but deep sonic cloth out of his unique sound design.

This is one of the great interviews of this series, because it hits all my prized marks: we talk about history, but we also talk about the process of doing work, and the mindset that makes it all come together. Kerry was incredibly open about how - and why - he does the things he does, and I felt fortunate to be on the listening end of this inspiring message.

If you've not yet experienced the Palace of Lights sound, or Kerry's music, you will want to check out these links:

The Label:

I hope you enjoy Kerry's work as much as I do!

Direct download: podcast_103_KLeimer.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 7:12am CDT

Brian Crabtree ( dropped me a line and suggested that I consider chatting with Rodrigo Constanzo. I wasn't sure I'd heard of him, but when I checked out his site, I realized I'd been following his work for a while. The Party Van software was certainly a hit in its time, but I was most intrigued by the karma~ MSP object, and the ability to bring advanced looping to my Max programming.

Spending time with Rodrigo was great, because he revealed both how he works and why he works, something that people find difficult to talk about. But he was super-willing to explore why he likes looping, how he uses software to both play and collaborate, and how he engages with his audience using DMX lighting.

Really fun talk, and a great view into this creative multi-artist. Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_102_RConstanzo.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 6:07am CDT