Art + Music + Technology Podcast Celebrates 200th Episode with an Interview with Morton Subotnick

Congrats to my good friend Darwin Grosse on the 200th episode for his fantastic Art + Music + Technology Podcast! This episode marks 4 years of sustained work to createe this amazing historical record.

The 200th episode features a simply wonderful interview with Morton Subotnick.

Listen to this Episode from Official Web Site  | Listen on iTunes (and don’t forget to subscribe)

Personal heroes. This is a very personal subject for most people, because our choice of heroes says a lot about us. My reverence for Morton’s work has a lot to do with how it changed my ears – and therefore my life.

Being introduced to Silver Apples allowed me to think of music as a less discrete, more fluid, material. Don’t need to limit yourself to standard instruments focused on verses and choruses; you can choose to use electrons to develop phrases, premonitions, echoes and silence instead. I was never able to think of (or hear) music the same way again.

In this chat, Morton and I talk about his current work, the events that got him to think about electronic music, and how he came to revisit the use of the Buchla modular system. We also talk a little bit about his upcoming book project, and the documentary that is being made about him. But it was a relaxed and enjoyable chat – appropriate for this highlight of my podcast: Number 200.

Thanks again to everyone that has been listening over the years. Keep on listening, and I’ll keep on doing it – now enjoy!

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Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
MarkMosherMusic.com
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Robert Henke – Interview + New Monolake Album “VLSI” + Video DEEP WEB Audiovisual Laser Installation and Performance

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Check out this great interview with Robert Henke (aka Monolake, and founder of Ableton) on the Art + Music + Technology Podcast http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-146-robert-henke.

What can be said about Robert Henke that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? A tireless inventor, music producer, visual artist and programmer, Robert has been at the front of so much – and for me he’s been a constant inspiration. He’s also become a good friend over the years, and I can believe it’s taken me this long to interview him for the podcast. But I always want to be careful about his time; luckily, he’s at a good point for a chat, and you get to listen in!

In this talk, we go over Robert’s ideas about music gear, collaboration (he’s worked with some amazing people…), balancing different types of work, and choosing areas to explore. He also reveals himself to be an “obsessed pragmatic”: he’s has a love for detail, but he has to fight his inner voices to make sure that he produces work.

Who can’t understand that?

New Monolake Album

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Robert has a new album as well – VLSI.

Video: DEEP WEB – kinetic audiovisual installation and performance

Robert’s work is discussed in the podcast. Here is a very cool video of one of his latest projects.

More Info

For more on Robert including info on upcoming tour dates see http://www.roberthenke.com/.

Art + Music + Technology Podcast on Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup

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Meetup Turns 4

4 years and 50 events ago I founded the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup which has since morphed into the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup with over 490 members!  Over food and drink we – share our  passion for synths, build our network, get inspired, get hands-on with gear, tell people about projects and find collaborators. It is synth technology agnostic and features broad variety of rotating presentation topics and experiences each meetup – most presentations given by members themselves. The after-meetup features a performance by a meetup member.

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I just had the honor and pleasure of being interviewed by Darwin Grosse for his Art + Music + Technology Podcast. It was a great trip down memory lane, and cool to able to some tips on starting and running meetups.

One of the most interesting meetups I've ever attended was the Rocky Mountain Synth Meetup, led by Mark Mosher. Mark started this as an outgrowth of his own desire to meet people, but it has expanded into one of the most active synthesizer-based meetups in the world – and is now a must-visit for anyone that likes (as Mark states) "drinking with a synthesizer problem".

From its humble beginnings in the basement of a Louisville CO restaurant to the huge launch party for the Ableton Push 2 release, the meetup has gone through a number of changes – some of which would hamstring a lesser meetup. Venue changes, personality riffs, people moving in and out of the area; the RMSM has continued to expand, and is healthier than ever.

Thanks to all the of you in our amazing community as well as to people, venues and vendors who have supported us throughout the last 4 years!

Meetup Links

If you are ever in Denver stop by and see us. We are currently meeting the 2nd Wednesday's on Even Numbered Months.

 

 

Listen to Brian Clevinger (Inventor of Absynth) Interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast

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I've been using Absynth since version 1. It IS my desert island synth. This being the case I was super excited that Darwin Grosse interviewed Absynth's creator Brian Clevinger for this week's podcast Art + Music + Technology Podcast!

Listen to episode #131 here – http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-131-brian-clevinger-absynth or on iTunes (where you can subscribe to the podcast).

Absynth is one of my favorite software synthesizers. It is everything you'd want in a modular system, but is packages like a standard instrument – helping smooth the way for quick-and-efficient patch development. But the level of modulation and pure sound design goodness is unparalleled – and this thing is 15 years old!

It's a sign of great work when something lasts, and 15 years is forever in software terms. What makes Absynth so great? A combination of excellent design, fantastic sound and the fortitude to keep improving it the whole time.

Several people have pointed to Brian as a potential interview; I finally reached out to him and found him more than willing. Then we started talking, and it turned out to be one of the great chats that I've had. Brian is a cool guy, and was willing to be introspective about his work and perspectives. I felt like I made a new friend during our discussion – and you get to hear it happen.

Check out Brian's sound work at his Soundcloud page. And if you aren't using Absynth, you need to check it out at its Native Instruments product page. Enjoy!