Art + Music + Technology

Ricky Graham is someone that I came to respect through his work. My friend Gregory turned me on to his music, and listening to it became part of my daily routine. Then I reached out to him about doing the podcast, and was happy to get his consent. I needed to get ahead on recordings, so this one was done while visiting LA for the NAMM conference.

I was intrigued by Ricky's work as a guitarist that is also, clearly, neck-deep in technology. I was also drawn in by his hacker-like mentality in finding ways to make things work - and work together. This chat was as laid back as could be, and I quickly forgot I was talking to anyone but a good friend, because he's as engaging to talk to as can be. We ended up talking guitar synths, rugby, guitarisms within software and even balancing tech with playing.

As happens so often with great guests, this discussion immediately got me interested in trying out some new techniques, doing some actual recording and just plain getting-off-my-duff. Whether you are into guitars or not, you are sure to be inspired by Ricky Graham.

You can check out his work here:


Direct download: podcast_114_RGraham.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 6:39am CDT

Douglas Repetto is quietly putting together an outrageous CV. He was the originator of the music-dsp mailing list, the seedbed for tons of music coders. He was also the founder of dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, one of the first Maker-style organizations, and a great way of meeting other artists. He is a crazy-prolific media artist, and also the director of the Sound Arts MFA program at Columbia University.

So yeah, he's busy.

But he was also nice enough to do an interview with me twice. The first interview, in early September of last year, went wonderfully - but was also lost because of a problem with the recording software. This, along with the problems during Miller Puckette's interview, let to the Kickstarter campaign that purchased a Zoom H2n for the podcast. But this interview was awesome, and I was really glad we could pull this together.

You can learn much more about Douglas at his online center-of-info.


Direct download: podcast_113_drepetto.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 8:12am CDT

A short time ago, I saw something on my Facebook feed that caught my attention: Gino Robair had been named Editor in Chief at Keyboard Magazine. Since this magazine had been at the center of my early obsessions with synths, and Gino had sort of 'grown up' in front of me as a contributor to these magazines, I was pleased to see this happen. It was as if my generation had finally taken over...!

So I reached out to Gino, hoping to talk to him about magazine arts and stuff. But I also knew that he had an active performing career - and I ended up focusing on that part of his background and work. He's an amazing performer, has a lot of insights on improv and compositional techniques, and has had a chance to work with some really amazing people. I'll bet you'll be as surprised as I was about the depth of his work.

Enjoy this podcast - it's a killer!

Direct download: podcast_112b_GRobair.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 9:03am CDT

One of the most prolific people I've talked to is Julien Bayle. First interviewed for podcast #17, I decided to revisit Julien's story because of a text interview I'd done of him for the Cycling '74 site. He'd been reworking his systems and performance techniques because of a renewed interest in "everything modular", and I wanted to see where that had taken him.

I also like talking to Julien because he is always willing to talk about his future projects - he doesn't worry about people grabbing his ideas, because he recognizes that it is the voice of the artist, not the name of the concept, that is important in doing art installations and performances.

In this chat, we end up talking a bit about the creative process and different issues that need to be balanced. I think we get a good insight into Julien's way of thinking in this insightful interview.


Direct download: podcast_111_JBayle2.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:36am CDT

Ícaro Ferre is one of those people that I ran across because of his work, and we've ended up getting to know each other a bit. His work on the CV Toolkit was an eye-opener, and it turned me on to working with a computer in a way that was different than I'd ever approached. All of a sudden, the computer was an assistant (rather than an overlord), and I really liked the feeling.

I've also started playing around with his MFL devices, and am finding them equally enjoyable to work with. You probably should take a look at his site:

In this chat, we talk about Ícaro's background, his perspective on software development, and the state of the music/music-tech scene in his native Brazil. He also lays down some knowledge about interesting ways to approach creating variation during performance that immediately had me patching my modular. A great guy, some great products and an easy style translate into an excellent podcast. Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast_110_IFarre.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:42am CDT