Art + Music + Technology

I love when one of my chats gets opinionated. It always leads to an interesting discussion, and it always ends up revealing more about a person than expected. Anyone that knows Suit & Tie Guy will know that he's opinionated - galore. But his opinions are well-formed, well-researched (often through hard-learned lessons) and well-presented.

In this interview, we wander all over the landscape. Why do mid-90's Lexicon reverbs sound so great? What makes the Juno 6 so special? How many gigs do you have to do with a Hammond before you won't carry it up stairs? What is the purpose of deconstructing a sequencer into its component parts? All this - and a lot more - is revealed in our chat. Awesome, awesome stuff.

If you aren't familiar with Suit's work, you will want to check out STG Soundlabs to find out more about his modular work (including the amazing Mankato filter and the STG Soundlabs Modular Sequencing System), and the Suit & Tie Guy website for his personal work. It's fascinating to see the work of someone with incredibly broad vision work its way into a cohesive whole.


Direct download: podcast_118_SATGuy.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 9:09am CDT

Trond Lossius has been in a similar orbit to me for a long time. I've known him (virtually) because of his activity within the Max world, but I also know that he was a primary figure in the Jamoma modular patching project. Then later, I found out he was also into a lot of surround environmental work, and I realized that he'd be a good subject for a chat. My friend Tim Place pointed out that he's got a fascinating story, so I went for it.

And I'm glad I did. I really enjoy the stories of people that deal with significant transition in their lives, and Trond definitely has seen this. Having started in the sciences, he transitioned into music composition out of sheer will. He also found a way to pull himself out of shyness, and is always pushing himself by transitioning away from comfortable territory and into new challenging work, technology or collaboration. I really respect this - it can be scary, but Trond has developed it into an artform.

So here's a great interview with him - enjoy! And to learn more about his work, visit his website here.

Direct download: podcast_117_TLossius.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 8:51am CDT

A long time ago, Gregory Taylor set up a dinner hang-out with Arjen van der Schoot, from Audio Ease. They had just released their ground-breaking Altiverb, and it blew away everyone at the AES show. We chatted over pizza, and I learned a little about the process, their plans for the future, and how much fun they were having.

Jump forward a decade (or more...) and I get a chance to catch up with Arjen in this podcast. He is still dedicated to great sound, and is still having a lot of fun. We talk about the process of doing IR shoots, how he chooses a place to record, and some of the complexities of the job (this is one of the few recording jobs where you have to be a little scared of wildlife...). But he also gives a great overview of how convolution reverbs work, how impulse responses are created - and he also gives a great introduction to the Speakerphone plug-in, which is Audio Ease's second product. I now know what I'm getting myself for Valentine's Day!

I've always enjoyed interacting with Arjen, and this was a great way to have a detailed catch-up. I hope you enjoy the chat as much as I did!

Direct download: podcast_116_AvanderSchoot.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

Anna Weisling is a typical Wisconsinite: she downplays her accomplishments, points out her flaws and mostly talks about how others really did all the work in her career. But when you look at her work (, much of it speaks to a depth that is exceedingly artistic.

Or let me say it this way: I like her work!

In any case, in this chat with Anna, we talk about her trek through a variety of places, people and projects as she's become a busy and active artist - even as she pursues a Georgia Tech PhD. I actually resonate with a lot of her story, since it is that rural-to-not track that I took as well. Hearing how someone from a similar background found a completely different way to succeed is very interesting to me - and I trust it is interesting to you as well.


Direct download: podcast_115_AWeisling.mp3
Category:Performing Arts -- posted at: 9:24am CDT