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Music Production Podcast

English, Music, 1 season, 365 episodes, 3 days, 8 hours, 11 minutes
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An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.
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#365: Sound Design for Timbaland and Ableton with Sound Oracle

Sound Oracle is a music producer and sound designer. He has worked with the heavy hitters in the hip-hop world, and his sounds have been used in Grammy-winning songs by Timbaland, Jay-Z, Drake, and more. His latest packs Golden Era Hip Hop Drums and Trap Drums are featured packs in the new Ableton Live 12 update. Sound Oracle and I had an inspiring conversation about his work as a producer and sound designer. He shared how he broke into the music scene when Timbaland discovered his sounds.  This episode is littered with tips about organization, workflow, and maintaining healthy working relationships. Sound Oracle also shared some of his favorite tools he uses in his productions. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Sound Oracle - https://soundoracle.net/ Sound Oracle Packs - https://soundoracle.net/collections/all-sound-kits-soundoracle-net Sound Oracle Courses - https://soundoracle.net/collections/courses Sound Oracle on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/soundoracle/ Sound Oracle YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@soundoracle6651 Golden Era Hip-Hop Drums - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/golden-era-hip-hop-drums/ Trap Drums - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/trap-drums/ Volume Buddy - https://www.noirlabs.co Clip Gain - https://valiumdupeuple.gumroad.com/l/wmAPD?a=530757747 Be Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger - https://amzn.to/3PLU0e1 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/3/20241 hour, 51 minutes, 57 seconds
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#364: Plug-in Design, Creativity, and Balance with The Him

The Him is a music producer, DJ, and plug-in designer with over 500 million streams on Spotify. He's toured some of the largest festival stages and done remixes for artists like Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, and Miley Cyrus. The Him just released his first plug-in, Sub Ninja, which allows producers to get an accurate understanding of the bass frequencies in a mix. The Him and I spoke about his career and Sub Ninja. We discussed the creative process and how he stays enthusiastic by balancing different projects with rest. The Him generously shared lots of useful insights we can all use in our own music production. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: The Him Website - https://www.thehim.com Sub Ninja - https://dsp.thehim.com The Him Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thehim The Him YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehim The Him Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/thehim The Him Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5WdqBAQhGFCrZvBKXiPIu7 How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy - https://amzn.to/3vuqClB World Within a Song by Jeff Tweedy - https://amzn.to/3TOAaBk The War of Art by Steve Pressfield - https://amzn.to/43zJpZ7 Effortless by Gregg McKeown - https://amzn.to/3VvYfhm Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/26/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 23 seconds
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#363: Finish Every Song You Start with Johan Ransby

Johan Ransby is an artist, coach, and producer. He shares tips and techniques that help artists finish more music and reach their career goals. His website is loaded with helpful creative tools and his social media accounts contain priceless advice. Johan and I had a great conversation about how he approaches making music and teaching his students. He emphasized the importance of seeking challenges and chasing excitement. We talked about creativity, live performance, and being enthusiastic about our work. The episode ends with Johan's impromptu critique of my song "I'm Looking for You" from my album Rectangles. This episode is sponsored by Audimee "Ulimited Vocals, Unlimited Freedom" - https://audimee.com  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Johan's Website - https://ransby.biz Johan's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ransby.biz/ Creative Prompts - https://ransby.ck.page/05b3dac21b Johan's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@RansbyJohan Rectangles by Brian Funk - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/brianfunk/rectangles Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/20/20242 hours, 17 minutes, 26 seconds
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#362: Finding Support in Community with Michaela Shiloh and Andre Mullen

Michaela Shiloh and Andre Mullens run the community-based record label HRDRV, which helps artists develop their careers. Their combined decades of experience in the music industry include writing music for top artists like Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez and working for Bad Boy Records.  Michaela and Andre discuss the importance of camaraderie and collaboration in running their company, HRDRV. The conversation also delves into the challenges of wearing multiple hats as a musician and the need for a toolbox in the music industry. Michaela and Andre share stories from their journeys in the music business and how they led to the development of HRDRV. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: HRDRV - https://hrdrv.com Michaela's Website - https://www.itsmichaela.com Michaela's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mickeyshiloh/ Andre's Website - https://www.andremullen.me Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
3/11/202449 minutes, 19 seconds
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#361: Touring and Performing with Music's Largest Acts - Carlos Sosa

Carlos Sosa is a musician, producer, composer, and music director. Sosa formed Grooveline Horns, a 1970s funk and R&B influenced brass group. Carlos tours and records with Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Zac Brown Band, and Hanson. Carlos and I spoke in-depth about his music career recording and touring with some of music's largest acts. He spoke about how his never-ending desire to learn had him remote-recording since 2004, meeting new people, and landing dream gig after dream gig. Carlos' energy and enthusiasm fuels this great conversation, loaded with insight and wisdom. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Grooveline Horns Splice Pack - https://splice.com/sounds/packs/jammcard-samples/carlos-sosa-grooveline-horns/samples Carlos' Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/groovelinesosa/ Music for Tiny People by Coy Bowles - https://open.spotify.com/album/0cP8IU5D80tom9vR5ZQ3j1 Evolution Of... by Intergalactix - https://open.spotify.com/album/5uEIDKgtEKeaSid61XdFYJ Kill Tony - https://www.youtube.com/@KillTony Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/6/20241 hour, 56 minutes, 30 seconds
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#360: Pick Yourself with Philip Roder

Philip Röder is a music producer who runs the Copilco professional mixing and mastering studio in Berlin. Philip's YouTube Channel, Pick Yourself, helps music producers hone their craft and tap into their own personal style.  Philip and I had a great conversation about his work and his underpinning philosophies. We went into detail about how he encourages musicians to invest in themselves and "pick yourself." Philip explains how he employs the Go-Giver mindset to his work and how it has brought him success in many aspects of his life. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Pick Yourself - https://pickyourself.com Free "Finisher Framework" PDF - https://pickyourself.com/framework/ Pick Yourself YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@pickyourselfofficial Copilco Productions - https://copilco-productions.com Seth Godin - https://seths.blog Go Giver - https://amzn.to/49Lefjw Derek Sivers on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/1/23/derek-sivers-on-the-creative-process-and-making-music-music-production-podcast-149 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/26/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 23 seconds
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#359: Music Theory, Harmonic Series, Beach Boys with Tim Smolens

Tim Smolens is a musician, composer, and recording engineer. He teaches music theory on his YouTube channel and at High Castle Music Conservatory. Tim has toured and plays in the bands ISS and High Castle Teleorkestra. Tim and I had an inspiring conversation about his work and appreciation of music and chord theory. Throughout the episode, Tim demonstrates the principles on his piano. We discussed the chord theory of the Beach Boys and Soundgarden, the evolution of recording technology, and much more. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Tim's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/timsmolens Tim's YouTube playlists page - https://www.youtube.com/@TimSmolens/playlists Tim's Conservatory on Patreon: High Castle Conservatory - https://www.patreon.com/hccmusic Tim's official website - https://timsmolens.com/ Tim's Bandcamp - https://timsmolens.bandcamp.com/ Tim's genre-defying, sci-fi progressive band High Castle Teleorkestra - https://highcastleteleorkestra.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Takeaways: Tim Smolens' YouTube channel focuses on analyzing the chord progressions and music theory behind the Beach Boys' music. The Beach Boys' music is known for its complexity and intricate production techniques. Tim Smolens incorporates interesting chord progressions and extensions in his own music, drawing inspiration from various genres. Home recording has evolved significantly, allowing musicians to create complex and layered compositions. The way music is consumed and appreciated has changed, with a diminished passion for music in society. Music has a profound influence on philosophy and can be explored as a subject of study. Learning to play an instrument can be challenging, but the struggle and resilience required can lead to a deeper appreciation and understanding of music. Technology has revolutionized music production, allowing for greater control and experimentation in creating music. The production of music plays a significant role in creating feelings, moods, and atmospheres. The aesthetics of music, including tone production and composition, can greatly impact the emotional impact of a piece. The studio itself can be considered an instrument, with its unique capabilities and effects on the music. Different musical instruments offer unique challenges and opportunities for expression. Timing and groove are essential elements in music, creating a sense of feel and energy. Studio musicians have played a significant role in shaping the sound and feel of music throughout history. The science of music and tuning, including the harmonic series, can provide a deeper understanding of the relationships between notes and harmonies. Harmonic science is often overlooked in music education, but understanding it can enhance musical compositions and performances. The cultural context in which music is created and perceived can influence the perception and appreciation of different musical elements. Balancing music with a busy life can be challenging, but it is possible to find time for creativity. Creating a dedicated space for music and setting aside specific times for practice and composition can help prioritize musical pursuits. Joining platforms like Patreon and music conservatories can provide valuable resources and support for musicians. Embracing tangential conversations can lead to unexpected insights and creative ideas. Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
2/20/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
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#358: Sequencers, Humanization, Groove and Feel with Alexkid

Alexkid is a music producer and plug-in designer. He's been releasing house music for decades and designing Max for Live devices for Ableton and Isotonik Studios. Alex now runs 510k Arts, where he releases his powerful sequencers, including the new VST/AU plug-in Seqund.  Alexkid and I spoke about his work, music, and experience designing sequencers. He went into great detail about the subtle art of humanization and how groove and feel are an integral part of his sound and sequencer design. He shared his philosophies about having a playful mindset and the importance of moving fast while creating.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: 510K Arts - https://510k.myshopify.com Seqund Sequencer - https://510k.myshopify.com/products/seqund-au-vst-vst3-sequencer Alexkid Bandcamp - https://alexkidofficial.bandcamp.com Instant Haus - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/instant-haus/ 510K Arts Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/510k_arts/ 510k Arts YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@510k_plugins/videos Alexkid's Isotonik Studios Page - https://isotonikstudios.com/product-category/isotonik-collective/alexkid/ Digitails Plug-in - https://aberrantdsp.com/plugins/digitalis/ Life by XLN Audio - https://www.xlnaudio.com/products/life Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/12/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 27 seconds
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#357: Promoting Your Music in 2024 with Alex Akimov

Alex Akimov is the founder of Simple Social, a music digital marketing agency, and Sound.Me, an AI-powered artist and creator platform. He has worked as an artist manager, promoter, and touring guitarist. Alex explores ways to help artists reach their career goals. On this episode, Alex discusses his experience in the music industry and his current focus on Simple Social and Sound.Me. He shares strategies about releasing music and building a career in the music industry. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Sound.Me - https://sound.me Sound.Me Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sound.me/ Simple Social - https://advertising.me Alex's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alexfeather/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/5/202443 minutes, 23 seconds
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#356: Troubadeck Songwriting Cards with Charlie McCarron

Charlie McCarron is a film composer, songwriter, and game designer. He is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for his Troubadeck songwriting cards. Charlie ran the Composer Quest Podcast, where he interviewed songwriters and discussed their creative process. It was great to catch up with Charlie, who was the 2nd guest on this podcast! Charlie showed us his new Troubadeck, which is a fantastic tool for songwriting and jamming with others. We spoke about Charlie's work in film composing and game design. Throughout the episode, Charlie shared insightful wisdom about the connections between film composing, songwriting, and game design.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Charlie's Web Site - https://www.charliemccarron.com The Troubadeck - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/charliemccarron/the-troubadeck-cards-to-inspire-songwriting Charlie on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/charlie.mccarron Charlie's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@CharlieMcCarron Troubadeck Ableton Live Accompaniments - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avmd4b5lixg Charlie's SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/charliemccarron Charlie's Games - https://www.charliemccarron.com/games/ Composer Quest Podcast - https://www.charliemccarron.com/composer-quest/ Charlie's 1st Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://www.brianfunk.com/blog/2017/4/2/charlie-mccarron Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo - https://www.litabletop.com Hook Theory - https://www.hooktheory.com Game Maker's Toolkit - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJ-Xo29CKyLTjn6z2XwYAw Tim Smolens (Beach Boys Videos) YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@TimSmolens ANCIENT Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ancient Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/31/20241 hour, 44 minutes, 14 seconds
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#355: Selling an Album for $100 with Thad Cockrell

Thad Cockrell is a musician, songwriter, and producer in Nashville, TN. His new album, THE KID, comes out January 26th and is available on vinyl for $100. Thad appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after Fallon discovered his song "Swingin'" at a hardware store. In this episode, Thad discusses the evolution of his musical style and the importance of creating from a place of authenticity. He explains how he is challenging the current state of the music industry and the devaluation of music by selling his new record for $100. We had a great conversation about the power of music and songwriting, and the enjoyment of the craft. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Purchase Thad's album, THE KID: https://www.thadcockrell.com/the-kid Thad's Website - https://www.thadcockrell.com Thad's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thad_cockrell Thad's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thadcockrell435 Jimmy Fallon's Story About Thad's Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28Qz27fGNg Thad's Tonight Show Performance - https://www.facebook.com/ThadCockrellMusic/videos/255791442600265/ Dissect Radiohead In Rainbows Podcast - https://www.theringer.com/2023/9/26/23890613/dissect-podcast-radiohead-in-rainbows-breakdown Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/22/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 51 seconds
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#354: Finding the Present Moment Through Music with TJ Dumser - Six Missing

TJ Dumser is an ambient artist who makes music as Six Missing. His newest album Here For Now combines modular synths, electronic and acoustic instruments, and immersive field recordings. TJ's music explores human resilience and the power of finding the present. TJ and I had a great conversation about his writing process and how he uses music to immerse himself in the present moment. We discussed how so many musical concepts and strategies also apply to everyday life. He also spoke about his musical gear and balancing his work as an artist with his day job. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Six Missing - https://www.sixmissing.com Six Missing Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sixmissing Here for Now - https://nettwerkpublicity.disco.ac/ Six Missing Orb Jam Performance - https://www.orbmag.com/orb-jam-series/orb-jam-series-six-missing/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/6/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 20 seconds
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#353: 4 Ways to be More Creative!

Here are 4 tips I've learned that improve creativity! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
12/31/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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#352: Collaborating and Producing with Raul Sotomayor

Raul Sotomayor is a musician, producer, and DJ from Mexico City. Raul makes Afro-Caribbean electronic music as Tonga Conga. He has a record label and studio named Kaya Records and produces music for a wide range of artists. Raul and I had a great time talking about his work as Tonga Conga and his background as a percussionist and DJ. He shared some thoughts on building a studio area that is comfortable and conducive to creativity. Raul detailed his insights on collaboration and helping artists reach their creative goals.   Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Raul on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tongaconga/ Tonga Conga's latest album Jevi - https://virginmusic.lnk.to/Jevi Raul's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@tongaconga/videos Tonga Conga, Vanessa Zamora  "Duele" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnSQ5_e7ozg Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
12/21/20231 hour, 50 minutes, 27 seconds
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#351: Make Your Own Rules with Andrew Huang

Andrew Huang is a musician, producer, video maker, and sound explorer. He's known for his YouTube channel which currently has over 2.35 million subscribers. Andrew recently released the Transit plug-in with Baby Audio, the Ghost Pedal with Endorphines, and the iOS Flip sampler. His new book, Make Your Own Rules, details his story as a music industry misfit and shares advice on how to build a career and navigate through a new and ever-changing musical landscape. Andrew and I had a great conversation about his work and how he followed his passion to get where he is today.  Andrew's insights about collaboration and experimentation are valuable lessons for musicians at any stage of their career. Andrew's book is currently available for pre-order and will be released February 6, 2024. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Andrew's Website - https://andrewhuang.com Make Your Own Rules by Andrew Huang - https://andrewhuang.com/book Andrew's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@andrewhuang Andrew's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/andrewismusic Flip Sampler - https://www.flipsampler.com Transit Plug-in - https://babyaud.io/transit Ghost Pedal - https://www.endorphin.es/modules/p/ghost-pedal Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/16/202355 minutes
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#350: Stavroz on Creating, Producing, and Performing Their New EP Kick Up the Dust

Stavroz is an organic and cinematic electronic music group from Belgium. The award-winning 4-piece combines DJ-style electronic performances with acoustic instruments such as bass, guitar, wind, and brass. In December 2023, they released their Kick Up the Dust EP, combining a variety of styles, moods, energies, and instrumentation. I spoke with Gert from Stavroz, whose varied role in the band includes mixing, producing, and performing brass instruments, among other duties. Gert takes us through the band's creative process beginning with song creation, jamming, recording, and live performance.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Stavroz - https://www.stavroz.be Kick Up The Dust by Stavroz - https://stavroz.bandcamp.com/album/kick-up-the-dust Stavroz Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stavroz_official/ Stavroz YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@StavrozOfficial Stavroz Live I Hangar Mind - https://youtu.be/uEjI5UGesQE?si=osVmQnN6idkJaMmR Stavroz Live @ Fort Saint Eynard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HlpoRR9NoM Stimming on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/martin-stimming Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Music Production Club Live Meeting Music: "Aurora" by Trevphonic - https://soundcloud.com/trevb111/aurora "231030 MPC Jam" by Psychotronic Squirt Gun - https://on.soundcloud.com/3Drmq "Project 202 for MPC" by Siqn - https://subnoiseky.bandcamp.com/track/project-202-for-mpc Animus Invidious - https://animusinvidious.bandcamp.com/ "Mysteriously Creepy" by Brian Funk - https://on.soundcloud.com/hkdJC Join the Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/5/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 35 seconds
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#349: Mixing Pop Music with Brent Hendrich

Brent Hendrich is an award-winning mix engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Nashville music industry. He has worked in just about every stage of the recording process and within a wide variety of musical genres. In recent years, Brent has become a specialist in mixing pop music.  Brent and I spoke about his work as a pop music mixing engineer. He shared valuable mixing techniques and strategies for reaching the artistic vision of his clients. Brent discussed some challenges he's faced and skills he's learned during his 20+ year career.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Brent's Website - https://brenthendrich.com/ Brent's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brenthendrich Music Brent has Mixed - https://brenthendrich.com/listen/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Music Production Club Live Meeting Music "Aurora" by Trevphonic - https://soundcloud.com/trevb111/aurora "231030 MPC Jam" by Psychotronic Squirt Gun - https://on.soundcloud.com/3Drmq "Project 202 for MPC" by Siqn - https://subnoiseky.bandcamp.com/track/project-202-for-mpc Animus Invidious - https://animusinvidious.bandcamp.com/ "Mysteriously Creepy" by Brian Funk - https://on.soundcloud.com/hkdJC Join the Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/29/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 21 seconds
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#348: Getting Inspired By... with Will Hatton

Will Hatton is a music producer and educator. He runs the popular Inspired By... YouTube Channel and has taught music for over a decade. Will releases music under the name Hush Child. Will and I had a great time talking about a wide range of topics. We discussed his work and success with his YouTube Channel. Will shared some insights about how he carved his own path in the music industry. We spent quite a bit of time discussing philosophical principles of creativity and productivity. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Will Hatton's Website - https://www.willhattonmusic.com/ Will Hatton's Music Hush Child- https://www.willhattonmusic.com/streams Will Hatton's YouTube Inspired By... https://www.youtube.com/@WillHatton/videos 4 Simple Rules for Writing Catchy Melodies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RGfF_lpQrM This Rhythm Hack Will Change How You Make Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP6I3rTPcm8 Dr. Bob's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@BobbyHuff Patmac QC YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@PatmanQC-Arcade-Documentaries James Hoffmann Coffee YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@jameshoffmann Venus Theory on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/venus-theory Dr. Bob on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/bobby-huff Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Music Production Club Live Meeting Music "Aurora" by Trevphonic - https://soundcloud.com/trevb111/aurora "231030 MPC Jam" by Psychotronic Squirt Gun - https://on.soundcloud.com/3Drmq "Project 202 for MPC" by Siqn - https://subnoiseky.bandcamp.com/track/project-202-for-mpc Animus Invidious - https://animusinvidious.bandcamp.com/ "Mysteriously Creepy" by Brian Funk - https://on.soundcloud.com/hkdJC Join the Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/21/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 52 seconds
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#347: Battling Through Creative Challenges with Composer Amanda Cawley

Amanda Cawley is an award-winning orchestral composer for film, television, and video games. Amanda's work includes the documentary Visionary Gardeners, the animated series Fireman Sam, and the video game Siegebreaker.  Amanda and I spoke about her work creating sonic worlds for film and video games. She shared how she overcomes creative challenges and blocks, as well as the mental game of writing music. I found Amanda's insights quite valuable and look forward to applying them to my own work! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Amanda's Website - https://amandacawley.com/ Amanda's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amandacawleymusic/ Amanda's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@amandacawley/featured Elsewhere by Telosia - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/telosia/elsewhere Visionary Gardeners - Webisode: "Composing the Theme" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYE6uGu62J8 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Music Production Club Live Meeting Music "Aurora" by Trevphonic - https://soundcloud.com/trevb111/aurora "231030 MPC Jam" by Psychotronic Squirt Gun - https://on.soundcloud.com/3Drmq "Project 202 for MPC" by Siqn - https://subnoiseky.bandcamp.com/track/project-202-for-mpc Animus Invidious - https://animusinvidious.bandcamp.com/ "Mysteriously Creepy" by Brian Funk - https://on.soundcloud.com/hkdJC Join the Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/15/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 58 seconds
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#346: Yeuda Ben-Atar aka Side Brain

Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Side Brain, is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. Yeuda has taught countless students both online and in person. He first caught my attention around 2010 using his Sega Dreamcast arcade stick and other video game controllers to perform with Ableton Live. Yeuda regularly releases Ableton Live Packs and tutorials and holds a weekly "Study Group" where he and participants explore music production in all different styles of music.  Yeuda and I finally got to speak after years of following each other's work. He spoke about his unlikely path to finding himself at the center of controllerism and the LA Beat scene. Throughout the conversation his passion for what he does is undeniable.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, check out the Los Angeles Ableton User Group meeting on November 15, 2023. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Yeuda's Website - https://sidebrain.net/ Study Group - https://sidebrain.net/join-the-group/ Yeuda's Ableton Drift and Wavetable Preset Packs - https://sidebrain.net/preset-packs/ Yeuda on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@SideBrain/videos Side Brain SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/sidebrain/ Side Brain Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@sidebrain Los Angeles Ableton User Group - https://sidebrain.net/ableton-user-group-los-angeles/ The Power of the Glove - https://thepowerofglove.com/ Chuck Sutton - https://www.youtube.com/@ChuckSutton AIAIAI - https://aiaiai.audio/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
11/7/202348 minutes, 17 seconds
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#345: Exploration Through Songwriting with Chloe Echo

Chloe Echo is a singer/songwriter, producer, and educator originally from New Zealand and living in Los Angeles. She just released her new EP Past Life. Chloe teaches for Berklee Online. Chloe and I got a chance to reconnect after meeting and writing music together at the Monterey Songwriting Retreat. She spoke about how her past has brought her to where she is now as a person and artist. We reflected on our songwriting sessions together and the lessons we both learned about collaboration and making ourselves vulnerable to write music with new people.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Chloe Echo Website - https://chloeecho.com/ Past Life by Chloe Echo - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2jM0dpaor5joc69oZ5SB9I?si=0SHfHYVETqG7z1gv-Iu3sQ Chloe's SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/chloeecho Dissect Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/2b025hq3gJ17tQdxS3aV43?si=23b02a86aae643e3 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/1/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 42 seconds
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#344: Lanier Sammons - Engineer, Composer, and Educator

Lanier Sammons is an engineer, composer, and teacher at California State University, Monterey Bay. He teaches recording and technology, and has worked on many records, films, concert hall works, and installation pieces.   Lanier and I spoke about his work as a teacher and producer, as well as his new track, a cover of ZZ Top's "Waiting for the Bus." We discussed our experiences together at the Monterey Songwriting Retreat, and how collaborating with others helps bring out new ideas and opportunities for music producers. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Lanier's Web Site - https://www.laniersammons.com/ “Waitin’ for the Bus” by Lanier Sammons - https://open.spotify.com/album/3YsiPyyV1zo3thQwf1IT50 Lanier's Music on SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/laniersammons Lanier on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2BPJbU9w0YOdbf0ijjYg65 Lanier on Tidal - https://tidal.com/browse/artist/13194111 Lanier's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lanier.sammons/ Lanier's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI0jMqMyWWo-rtvwr7e8oGQ CSU at Monterey Bay Music Department - https://csumb.edu/mpa/ Photo of Lanier by Cyntia Apps - https://cyntiaappsphotography.com/ Peter Bell on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/peter-bell Sarah Belle Reid on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/sarah-belle-reid Matt Jones on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matt-jones Production Expert - https://www.production-expert.com/ The Poetics of Rock - https://amzn.to/3Q7MaLd Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/23/20231 hour, 47 minutes
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#343: Developing Your Craft with Consistency w/ Filip from Flow Prod

Filip is a musician and producer who runs the YouTube Channel Flow Prod. Filip shares practical tips and techniques that help music producers improve their music and workflows. Filip and I spoke about his work as a producer and YouTuber. He shared some thoughts on balancing music and life, as well as some practical approaches that allow him to create more music at higher levels.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Flow Prod YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@FlowProdOfficial Flow Prod Website - https://flowprod.co/ Filip's Mentoring Program - https://flowprod.co/#mentor Filip's Video on the 5-Minute Music Producer - https://youtu.be/LRsPOfwRVhs?si=yYTNDB8MGa6HGfVq "Adding Human Feel to a Track" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTlw5vfChg "Another Way of Adding Human Feel to a Track" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTlw5vfChg Ableton Gems Video Playlist - https://youtu.be/4AGfWJHGQow?si=st0QtPE-Avwu2KWF Google Magenta - https://magenta.tensorflow.org/ Ian Kirkpatrick "Are You Obsessed with Ear Candy" - https://youtu.be/pygvNyObUSM?si=MyDvHwxQkghvowLI  Sasha Sloane - https://www.sadgirlsloan.com/ EDM Prod - https://www.youtube.com/@edmprod "Universe" by Some Good Evil - https://on.soundcloud.com/MC2Ny Rectangles by Brian Funk - https://soundcloud.com/brianfunk/sets/rectangles 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Intro Music Made with Accordion Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/accordion Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
10/16/20231 hour, 50 minutes, 43 seconds
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#342: Writing Music for Bat-Man's Batwheels Series with Alex Geringas

Alex Geringas is a producer, composer, and Grammy-winning songwriter. He has 16 number-one songs in Germany and won a Grammy for his co-writing of Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side." He has written music for Batwheels, the entire Trolls TV franchise, and collaborated with Timbaland on the theme for Fast and Furious: Spy Racers. Alex and I had a great conversation about his work in television and film scoring. He shared how he works with show producers to find the perfect palette for each project. Alex's excitement for his work on the Bat-Man BatWheels show revealed many insights into creating moods and atmospheres with music that any musician can use in their work. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Rare Behavior - https://www.rarebehavior.com/ Alex's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alexgeringas/ Alex's Credits on IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0314353/ "Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY1AVD_exJs Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
10/9/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 12 seconds
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#341: Snakes of Russia, Sound Design, and Process with Joseph Holiday

Joseph Holiday makes music as Snakes of Russia. His new album, True Surrender, releases on Friday, October 13, 2023. Joseph also creates soundscapes for films and sound design work for Ableton and Spitfire Audio.  For Joseph’s second appearance on the Music Production Podcast, we discussed his workflow and process for his new album. Joseph spoke about traveling to Salem, MA to God City studio where he ran his synths and drum machines through guitar amps and PA loudspeakers. We talked about his favorite gear and plug-ins, as well as how he brings his music to the stage for live performances. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Snakes of Russia Official Site - https://snakesofrussia.com/ True Surrender by Snakes of Russia - https://modularfield.io/snakes-of-russia-true-surrender Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/snakesofrussia/ Snakes of Russia Soundpacks on Gumroad - https://snakesofrussia.gumroad.com/ Albion Colossus by Spitfire - https://www.spitfireaudio.com/albion-colossus#walkthrough God City Studio - https://godcitystudio.com/ Waves Abbey Road Reverb - https://www.waves.com/plugins/abbey-road-reverb-plates Waves Eddie Kramer Tape - https://www.waves.com/plugins/kramer-master-tape Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/4/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 10 seconds
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#340: Collaboration and Connecting Through Music with Peter Bell

Peter Bell is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and teacher at Berklee College of Music. He composed the themes for This Old House, New Yankee Workshop, Victory Garden, the ABC After School Special, the award-winning film Radio Cape Cod, and countless jingles and production tracks. He recorded with Bonnie Raitt and the James Montgomery Band and has two Emmys, seven NEBA awards, and six ASCAP awards. Peter and I had a great conversation following our week together during the Monterey Songwriting Retreat. Pete discussed the importance of working with other musicians and played some of his collaborations with former Berklee students. He also shared the fascinating story of meeting a young Bonnie Raitt and playing on her first album.   This episode is sponsored by Kits.ai, a platform for artists, producers, and fans to create AI voice models with ease. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Peter's Website - https://peterbellmusic.com/ Creating Commercial Music by Peter Bell - https://amzn.to/3EUUnxa Just Sayin' by Peter Bell - https://peterbellmusic.com/just-sayin/ Bar of 2 Productions - https://barof2.com/ David Mash - http://www.mashine.com/ This Old House theme by Peter Bell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIday2U1x3Y "Natural Ball" by Peter Bell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_qmvijwg00 Peter's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@bellmusicproductions7840 Peter's Studio Gear - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GezGn2gPcvNGG5eUajNt1S9Xt3ScELwm/view?usp=share_link Matt Jones on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matt-jones "Where Did My Heart Go" by Some Good Evil - https://soundcloud.com/somegoodevil/05-where-did-my-heart-go Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/27/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 57 seconds
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#339: Jörgen Kjellgren on Writing and Recording His New Album Bluebird

Jörgen Kjellgren is a musician and producer from Sweden. His new album, Bluebird, comes out September 14th and combines singer-songwriting and ambient music beautifully.  Jörgen and I spoke about his new album, Bluebird. Jörgen shared his songwriting and recording techniques. He went into detail about how the songs were started with lyrical writing and the production techniques he used to bring each track new dimensions. Note: There was a glitch in the audio until minute 27. I don't think it's so bad that the audio shouldn't be released. But if it bothers you too much, please skip to 27:00 minutes where the issue is resolved. Otherwise, consider reading the transcript at https://brianfunk.com/jorgen3 My apologies for the problem! Thanks for listening! Brian Funk Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: "Bluebird" by Jörgen Kjellgren on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/49dj9JMf1fRLv9VqBggYfi?si=QV4o5EerT2GerUtKDX63AQ "Bluebird" by Jörgen Kjellgren on Bandcamp - https://theslowmusicmovement.bandcamp.com/album/bluebird Guided Meditation with Jörgen on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/guided-meditation-with-jrgen-kjellgren-music-production-podcast-171 Jörgen's First Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/9/30/jrgen-kjellgren-on-releasing-9-eps-in-the-last-year-music-production-podcast-129 Micro Cassette Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/3/15/micro-cassette-ableton-live-pack Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited (and saved) by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
9/12/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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#338: Make Better Music Faster Using AI with Bobby Owsinski

Bobby Owsinski is an audio engineer, producer, author, and educator. His book, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook is in its 5th edition and is a foundational part of college classrooms. Bobby writes about music production and gear on his blog Music 3.0. He also hosts the Podcast Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle, which covers the latest industry news and features interviews with assorted music professionals. I've been following and learning from Bobby's work for the last decade, so speaking with him was a true honor. Bobby spoke in great depth about his exploration of AI in music production. He spoke of the fears many producers have and how we can leverage the new technologies to take our music to new places faster.   Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Bobby's Website - https://bobbyowsinski.com/ Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle Podcast - https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/ Music Mixing Primer Course - https://www.bobbyowsinskicourses.com/mixingprimer Music 3.0 Blog - https://music3point0.com/ Bobby O's Music Production Blog - https://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/ AI Music Workshop - https://go.bobbyowsinski.com/ai-workshop/course Common Characteristics of Hit Songs in 2022 - https://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/the-common-characteristics-of-a-hit-song/ 5 Recording Session Tips Every Musician Needs to Know - https://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/5-recording-session-tips/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/5/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
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#337: Collaboration and Live Performance with Lynden Williams

Lynden Williams makes music as Divorce Court. His new album, Two Hours, marks a new direction with his collaboration with Chase Lambert. Lynden also works as a documentary filmmaker for Ableton.  It was great to reconnect with Lynden! His music and workflow have evolved tremendously in the years I've known him. Lynden shared insights he learned from artists while filming documentaries with Ableton. He spoke about the power of creativity and the fun and challenge of bringing his music to the stage for live performances. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Divorce Court Website - https://www.divorcecourtt.com/ Two Hours album by Divorce Court - https://www.divorcecourtt.com/music/two-hours Divorce Court on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/6AHXh0zQ9x4YO9bPn3F79k?si=wZnm1EkOR4CG5DyvPWnADQ Divorce Court Bandcamp - https://divorcecourt.bandcamp.com/ Ableton One Thing with Brian Funk, Produced by Lynden Williams - https://youtu.be/I9mJ6UdhEik Will Doggett on the Music Production - https://brianfunk.com/blog/will-doggett Super Tape - https://www.supertape.com/ Lynden's First Appearance on the Music Production  Podcast #78 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/9/16/78-lynden-williams-aka-divorce-court Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/28/20232 hours, 26 minutes, 8 seconds
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#336: Why You're Unhappy with Your Music and What To Do About It

Our favorite artists inspire us to make our own music. But it's easy to get caught up in trying to replicate their sound. In doing so, we ignore what is our number one advantage over every other music producer in the world. In this episode, we talk about why we can't and don't even want to sound like our favorite artists and what we can do to unlock our own musical super-power that can set us apart from the crowd. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/18/202310 minutes, 14 seconds
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#335: Emmy Award Winning Songwriting Duo JP and Kat of Earworm Music

JP Rende and Kat Raio Rende are a husband and wife songwriting team and founders of Earworm Music. JP and Kat write and produce music for kids television, animation, film, and commercials. They won an Emmy for their song "Friends with a Penguin" sung by Billy Porter on Sesame Street. They've produced music for various shows including Gabby's Dollhouse, Baby Shark's Big Show, Barbie's Dreamhouse Adventure, and more. JP and Kat shared details about their unique collaboration, allowing them time to work together and separately. They gave a glimpse into how the process of writing specifically for kids and how scripts, pitches, and deadlines all play a significant part in their work. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Earworm Music - https://www.earwormny.com/ "Friends with a Penguin" - https://youtu.be/derxRN-ZkMI Mrs. Doubtfire Recut as a Horror Film - https://youtu.be/U71P5FKFqfg Social Story Songs with Brian and Chris - http://www.socialstorysongs.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Episode Transcript: Brian Funk: Hello everybody and welcome to the Music Production Podcast. I'm your host, Brian Funk. And on today's show, I have JP Rendy and Cat Rayo Rendy of Earworm Music and they do a lot of cool stuff. Congratulations, first of all, they just won an Emmy for the song, Friends With a Penguin that they wrote for Billy Porter. That was, what a catchy song and fun. Great job guys, JP Rende: Thank Brian Funk: congrats. JP Rende: you, Kat Raio Rende: Thanks. JP Rende: thank you, thank you. Brian Funk: They write for Sesame Street, Gabby's Dollhouse, Princess Power, Baby Shark's Big Show, Barbie's Dreamhouse Adventure. There's a long list of stuff they do. They do a lot of work for kids in animated TV and film commercials. I love the Charmin, Shiny Hiny song they have. That Kat Raio Rende: Ha Brian Funk: was Kat Raio Rende: ha Brian Funk: great. Kat Raio Rende: ha. JP Rende: Hahaha Brian Funk: A lot of fun. Kat, you've sang with Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Ray Charles. A lot of really impressive stuff. You guys are doing great work and it sounds like you're having fun. You've married your music and your lives together. So Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: it's a really unique combination and I'm very excited to talk to you guys. I had a lot of fun digging into your catalog a bit, getting ready for the show. JP Rende: Sweet, thank Brian Funk: Welcome. JP Rende: you. Kat Raio Rende: Thanks. Brian Funk: So, first of all, congratulations on the Emmy. That's great. JP Rende: Oh, thank you. Brian Funk: That must've JP Rende: Yeah, Brian Funk: been JP Rende: that Brian Funk: a real JP Rende: was Brian Funk: treat. JP Rende: really fun. That was a really fun night. Kat Raio Rende: That was a wild time. JP Rende: Yeah, we didn't think we were gonna win, honestly, because we've been nominated before and it's really a crap shoot. You never know. You really never know how the cards fall. And I remember the first time that we went out to the ceremony, maybe it's just a little bit of arrogance. Of course we got this. We got this. Brian Funk: Hehehe Kat Raio Rende: This is JP Rende: It's Kat Raio Rende: Sesame Street. JP Rende: a great song. Ah, we lost. And it felt so bad. It felt, you know, I'm gonna give it real. A lot of people are like, oh, it doesn't matter. It felt bad to lose. So when we got nominated again, we went out with like, hey, it's probably not gonna happen. Let's just have a great time. And we were up against a Ben Folds song. And it was a really good song. Like, Ben Folds, I don't know you, but I wanna know you and you're fantastic. It was called Kat Raio Rende: little things. JP Rende: The Little Things Charlie Brown. It was for Charlie Brown's special. So I Brian Funk: Oh JP Rende: was Brian Funk: wow. JP Rende: like, he's gonna win, it's all good. And then when Jojo Siwa called Friends With a Penguin, we were shocked. Like, full on that meme with Taylor Swift like this. We were totally shocked and it was a really fun thing. And you know, the song, as silly as it can come across on the surface, has a much deeper meaning about, you know, just say hi to somebody that's different than you and you can become friends and don't be afraid of anything that's dissimilar because that's how we learn from each other. Brian Funk: Is that the Emmy behind you, Kat? I see. Kat Raio Rende: I know, I was trying to cover it up because I don't want it to look like a douche. I'm sorry, I don't want it to look like a jerk, but Brian Funk: No, that's great. Kat Raio Rende: yeah. Brian Funk: You should Kat Raio Rende: So. Brian Funk: have that proudly displayed. Kat Raio Rende: Ah ha Brian Funk: Yeah, Kat Raio Rende: ha! Brian Funk: that's awesome. JP Rende: Yeah, sorry, I have one too. It's not in my studio. I gave it to my parents. And partially I was like, you know what? I'm just gonna look at that and become complacent. So I always gotta stay hungry, so. Brian Funk: Yeah, yeah, right. That's a big part of it. You know, you mentioned being silly. And this is like something I kind of wanted to talk to you guys about because there's, I think, a different mindset that goes into writing songs like this compared to like being an artist. You know what I mean? Like Kat Raio Rende: Yes. Brian Funk: a serious artist. So just to give you a sense of where I'm coming from with this. I have my serious artist side, Kat Raio Rende: Hehehe Brian Funk: where I write my songs and stuff. But a few years back with a friend of mine, we wrote songs kind of directed for kids with special needs, specifically autism, for social behavior stuff. And it's called social story songs. And that's something that's often used to help teach proper behavior in places, restaurants, how to interact with people. We had a song similar. to the concept of yours, the perfect greeting for who I'm meeting. So it just teaches JP Rende: Oh Brian Funk: you Kat Raio Rende: Yes! Brian Funk: how JP Rende: wow. Brian Funk: to say hello and stuff. But what I found with that was it was very liberating to write in that way where you didn't have to be so artistic about everything and so serious about it. I had a lot of fun with that. And I wanted to ask you guys a little bit about just that mindset and that way of writing and getting free to be silly with it a little bit and have fun with the songwriting process. Kat Raio Rende: That is the most fun that I think that you can possibly have, especially when it comes to like, I'm neurodivergent and like writing from that perspective and writing, there's like that is a really great, it's a really good place to come from, but also like a really great way to like get all of that out. You know, like you said, like being an artist, I started off as an artist and And it's just not as much fun. It's so much fun writing for like to be silly. And like, you know, there are some artists that do it now. And there's, especially for like, you know, they're for kids movies, but like the recent Barbie movie had a song by Lizzo that I thought was so funny. Like it started off as, I did not write it, but it was a song that was. the first time it came around, it was very serious and happy. And the second time around, it started getting panicked because Barbie was changing as a person. And, JP Rende: Poiler alert. Kat Raio Rende: spoiler alert, sorry. But it's so fun to write like that because like, as writing for kids and knowing their parents are also watching it, it's so fun to like, add adult content in it. Like, we wrote a song for Baby Shark's big show called call me Billiom and where Billiom, Baby Shark's best friend, was trying to be an adult and he said I'm not William now from now on call me Billiom and then the song is like this very serious like rap song and there was like a funny little I don't know if it's an Easter egg but for the adults where it's like I have a cute sign in my living room that says live splash love I'm Billiom it's like You can get to the parents, the silly side of the parents. It brings out the silly side of the parents too. And it's so fun to like add like, I love puns, adding Brian Funk: Uh... Kat Raio Rende: puns and I dream of fish puns. But it's so fun to add, I JP Rende: True Kat Raio Rende: do. JP Rende: story. Kat Raio Rende: I wake up in the middle of the night and like, JP, I'll be right back, I gotta go. Sometimes I'll like go hide Brian Funk: Thanks Kat Raio Rende: in Brian Funk: for Kat Raio Rende: the Brian Funk: watching! Kat Raio Rende: laundry room and just like write, you know, write things down or sing into the voice recorder. But. There's nothing like, I think of it as like neurodivergent writing, but it's just you get to write what you actually want to write, whereas everything else has to be in this like serious box and Brian Funk: Hmm. Kat Raio Rende: kids music you just do, like kids think like that and they enjoy it, so I really love it the most. Brian Funk: It's something I've taken to my artist side too. You know, playing in a band when we're trying to come up with music, a lot of times it does start out kind of silly and it's gibberish or blabbering or just placeholder lyrics. But being free enough to do that has opened the door to actually get into some of those other areas too. And I find Kat Raio Rende: Oh yeah. Brian Funk: it's something I encourage people to do is like. Don't be afraid to be silly. Don't be afraid to make bad music. And I try to remember that with myself because a lot of times things that might not seem like my masterpiece after I work on it for a little while starts to come together a little bit Kat Raio Rende: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: when I'm not so judgmental about it. Kat Raio Rende: Oh, it'd be so nice to add that into it. Like Primus and Macklemore and Eminem and who else? There's some artists that really do it well. Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: Harry Grip. Kat Raio Rende: Well, Perry Grip is a kid's artist, but JP Rende: Yeah, but Kat Raio Rende: he's JP Rende: he's Kat Raio Rende: like JP Rende: amazing. Kat Raio Rende: the king. Brian Funk: Yeah, and you mentioned too, I guess, the concept of just capturing ideas whenever you get them at the moment. So you're jumping out of bed. I think that's such a smart thing to do because I think they disappear so fast. Kat Raio Rende: I JP Rende: Yeah, Kat Raio Rende: mean, JP Rende: have Kat Raio Rende: sometimes, JP Rende: you, have you, oh sorry Kit. Kat Raio Rende: I was just gonna say sometimes, the whole song is there. Sometimes we'll read a brief when we get a song, and we will read a brief at night, or in the afternoon on a Sunday, and then wake up on a Sunday morning at two o'clock and be like, here, here's this, and there's the whole song. Or the main idea of the song usually comes in the middle of the night. And it's JP Rende: Yeah. Kat Raio Rende: so much fun because it's like you didn't write, I didn't, you know, like your subconscious writes it and you're like, that's a good idea, subconscious. Thank you. Brian Funk: Thanks for watching! JP Rende: Well, mine is sometimes I write the most amazing songs in my dreams and then like I wake up and they're fucking horrible. But in your dreams, like they're the greatest song ever. You're like, oh my God, I'm gonna Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: change the world with this song and then you have all these accolades and people are singing your song and then you wake up and you hum a tune, you're like, what is that? So, but fortunately, cats middle of the night stuff is always. Brian Funk: Well, I think Kat Raio Rende: Most Brian Funk: it's Kat Raio Rende: of Brian Funk: important Kat Raio Rende: the time. Brian Funk: that you're comfortable with letting that stuff in. Even if it is, it turns out to be bad. Just let the music in or let it out, however you want to look at it. And Kat Raio Rende: You know what, Brian Funk: then Kat Raio Rende: writing, Brian Funk: later, judge. Kat Raio Rende: yeah, writing lyrics too. The way that I personally write lyrics is I'll write, and it goes for ideas in general. Even if you have really bad ideas, you kind of have to like. Expel them first so I'll write all the worst stuff and knowing it's not going to be possible knowing that like if you're writing for a specific character who's an octopus and you really need to change it, you know, it's and it's an octopus specific Line and it's definitely not going to work for them. You write it out anyway, and then Once you get all the bad, you know, once you get all the stuff that doesn't work out first, you know you have it like for some reason it just sticks in your brain until you let it, until you're like, okay, I'll give you some attention, you know, write it down, and now after that's done, the other stuff comes to mind for whatever reason. You know, you put your bad rhyme down, you put your... It's not like you have it as a placeholder either. You just literally have to like write it on a piece of paper, write it on a, you know, a Word document. And then... once you've given it the attention that it needed, it goes away and leaves room for other things, I think. Brian Funk: Last weekend we had a party at my house and it's like this thing we do once... JP Rende: Thanks for the invite, Brian. Kat Raio Rende: Hahaha! Brian Funk: Yeah, I'm JP Rende: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Brian Funk: kind of sad because you guys aren't that far away. Kat Raio Rende: hehe Brian Funk: But we have just music outside, so we just set up drums and guitars Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: and stuff. And there's a lot of jamming that happens. And it's very spontaneous, but... Sometimes you want to try to develop it a little bit and you sing a little bit and you just sort of have to be okay with whatever fits whatever works and just get stuff out and Sometimes the thing that might even have felt silly or dumb in the beginning starts to actually make sense and work That and I think that freedom That you give yourself to be okay with that Is so important because then if then the good stuff can come out without getting kind of gate-kept, you know, before it had a chance. JP Rende: For sure. I think that you really hit the nail on the head is you can't be afraid to write shit. You can't, you know? And what that can do is you gotta get that bad stuff out of you before the good stuff can come. And self-judgment is...we all suffer from it many times. And I commend you for doing that at a party, because I know that like... even in our studios, Cat's studio's not far from mine, but when we're each kind of like messing around with stuff, we really don't want the other person hearing it, just because Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: it's not that they're gonna judge it. I think Cat knows the way that I write and I know the way she writes, but it's just the fact that I wanna be able to get out all the kinks that I'm feeling, and I feel as though that... there's a bit of a show-off-ness when somebody else is hearing it. Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: We're professionals, right? So we have to conduct ourselves as quote unquote professionals, so it's like we play the wrong chord in front of somebody else and they're like, you know a six is a minor, right? But Kat Raio Rende: Ha ha JP Rende: you Kat Raio Rende: ha! JP Rende: mess up and you play a major and you're like, oh no, I didn't do that. But when you're by yourself and you don't judge, then fun stuff can happen. So. Brian Funk: Hmm. JP Rende: I do think it's important to not be afraid to just mess around and make it sound like crap because for all you know the next time that you go sit down and write, one little nugget of that crap session could make the song that you're working on now. Brilliant. Kat Raio Rende: Wanna hear something, JB? That I've never JP Rende: Short. Kat Raio Rende: told you? I mean, it's not whatever. But the reason why I don't like to hear, for you to hear what I'm doing is because I think you're gonna like it. And I'm like, I'm not, it's not done, it's not done. So I think that like, you know, my first thing tends to be pretty, depending JP Rende: Oh, here it Kat Raio Rende: on JP Rende: comes. Kat Raio Rende: where it's coming from. JP Rende: Here it comes. I Kat Raio Rende: What? Brian Funk: Thank you. Kat Raio Rende: What do you think I was gonna say? JP Rende: thought you were gonna say like, my first thing tends to be really, really good, but it's not good enough for me. So I don't... Ha ha Kat Raio Rende: No, JP Rende: ha. Kat Raio Rende: no, it just like, it's just like a rough thing. And sometimes it's like a little bit simple or something. Sometimes like, my memory is kind of, I can't always access it. And sometimes I'll write something that I'm like, oh, this might be close to something I've worked on before, or sometimes like something I've written before. And, or it's like, you know, it's like, for lack of a better term, it's like derivative of my own stuff, I guess? And so I'll be like, I can't do, I want to do something new on this. Like I want to change, like there was, there's, there was a song we were working on yesterday for Baby Shark's Big Show and it was like this wacky, like really out there, like chord change that didn't belong because two characters who don't get along were trying to, were finding out that they were friends. And um, it, I, It was really out there and I'm like, this part is good. I don't want him to hear that because it's not actually finished. But the other chords were like so much the same and the same and the same. So I knew the rhythm was good. I knew the production was good. It was really good. I knew that you were going to like it, Jay. But I knew there was more to go and I knew it was going to be like, keep it. And that's what happened. JP Rende: Yeah. Kat Raio Rende: And I was like, oh, but you know, we did end up keeping it. And usually when he says stuff like that, it is the right, it was the right thing to do. So that's something that like, we tend to kind of hear, when we hear it undone, the other person will, either JP will pair it down for me or I will do something on his tracks. Brian Funk: Right, nice. You know, it's interesting, you guys, your situation, right? Cause you are partners in the music and you're married too. JP Rende: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: And it's often, those are often comparisons that are made when you're in a band. It's like being married to a couple of people or all these relationships. And so much happens, I mean, within a relationship, but then within a musical relationship, and sometimes they affect the other relationship, you know? JP Rende: Absolutely. Brian Funk: but it seems like you guys have figured out some ways to make that work. And one of the maybe interesting things that's going on right now for people that are watching, they might be able to tell, but you guys are in the same building, right? Same house, Kat Raio Rende: Oh yeah. Brian Funk: but JP Rende: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: different spaces. You have your own separate space for that, JP Rende: 100%. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: for your work. JP Rende: We learned this a long time ago. We do our best work together, but when we're actually like in a co-writing session, we both tend to be a little bit headstrong on our ideas and sometimes that affects the music in a negative way. So we found that part of our process that really works is that if we get a brief for, you know, we get hired to do something is that we'll come together for a very short while and say, okay, what are we thinking here? Okay, I'm thinking X, Y, and Z, and I'm thinking, okay, that's cool. And we do the collaboration there before we even get to an instrument, anything. And then it's like, okay, once we kind of settle on, let's say, okay, we're gonna do an up tempo that kind of has like something that sounds like this, the kind of pantomime or sing something with a drum beat that's like, th Kat Raio Rende: Mm-hmm. JP Rende: I'll add stuff, she'll sing some ideas, I'll sing some ideas, and then before we know it, we have a cohesive track and song, but then Kat is the last person, not the last person to touch it, because I do the mixing, but the last creative, so once she's singing it, she could be like, hmm, you know what, this idea really wasn't good, and just be like, hey. Do you mind if I try this? And sometimes I'm like, yeah. And sometimes I'm like, no. No, Kat Raio Rende: Hehehehehehe JP Rende: you may not. You may do it exactly the way I did it because I like it. And then we fight, and then we fight some more, then we argue, then we realize that I'm wrong and she realizes that she's wrong. We find somewhere, sometimes it's in the middle and then sometimes it's like, you know what, Kat? You're absolutely right. And that's it. So that's our process. It's not the most... Kat Raio Rende: collaborative? No, it is JP Rende: No, Kat Raio Rende: collaborative. JP Rende: no, it's not the most cohesive, but I think that it helps us and it helps save our personal life as well, because in the very beginning, we would argue in the studio, before we were married, before we were even dating, Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: and then it'd be like, well, I don't wanna see you for a while, I'm mad Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. JP Rende: at you, whatever. So we found that within our professional life to kind of keep it there. And then, you know, once we go upstairs and we're with our kids, it's like, you know, we'll still talk about it and we'll still sing, but the kind of negotiations are over at that Kat Raio Rende: Yeah, JP Rende: point. Kat Raio Rende: and it allows us to like show instead of tell. Like instead of being like, I want it to sound like X, Y, Z, and then they have their own idea of what it could be because it could be anything. Like we're trust. People trust us now, thank God. It allows us to show each other instead of having to tell them about it, which we'll never say. If you're like, I wanna marry these two styles that are crazy, the other person will be like, that's terrible. But if we have the right idea, it will end up working out. And also, on a side note, we're very serious, at least I am very serious about like, when work ends, we try not to talk about work. because if you're spending nearly all your time with someone, because don't forget, we go out with our friends and we go on dates and a lot of our time is spent together. We were like, okay, nine o'clock, I'm gonna go. and I'm gonna be on my room, you're gonna be on your room, and we can, you know, you have to knock before entering the whole thing. It has to be very separate so that the two of us can feel like we're not, like we're coming home from work or going Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Kat Raio Rende: to work because it's, you know, just a staircase down instead of having to even leave the house, which is a wild Brian Funk: Right. Kat Raio Rende: thing. Brian Funk: Yeah. And it's hard enough on your own even to divide that kind of labor, especially when you're not clocking in Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: every JP Rende: Mmm. Brian Funk: day, or you have the kind of job where it follows you, where you can take the work home or, you know, you can think about your music all day long, all night long Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: to have those lines are really important. JP Rende: Well, what I find that's pretty awesome about our job is that we have deadlines. And deadlines, I think, are really, really important. Before we did this, you know, Cat was doing the artist thing, and I was doing the songwriter producer thing, and just writing songs and hoping people would buy them or pick them up and sing them or whatever, but there was no deadline. Like, I could take months on a song if I wanted to. And I feel as though that having deadlines helps us get fully involved in the project and then finishing it and on to the next one. And I find that helps creativity, creatively, for me at least, kind of be all in it and then boom, it's like a conveyor belt. It's off and the next one comes. So good, bad, or ugly, that project is at least until we either get feedback or whatever, is off the plate and we can kind of start fresh. So it's kind of like, I guess, is it Tiger Woods? I don't know, somebody's saying like, you can't, don't worry about the last shot you did, worry about the one you're doing now. Kat Raio Rende: Mm. JP Rende: And that's how I take the music. Kat Raio Rende: Especially pitching, because there's so much pitching involved. Even, JP Rende: Oh yeah. Kat Raio Rende: you know, we know all our peers who are at the top of their game still have to pitch. JP Rende: Yeah, I hate pitching. Kat Raio Rende: It's a wild thing. JP Rende: It's the worst. Kat Raio Rende: Like after you write it, it's none of your business. And you have to just like, that one's done. JP Rende: Mm-hmm. Kat Raio Rende: No matter what it does. Brian Funk: Can you take us through the process of a project, a song? You know, you mentioned a pitch, a brief, then the deadline, of course. JP Rende: Sure. Brian Funk: What does that look like and what is the general timeframe? Or maybe it depends on the project. JP Rende: It really depends on the project, really. Like we also work on jingles, and sometimes that's 24 hours. So something will come in, and like the Charmin, for instance, hey, and you know, we're gonna do these toilet songs. And a Brian Funk: Thanks JP Rende: lot Brian Funk: for watching! JP Rende: of times when it comes to jingles, the lyrics are already written, so we just kind of gotta make something out of it. But let me give you a, like in the... television world is a brief will come in. Well, do you want a pitch? They're very similar. Do you want a pitch or let's say we have the job and we're just working on the brief? Brian Funk: Can you do both? Cause JP Rende: Sure. Brian Funk: that JP Rende: They're Brian Funk: sounds JP Rende: very, Brian Funk: pretty JP Rende: very similar, Brian Funk: interesting. JP Rende: whereas, Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: well, I'll do a pitch first. So we'll get an email from a network that, let's say Disney, we were just, got one last week. And it'll say, okay, here's the premise of the show, we're looking for a theme song, it's gotta be within 30 seconds to a minute long, it has to incorporate the kind of premise, sometimes they'll say we want the name of the show within the song, sometimes they will say we don't want the name of the show in the song, then they will give us references. And this is where, Kat Raio Rende: Hmm JP Rende: you know, I really dislike pitching is because the references are so bizarre sometimes and they don't make any sense. And I understand where they're coming from because I think that, you know, in a perfect world, it would be like, oh my God, we're gonna have like, you know, a Dua Lipa beat with a ska, you know, horn section, and then what we're gonna do is like, you know that like, really cool filtered guitar that Third Eye Blind used on their second record? We wanna have that in there with like, lyrics like Lizzo. Now, it sounds awesome, but it's nearly impossible to do. Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: And sometimes people... people hit it, you know, but. Kat Raio Rende: I am gonna interrupt and just say that like, and sometimes the references, as they are for anyone are subjective. So like what Brian Funk: Hmm. Kat Raio Rende: I, as the show runner, might like about a specific song, might be different than what you might like. And so they'll be like, we really like this song. And sometimes they'll describe why they like it in an effort to really pinpoint it down. But sometimes you have to like, you know, especially if it's a very popular song, sometimes you have to be like, oh, that just means they want high energy. Brian Funk: Hmm. Kat Raio Rende: or like, you know, shake it off has been JP Rende: Oh, Cat, Kat Raio Rende: the JP Rende: I Kat Raio Rende: thing, JP Rende: was just about Kat Raio Rende: right? JP Rende: to play a game Kat Raio Rende: Or like, JP Rende: with you. I was like, Kat Raio Rende: Iconopop, JP Rende: all right, the Kat Raio Rende: shake JP Rende: first Kat Raio Rende: it off, JP Rende: song Kat Raio Rende: happy. JP Rende: that everybody always asks, I was gonna go one, two, three, and we were both gonna say Kat Raio Rende: Shake JP Rende: Shake Kat Raio Rende: it off. JP Rende: It Off. They love Shake It Off. They love that boom. Boom. Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: Love Kat Raio Rende: Or JP Rende: it. Kat Raio Rende: like, and other times, the references are so, not obscure per se, but like so indie or so dark, which generally like doesn't work for kids stuff. And then the end product is never as indie or dark. It's just that like sometimes, and this is no disrespect to the showrunner, they don't want it to be dark or indie. They want it to have the show to have substance. I mean the song to have substance of some sort and so maybe you know that's how you're interpreting the fact that they have this like, you know, very slow song with very things that are very like off Inappropriate for a kid's song sometimes like and we only know this because we do it so much that that's not necessarily what they want They want a little bit of like a deeper vibe. That's JP Rende: Yeah, Kat Raio Rende: that's usually about it JP Rende: I think interpreting briefs is an art form in itself. Brian Funk: Hmm. JP Rende: Because again, it's not, you know, the showrunners and the network, they're not trying to make our life difficult. They're trying to get the best piece of music that, you know, conveys their idea of the show. And it's our job to kind of say, yeah, I get what you're saying, but I don't think that's exactly what you mean. Like Kat's saying. And sometimes it is, and a lot of times, you gotta just take a shot, and you gotta say, well, I don't know if they're really feeling it. I don't know if what they're asking for works. And again, sometimes we're right, and we'll win, and be like, okay, we had an instinct on what I think works for the show, and sometimes we're clearly wrong, and that's okay. I mean, that's all part of it, and I think that's where. the creativity lies within this kind of work is that we do have the freedom to choose or not to choose, Kat Raio Rende: Mm. Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. JP Rende: where otherwise we're just, you know. Kat Raio Rende: gonna be killed by AI. JP Rende: We're just cranking product down a conveyor belt, like just building cars, we're not. So we're able to kind of put our spin in what we do within those briefs. And again, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and that's just part of it. Brian Funk: So yeah, a lot of decoding. That happens in bands too. That happens Kat Raio Rende: Definitely. Brian Funk: especially when you're talking with people that aren't musicians. They'll say very abstract things. JP Rende: Well, Kat Raio Rende: Oh. JP Rende: that's one of the most difficult things is when we're getting feedback from non-musical people and they will always say, listen, I don't know music at all. And so anytime they'd be like, I'm like, okay, here it comes. And then it's just like, yeah, you're right. You don't know music at all. And Kat Raio Rende: Oh JP Rende: that, you know, but, you know, it's always really great when you're working with. a network that has a point music person because they're able to filter all the awesome ideas that's coming from the non-musical people and say, okay, I get it. I get what you want and I'm going to speak to the composers the way that I can convey that. So that's awesome. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah, it's very different working from a new show in a big network than a, you know, even a big show that's going to network or that is being developed. We really like working with new shows too. Brian Funk: Right, because you can craft that identity a Kat Raio Rende: Oh Brian Funk: bit, Kat Raio Rende: yeah. Brian Funk: I guess. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah, there's JP Rende: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: Rather Kat Raio Rende: a little Brian Funk: than Kat Raio Rende: bit Brian Funk: trying Kat Raio Rende: more Brian Funk: to Kat Raio Rende: interpreting, Brian Funk: fit into it. Kat Raio Rende: but Brian Funk: Yeah. Kat Raio Rende: it's worth it. Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: Definitely. Brian Funk: So that's a pitch. And JP Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: that would mean basically you don't have the job yet. JP Rende: Oh no, Brian Funk: So they're kind of fishing around. JP Rende: that's the worst part about it. Again, I don't wanna be negative, but it's really, it's hard because you're putting all your effort into it. And again, actors have the same thing when they go on Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: the audition. Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: This is part of the job and nobody likes it, but you can get... a real kind of sense of pride when you're able to crack that code and be like, look, Kat Raio Rende: Hehehe JP Rende: we gave you this and you love it and it works and it works on, you know, for the whole tone of the music of the series. So we really love that. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah, and a lot of times, sorry, a lot of times, if you've already had something that you really like that you could maybe reuse from something else, then you also have an opportunity to kind of like, I don't know how it is for you, but generally, we do this for a living and we really enjoy what we do as a job, but sometimes we have these other musical ideas that are. that we wouldn't maybe play with on our own, you know, if we have something or like if we just have the time to do a pitch, sometimes we'll do something really crazy and really out there just because like it's just another way to like flesh out what some idea that you that you have and a lot of times that works that does work because sometimes if you're getting five songs or more you're just going to pick something that jumps out to you. JP Rende: Yeah. Kat Raio Rende: And so a lot of times that's what works. JP Rende: Yeah, and now the... Kat Raio Rende: Assignzons? JP Rende: Assigned songs, thank you very much. Very, very similar except the pressure is kind of off because you know you have the job, but you know that there's always gonna be notes, there's always gonna be feedback. And sometimes it's great, actually I found that a lot of times the notes that come back are like, spot on, we're like, yes, I get that. Yes, our chorus takes too long to come in or this lyric just isn't really fitting, beautiful. But I do like the fact that we know we're gonna get a second shot. And a lot of times in pitching you don't get a second shot. It's like, yes, no. You've Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. JP Rende: done all the work, put all your heart and soul into this song, and then it's just like, sometimes it works for them, sometimes it doesn't. It really has nothing to do with your ability. It has nothing to do with that your music isn't good. It just wasn't working for, or what they, it just wasn't what... they had in mind and that's fine. But when you're assigned a song, if you do deliver something that isn't exactly what they have in mind, you get other chances to kind of revise it and kind of, I guess it becomes another collaborative process then with the network. And I think that's always, I love collaborating. So I find that it's kind of fun to collaborate with people that don't necessarily do exactly what you do. Kat Raio Rende: Mm. JP Rende: especially with script writers, collaborating with them is so much fun. Like Kat said, showrunners, which most of the time are also script writers. So yeah, it's a lot of fun. Brian Funk: How much time do you generally have to Kat Raio Rende: Hehehe Brian Funk: work on a song? JP Rende: Um, okay. So pitches and assigned songs are roughly about a week. You get about a week Kat Raio Rende: depending JP Rende: to Kat Raio Rende: on JP Rende: do Kat Raio Rende: what JP Rende: it. Kat Raio Rende: kind JP Rende: Depend, Kat Raio Rende: of a song JP Rende: depending Kat Raio Rende: it is JP Rende: on sometimes, Kat Raio Rende: and how JP Rende: you Kat Raio Rende: big JP Rende: know, Kat Raio Rende: it JP Rende: we've, Kat Raio Rende: is. JP Rende: we've been known to be the, the team that gets called on the ninth hour where Kat Raio Rende: Thanks for watching. JP Rende: they've gone through so many different like rounds and they're like, okay, JP and Kat, sadly, you have two days. Can you Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: do it? And we're always like, yes, yes. And, and that kind of like. puts a little pep in our step, because we're like, all right, let's get down to business. But generally, for television, it's usually about a week, sometimes two. That's with songs. Now with underscore, because we also do a lot of that, how that goes is we will get a animatic. which is basically like a storyboard and it'll be a couple scenes. Sometimes it's a whole episode and that's nuts, but most likely it's a few scenes, so there'll be like a real action scene, a kind of sentimental scene, maybe a comedic scene, and they're not gonna spot you. You're just gonna go for what you think is best for that. Now that's a... also a very, very tough ask because usually when we're spotting, when we're working on a show, the director is spotting us. So what that means is music spotting for those who don't know, we will watch the show or movie together and they'll say, okay, at time code. whatever, I need something, I need a hit here. So he's gonna open a door and slam it, so within the music I need to hear that. And then what I want you to do right after that, there's gonna be something lurking around the corner in a few seconds, so I want you to start giving me something that's a little bit foreboding, you know. And that's Kat Raio Rende: Thanks for watching. JP Rende: beautiful because they're telling you what they want. But then where the art comes in is like foreboding can mean a lot of different things. And depending on the project that you're working on, especially if you're doing animation, it can't sound like, you know, the inception soundtrack. Kat Raio Rende: Hehehehe JP Rende: It can't be the most like wildly dark thing. I don't care if there's a monster coming out. The Brian Funk: Alright. JP Rende: monster is gonna look like a silly little nothing. You can't have like real, or sometimes you can, but in my experience, they'll say things like foreboding or peril, but you gotta kind of read the room, as they say, like it's for children, Brian Funk: Right? JP Rende: a lot of times. Kat Raio Rende: That's interesting about the underscoring is like you're giving, you're kind of giving children the, when it comes to doing for children, you're giving them the emotion that's not being said, especially if it's one that's a little bit like higher level than they know. Like a lot of times we'll write, we'll write, there have been episodes of like Tab Time on YouTube where she gets into serious, Tab Time has Tab at the Brown. and she gets into serious concepts like death and separation JP Rende: Yeah. Kat Raio Rende: and when, and Sesame Street too, and when you write underscore or music for them, you're empathizing with the feelings that they can't put into words yet just developmentally. And it's nice because if you can't say it because it's just something that they just don't get it. you're still giving them something musically that they can feel. And that really helps, I think. JP Rende: Definitely. Brian Funk: Right, guiding them through the feelings. JP Rende: Yeah, and it's really nice to, as our company grows earworm, to be able to wear the different hats. I mean, we love writing songs. Like we started as song people and I think we'll always be song people first. But as the years progressed and we started doing more underscoring and sound design and it's just, that's a fun, fun job Brian Funk: Hmm. JP Rende: because Kat Raio Rende: Mm. JP Rende: you, like, You are building the tone of the whole show. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: And like one of our really good friends and collaborators, P.T. Walkley, who is the main music guy for Gabby's Dollhouse and also Blue's Clues and You, his sound is just so amazing. And you can always tell when it's a P.T. cue or song and he created that sound for that show. And whenever we're lucky enough to be involved, what we're doing is bringing our sensibilities, but knowing that it's PT's world. So we have to be in that world. So that's a big responsibility on both parties, whether you're additional composer, which is what we are for Gabby's, or main composer, because it's, again, it's your world that you're creating. And... That's the most fun part when you're working on a show from the ground up, is that you're really helping shape the sound of the show. Kat Raio Rende: Mm. Brian Funk: Right, right. Yeah, very delicate thing. There's a video on YouTube I show my sampling class. Mrs. Doubtfire recast as a horror film, JP Rende: Oh Brian Funk: recut JP Rende: my Brian Funk: as JP Rende: god, Brian Funk: a horror film JP Rende: I Brian Funk: as JP Rende: love Brian Funk: a trailer. JP Rende: it. Kat Raio Rende: Oh yeah! JP Rende: I love it. Brian Funk: It's JP Rende: I Brian Funk: hysterical JP Rende: love that. Brian Funk: because Mrs. Doubtfire, fun loving family film, you change the music a little bit and it gets stalker, creepy vibes, you know, and it real JP Rende: 100%. Brian Funk: fast becomes... Kat Raio Rende: That's JP Rende: 100%, Kat Raio Rende: like a perfect JP Rende: and I love that. Kat Raio Rende: example. JP Rende: I love that because, you know, now that we're in a new time, I don't know if Mrs. Doubtfire would play well in this. It is a bit creepy, you Kat Raio Rende: Totally JP Rende: know, Kat Raio Rende: creepy. JP Rende: like a dad dressing up like an old woman just to see his kids because his wife doesn't want him. Like, it could be a horror movie. Brian Funk: Yeah, it's delicate. JP Rende: Actually, I think it would be a fucking amazing horror movie. Kat Raio Rende: Hehehehe JP Rende: Heh heh heh. Brian Funk: Yeah, it doesn't take much to change that. So it's a great example of how important the vibe and tone is. Kat Raio Rende: Definitely. Brian Funk: And JP Rende: Definitely. Brian Funk: I can only imagine, especially working with films and TV shows for kids, that's so important. JP Rende: Mm-hmm. Yeah, I would say, you know... B. The, I guess, kids and family kind of space that we find ourselves in most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time, it kind of has a really wide spectrum of stuff, and I love it. I really do love it, because we can be as silly sometimes and as serious, just like Cat was saying with Tab Time. We did just do an episode on death. where there is a song that we didn't write, but we had to produce and then do the underscore. And it's a real heartfelt song about missing somebody and it's important. So it's like, just because it lands in the kids and family space, doesn't mean that there isn't a depth there as well. So I think it's a great space to be in. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah, I think the depth comes from honoring what you're talking about. And that goes with like, not only the concepts, but like. like if we're doing like a celebrity song, also honoring their own their own styles. Like I think people would I think when you have a celebrity on a show and you're writing something that's not really that their style of song, it's it just doesn't come off even to the kids as authentic because they're like I listen to you know Cardi B or I listen to the Jones Brothers and that's not their style. So like. like when we did a song for Cardi B on Baby Shark's big show called Seaweed Sway, like it was a big task to write for her, first of all, on the show at all, like her being who she is, and like her being like on a bash, like I'm gonna say what I want, I'm gonna do what I want, and having like the hair history of like WAP and all that, it's like that stuff, to put her in this space could be just like a big. a big flop because if you wrote something that was childish for her or in the wrong genre but we had to make sure and same thing with Billy Porter. We had to make sure that the production that we did that was not by her producers or Billy Porter's producers, the production that we did for her or him was their style of production and even embodying and trying to empathize with their own writing style or their own... Lyric style or their own melodies is a big deal like you have to be authentic for kids in every single way like even there was a we did like a we did like a Hanukkah song once and a lot of the song like we my stepfather's Jewish and We've celebrated Hanukkah number of times, especially when our kids were born But like a lot of times the Hanukkah songs are like, we are celebrating Hanukkah and we're gonna put a mammonora. And like everything is so like, like you're talking at kids instead of coming from like a place of empathy. And so we wrote this really fun song. What was the name of the song? JP Rende: uh... a fish devil of lights Kat Raio Rende: Okay, JP Rende: because Kat Raio Rende: the JP Rende: of Kat Raio Rende: title, JP Rende: the Brian Funk: Hehehe Kat Raio Rende: the title notwithstanding, the song had to be like a JP Rende: I Kat Raio Rende: hey. JP Rende: don't think we wrote, I actually think that when we were assigned that song, they wanted it to be called that. I don't think we came up with that Kat Raio Rende: Oh yeah, JP Rende: title. Kat Raio Rende: we did not. JP Rende: No. I don't Kat Raio Rende: We JP Rende: think Kat Raio Rende: did not. JP Rende: we wrote that song. Kat Raio Rende: But, um, but, um, the song was from like a, hey, we've all been celebrating this and you can learn from us, but we're gonna tell you what it's, you know, we're not gonna tell you as a person who doesn't know anything about it, because if you celebrate Hanukkah, like, you know all that stuff. And Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Kat Raio Rende: you learn, a lot of times I think that at least our kids like learn more not by talking at them, but talking about it in conversation, like, oh, this is what we're doing. And they pick up better when they feel like you're talking about something in a connected way versus like talking at them. JP Rende: Yeah, and actually, just to jump in, do you remember how when we first started Friends with a Penguin? This is a cool story. So we did our normal, like, hey, Billy Porter, cool. And with Sesame Street, we don't write the lyrics, we just write the music. So we got these lyrics, and again, on face value, it's like, what the hell is this? You know, but then you start to read into them and then you read the scripts and you're like, oh, okay, I get it. And I remember I was like, I got this, Cat. So I went into the studio and I started writing something and it was good, but it was not Billy Porter's, like it was not his sound at all. And I was like, yeah, but he could sing this and it would sound good doing it. Cat's like, yeah, that's true, but like Billy Porter is like larger than life. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: So then she was like, all right, now I got this. So then I was like, okay, you're the boss. She took it and started adding the strings and the real fun things, and then that kind of inspired me. And we kind of went, it was a real cool collaborative effort, but if Cat didn't stop me from, I think it sounded, I think it started to sound like an Andy Grammer song, which is fine, like, and. Definitely Billy Porter's such a wonderful singer. He could do it, but is that Billy Porter? Absolutely not. And then when the video and he was wearing that awesome gown, it was just so cool. And that was Kat telling me to like, whoa, steady boy. You got it. You. Brian Funk: I think it's awesome that you guys do that. It must be such a fun creative challenge as well. Kat Raio Rende: It's definitely better than other jobs we could have had. Huh. Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: Yeah, I always joke that like when, you know, I might have, you know, I would have to learn how to make a really cool cup of coffee at Starbucks, you know, if anything happened with this, because, you know, we just love it so much and we've just devoted so much of our time and energy into it and don't want to do anything else. Brian Funk: It's fantastic. You guys have had so much success with it. Great. Follow your dreams story, you know? And JP Rende: Definitely, Brian Funk: it's JP Rende: definitely. Brian Funk: really... JP Rende: And again, we're always learning and we're always trying to get better. By no means do I think that we are finished products. I think that we are work in progress. And, you know, like right now, it's a slow time for us with the rider strike and the sag strike and networks kind of cutting back. So... what we're doing is we're utilizing this time to kind of hone in our craft and always stay relevant. And just, it's a great time to kind of check where you're at and kind of project where you wanna be. And that's kind of part of the reason that like my Emmy I gave to my parents, cause I don't wanna look at that every day and just Kat Raio Rende: Hehehe JP Rende: be like, see, look what I accomplished, you know? It was a great accomplishment and I'm very proud of that, but I'm also looking to the future on the other wonderful projects that we will be involved in. Kat Raio Rende: And we are involved with. We have a number of projects. I don't know, can we talk about the, no, thank you. I was like, JP Rende: No, no, unfortunately we can't because, Kat Raio Rende: I just get to like, how do JP Rende: yeah. Kat Raio Rende: I do this? JP Rende: I mean, yeah, I'll tell, I can tell you, Brian, just don't put this in. We're gonna do the Baby Shark live show. We're gonna, we were hired to do the music for a live stage performance, but I don't know Brian Funk: Oh JP Rende: if Brian Funk: cool. JP Rende: it's been, I don't know if it's been announced or anything, so yeah. Kat Raio Rende: I was talking about the other JP Rende: What Kat Raio Rende: project. JP Rende: Barbie? Kat Raio Rende: No, 80. JP Rende: Oh, you know what? Actually, I wanna come back on your show, dude. Kat Raio Rende: haha JP Rende: I think this is Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: awesome. We will talk about some of these other projects as well as they come out. This one is one that we're developing on our own. But no, it's not ready to be discussed yet. Brian Funk: Okay. Well, cool. We'll do a little wrap up then and then I'll trim this to fit nice. You guys have such a cool partnership both musically and as far as life goes. Earwormny.com is the website. Is there anywhere else you'd like to send people to check out your work? JP Rende: I believe my Insta is, my Instagram is also EarwormNY. Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. JP Rende: Is that correct, Kat? All Kat Raio Rende: Yep, AeroWorm JP Rende: right, Kat Raio Rende: NY. JP Rende: cool. EarwormNY. Brian Funk: Nice. JP Rende: I did have a TikTok for a minute Brian Funk: Thank you. JP Rende: and I was doing not music. I thought that I was gonna be the new Dave Portnoy of Serial, because Kat Raio Rende: I'm JP Rende: I love Serial. So Kat Raio Rende: sorry. JP Rende: I called myself the Serial Slayer. I think I stopped, I did a few things. So like, I would buy these like, junk cereals and I would be like, wow, cereal, and I would taste them and I would review them. But I haven't done that in a long time. And Kat Raio Rende: No, but you're very serious about cereal. JP Rende: I'm very serious about cereal. I love cereal. But I remember Kat, you know, this is part of our personal life. She's like, you know, maybe you should, you know, lay off on doing those reviews, you know? Kat Raio Rende: Okay, JP Rende: And I'm like. Kat Raio Rende: wait, no, my thing about it was not that part. It was the fact that we were opening a full box of cereal every, like every day, and it was always like junk cereal, but also like that we were wasting like the milk in the cereal because you can't eat that much cereal. JP Rende: Oh yeah, that was the whole stick. It was like, how Kat Raio Rende: Do you know JP Rende: fun Kat Raio Rende: how big his bowl was? JP Rende: would, it wouldn't be fun to just pour regular, so I would, I took a salad bowl, poured the entire box in, Kat Raio Rende: I'm gonna JP Rende: took Kat Raio Rende: go. JP Rende: all the milk, because Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: it was the visual, like, you know, but Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: yeah, turns out that having a successful YouTube channel or TikTok account or any sort of food review, it's very difficult. It's not as easy as it looks, as obviously you know with your show. Brian Funk: Well, maybe it's like a song title you can bank for later. Serious about cereal. JP Rende: Serious About Cereal, Brian Funk: All JP Rende: I Brian Funk: right, JP Rende: love Brian Funk: come JP Rende: that. Brian Funk: up. JP Rende: That's actually really good. That would Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: be like a really fun, like just kids song. Cause like we write a lot of songs around the house with our kids all the time. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: And I don't even want to call it writing because it's just stream of consciousness and it's just so much fun. And sometimes, actually we were going upstate this weekend, just Kat and I, and we were talking about that. I would really love to be part of a project where we could just come up with stream of consciousness songs and not have to worry about like production value or anything, it could just be like, just silly, silly stuff that just, you know, kind of makes you giggle. Like, I don't know who wrote, there was a show on Nickelodeon many years ago called Sanjay and Craig. I've never really Brian Funk: Yeah. JP Rende: watched the show, but I remember hearing the theme song and it was just like, Sanjay and Craig. They're in the best friends hall of fame. Sanjay, hey Craig. There is no best friends hall of fame. They lied, we made it up or something. Kat Raio Rende: I'm gonna go. JP Rende: And it was just the Brian Funk: Thanks for watching. JP Rende: most absurd thing. And again, the song itself is very catchy. I'm still singing it, but I don't remember it having to like, it wasn't like super slick production. It was just funny. So like Brian Funk: Right. JP Rende: out there, anybody wants really silly songs that just have. stream of consciousness, things, we are your people. Brian Funk: I love it. Kat Raio Rende: Sounds like a TikTok channel, Jade. Just saying. JP Rende: No, can't do it, can't do it. Brian Funk: Too much cereal in a bowl. JP Rende: too much cereal in a bowl. Brian Funk: You gotta make your choices. But hey, I know we're running late here, so we'll wrap it up. It was really awesome talking to you guys. JP Rendy and KatReyo Rendy. Check out EarwormNY.com. So much fun music on there. And congratulations on the Emmy. JP Rende: Thank you. Brian Funk: And I wish you all the best of luck, and hopefully we'll get to chat again soon. JP Rende: Definitely. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. JP Rende: And next time, if you're ever playing live, we'd love to come and see you. Kat Raio Rende: Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, same. Yeah, we're not too far apart. So that'd Kat Raio Rende: Thanks. Brian Funk: be cool. Kat Raio Rende: Where are you? Brian Funk: Long Island. Kat Raio Rende: Wow, that's not Brian Funk: Yeah, Kat Raio Rende: far at all. Cool. Brian Funk: no, not at all. Cool. JP Rende: Awesome. Brian Funk: Thank you guys and thank you, JP Rende: Thanks man. Brian Funk: everyone, for listening. JP Rende: Be good. Kat Raio Rende: Thank you.
8/14/202356 minutes, 55 seconds
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#334: Curiosity and How Can I Make This Fun? with Sarah Belle Reid

Sarah Belle Reid is a performer and composer. She plays trumpet, modular synthesizers, and a wide array of electronic gadgets. Sarah holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. She teaches music technology and modular synthesis at universities and her own online programs. Sarah spoke about how she combines her classical training with electronic music production and sound design. She explains how she keeps curiosity and joy central to her work. Sarah and I discussed the importance of mindset and perspective in the creative arts.  Sarah's Learning Sound and Synthesis Course opens again in August 2023! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Sarah's Official Site - https://www.sarahbellereid.com/ Learning Sound and Synthesis Course - https://www.soundandsynthesis.com/ How to Design Your First Modular Synth Patch Free Course - https://www.soundandsynthesis.com/firstpatch2022 Sarah's Facebook featuring her Create with Courage posts - https://www.facebook.com/sarah.bellereid Now's by Sarah Belle Reid and David Rosenboom - https://reidrosenboom.bandcamp.com/album/nows Support Sarah on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/sarahbellereid Sarah's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@sarahbellereid No Input Mixer Tutorial - https://youtu.be/oUhfkaVUPY8 The Art of Is by Stephen Nachmanovitch - https://amzn.to/44rikXq Zen Mind Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki - https://amzn.to/44MSJIT Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Transcript: Brian Funk: Hello everybody. Welcome to the music production podcast. I'm your host, Brian Funk. On today's show I have Sarah Bell-Reed and Sarah is a performer, composer, trumpetist, modular, synthesis, that's hard to say. She makes a lot of really wide ranging music and one of the descriptions I really enjoyed was that it's graceful, danceful, silk falling through space and a pit full of centipedes. Which describes just how it goes from so many different extremes from more traditional classical sounds all the way to far out stretching the definition of music with noise and a lot of the electronic stuff that goes into it. She's a doctorate of music arts at California Institute of the Arts, teaches music tech and modular synthesis online. I've been watching the introduction to modular synth course, which is cool. Sarah, it's great to have you here. Thanks for taking the time. Sarah Belle Reid: Thank you for having me. I'm happy to be here. Brian Funk: You have a very impressive resume of stuff you do and it's so wide ranging. I think it's really cool that you have this, it's like the nice place music is going, especially music education, where people are starting to take the traditional stuff and bring in some more new stuff, some of the more cutting edge stuff that's happening out there. And it's such a nice thing to see that you're bringing that to your performances, your music, and also your teaching. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, well, thank you. Brian Funk: Heh. Sarah Belle Reid: I think for me, you know, I have a very traditional background in my musical training. But I always had this feeling, even though I didn't quite know how to describe it or what it meant, but I always had this feeling that there was something more that I wanted to be able to explore in my music making. And so when I found and was introduced to these more experimental aspects of making music, like improvisation and just experimental electronics and all of that, it really felt like. all of the puzzle pieces were coming together. It wasn't a replacing of everything I had developed as a traditional or classically trained trumpet player. It was just like, oh, now this story makes sense. Now my Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: voice feels more complete. You know what I mean? So it's like it all came together. Brian Funk: Yeah, I've found that for myself too, just over time, the different things in your life that feel so separate from each other. Sometimes they start coming together into this one path and you need a little time to see that happen. At least I definitely did. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Yeah, for sure. Brian Funk: And it's nice too because sometimes the music education departments are very steeped in tradition and kind of resist this stuff. They see it as something that they, you know, almost like a challenge to it, maybe. I'm not sure, but I've run into that myself occasionally with trying to bring in just I teach high school English as a day job and trying to bring in like music production, Ableton Live stuff Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: into it. Not everyone is interested. Some people in the music departments were really excited and other people were kind of like, that's not music. I kind Sarah Belle Reid: Oh. Brian Funk: of got that feeling. Do you encounter that ever, some of those different challenges and how people see it? Sarah Belle Reid: Oh, of course. Brian Funk: haha Sarah Belle Reid: Absolutely. Yes. Both in, you know, in educational spaces and just in the world, you know. with people having different musical experiences, different backgrounds, different perspectives, different things that they like. Sometimes the music that I'm really interested in and that I make is challenging to listen to. Sometimes it doesn't have a traditional obvious hook or even a repeatable rhythm that you can snap along to. Sometimes it's just very... kind of amorphous and more like... sound design. You know, a lot of the time people, some people will say, oh, your music is more almost like experimental sound design than it is quote unquote music. To me, in my opinion, it's all music. Like all sound is music. But yeah, people sometimes express all kinds of opinions. And I've definitely, I've had some challenging conversations with people who don't get it and don't want to get it. But I've also had some really exciting deep conversations that are more based in curiosity. People who don't get it and are like, okay, what is happening? You know, I don't know what I'm hearing. What am I hearing? Can Brian Funk: Right? Sarah Belle Reid: you tell me how to begin to listen to this? And I love those kinds of conversations. You don't have to get it right from the beginning. You know what I mean? In fact, I feel like that mentality of, you know, you have to get it when it comes to music actually can really perpetuate that siloed. way of thinking that you can find in some educational systems, like what I believe you were talking about, where it's like, this is classical music, this is jazz, this is pop music. Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: I feel like if we could give everyone a little more permission to not understand things and have that be okay, we would be Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: able to maybe blend a little bit more freely between all of these different modes of making music. Brian Funk: Right, yeah, that's cool you Sarah Belle Reid: It's Brian Funk: say Sarah Belle Reid: just Brian Funk: that. Sarah Belle Reid: a thought. It's just something I've been thinking about. Brian Funk: Well, I guess you probably get a lot of the, sorry you play your trumpet so nice, but these buttons and knobs. Sarah Belle Reid: Well, I even get, believe it or not, it depends on the concert and the audience, but I've even had people come up to me afterwards and say, do you, after a long performance on trumpet, be like, well, do you ever play a nice melody on that thing, on that horn, you know? Yes, in fact, I do. Thank you for asking. It's just a mix. You know, everyone has different backgrounds and perspectives that they're coming from, so. Brian Funk: Well, art, you know, especially when it's new, always challenges people and Sarah Belle Reid: Exactly. Brian Funk: it divides people. And that's part of what's nice. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: And there's people, I don't know who it's credited to, but just kind of, it's better to have people love it and people hate it than just to have people, okay, I've heard Sarah Belle Reid: Right? Brian Funk: this before. It's Sarah Belle Reid: Have Brian Funk: more Sarah Belle Reid: people Brian Funk: of that Sarah Belle Reid: forget Brian Funk: again. Sarah Belle Reid: about it. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, I once had a mentor tell me that early on and I'm so grateful that they shared that with me because it's really stuck with me. If you move someone with your music, even if you're moving them in a way that maybe feels slightly negative or they don't like it or they don't get it, you're still stirring something up within them. Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: You're expanding their life in that moment. Your music changed them in some way. It made them question how they think about music. It made them hear new things. That's actually incredible. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: And so from my perspective, it's not that I gave up, but I let go of the priority of trying to have everyone like my music many, many years ago, and now I'm focused on sharing really meaningful listening experiences with people as one of my primary goals in making music. Brian Funk: I imagine trumpet came first. Sarah Belle Reid: Yep, actually, well, piano way back and then trumpet and then electronics. Yeah. Brian Funk: How did you get introduced into that electronic world? What was it that, was it like somebody, a friend or? Sarah Belle Reid: I was in grad school in California, so it was pretty, you know, relatively late. I had been playing trumpeted music for many years at that point, but I had never even seen a synthesizer. I had no idea about this world at all. And for some reason, I decided to join a class called interface design, which is a class where you actually design and build your own. musical interfaces or interfaces for musical expression. So it could be something that has buttons and knobs on it, like an Ableton push, something that maybe is a MIDI controller, or it could be, you know. anything you could imagine that you might want to use to control sound. So people were building wearable sensor-based things that they would then give to dancers and the dancers would move around and that would give them data to turn into a synthesized sound or to control lighting. And I really wanted to build a gestural interface to go on my trumpet. That was kind of where it started. So I had never used Ableton. I had never used a synthesizer. I had never even used like an effects pedal, but I Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: was like, okay, I wanna do this because this sounds really cool. How can I turn my trumpet into some kind of controller for electronics and visual? At the time I was really interested in like coded visuals and stuff like that. I don't do a ton of that anymore. But so I started there. And then once that thing was built, I realized. you can't make electronic music without understanding how electronic instruments work. So then I started to work with modular synths and more in Ableton and different programs on my computer to kind of pull it all together. Brian Funk: Right, right, so that Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: pulled you right into that world. Sarah Belle Reid: exactly. It's kind of a strange introduction into the world of electronic music, but I'm grateful for it. So. Brian Funk: It's something that I really was interested in when I first started getting into computer-based music. I started on guitar, playing in rock bands, not trained or anything like you, but more grimy punk rock angle. Once I started finding out about MIDI controllers and that you can put them together and map them how you want, it really made me think about just instrument design in general. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Just how amazing it is that certain things like a trumpet or like a guitar or piano have stuck around for so long Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: and still seem almost like these unsolved puzzles that have so much left to give. And now... there's all these new kind of ways of looking at music. And it's a really fun time. There's always something new coming Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: out. That's a totally exciting new way to create music that Sarah Belle Reid: Yep. Brian Funk: sometimes relies on skills you have already. And sometimes it enables people that have no musical training at all to Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: create really interesting music. You have, um, can you describe what you did to your trumpet a little bit? Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, I Brian Funk: I've Sarah Belle Reid: can... Brian Funk: seen some pictures and like, it's, it's kind of, it's like space age almost. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, so basically what it is, it's a little collection. So basically it's run with a microcontroller, an Arduino, which is a little tiny microcontroller that you can get for, I think, 20 or 30 bucks. And it allows you to attach different sensors to it and read the data from the sensors. And so I built this little enclosure that goes onto the trumpet and it detects the motion of the valves, so the pistons that you use to change to play different notes, and also the amount of pressure that you have, that your left hand has on the trumpet as you're holding it, and also the tilt. There's an accelerometer in it as well, so as you move the horn up and down or side to side, it will detect that as well. And then that Arduino, like I said, it just reads the data and allows you to transmit that data onto a computer. And from there, you have to get creative and figure out what you want to do with it. If you want to use it as MIDI to control a MIDI synth, or if you want to convert it to some other data format, which you can do and send it to another program and so on and so forth. But the real music making starts at the computer end of things. Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: And the device, which I call MIGSI, which is Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface, remember folks, I did this in grad school. It was very much my thesis, so it's super nerdy. I apologize. Brian Funk: That's cool though. Sarah Belle Reid: But yeah, that part is really just about sensor data capture, like gestural Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: data capture, yeah. Brian Funk: Right. And you have to then, like you're building the instrument, you're building this thing, and then you have to decide what all of that stuff does, which Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: can change for, I'm sure every performance. Sarah Belle Reid: Exactly. And that's the most challenging and also the most rewarding part. I co-designed Migsie with someone named Ryan Gaston, who I was in school with at the time. And we, I remember we got to the point where all of the sensors were working. The data was flowing to the computer and we were just looked at each other and we're like, what the heck do we do now? Like, what do you do with seven streams of numbers? How do you turn that into music? It's a big challenge. But, um, you know, you just go to go piece by piece and you, you can, basically you can think, well, maybe this when this number goes up that means there's more reverb applied onto this sound or maybe when this number goes down maybe we divide this string of numbers into like three sections and we use each section to trigger a different sound and you start you start small like that and then the ideas start to kind of click as you go Brian Funk: Right, that's Sarah Belle Reid: yeah Brian Funk: pretty much the same advice I give people with Ableton Live and programming your MIDI controllers. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: I do a class for Berklee Online, it's a sampling with Ableton Live, and there's a live performance portion, and I explain to the class, like, look, I'm not expecting something ready for prime time at Madison Square Garden or something like that. It's just build it small. Start with one little thing you wanna do. Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: and try that out because it's different than picking up any other instrument because you have to build the instrument and then you have to decide what it does and then you have to make music and perform Sarah Belle Reid: Exactly. Brian Funk: it. Sarah Belle Reid: And often what I've learned over and over and over again is that simpler is better when it comes to mapping things like mini controllers or anything. In my experience anyway, you often think, well, I have 10 fingers and I've got 34 buttons, like, let's use them all. But, and, you know, some people are really great at that kind of thing. For me, I've really realized that Less is more. Sometimes just three or five really meaningful controls can be more than enough to make an expressive piece of music. Because it's not all about triggering a sound, and then that's it. It's triggering a sound. Maybe it's loud this time and softer this time or different pitches and all of the different things you can do to the sound once you trigger it. I hope that makes sense. I feel Brian Funk: Definitely. Sarah Belle Reid: like I kind of went on a little. But less is more is the moral of the story. Brian Funk: It's the same thing I've done with my live performance set in Ableton. Um, it's the same set I created almost 15 years ago Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: and it just gets save as save as, and you just change something. And it kind of started like slowly. It went up and I added things and then Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: it kind of got a little over complicated Sarah Belle Reid: Yup. Brian Funk: where I have these buttons might Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: as well make them do something. And my performances, when I listened back to them, sounded like somebody that was afraid the audience might think I'm only checking my email on my computer. So Sarah Belle Reid: I'm Brian Funk: I'm Sarah Belle Reid: sorry. Brian Funk: like overcompensating, doing way more. It didn't serve the song or the music, but it looked cool. You Sarah Belle Reid: Right, Brian Funk: know, Sarah Belle Reid: you were busy. You had your hands Brian Funk: I was Sarah Belle Reid: full. Brian Funk: busy. And by now it's tapered off a lot. It's Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: nowhere near as complicated as it was at one point. Because, yeah, it's just... I agree with you a lot, the simple stuff is where it's at, used effectively. That's fun. You've done some really cool stuff recently. I wanted to talk to you about, it was one of the big things that got me to reach out to you with the creative, um, the create with courage Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: for 30 days or 30, maybe it's 31 days Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: you did just a post on Facebook is where I was seeing them. And just offering some wisdom information, some experiences from your past. Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: What, what inspired you to start doing that? Sarah Belle Reid: Well, I was thinking a lot about... why I make music. It's a big question that I actually ask myself fairly often. I think it's just helpful to check in. And for the record, I don't think that there's any right or wrong answer for a person to have. I just think it's a nice exercise of self-reflection to be like, why am I doing this? What's meaningful about this to me? Because it will change as we grow as artists and go through life, I think. I was thinking a lot about this. A couple of the really big driving forces behind why I am an artist and why I dedicate my life to making music has to do with creating and sharing connections with people through sound, as I mentioned a little earlier on, and also joy. It's a really simple thing, but just being joyful and doing what I love and sharing that with other people. And in the last couple of years, as I've been doing more online teaching, I've also come to really, really value the pursuit of courage and creative courage. And in particular, one of the reasons why I teach is because I want to be able to help people make more music that they absolutely love with joy and courage. I want to help people make the kind of music that they will listen back to and be like, Yeah, like, heck yeah. Like, I did that Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: thing and that feels like a true expression of myself. And I am so excited to share that with the world. You know, like, I went for it. I didn't compromise along the way because I was nervous about what someone would think, which is something that I used to do a lot. And I'm sure many people can relate to. You know, I didn't, like, dim it down for fear that it wouldn't be accepted. I just did my thing. Loud Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: and... And so those were the values. It was this idea of connection, joy, and then courage. And I was just sort of chewing on it and thinking it over. And yeah, the idea of... walking the walk a little bit and just seeing, okay, well, what would it look like if every day I shared something that required me to be courageous Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: and myself and to be vulnerable and just open about what I've learned in life and what I've gone through that's helped me get to where I am today. Maybe that could help people bring a little bit more of that into their lives. And as an added bonus, I can connect with people along the way. you know, through the discussions in the comments and everything on the posts. Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: So that's sort of how it came up. And, uh, it was an amazing experience. It was 30 days. And every single day I shared some kind of lesson, um, you know, or experience that I've had in life that has had, that is somehow related to being a musician or being a creative person. And, you know, going through sometimes very challenging times, sometimes really awesome times, and just everything that you learn from it, and how you grow with it. Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, there was definitely a lot of vulnerability shared, Sarah Belle Reid: Yes. Brian Funk: which I thought was really nice. Especially coming from someone with your background, you have a doctorate in music, right? So like, it's very, it's the kind of thing that I think a lot of people would feel like your past, right? Like you've, you've received the credentials, you're playing the festivals, you're doing all these things that... It's nice, it's refreshing. It's something I've Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: gotten doing this podcast as well is that I haven't had anyone tell me it's easy or that, yeah, I just make music, you know, just comes Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: out of me. Like anything, masterpiece after masterpiece, nobody says that. Even Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: people like you would have thought that really had it figured out, still have these struggles and vulnerabilities. Sarah Belle Reid: Well, and I think that's part of, that's another really big reason why I wanted to do this is because usually, it sounds like your podcast is an exception to that, which is great, but a lot of the time online, you see the perfect finished product, right? You see the album after months or years of work. You see the perfectly curated social media feed. You see everything going super well. And it can be baffling. Like it can be like, how are they doing this? What is wrong with me? Brian Funk: Right? Sarah Belle Reid: get that perfect schedule in my studio or make a track a week or whatever you're seeing someone else do. And I think that such a big part of the growth that I've been able to have over the years as a musician has come from being able to see into other people's real lives and see them working through... mindset struggles or insecurities or life being full of surprises or like, hey, I suck at this and like, I've got to go and practice really hard. And like getting to see that happen, like see people just go from really not having that skill to like a month later, really having that skill because they put three hours a day in the practice room and made it happen, you know. So I guess what I realized is that a lot of the time online, that's missing. You don't see that process-based aspect. Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, you kind of get the flashy Sarah Belle Reid: You Brian Funk: finished Sarah Belle Reid: just get Brian Funk: product. Sarah Belle Reid: the, Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, and then it really, and then it's easy for someone to be like, wow, I'm never gonna be there. Like, Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: I guess I'm not cut out for this. That's the sentence I hate hearing the most is, and it's something I once used to say to myself, I guess they have something I don't have, like some secret ability. Brian Funk: Right, Sarah Belle Reid: So I Brian Funk: like Sarah Belle Reid: kind of Brian Funk: some Sarah Belle Reid: felt Brian Funk: gifts. Sarah Belle Reid: like some gift, you know, and of course people have, we all have our own unique little gifts. All of us do. And, and anything is learnable and figure out a bowl and it just takes some grit and perseverance and, and courage, and you got to take action and do the thing, you know? Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: So I really wanted to share that with others and, be honest about how I got to where I am and also what I'm in every day still. Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: Very much. Brian Funk: That's an important gift really, because you mentioned the joy of it, but this is the very thing that brings so much people so much frustration and Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: self-doubt. And I mean, it's funny when you mentioned also like, why do I make music? Like sometimes I get these feelings too. I'm like, what am I making these silly songs for? I'm like a grown-up now. You know, like, let's do something important with my time. Right. And... Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: I think about that and when it's not coming together, when it's not working out, then that's when I'm really vulnerable for that kind Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: of feeling. And there's no joy in that. Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: And at least, and you said there's no right or wrong reason, which I think is so true too because I have a lot of friends that just have an acoustic guitar that they strum after work in the backyard. Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: It's not to record anything. It's not to write a song. It's... maybe learning a riff or just because they like to hear the sound under Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: their fingers. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah. Brian Funk: And sometimes we lose that in this quest to whatever Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: it is, whether it's to make songs, finish things or get releases out. It is a real fast way to lose the joy of it. And Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: I think with something like music where, especially if you're trying to make a career There's, there's so many safer bets for like careers that at least if you're going to do music, you should be having fun. You should be enjoying Sarah Belle Reid: It's Brian Funk: it. Sarah Belle Reid: so Brian Funk: Cause that's, Sarah Belle Reid: important. Brian Funk: that's Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: the reason you would ever be crazy enough to do this. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, it's so important and yeah, it's something over the years that I have lost and found and lost and found again and what I've realized for myself is that... Joy is something I can come back to on purpose. I just have to be aware of it. I have to remember. I have to remember to be like, "'Okay, Sarah, how can this be fun?' It sounds like such a silly question, but when you're in the studio and things aren't working and you're like, ah, this sucks, ah, I suck. And then all of the stuff comes in, all of the thoughts and the, oh, Brian Funk: Damn opens, Sarah Belle Reid: no one's Brian Funk: yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: gonna Brian Funk: Heh. Sarah Belle Reid: listen anyway, and blah, which I call mind trash. That's what all of that is. It's like in that moment, it's not easy, but the most valuable thing you can do is just be like, okay, breaks. And then how can I make this fun right now? Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: And maybe the answer is pick up some random instrument that you haven't played in a while. Or maybe the answer is take your battery-powered synth out and sit in the backyard or whatever it is that just feels... fun and just come back to that joy and that reason why you're doing it. For me, a lot of the time it's like, I'm not going to do this right now. I'm just going to improvise. I'm just going to play because for me Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: that is fun. And when I start doing that, basically a hundred percent of the time. maybe 90% of the time, it just gets me out of my head. I'm gonna be real. And I reconnect to the sound and my breath and my body and my music and something clicks, you know? Brian Funk: Hmm. That's a great question to ask. What would this look like if it were fun? How could I make this into something fun? Sarah Belle Reid: How can this be more fun? Yeah. I also love the question, how could this be easy? That's a little bit of a side note, slightly different Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: question, but that's a bonus power move right there because we are so Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: good at over-complicating things. So I Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: love asking myself that one too. It's like, I've got a big project, I've got to get it done today or this week. How can this be easy? Brian Funk: Yeah, I had a really funny and silly one of those moments just like a week or two ago with this podcast where with the art, I finally have somebody helping me do some editing with the podcast. Animus, shout out to him, his help has been so great and tremendous. But sometimes I stick in episodes that are just me talking Sarah Belle Reid: Uh huh. Brian Funk: and I was getting really stressed out. I was like, oh, the art. is going to get all messed up because it's going to say like this number of episode and then mine's going to come. I'm like, oh, what am I? And I was like, why do I need the number on there? Sarah Belle Reid: How Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: can Brian Funk: I was Sarah Belle Reid: this Brian Funk: like, Sarah Belle Reid: be easy? Brian Funk: oh my God, this is a problem I don't need to have. But it just, it was the kind of feeling that made me like look at everything in my life and be like, what else am I doing this to? Sarah Belle Reid: Yes. Brian Funk: Where else am I trying to put Sarah Belle Reid: Oh, Brian Funk: numbers where they don't need to Sarah Belle Reid: right. Brian Funk: be? Sarah Belle Reid: That is some deep wisdom. That's good. Brian Funk: I'm sorry. Sarah Belle Reid: That's a funny example, but it's so true. If you're anything like me, if you hadn't noticed that, you could have agonized over that for like Brian Funk: I did. Oh, Sarah Belle Reid: some Brian Funk: I did. Sarah Belle Reid: time. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: There was like months, like two months. I was like stressing me out. Sarah Belle Reid: Oh, well I'm really glad you came to that Brian Funk: Yeah, Sarah Belle Reid: realization. Brian Funk: simple thing. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: But it's such a good question. It reminds me, I don't know where I heard this because I would love to attribute this to somebody, but it was like, we say like, this brings me joy, this brings me joy. And then the person just turned around is like, no, you're taking joy in it. Take joy in it. So it makes that feeling of like having fun and like enjoying Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: something for what it is. more of an action than something that happens to you. Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: And that again has been really helpful for me in Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: certain situations where I'm thinking like, music isn't bringing me any joy. I was like, well, I have to take joy in it. Like, Sarah Belle Reid: Uh-huh. Brian Funk: what is it about it that makes it fun? I guess it's another way to look at it. So. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, it's valuable. The I don't sorry, I don't know if you want to change topics, but one other thing that popped into my mind is just that it gets to be fun. Like you have Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: permission, permission granted, even the most quote unquote, serious, professional, legitimate insert, whatever qualifying word you want musician. is allowed to have fun, Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: right? And like somehow I feel anyway, maybe I'm just speaking from my own, or I'm certainly speaking from my own experience, but. it almost felt, when I was in school at times, it almost felt like fun was a waste of time. Like fun was not focus, fun was Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: not the discipline that was needed. Fun was goofing around, you know, it wasn't valued Brian Funk: Kid Sarah Belle Reid: in Brian Funk: stuff. Sarah Belle Reid: the same way. Yeah, yeah, like you said a minute ago, Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: like why am I, I'm an adult, why am I making Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: these funny songs or whatever? And I just think that, For me, realizing and embracing that when I have more fun, I make better music. It does Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: not mean all my music sounds cartoonish and goofy and like, ha ha, some of it does, but that's not the end result. It just means that I am more embodied in the process. I'm more present, I'm more joyful, and as a result, everything works better, right? Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Because I'm moving in flow with myself. I'm not fighting against myself. Brian Funk: Yeah, the play aspect, play music, you know, Sarah Belle Reid: play. Yeah. Brian Funk: play music. It's so important. We were saying we, having trouble remembering things on the spur of the moment, and I'm trying to think of a book now, but it was all about improvisation and it Sarah Belle Reid: Mm. Brian Funk: talked a lot about play. Oh, the art of is, the art of is, is what the book is called. I think, now I'm not sure. Sarah Belle Reid: Hahaha Brian Funk: I'll write it down, put it in the show notes, but it... It just struck me like that's where so much fun happens. And when you're, when you are a kid, suppose you're on like a playground or something, you're just making up rules. You're coming up with things on the fly. You're not trying to decide if it's acceptable or if it's, you know, smart enough or intelligent Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: enough, which is something I struggle with a lot with my music. I always feel like I'm not being clever enough. Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: It's Sarah Belle Reid: You're Brian Funk: just. Sarah Belle Reid: not alone. Brian Funk: which spirals me out of Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: the joy of doing it. But that, when I get playful though, then I'll do something weird that I wouldn't normally do. That would be maybe a little unorthodox that might sound clever later on, right? But it was just because I was kinda being silly or just Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: letting go of things. Sarah Belle Reid: letting go. Exactly. You take risks when you're in a playful Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: state. You're curious. Curious is the magic word for me personally. When I'm playful, when I'm having fun, I get curious. I ask myself, what if? What, not in a bad way, not what if no one likes it, but what would happen if I did that? Ooh, what if Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: I put those sounds together? Ooh, what if I map my controller in this way? Ooh, what if I do it all backwards? And that curiosity is, in my opinion, is where like... innovation comes from. It's the people who are like, oh, I wonder if I connect this and this way instead of that way. Oh, look, I just stumbled across this cool new technique that people will use for the next 40 years, you Brian Funk: Right? Sarah Belle Reid: know what I mean? Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: And so I love that. And for me, that is like the magic mindset space. If I can get into a playful, curious space, I know I'll be okay. Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, it's helpful with other people too, especially Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: people you get along with that you're comfortable with. Sometimes that can help you get there Sarah Belle Reid: Oh Brian Funk: a Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, Brian Funk: bit. Sarah Belle Reid: for sure. Yeah. Brian Funk: In watching some of your videos, I came across one that I thought was really, I mean, there were a lot, but the one that stuck out to me was when you were playing with mixers to create Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: feedback. So it was like, I forget what you title it, but basically you're plugging the outputs of the mixer back into the inputs and creating all these. stuff you're not supposed to do. Like you're not allowed to do that, Sarah Belle Reid: I'm Brian Funk: right? Sarah Belle Reid: sorry. Brian Funk: If you went into a studio and started doing that, they'd throw you out. What are you doing? You're going to break something. It's going to, but you were taking that noise really, feedback and just interesting, well, things people wouldn't think is interesting that would normally think was wrong, but that was something you were using then to create something interesting. Sarah Belle Reid: I'm right. Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: that's a playful thing. That's the kind of thing you might If you let a kid that didn't know what they were doing, just start connecting things they would Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: come up with. But a trained professional would never think to do that. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, that's true. Yeah, the technique that you're referring to is called no input mixing. And yeah, exactly. It's a feedback based technique where you patch the outputs of a device back into its own inputs. And by doing that. you are creating a feedback loop and it will start to self-oscillate, which means it will start to produce its own tones. And they are inherently super chaotic and unpredictable. And something that's so fascinating about working with feedback is, in my opinion, is that you, because of the chaotic nature of the feedback loop that you've created, you're trying to do. So for example on a mixer, you know some mixers have the three band EQ like high, mid, low EQ knobs for example. You could turn the mids up and you'd expect the mids to be boosted but it might actually cause the sound to go from a steady tone to like a choppy, sputtery sound. Or you could turn the volume knob up and instead of it getting louder the pitch will go down strange nonlinear interactions because of the way that you have it self-patched. And I love that. I find it delightful and super intriguing because it it's like an invitation to listen in a really deep way. Again a really curious way because you don't know what's gonna happen. And this instrument, this object that is like usually has a very specific role in your on your desk all of a duo partner and Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: it's like jamming with you. You know and you can do this kind of feedback patching with synthesizers too. It's one of my favorite techniques to use on a modular or any kind of synth. It's not just mixers that you can do it with if anyone's curious. Brian Funk: So you would just patch those outputs. That was a famous thing people did with the Minimoog. They would put the, I think it was like the headphones back into the external Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah! Brian Funk: input. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, the only thing just for anyone who's trying for the first time, um, it's just really important that you have your main outputs should, should always have a volume control attached Brian Funk: All right, Sarah Belle Reid: to them. Don't Brian Funk: maybe Sarah Belle Reid: use those Brian Funk: a limiter. Sarah Belle Reid: in the feedback loop. And, and I recommend never using headphones if it's your very first time doing feedback based patching, because the volume is very unpredictable. So Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: just make sure you've got some kind of master volume control. And I've been doing this now, feedback patching for, you know, well over a decade. and I have not broken anything, and a signal is a signal, and it's all gonna be okay inside the instrument. The main thing you have to worry about potentially damaging are your ears and your speakers. So just keep your volume low. Use a limiter, it's a great idea, and you'll be fine. Everything will be groovy, and you'll make some cool sounds. Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, yeah, I can definitely agree with that advice. I've had that situation where maybe I'm trying to record the band and somewhere along the way, I routed something the wrong way and everyone's headphones just starts squealing. Sarah Belle Reid: He, oh no. Brian Funk: People falling out of their chairs. It can Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: be horrifying and scary when it happens. Sarah Belle Reid: Oh yeah, when you're not expecting it for sure. Brian Funk: But it's that unpredictability. It's almost like a collaborator Sarah Belle Reid: That's right. Brian Funk: when you get that kind of stuff. My first exposure to feedback was with electric guitars and turning up the distortion, putting them in front of the amp. And you get these overtones. And you can almost get melodies depending on what guitar you have. You get different things screeching out of it. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: And it becomes an art in how Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: to. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, and it's beautiful. I mean, there's so much music throughout history that, you know, it's a short, relatively short history of electronic music so far, but so many people exploring feedback in such beautiful ways. And it's not always crazy. you know, blasting noise. Like you said, sometimes it's delicate, ghostly tones and Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: little chirps. Like it can be very beautiful and tender even. It's just all about how you kind of dial it in, you know, which just comes down to making small movements, turning knobs slowly Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: and listening. Brian Funk: I've sampled feedback a long time ago off my guitar and I was gonna make an instrument out of it inside a sampler in Ableton Live. And I was really surprised at how soft it came out because it's not that way when you're doing it live, especially through a guitar amp. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: I'm sure you probably have family members that are very understanding of strange noises coming out of wherever Sarah Belle Reid: Oh yeah, Brian Funk: you're Sarah Belle Reid: well... Brian Funk: working. I have the same thing and my wife is... totally cool about me making any kind of noise. But a year or two ago, I was recording an album and I decided I wanted all these guitar feedback tracks going on, so I had this little amp and just cranked it up. And I was just sampling it, because I was like, I'm going to also make a collection of these so I can have Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: them. And that was the one time she came down. She's Sarah Belle Reid: I'm sorry. Brian Funk: like, what's going on in here? Because to just be squealing and squeaking away, she probably thought like Sarah Belle Reid: That's Brian Funk: I Sarah Belle Reid: so Brian Funk: blew Sarah Belle Reid: funny. Brian Funk: up or something. Sarah Belle Reid: that. Yeah. Yeah, my family's put up with a lot. Brian Funk: I think anybody that's making music, even if you're just in a traditional thing without experiments you're looping the same thing over and over and over and over just to tweak things so people around you get used to you just incessantly. It's a really nice way to think though with that sound and useful sound for music can kind of just come from anywhere. There's really nothing that's off limits after a while when you start thinking in that way. Sarah Belle Reid: Totally. I'm working on a piece right now and we... I just spent, this was a couple of weeks ago, but I spent the day at an old, abandoned sawmill, like a cedar sawmill, sampling the big, they have these incredible big saw blades, huge, like six feet wide, and when you hit them, strike them with different things, they just sound incredible, and they ring for like, some of them 15 seconds, like a long decay ring. Just gorgeous. cedar logs that hadn't been cut into boards yet. And they're all different thicknesses and different lengths. And so if you whack them with like a stick, they're like, like different, they're like giant woodblocks, but like low, like base Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: woodblocks. And they all have different pitches. It's beautiful. And so I've been using all of those types of sounds as like percussion for this piece, as opposed to using, you know, real drums. It's all Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: just clanging metal from, you know, from the sawmill and pots and pans are my favorite. I mean, your kitchen is the ultimate sample playground. I'm sure you've told people that a million times, but like open up the cupboards, get the pots Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: and pans. Yeah. Brian Funk: And the kitchens usually have a cool reverb to them. Maybe they're like, it's not like carpeting usually in kitchens, Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: so they kind of have like this room sound. We do an assignment with the Berkeley class where you just go through your day and just find sounds. Your normal routine, but like listen, pay attention. And so many people never get past breakfast, Sarah Belle Reid: I'm sorry. Brian Funk: you know, because the kitchen is just loaded with appliances Sarah Belle Reid: Oh yeah, Brian Funk: and different Sarah Belle Reid: I love Brian Funk: pots Sarah Belle Reid: that. Brian Funk: and pans and jugs. It's really cool. And everyone's is different. You would think after a while that everyone's song would sound the same, or everyone's just sampling their kitchen. But every, that's like what I think is some of the beauty of it too, is that just everyone's atmosphere is unique, especially when you start adding up all the individual pieces. Maybe Sarah Belle Reid: course. Brian Funk: we have a pot and pan that sounds similar, but once we start opening cabinets and drawers and then we got a whole new palette. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. And also how you, you know, what you do to those samples, right? Like, do Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: you use the slam of the cabinet door as like a little percussive hit or do you time stretch it or do you, you know, speed it up so it's this like really high little piccolo sound, you know? That's where it gets really... really individualistic. Some people, some person might hear a melody in the way that the doors close and make a whole piece about that and someone else might not hear that and instead they might hear like a really awesome rhythm and they might run with that. So I think yeah music is everywhere. Anything is an instrument. It all comes back to curiosity to me. It's just a big loop. It's Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: a big feedback loop. Yeah. Brian Funk: Positive feedback loop. Do you use any particular gear to do this? Do you have like some giant rig with furry microphone windscreens? Sarah Belle Reid: Honestly, it depends if I'm in my, so when I can, I bring things into my studio just so that I can record in a more acoustically dampened space, but often if I'm out and about, I'm just using a simple Zoom field recorder, nothing fancy. It does, it could certainly be a fancier setup, but I. I haven't upgraded anything yet and it's actually been years and it works well. Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: Most important thing to get, which I didn't get early on, is like a good wind sock of some kind or windscreen, because that's the Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: one thing that will really rain on your parade when you're trying to record outside is the KRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Brian Funk: Yeah, just that low rumble of the wind. Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: It's more, in my opinion, it's more important to get the sounds and like, be creative with them than it is to get the most perfect, Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: high quality, pristine recording. Um, Brian Funk: I say the same exact thing. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah. Brian Funk: You're better off to have it. And you have a Sarah Belle Reid: I, Brian Funk: phone probably Sarah Belle Reid: that's what Brian Funk: on Sarah Belle Reid: I was Brian Funk: you. Sarah Belle Reid: just about to say is I've even, I've even recorded samples on my phone. I don't do that anymore because I have this zoom recorder, which is great, but that's how I started was just using my computer mic, like a built-in mic and my phone and just voice memo and everything. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: And. It's fine. It's a place to start. Brian Funk: I was doing a class a week ago with Berkeley. And I was like, oh, I'm going to do this. I was trying to sample my voice through this microphone, but for whatever reason, my interface wasn't connecting with my Sarah Belle Reid: Mm. Brian Funk: computer. So I had those Apple AirPod, not Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: these ones, but the ones with the wire. So they were old ones when they still had the eighth inch jack. So however long Sarah Belle Reid: Hmm. Brian Funk: ago that was. And I just sampled my voice through it to make an instrument that I could put inside a sampler. And I loved the quality of that cheap mic. In some ways, I almost like the bad mic better. Because once you start stretching it, repitching Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: it, weird things happen that aren't in the clean recording Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: that you can get, Sarah Belle Reid: totally. Yeah, I think it's Brian Funk: it's Sarah Belle Reid: all Brian Funk: important Sarah Belle Reid: just. Brian Funk: to just Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: get it. Sarah Belle Reid: exactly. It's just get it make start making things you can always upgrade like your gear later if you want to but start making stuff now. And you never know like you're to your point, you might end up liking it even better. You're not the first person I've heard you say who says that it's like, there's just some kind of magical quality about that. You know, kind of quote unquote crappy quality, bad recording. It's like actually Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: got some life to it, you know? Brian Funk: I find sometimes in the context of a recording, that quality helps the sound kind of stick out Sarah Belle Reid: Mm-hmm. Brian Funk: where it doesn't get lost in all the other really nice recordings. It's got its own little texture, its own little Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: space in the mix that you can really dial in. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: So you've got a course that's about to start up, you said, Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: learning sound and synthesis. Sarah Belle Reid: that's right. Brian Funk: So that sounds like fun after we've been talking a little bit about some of Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: your philosophies in there, I'm sure. Sarah Belle Reid: Oh yeah. Yeah. That is, it's a, so it's next round is starting in late August and it opens every year, twice a year. But it's, as the name suggests, learning sound and synthesis. It's a class that's all about sound design and making music with modular synths and You know, that could be to do sound design for video games, or you could, you know, take the class to make your own music, your own electronic music, dance music, experimental music. A lot of folks are in the class with a focus on film scoring. Basically, what I teach is a very, very comprehensive how-to and synthesis technique. course that focuses on universal synthesis concepts rather than specific instruments because I'm really interested in giving people you know, the technique and the knowledge that they need to use any instrument they want, whether it's a virtual synth that runs on their computer or the synth inside of Ableton or some Moog desktop synth or a keyboard synth or whatever. And I don't want to, you know, lock people out of the class by saying, sorry, if you don't have this one particular Euro Rack, you can't come and learn. So I teach using VCV Rack, which is a really amazing free modular synth. program that runs on your computer. And I really, really love it. And yeah, we start there and people go a million directions Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: from, excuse me, from there. Brian Funk: Well, that's Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: cool because so much of it is based off these building blocks. Sarah Belle Reid: Exactly. Brian Funk: And that's something I didn't know when I first tried to play a synthesizer. I didn't understand that there were these commonalities Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: between all of them. They all looked like different spaceships to me. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: And I felt like I had to learn every single one, but soon you start to see the pieces and how they Sarah Belle Reid: That's Brian Funk: come together. Sarah Belle Reid: exactly, that's the thing that all of my students say and it's so exciting when they get to that point. Usually a month or a month and a half into the class, people start saying. oh wow, like I just realized how this instrument that I've had over here collecting dust on my desk works. Like I get it now because, you know, we basically, the philosophy behind the class is kind of like the under the hood approach to learning synthesis. So instead of learning how the... you know, the Moog Matriarch works or how any of those instruments work on the top level, you're learning how each individual component works, like really deeply what's up with oscillators. Not just, yeah, we know they drone, but like, did you know that you can, you know, use oscillators for 50, 100 different things, and then they can be chaotic and noisy and, and droney and all of this and like what's up with LFOs and how can we use as them as sound sources and how can we use them as control sources and all of that. So by the time you go through that, you not only know how VCV rack works and how modular synths work, but you go back to your various other instruments that you have and it all starts to click because you're like, wait a second. I get it. Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: it's an oscillator, it's an LFO, I know how those things work, that's a filter, and you're able to make more music with them than you were able to before, which is really exciting. Brian Funk: Hmm. Yeah, you just start to see the Sarah Belle Reid: You Brian Funk: kind Sarah Belle Reid: start Brian Funk: of main Sarah Belle Reid: to see Brian Funk: idea. Sarah Belle Reid: all the connections, yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Right. Do you have a favorite synthesizer? I mean, Sarah Belle Reid: Ooh, Brian Funk: I would say you'd probably Sarah Belle Reid: I don't Brian Funk: go Sarah Belle Reid: know. Brian Funk: modular stuff, but I don't Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: know. Sarah Belle Reid: I am a big fan of modular and in particular, I mean the reason why I love modular is because of the flexibility. I also love, you know, I have a Hydra synth, which is a keyboard based poly synth, I love it. But the reason why I love it is because of all of the flexibility that I learned on my modular that I can bring into how I patch it and how I customize Brian Funk: Right, Sarah Belle Reid: the sounds Brian Funk: gotcha. Sarah Belle Reid: on the HydroSynth because it's very flexible. These days, what I've been really enjoying are very small modular synths. I, you know, very limited. I've put together, I don't know the exact size, but just a tiny little case, two rows, fits in a backpack. And I'm just living with it as though it is a fixed. signal path synth, or not fixed signal path, but like those are the modules. They're not swappable. Brian Funk: of the component. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: Right, Sarah Belle Reid: and Brian Funk: right. Sarah Belle Reid: you do, of course, make your own patches within them, but I'm not changing them out every couple weeks, which is something that some folks do a lot of in the Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: modular world. And I've really enjoyed that because it feels more like my trumpet or like a keyboard where it's an instrument that I can really get to know on a really deep level that's not constantly changing. And I like the smallness of it because it forces me to be really creative and limitations, you know, are my best friend in the studio is just reduce the limitations, again, less is more. And I find that by, you know, giving yourself fewer options, you have to make better creative decisions and you try things that you probably wouldn't try otherwise. Brian Funk: Yeah, I think that is what creativity is. It's Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: making do with what you have. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: yeah. Brian Funk: you're in this box. Not necessarily in the module, but Sarah Belle Reid: That's the trouble Brian Funk: I don't Sarah Belle Reid: with Brian Funk: f- Sarah Belle Reid: modular synths, though, is that you can always grab another one, right? So Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: I always try to encourage people to keep it small and just see what you can get out of that, because there's always something you haven't tried before. Guaranteed. Brian Funk: Yeah, I don't feel particularly creative when I'm scrolling through 9,000 kick drum samples, trying to find the one I'm going to use in my song. And I can imagine what modular it's, I've not gone too far down that road, mostly out of fear of getting carried away. Sarah Belle Reid: Um, yeah. Brian Funk: Because I've been in front of walls of them. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: yeah. Brian Funk: it kind of like, what? And then to just know that you can always get a new one and swap it out. It's, I don't know. I think I'd go bankrupt real fast. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, that's why I mean in like, I totally hear you and you're not alone. Brian Funk: Hehehe Sarah Belle Reid: But that is a big reason why like the class that I teach and the community around it, the learning sound synthesis community is it's really, we're really focused on like making music first Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: and foremost. It's not so much about the gear. Of course, the gear is a big part of the discussion because we're learning how it all works and, and people need advice on what, Music is always the number one goal, and I think that really helps. For one, it feels more inclusive. It feels more welcoming. It's like you don't need the big sprawling synth in order to make awesome music with modular synths. You can open up your phone and get like a modular synth app and like, that's fantastic. Start with that. It's perfect. VCV Rack's free. I love it. It sounds really great. There's actually a ton of VCV Rack modules that are direct emulations of digital modules that you can get in Euro Rack format. And they run the same code. and they Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: sound fantastic. So it's a perfect place to start and for many people it's not just a starting point, it's the perfect setup for them, you know, for years. I use VCVRC all the time, especially when I'm on the road. I Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: just don't want to travel with like a massive, you know, rig. Brian Funk: Yeah, that's a big consideration when you're playing out and touring especially. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Like what are you carrying around with you? I know for myself, like a lot of times I'm going alone too. And if I'm going into like New York city and Brooklyn, I want to be able to carry everything in one trip Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: because I'm lucky if I park a half a mile away from the club. And I don't want to leave half my gear in the club and Sarah Belle Reid: No. Brian Funk: half in the car. So I've made it that that's been a really helpful limitation for me. Like what can I fit on this table and what can I carry? Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Because for a little while I was getting interested in it was wasn't modular, but it was modular ask with MIDI controllers because you're kind of. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, lots of pieces. Brian Funk: You got all your little pieces together, so you keep adding to that next thing you know, like you're out of control real fast. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, I understand. Brian Funk: Yeah, I'm sure it's so I'm guessing having that kind of limited space is practical as well as great for creativity. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, exactly. I honestly think it's a win-win. I mean, some of the best shows I've ever played have been the ones that I've been forced to. really, really re rethink things because I'm like, okay, I'm flying. It needs to fit in the overhead. I also have a trumpet, so I'm really limited, right? It's like my trumpet case has to come on the plane. So then I'm like, what can I slide into that carry on, Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: you know, or into my backpack or something like that? But again, it just. It gets you thinking in a creative way. It gets you looking for sound everywhere in a more resourceful way. And I've found it really liberating. Brian Funk: Yeah, I agree. I've gone to almost no guitar pedals. You know, just really a tuner and a little bit of a noise gate. And it's just so nice. I used to rely on the delay pedal and the reverb and all these other things to make my parts interesting, but taking that away forces you to really pay attention to what you're playing Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: and the music much Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: more than... pressing buttons. Sarah Belle Reid: We like pressing buttons too though, it's okay. Brian Funk: It's fun. Sarah Belle Reid: Ha ha Brian Funk: There it Sarah Belle Reid: ha. Brian Funk: is. It's, there's nothing like it, but it, it's such a slippery slope. I think for myself, um, I avoid the like pain of trying to create by adding gear and then complicating things, you know, maybe pain's not the right word, but like, kind of like the fear of. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: I don't know if I'm going to make anything good. So if I can kind of just fiddle with stuff, Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: I'm a little off the hook. Sarah Belle Reid: I can relate to that for sure. You can make something great though. Brian Funk: I will Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: try. Sarah Belle Reid: you got it. Brian Funk: Yeah. So where can people sign up for the course? You also have a free one we should mention too. Sarah Belle Reid: Oh yeah! Brian Funk: That was really cool. I've been watching a little bit of that. You have great energy too. I think that's a nice, you know, reason why people should come to you is that you're excited about it. And you transmit that really well over the videos. Just, hey, this is really cool everyone. You should check it out. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, well, I teach because I am genuinely passionate about teaching and about this topic. Like, I am all fully in and in love with what I teach. And so, yeah, I'm happy to hear that comes through. Yeah, I really do it. I do it because I love it. I'm also really passionate about helping people get started in electronic music and not only get started, but go deep into electronic music and make awesome music. Who... who for whatever reason feel like they're not cut out for it. That's a big kind of personal mission. If you, for whatever reason, just feel like you're not smart enough, or you feel like, oh, I'm the least techie person in the room. I've heard that so many times. Or they've got it and I don't have it. Maybe you believe in yourself, but you're just. intimidated, super normal, super common. And modular synthesis is an intimidating thing to get into because there are a million options and it can just be daunting, right? Like where do Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: I start? What do I need first? But at the same time, it's so fun and so creatively rewarding when you are in it and you're making the kind of music that you're dreaming of making. So my goal is just to kind of help. bridge that gap for people and help bring people together so that they can have a community, right? I mentioned one of the reasons why I make music is that connection aspect. It's a huge aspect of the course as well. We have, in my opinion, one of the most vibrant and like supportive and deeply insanely creative communities on the internet, all focused on modular synthesis and making music with synths. Um, A lot of courses have the lifetime access, like you can come back and once you're in, you're in. And that's how this class works too. But what makes it really special and it gets better every single cohort is that the alumni are in there. The alumni Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: from cohort number one, which was years Brian Funk: Nice. Sarah Belle Reid: ago, they are there and they are like offering feedback and they're sharing their new releases and they're collaborating with one another and everyone comes to open mics and we do hangouts and we do live Zoom calls. Just such a vibe. Like Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: such a good vibe. I know that I'm obviously biased because it's the community that I've been building, but it just like fills my heart with so much happiness. So you asked how people can sign up. I will tell you that. The easiest way is just soundandsynthesis.com. Soundandsynthesis.com. Brian Funk: Cool. I have that up here. Sarah Belle Reid: That's for the main course. The free course is got a slightly longer URL that maybe we could drop in the show notes. Brian Funk: Yeah, I'll put them all in there as well. Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, and the free course is great for people who maybe aren't sure if this modular synthesis is something that you want to do but you're curious. It's a completely free class. You use VCV Rack, which is free to download too, so you don't need to buy anything. And it walks you through what modular synthesis is about, how it works, how to make your first couple of patches. And the whole thing takes less than a couple of hours. So it's a good thing to do Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: on a weekend. Brian Funk: Yeah, Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: I agree. That's really cool. The community is so huge. Those are the best semesters I have at Berkeley when people are interacting, Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: when I have a Discord when we get that going and people are moving. But what I love about what you just said is it's really cool that the people from the first cohort, all the cohorts are still there. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: That's one thing I would, at Berkeley, it's just whoever's there at the moment. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, it's a big deal. It's such a, you know, it's something that I started on day one, this kind of open door, like once you're in the LSS community, you're in. And I was hoping it would work this way, but I wasn't sure, because you can't, obviously Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: you can't force people to come back around, but they really do. And the other reason why it's valuable is because it allows, it allows people to really go at their own pace and take some of the urgency and the pressure off of like, you, you know, needing to get it all done right now, such a big part of life as a musician. You've talked about this already. There's so much pressure, so much urgency, like especially in school, right? You have one semester Brian Funk: Sure. Sarah Belle Reid: and if you don't learn it all, and it's too bad, but this whole class is really designed so that there is a cohort, like you do go through with a group, but at the same time. It's OK if you don't get it all in four months, because you have access to it continually into the future. And you can go back through the next round. And lots of people do that. And what I've found, just from an education point of view, what I've found is that when people can relax a little bit, they get deeper into it. And they'll go through the first two or three chapters. They'll get inspired. And then they'll say, you know what? I'm going to make an album. Even though I Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: still don't know what are or how they work. I haven't gotten there yet. I'm so inspired with what I have right now. I'm going to compose for three months. That's great. Like, Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: that's fantastic. And then they get to a point where they think, OK, I've done that. I'm full. Now I want to go learn about sequencers. Or now I'm ready for MIDI or whatever they're ready for in their next step. And the class is there. And they go back in, do their next chunk, Brian Funk: Hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: rinse and repeat. Brian Funk: That's great. Cause that's Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: one of the biggest problems with education. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Honestly, is that it's so make believe a lot of times and you're not doing real work, you're doing like work for your teacher and you don't get to do the thing you want to do until you do the thing you have to do, Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: but why are you learning modular since probably you want to make music. Sarah Belle Reid: You Brian Funk: So Sarah Belle Reid: want to make Brian Funk: if you Sarah Belle Reid: music? Brian Funk: get inspired along the way, make it. Sarah Belle Reid: Make it. Brian Funk: Do Sarah Belle Reid: I Brian Funk: it. Sarah Belle Reid: know. There's Brian Funk: That's Sarah Belle Reid: a Brian Funk: great. Sarah Belle Reid: funny kind of a meme that some of my students. made of every, almost after every video, certainly at the end of every module, I have this little thing that I say that turned into an accidental catchphrase where I'm like, okay, now go and put all of this into action in your own practice and like make music with it and try it out. And if you need anything, I'm here to help, you know. And I'm wishing you happy patching adventures ahead. And I basically say it after every video, just because I so earnestly believe Learn this stuff is to do it, you know learn the concepts Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: learn the theory and then make your own music with it and That will reveal to you The gap in your knowledge or the gap in your setup Right if we link it back to the beginning of the conversation when you were talking about mapping your MIDI controller If you start with one thing and you do that It will reveal to you what's needed You'll be like, oh, that's cool, but I'd really be great if I could do that too. There's your next step. Easy. Take, then you take that next step and you just build from there. Like you don't need to have it all figured out before you start making music. Brian Funk: Oh, that was the big revelation for me with playing live using a computer was I'll just, I'll just play and then I'll decide, Oh, I wish I had a filter here. Okay. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: Let's Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, yeah. Brian Funk: add it. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: And then I'll play more and then I'll say, Oh, what if I could do that? And Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: it builds naturally. Cause I think Sarah Belle Reid: Exactly. Brian Funk: at first I was trying to plan it out too much and Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, that's normal. Brian Funk: it just never happened. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: But. It's all stuff that you're never gonna master really anyway. There's a lifelong learning pursuits synthesis. Like Sarah Belle Reid: If we, if we're Brian Funk: you've Sarah Belle Reid: lucky, Brian Funk: learned that forever. Sarah Belle Reid: that's what I hope, right? I hope that I will always be, you know, learning new things every time I pick up my instruments, discovering new things every time I sit down at my synth. That's my dream. I don't ever want to get to a point where I'm like, cool, I know it all. I know that's never gonna happen. Brian Funk: I saw Keith Richards talking about his guitar once, and he's been playing his guitar for hundreds of years now, I think. And he says, it's a puzzle, man. And he's like, every time I pick it up, I find a new piece. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, I Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: love that. Brian Funk: it was just so cool to see how he's still, you know, enamored with the mystery of it and learning new things. Sarah Belle Reid: And you see how that personality or that approach is so open to receiving the new pieces, right? Oh, it's a puzzle. Every time I pick it up, I learn a new piece. That is so powerful. As opposed to something that's like, oh man, it's so hard. I should know it all by now. Right? Which is like, why don't I know it all then? I've been playing for 200 years or whatever. Right. It's like, you see that it's the same Brian Funk: Oh yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: situation, but the one is like, every time I pick this up, I get something new out of it. Brian Funk: Mm-hmm. Sarah Belle Reid: That's like a state of like, bring it on, you know, Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: as Brian Funk: Oh, that's Sarah Belle Reid: opposed Brian Funk: a mindset Sarah Belle Reid: to it's Brian Funk: thing. Sarah Belle Reid: a mindset thing for sure. Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah, it's same problem. Or same Sarah Belle Reid: Same circumstance, Brian Funk: opportunity. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, same circumstance, completely different kind Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: of approach. Brian Funk: Yeah, and I think that having that sort of like, I can learn any, I can keep learning forever is really a great way to approach it. Because otherwise, yeah, either you get frustrated that you haven't learned it all yet, or you get close minded and thinking that you did. And Sarah Belle Reid: Right. Brian Funk: then you stop learning and probably lose interest. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Yeah, The Beginner's Mind. There's a, that's a book. Let's see if I can remember. Shinru Suzuki, I think is the name. But it's called Zen Mind Beginner's Mind. Good read. Brian Funk: Okay. Sarah Belle Reid: Small, short, quick read. But. Brian Funk: lot of words I Sarah Belle Reid: It's Brian Funk: like Sarah Belle Reid: something Brian Funk: in there. Sarah Belle Reid: that I bring into the beginning, first day of any class that I ever teach, is this idea of the beginner's mind. And I'm going to paraphrase loosely because I can't remember the exact text, but the idea is in the beginner's mind, possibilities are endless, but in the expert's mind, they are very few. And it's just Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: what you said, right? It's like coming into things with this perspective of... always learning. Oh, I don't know that yet, but I can't wait to learn every time I pick up my insta and I discover something new. Yeah. Brian Funk: Yeah. Well, that is really a gift if you just change the thinking that this thing has another surprise around the corner Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: as opposed to, oh no, I don't know all the surprises yet. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, oh, what's coming next? Brian Funk: Right. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, totally. Brian Funk: That's good stuff. I think that's a really great message to be giving people. Because especially as we get older, we are less and less comfortable being beginners and new at things. And we don't do as many new things in our lives as we get older compared to when we're kids and you'll try anything. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: It's such a good thing to have. Sarah Belle Reid: yeah, exactly. And joining a class, the reason why I bring this into all of my classes is because signing up for a class takes courage. It's not easy to do that, to be like, hey, I don't know this, or I'm going to be the least. skillful person in the room on purpose. Like I'm going to Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: do that to myself. Like that takes courage, especially Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: when it's when we're out of school and maybe have been out of school for decades and you're electing to go back and learn something. Like all of my classes obviously are not. in university settings anymore, they're online. So there's people of all ages. Some folks have been out of formal learning environments for 50 years. And it's an amazing thing what happens when you put all those people into the same space. This person's like, oh, I'm so new to this, but I have 40 years of experience with this. And this person's like, oh, I've never seen this before, but I'm really great at this. And then you Brian Funk: Mm. Sarah Belle Reid: get those people talking You know, it's a beautiful, beautiful thing. Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah. Brian Funk: Well, I would gather from talking to you that you also do quite a lot of learning in these classes as well. Sarah Belle Reid: Oh my gosh. Yeah. I always say that teaching is my favorite way to learn. And Brian Funk: No, I said the same thing. Sarah Belle Reid: I mean Brian Funk: Yeah. Sarah Belle Reid: it. Oh, yeah. I mean, I learn so much from everybody. Like I said, we have Zoom calls, open coaching calls, basically, where we listen to each other's music and give feedback. And we talk about ideas that go way beyond the technical aspect of synthesis but are more about being a musician. And we get into sometimes mindset-related like what you and I have been talking about that have to do with performance anxiety or time management or like just being a creative person. I always learn from everyone because, you know, I have my experience from my own practice and from my past students that I can offer, but when there's, you know, dozens and dozens and collectively hundreds of people in a space all sharing their perspectives. it's impossible to not learn from them as well. Brian Funk: Well, it's possible if you take that, I'm the teacher here Sarah Belle Reid: Well... Brian Funk: and this is my class, like that'll shut it down real fast. Sarah Belle Reid: would shut it down, but for me I find it really enriching. Brian Funk: That's great. I'm very happy to hear that for you and for your students. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, yeah, it's a fun time. We have fun. Brian Funk: Yeah. Good. Right. We're playing music. Sarah Belle Reid: We are playing music. Brian Funk: Well, great. Um, we'll definitely put all that stuff in the show notes. Is there anything else you want to mention, bring up or tie together before we go? Sarah Belle Reid: I don't...no, Brian Funk: patched Sarah Belle Reid: I don't Brian Funk: together, Sarah Belle Reid: patch Brian Funk: I should Sarah Belle Reid: together...I Brian Funk: say. Sarah Belle Reid: don't think so. Brian Funk: Very nice. Well, Sarah Belle Reid: I'm Brian Funk: I Sarah Belle Reid: gonna Brian Funk: thank Sarah Belle Reid: go. Brian Funk: you for taking the time to talk and share all that with us. Really awesome work you're doing. I find Sarah Belle Reid: Thank Brian Funk: it really Sarah Belle Reid: you. Brian Funk: inspiring, too. I've learned a lot. And that energy is always really nice to tap into. So I know I can get that enthusiasm from you in one of your videos. So thank you for that. Sarah Belle Reid: Yeah, Brian Funk: And Sarah Belle Reid: I mean, it's my pleasure. And honestly, you know, thank you. Thanks to you for saying that and to everyone, everyone listening, everyone who tunes into the videos that I share and sends messages and stuff because those kind words that I receive in various forms make it so even more exciting and rewarding to keep doing what I'm doing. So I really appreciate all the little nuggets that come in. Thank you for sending them in. Brian Funk: Very good. Well, thank you and thank you to everyone that listened. Have a great day. Sarah Belle Reid: Bye for now.  
8/7/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 36 seconds
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#333: Sound Design for Electronic Music with James Patrick

James Patrick is a music producer, educator, and author of the new book Sound Design for Electronic Music. James is one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers and he co-founded the electronic music school Slam Academy.  James and I spoke about his work as an educator, the history and philosophy behind Slam Academy, and his new book Sound Design for Electronic Music. James shared how everything in music can be boiled down to relationships in vibrations.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Sound Design for Electronic Music - https://www.amazon.com/Sound-Design-Electronic-Music-Essentials-ebook/dp/B0C7FG3VPN Slam Academy - https://slamacademy.com/ James' Website - https://jamespatrickmusic.net/ Making Music by Dennis DeSantis - https://amzn.to/3D1STjv Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/1/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 49 seconds
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#332 - The Deep Dive on Every Artist's Entire Discography with Discograffiti's Dave Gebroe

Dave Gebroe is the host and creator of the show Discograffiti, a music podcast that delivers the objective truth about the entire discography of every single artist and band that ever existed. He has written, produced, and filmed two feature films, The Homeboy and Zombie Honeymoon.  Dave and I spoke about his show Discograffiti and the depths he goes to ensure that he and his guests leave no stone unturned in their exploration of the artist in question's life and career. We spoke about some of our favorite albums and producers, as well as the cost and benefits of devoting our lives to our passions. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Join DiscoGraffiti Soldiers of Sound Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1839109176272153 DiscoGraffiti Patreon: www.Patreon.com/Discograffiti DiscoGraffiti on Podfollow: https://podfollow.com/1592182331 DiscoGraffiti Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/discograffitipod/ DiscoGraffiti Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discograffiti/ DiscoGraffiti Twitter: https://twitter.com/Discograffiti DiscoGraffiti YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClyaQCdvDelj5EiKj6IRLhw DiscoGraffiti Web site: http://discograffiti.com/ Discograffiti - https://discograffiti.com/ Dave's Email: [email protected] Dave's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hooligandave Dave's Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/davidgebroe/ Dave's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveGebroe Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/25/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 41 seconds
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#331: Dolby Atmos on Top of the World with Ross Lara

Ross Lara is a music producer, film composer, and the CEO and founder of Archipelago Entertainment. His studio is the highest-altitude Dolby Atmos installation in the world. His music is inspired by nature and he has worked for brands like Red Bull, Meta, and Epic Games. Ross and I spoke about the importance of bringing emotional impact into our music. Ross went into depth about how he builds worlds in his music through nature and natural sounds. He also gave an in-depth explanation of Dolby Atmos and his experience with immersive audio. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: Archipelago Entertainment - https://www.archipelagoent.com/ Ross' Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rosslara/ Ross' YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@ArchipelagoEnt The Spacies - https://www.thespacies.com/ The Spacies From Iceland - https://open.spotify.com/album/3ccaLQ1FK3i8Kix9MaoYz5?si=GJorPAlSQsGlXvh_ruKBkA Red Bull Rampage - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5NcAFRZZFZmEtdxm3Z7ye5?si=1a96e597cb244c9c Immersive Audio with Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy - Music Production Podcast #269 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/studio-deluxe-immersive Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/17/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 56 seconds
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#330: 12 Hour Sound Machines with Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed is the creator of the 12 Hour Sound Machine (No Loops or Fades!) Podcast. The show provides listeners with 12 hours of soothing sound to help people relax and sleep. Episodes feature 12 hour stretches of white, pink, and brown noise, as well as environmental sounds like babbling brooks and forests at night, and even more unusual sounds like popcorn popping and diesel engines. To date the show has been downloaded over 95 million times. Brandon spoke about some of the technical aspects of how he produces 12 hours of non-looping audio, as well as the differences (with sound examples) between types of noise. We also discussed the emotional impact noise and ambient sounds have on us and how we can use noise to enhance the mood of our music. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: 12 Hour Sound Machines - https://12hoursoundmachines.com/ Free to Use Sounds - https://www.freetousesounds.com/ Free Ableton Live Pack #108 Ambient Noise Collaboration - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2014/8/29/free-ableton-live-pack-108-ambient-noise-collaboration Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/10/202345 minutes, 14 seconds
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#329: Morse Code and the Magic of Music with EmmoLei Sankofa

EmmoLei Sankofa is a composer, producer, musician, and artist. Credits include Emmy award-winning “Watch Out For the Big Grrrls,” the Lizzo documentary series, STARZ’s “Step Up”, and newly released, “Three Ways,” which recently premiered on Hulu.  EmmoLei and I had a wide-ranging conversation about her career and creative process. We wound up exploring some deep philosophical and evolutionary aspects of music, art, and simply living. EmmoLei's deep insights about the power of music and human compassion left me feeling inspired and uplifted. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: EmmoLei's website - https://www.e-sankofa.com/ EmmoLei's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/emmolei/ EmmoLei's Discography - https://www.e-sankofa.com/disco Three Ways - https://www.hulu.com/movie/three-ways Lizzo's "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" - https://www.amazon.com/Lizzos-Watch-Out-Big-Grrrls/dp/B09KFGXCRP/ Quincy Jones "12 Notes: On Life and Creativity" - https://amzn.to/41YVViC Matthew Dicks "Someday is Today" - https://amzn.to/3WuFSIo Matthew Dicks on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matthew-dicks George Prochnick "In Pursuit of Silence" - https://amzn.to/45qIgUe Outro Music "Compassion" by Shavano - https://shavano.bandcamp.com/album/progressive-energy-transfer Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/3/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 39 seconds
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#328: Why Do We Get Stuck? BIG Music Production Mistake!

How come we get so good at creating one short section of music only to get stuck when it's time to create the next section? If a song is a collection of different sections, why is it so hard to string a few sections together to make a song?  In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, we explore a big mistake that all but prevents us from finishing songs.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube Show Notes: What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production - https://brianfunk.com/blog/what-bob-ross-teaches-us-about-music-production Arrangement Templates - https://brianfunk.com/blog/arrangement-templates-use-popular-songs-as-a-guide-to-structure-your-songs End Procrastination - Music Production Podcast #324 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/procrastination Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
6/26/20238 minutes, 23 seconds
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#327: Learning How to Do Difficult Things with Ameya

Ameya is a prog rock musician living in Philadelphia by way of India. He has a master's degree in biomedical engineering. Ameya shares his process and songwriting techniques on his Instagram and YouTube. His new EP is due to be released towards the end of this summer. Ameya and I had a great conversation about his work, the prog rock genre, guitar playing, and his love of learning new things with steep learning curves. He shared some of the breakthroughs he's experienced as a guitarist and songwriter, as well as the challenges that helped him grow as an artist. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ameya's Bandcamp - https://ameyaxoxo.bandcamp.com/track/foxgloves-amethyst Ameya's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ameyaxoxo/ Ameya's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@ameyaxoxo Jordan Rudess on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jordan-rudess Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/20/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 36 seconds
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#326: From Studio to Stage with Will Doggett

Will Doggett is a musician, sound designer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He runs the popular YouTube Channel From Studio to Stage where he teaches musicians how to use Ableton Live in their live performances. He discusses all aspects of live performance on his podcast Behind the Spacebar. I had a great conversation with Will about his work as a playback engineer. Will has tons of insight on what makes a great live show using Ableton Live. We discussed everything from redundant backup machines, the technical features he uses in Ableton Live, and how to perform with backing tracks without cheating.  There are two sides to every story! Watch Will and me on his podcast Behind The Spacebar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4rU1fvVRfQ Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: From Studio to Stage - https://fromstudiotostage.com/ From Studio to Stage YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@fromstudiotostage Free Live Performance Template for Ableton Live - https://fromstudiotostage.com/template/ Will's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/willdoggett/ How to Use Tracks on Stage (without cheating) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blCf8_SPv9g Zig Ziglar - https://www.ziglar.com/ Seth Godin - https://seths.blog/ DiViNCi on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/8/28/33-divinci-producer-composer-musical-sensei Laura Escude on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/4/16/laura-escud-helping-artists-reach-their-potential-music-production-podcast-166 Claire Marie Linn Dolltrick on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/12/2/claire-marie-lim Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
6/12/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 26 seconds
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#325: Going Over the Top with Cobra Kai Composers Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg

Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg are film score composers whose credits include Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Cobra Kai, Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, and Florida Man.  Zach, Leo, and I had a great conversation about their work with the Weird Al biopic and scoring Cobra Kai. Both shared their thoughts about bringing films to life, working together and with others, and how they seek to challenge themselves and bring their best to every project. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube. Show Notes: Leo's Site - https://leobirenberg.com/ Zach's Site - http://zachrobinsonmusic.com/about Leo Birenberg & Zach Robinson - https://open.spotify.com/artist/1jesNA0xWqXtanMVTB1EMp Leo on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/leobirenberg/?hl=en Zach on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/zrobusa/?hl=en Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
6/5/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 33 seconds
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#324: End Procrastination - 3 SIMPLE Steps to WIN the FIGHT!

Even though I spend most of my days wishing I had more time to make music, when that time arrives, I find myself avoiding the task.  Why do we Procrastinate? What can we do to end procrastination and get to work? In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, I share 3 techniques that have worked for me over the years. Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/XYhsBdo__80 Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Seth Godin on Chores - https://seths.blog/2023/05/chores/ Produce Music Like Jerry Seinfeld - Music Production Podcast #172 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/seinfeld Storytelling and Creative Productivity with Matthew Dicks - Music Production Podcast #314 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matthew-dicks Matthew Dicks on Incrementalism - https://matthewdicks.com/incrementalism-may-save-your-life-or-at-least-prolong-it/ What to do to Finish More Music - Music Production Podcast #322 - https://youtu.be/4acXs-kNbVI Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/28/202313 minutes, 46 seconds
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#323: Navigating the Evolving Music Industry with Zack Zarrillo

Zack Zarrillo is co-founder of Alternate Side, a full-service music company that represents over 30 artists in the alternative/rock/pop/electronic/metal genres. He also co-founded Bad Timing Records, and he began writing his popular music blog "PropertyOfZack" when he was just 16 years old. In addition to helping artists build their careers, Zack is co-owner of Hello Donuts + Coffee in Philadelphia, PA. Zack spoke about the ways the music industry has evolved over the last 15 years and the strategies his artists have used to grow their careers. We covered everything from Tik Tok to Spotify and Patreon. Zack also drew parallels between building a community of fans with artists to building a real-world community at his Philadelphia donut shop. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Zack's Website - http://zzarrillo.com/ Alternate Side - http://alternatesi.de/ Bad Timing Records - https://www.badtimingrecords.com/ PropertyOfZack - https://propertyofzack.com/ Allergic Reactions - http://zzarrillo.com/allergic-reactions Kevin Devine - https://www.kevindevine.net/home Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/22/202349 minutes, 26 seconds
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#322: What You Need To Do To Finish More Music

Making Music is hard. Even when we have attained all of the skills and knowledge to create music, it's still extremely difficult to finish music. Along the way, there are thousands of tiny decisions that need to be made. At each decision lies the risk of running into self-doubt and a crippling inner critic. In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, we explore the importance of almost recklessly making decisions and committing to them. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bounce in Place Ableton Live Tutorial - https://youtu.be/tCEdipLbarw Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/15/202317 minutes, 47 seconds
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#321: Boom Bap Hip Hop Production and Collaboration with Amadeus360

Amadeus360 started his career as a DJ and came up under the mentorship of the legendary Kid Capri. He's also produced records for Rap legends like Kool G Rap, Busta Rhymes, Paul Wall, Sheek Louch of The LOX, etc. His new album The MPC Jedi releases on May 12 Amadeus and I spoke about his work as a boom bap hip hop producer. He shared his experiences collaborating with a wide range of artists and how his work ethic and dedication to quality and authenticity have served him during his impressive career.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: The MPC Jedi - https://soulspazm.bandcamp.com/album/the-mpc-jedi-1 Amadeus on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amadeus360thebeatking/ Amadeus YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@knos360 "Still World Famous" featuring M.O.P - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6piUOSIUE4 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/9/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 48 seconds
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#320: Finding Flow and Work-Life Balance with Paul Laski

Paul Laski is a music producer, sound designer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He designs sounds in the factory preset bank of XFER Records Serum and sample and preset packs for Sample Magic, Splice, and Sonic Academy. Paul teaches computer music production, sound design, and live performance with ICON Collective in Los Angeles. I had a great conversation with Paul about how he has carved out a career in music via producing, teaching, and sound design. Paul went into detail about the challenges of work-life balance, especially as a new father. We went deep into the philosophy around creativity and productivity, and how we can find satisfaction and fulfillment in our work and the unexpected paths that present themselves along the way. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Paul's Official Site - https://www.p-lask.com/ ICON Collective - https://iconcollective.edu/music-production-programs/ Tape Hiss and Vinyl Crackle Free Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2012/07/19/free-ableton-pack-60-tape-hiss-vinyl-crackle War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/415Q4HD The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell - https://amzn.to/41XRFAx Ben Burnes on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ben-burnes-4 The Power of Now - https://amzn.to/3Lptkgd Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/3/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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#319: It Doesn't Happen to You, It Happens For You with Ariane Paras

Ariane Paras helps artists define their vision, build confidence, and find the strength to reach their goals. She runs Olympia Coaching and has 15 years of experience in the music industry and has been coaching artists along their journey for 8 years.  In our second conversation on the podcast, Ariane and I spoke about fears and struggles artists face. Ariane shared how we can pay close attention to our mindset and thoughts to reframe challenges and criticisms into learning and growth experiences. She offered valuable tips and techniques for creating art and how to keep our careers moving even when we feel stagnant.  Sign up for Ariane's May 2nd and 9th, 2023 FREE 2-part workshop: Just do it! Stop Procrastinating And Build Consistency In Your Music Career. You’ll discover why you procrastinate, get practical tools to overcome this and get the motivation and accountability you need to follow through with something that will move your music career forward. You’ll walk away feeling accomplished and one step closer to where you want to be.  Find out the details and register here: https://mailchi.mp/c2d30631a626/just-do-it-workshop  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Olympia Coaching - https://olympiacoaching.com Free Consultation with Ariane - https://olympiacoaching.as.me/schedule.php Thrive Program - https://olympiacoaching.com/thrive-artists Ariane's Blog - https://olympiacoaching.com/blog Ariane's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/olympiacoaching/ The Creative Act by Rick Rubin - https://amzn.to/3ZznbTx Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/28/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 45 seconds
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#318: Songwriting Secrets with Keppie and Benny of How to Write Songs

Keppie Coutts and Benny Romalis are professional songwriters who run the website and YouTube Channel How to Write Songs. Both have released numerous albums, written songs for many artists, and teach songwriting. Their YouTube channel is one of my personal favorites and their courses have helped thousands of songwriters. Keppie, Benny, and I had a great discussion about writing music and their new course on Udemy: The 5 Most Powerful Songwriting Exercises... Revealed. Keppie and Bennie generously shared 2 of those exercises, complete with music demonstrations and performances.  Edit: Keppie mentioned "The River" by Bruce Springsteen but she said afterwards that she meant "Devils and Dust." Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: How to Write Songs - https://howtowritesongs.org/ How to Write Songs YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@htws The 5 Most Powerful Songwriting Exercises... Revealed - https://www.udemy.com/course/the-5-most-powerful-songwriting-exercises-revealed/ How to Write Songs Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/howtowrite.songs/ Keppie's First Appearance on the podcast #248 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/keppie-coutts Keppie's Second Appearance on the podcast #262 -https://brianfunk.com/blog/keppie-coutts-2 Matthew Dicks on the Music Production Podcast #314 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/matthew-dicks "The River" by Bruce Springsteen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7BUXRsTbvI "Devils and Dust" by Bruce Springsteen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm-DcnhrMkY Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song - https://amzn.to/41S5i3S Bayles and Orland's Art and Fear - https://amzn.to/41Oz8WX Song Exploder Podcast - https://songexploder.net/ And the Writer Is... Podcast - https://www.andthewriteris.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store This episode was edited by Animus Invidious of PerforModule - https://performodule.com/ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/23/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds
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#317: Throwing Yourself into the Deep-End with Matthew Patrei

Matthew Patrei is a music producer and teacher who releases music under the name Yasei Mare, which means "Wild Ocean." Matt just released his new album, EP Two. He teaches music at the Steeple Street Music Academy in Massachusetts. Matt and I had a great conversation about the creation of his new Yasei Mare album, EP Two. We discussed his songwriting methods, vocal production, and sound design. Matt shared how he manages to overcome creative challenges in himself and his students. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Yasei Mare - https://yaseimaremusic.com/ EP Two by Yasei Mare - https://yaseimare.bandcamp.com/album/ep-two Matt's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/matthewsounds/?hl=en Steeple Street Music Academy - https://steeplestreetmusic.com/ Matt's Other Musical Projects - https://matthewpatrei.bandcamp.com/ Adam Rokhsar - https://www.instagram.com/aesthetic_candy/ Brain Candy Max for Live Device - https://aestheticcandyshop.gumroad.com/l/braincandy Jeff Tweedy How to Write One Song - https://amzn.to/3UoywVv Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/10/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 57 seconds
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#316: Composing Video Game Soundtracks with Rob Kovacs - 88-Bit

Rob Kovacs is a classical trained pianist, singer/songwriter, and composer. He recently released the soundtrack for the game Straylight. Rob performs classic video game soundtracks on piano as 88-Bit, and he also writes and records indie rock music under his own name.  I met Rob at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo last summer where he performed as 88-Bit, playing piano renditions of classic video game soundtracks. On this episode, we had a great conversation about his work as 88-bit, his indie rock music, and his new soundtrack for the game Straylight. Rob spoke about composing for video games and how the limitations of the early sound chips resulted in inventive and creative approaches to composition. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Rob Kovacs - https://www.robkovacsmusic.com/ Straylight Soundtrack - https://lnk.to/straylight 88-Bit - https://88bitmusic.com/ Rob's Bandcamp - https://robkovacs.bandcamp.com/ Rob YouTube's - https://www.youtube.com/@robkovacsmusic/videos Rob's Twitch - https://twitch.tv/robkovacs Famictracker - http://famitracker.com/ Megaran Insane in the Rain - https://insaneintherainmusic.bandcamp.com/album/insane-in-the-rain Long Island Retro Gaming Expo - https://liretro.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/6/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 15 seconds
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#315: Be an Artist All the Time with Ben Burnes

Ben Burnes is a musician, producer, and game developer. Every week for years, and nearly 400 times, Ben has live streamed his production of a new song in two hours. He is a prolific creator and also has a large collection of sample packs to help fellow producers create their music.  This is my fourth conversation with Ben on the podcast! We covered a wide range of topics, including how to finish songs, creating a discipline around music production, and how to find a artistic balance that is right for you. Be part of Ben's next Two Hour Album Challenge, April 12-16, 2023! Go to Two Hour Album Challenge for more information. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - https://www.abstractionmusic.com/ Ben's Twitter - https://twitter.com/ben_burnes Ben's Gumroad -https://gumroad.com/ben_burnes Ben's Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/ben_burnes Ben's Patreon - https://patreon.com/ben_burnes Ben's YouTube - http://youtube.com/ben_burnes Ben's Spotify - http://abstraction.rocks/ Playlist of all Two Hour Track Challenge (finished songs) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW08UHPY2AEr3wGlMfheNxj_Kri3h8HJy Playlist of all Two Hour Track Challenge (full production) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW08UHPY2AEq9MvNNqOSpRTP4Cx92ZNId Two Hour Album Challenge Info - http://2hac.abstractionmusic.com/ Two Hour Album Challenge Music - https://2hac.bandcamp.com/ Jalapeno Hot Chocolate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yicGnzyst4s&list=PLW08UHPY2AEr3wGlMfheNxj_Kri3h8HJy&index=4 Geomorphology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Y7uYJ5sMw&list=PLW08UHPY2AEr3wGlMfheNxj_Kri3h8HJy&index=3 Petrified Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvmgNsO8yxM&list=PLW08UHPY2AEr3wGlMfheNxj_Kri3h8HJy&index=25 The Moon Seems Unaffected: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTnRhMYlN3Q&list=PLW08UHPY2AEolvJeORMO1jAcUFy3gRuXk Ben's First Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/3/28/9-ben-burnes Ben's Second Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/10/9/ben-burnes-wisdom-on-200-2-hour-track-challenges-music-production-podcast-131 Ben's Third Appearance on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ben-burnes-3 Composer Quest - https://www.charliemccarron.com/composer-quest/ Disasterpeace - http://disasterpeace.com/ Tom Cosm - https://www.cosm.co.nz/ Mr. Bill - https://mrbillstunes.com/ Adam Rokhsar's Aesthetic Candy - https://www.instagram.com/aesthetic_candy/?hl=en Brain Candy Max for Live Video Device - https://aestheticcandyshop.gumroad.com/l/braincandy Alex Walker / Human Synthetics on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/alex-walker Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
3/27/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 4 seconds
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#314: Storytelling and Creative Productivity with Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks is a best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction, including two books I immediately started reading again when I finished them, Storyworthy and Someday is Today. He is the 56-time Moth Story Slam Champion and 9-time Grand Slam Champion. He also wrote a rock opera. Matthew Dicks is a master storyteller and discussed how good story-telling can help make us better songwriters and conversationalists. He shared specific techniques and practices that will help artists of all kinds become more productive and express themselves more effectively. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Matthew Dicks Website - https://matthewdicks.com/ Someday is Today - https://matthewdicks.com/someday-is-today/ Storyworthy - https://matthewdicks.com/storyworthy/ Matthew's Blog - https://matthewdicks.com/blog/ Matthew's Coaching and Consulting - https://matthewdicks.com/coaching-consulting/ Homework for Life - https://matthewdicks.com/homework-for-life/ "This is Going to Suck" -https://themoth.org/stories/this-is-going-to-suck TED Talk "You Are Your Best Audience" - https://matthewdicks.com/tedx-cornell-university-you-are-your-best-audience/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
3/23/20231 hour, 46 minutes
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#313: Create Something Awesome with Venus Theory

Cameron of Venus Theory is a musician, sound designer, and YouTuber. He works for many companies producing music, presets, and videos. Cameron shares his musical adventures and artistic philosophy on his YouTube channel, where he inspires fellow artists to "create something awesome." Cameron and I discussed his work and how he has forged a career as an independent artist. He explains how staying true to his beliefs and curiosities is at the core of his success.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Venus Theory - https://venustheory.com/home Venus Theory YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@VenusTheory Venus Theory Bandcamp - https://venustheory.bandcamp.com/ Venus Theory Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/venustheory/ Gig Gab Podcast - https://www.giggabpodcast.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/13/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 12 seconds
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#312: Collaborating with Humans and Computers with John Matthias and Jay Auborn

John Matthias and Jay Auborn are a British duo that takes their experiments with sound to new levels, catapulting their work into unexplored territories of human-robotic collaboration. John is a violinist and composer, Jay is a musician, producer, and sound artist. Their new album Ghost Notes utilizes their unique combination of skills to create mini electronic symphonies. John and Jay spoke about their forthcoming album, Ghost Notes, and their work on the video game soundtrack for The Kraken Wakes. The pair discussed their inventive recording techniques and their work together. They detailed how they lean on each other's strengths to form a healthy and fruitful collaboration. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: John and Jay's Bandcamp - https://matthias-auborn.bandcamp.com/ The Kraken Wakes - https://store.steampowered.com/app/2100380/The_Kraken_Wakes/ Creating the Music for The Kraken Wakes - https://www.thekrakenwakes.com/blog/kraken-music "Dive into This" Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtRg0fZc8wI "Vodka & Coke" Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lH1iNeNtV4 Photo Credits Alice Hendy - https://www.instagram.com/alicehendyphotography/?hl=en Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/8/20231 hour, 39 minutes
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#311: Finding Your Way in a Changing Music Industry with Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner is the SVP of Artist Engagement & Education at CD Baby. He and his team produce educational content to help independent artists move their careers forward in a rapidly changing industry. Kevin plays guitar in Smalltown Poets, who recently released their 10th album NWxSE. Kevin and I spoke about the changes happening in the music industry. Whether it's AI, social media, or changing trends, Kevin looks for ways to help independent artists navigate their careers. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Kevin Breuner Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kbreuner/ DIY Musician - https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/ DIY Musician Podcast - https://podcast.cdbaby.com/ Smalltown Poets - https://smalltownpoets.tv/home CDBaby - https://cdbaby.com/ JVKE and Tik Tok - https://youtu.be/S1m-KgEpoow Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
2/27/202341 minutes, 35 seconds
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#310: Becoming an Artistpreneur with Evan Price

Evan Price is the CEO of Artist collective where he coaches musicians helping them generate revenue to have the financial freedom they need to pursue the lives they’ve always wanted. Evan is a lifelong musician who hopes to help artists with the business side of the music business. Evan and I spoke about how artists can build their careers. We discussed some of the new technological developments that artists face and how they can brace themselves to succeed in everchanging music climate. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Artist Collective - https://www.artistcollect.com/ Artist Collective on Instagram - Http://Instagram.com/artistcollect Evan's Instagram - Http://Instagram.com/ac_evan Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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#309: It's All Art with Ebonie Smith

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer, and singer-songwriter. She is a 10-year in-house engineer at Atlantic Records, and the founder and President of Gender Amplified Inc., a camp experience that supports women and gender non-binary in music production and audio engineering. Smith has received numerous awards and worked with artists like Charlie Puth, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Kodak Black, Zoe Kravitz, and many more.  Ebonie spoke about her work and experience. She shared how she meticulously recreates hit songs in order to understand what makes them work. Ebonie explained how the most successful artists see every aspect, from songwriting to album release, as a chance for artistic expression. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ebonie's Website - http://eboniesmith.com/ Gender Amplified - https://genderamplified.org/ Ebonie's Credits - https://www.allmusic.com/artist/ebonie-smith-mn0002719799/credits Ebonie's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eboniesmithmusic/ Ebonie's Ableton Loop Feature - https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/start-here-start-here-how-one-sample-spawned-800-tracks-12-hours/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
2/15/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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#308: Make Music Every Day with Alex Walker - Human Synthetics

Alex Walker is a musician, producer, and YouTuber, who creates under the name Human Synthetics. Alex has created numerous videos for Isotonik Studios and is known for his live streams. During the streams, Alex shares all parts of the creative process, including the less glamorous struggles, in order to share an accurate depiction of the process. Alex and I had a great talk about his work and the creative process in general. Alex spoke about how live streaming has focused his work and helped him build a daily discipline.   Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Human Synthetics - https://linktr.ee/humansynthetics Human Synthetics Bandcamp - https://humansynthetics.bandcamp.com/ Human Synthetics YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@HumanSynthetics Alex's Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/humansynthetics?fan_landing=true Alex on Instagram - https://instagram.com/human.synthetics Listening Sessions - https://listeningsessions.co.uk/ Ned Rush - https://www.youtube.com/nedrush Ned Rush on the Music Production Podcast #173 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ned-rush Rick Beato - https://rickbeato.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/7/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 45 seconds
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#307: Eat Lunch Alone and More Wisdom from Tommy Zee

Tommy Zee runs Tommy Zee and Co., a music production company that makes music for some of the world's largest brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Sony, and more. He created the site Making Music for Brands that teaches producers how to get in the business of producing music for companies. This is the third time Tommy and I have done a podcast. You don't do three podcasts unless you enjoy it and find lots of value in it. I look forward to our fourth.  Tommy shared a ton of wisdom from his experience. He spoke about his recent daily email writings, which we the catalyst for this conversation. Tommy has a way of finding what is important in his work and life that is truly inspiring. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Making Music For Brands- Tommy teaches how to get into the business of making music for brands. Masterclass - Tommy's incredibly deep and thorough course on how to make music for brands. Tommy Zee and Co.- Tommy's music production company for brands. YouTube - Tommy's YouTube is loaded with tutorials, interviews with industry professionals, and wisdom he's picked up along the way. Tommy on the 188th Episode - A great second conversation with Tommy Tommy on the 122nd Episode - Tommy's first appearance on this podcast remains one of my listeners' favorites. Live Webinar for Music Production Club - Tommy broke down one of his commercial projects for members of my Music Production Club. Rick Beato - https://rickbeato.com/ Badass Users - https://www.amazon.com/Badass-Making-Awesome-Kathy-Sierra/dp/1491919019 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/2/20231 hour, 56 minutes, 57 seconds
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#306: Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is the feeling that we are not qualified or good enough to do something and that someone will expose us as a fraud. In this episode, I speak about Imposter Syndrome, what we can do about it, and an embarrassing mistake I made that is proof that I am complete fraud in everything I do! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/30/202328 minutes, 34 seconds
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#305 - Composing Darby and the Dead, King of the Hill with Roger Neill

Roger Neill is an accomplished film and television composer who worked on the new Hulu film Darby and the Dead, the award-winning Sam Now, and all 13 seasons of King of the Hill. He has arranged and orchestrated concerts for artists such as Beck, John Legend, and Air. Roger's work has received numerous awards, including an Emmy for King of the Hill, and he holds a PhD in music from Harvard. Roger and I discussed his work on the film Darby and the Dead, including how they needed to rethink and rework the project to find the film's sound. Roger shared how deadlines and limitations help him finish work. He offered valuable insight from his experience on how to get work and capture the feeling of a film. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Roger Neill - http://rogerneill.com/ Roger on IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002685/ Darby and the Dead - https://www.hulu.com/movie/darby-and-the-dead-412d80b0-c732-404d-8c76-e89b8996a293 King Star King - https://www.adultswim.com/videos/king-star-king Get Back Beatles Documentary - https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-beatles-get-back/7DcWEeWVqrkE Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/24/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 32 seconds
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#304: Some Good Evil Vinyl Listening Party

This is the Some Good Evil Vinyl Listening Party! Some Good Evil is my 3-piece rock band. I play guitar and sing. Alex Oliveira sings background vocals and plays bass. Chris P. Cauley plays drums and sings background vocals.  In this episode, the band gets together at Chris' house to listen to our newly arrived vinyl records. We discuss some of the stories behind the songs, the writing process, and the creative and philosophical approaches we took as a band to complete the album.  You'll hear each track from our new album, recorded directly from the vinyl record! Enjoy, Brian Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Some Good Evil album - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/somegoodevil/some-good-evil Chris P. Cauley BandCamp - https://chrispcauley.bandcamp.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/16/20232 hours, 25 minutes, 41 seconds
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#303: Chiptune Music with Brendan Becker aka Inverse Phase

Brendan Becker is a chiptune musician and video game composer. He produces music using a variety of vintage video game systems under the name Inverse Phase. Brendan runs the Bloop Museum in Maryland, USA, where classic video game consoles and vintage electronics are on display and ready for interaction. Brendan shared his deep knowledge of classic video game sound chips as well as how he creates music with them. He details how such systems and chips produce sound with minimal computing power. Brendan explains the drastic limitations and challenges of creating chiptune music. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Inverse Phase - https://www.inversephase.com/ Bloop Museum - https://www.patreon.com/bloopmuseum Pretty Eight Machine - https://inversephase.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-eight-machine-se Shake Bit - https://inversephase.bandcamp.com/album/shakebit Inverse Phase Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/inversephase/?hl=en BloopMuseum Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bloopmuseum/?hl=en Inverse Phase on Mastadon - https://hackers.town/@inversephase Bloop Museum on Mastadon - https://oldbytes.space/@bloopmuseum Plogue Plug-ins - https://www.plogue.com/ Brendan Becker photo by Marjerie Becker - chiptography.com Saga Synth iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/sagasynth/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/11/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 52 seconds
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#302: Jason Donnelly aka DJ Puzzle; Soundtrack Loops Co-Founder

Jason Donnelly, aka DJ Puzzle, is a musician and sound designer, as well as co-founder of Soundtrack Loops. Soundtrack Loops provides producers with royalty-free samples and loops. Jason and Soundtrack Loops create sounds for many of the industry's biggest companies including Acid, Roland, Antares, and more. In January 2023, Jason and Soundtrack Loops co-founder Matt Yost are launching their first plug-in, Double Scoop, under the brand Array Sounds. Jason's music has been placed in many films, television shows, and video games. Jason and I had a great conversation about his background and work. We discussed how it's important to maintain a future-focused mindset to prepare for unexpected technological developments. Jason shared many valuable insights from his years working in a variety of branches of the music industry. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Soundtrack Loops - https://soundtrackloops.com/ DJ Puzzle - http://www.djpuzzle.com/biography.html Jason's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/djpuzzle/ Array Sounds Double Scoop - https://sonicstate.com/news/2022/10/30/synthplex-2022-array-sounds-double-scoop-preview/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/5/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
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#301: Don't Lose Twice; 3 Book Recommendations; Jamuary 2023

It's time for Jamuary 2023! Jamuary is a challenge to make and share a piece of music each day during January. The point isn't to create masterpieces, it is simply to show up and do some work.  In this episode, I share some thoughts that have helped me throughout the years during Jamuary. You'll hear about 3 books that have inspired me and helped me be more productive this year. I'll also explain my personal Jamuary motto: Don't Lose Twice. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Nate aka Siqn's Bandcamp - https://subnoiseky.bandcamp.com/ A Journey Inward by Brian Funk - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/brianfunk/a-journey-inward Atomic Habits - https://amzn.to/3GvZmFQ Someday is Today - https://amzn.to/3WBRfNT Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants To Be - https://amzn.to/3WAHZt3 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/31/202217 minutes, 16 seconds
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#300 - The 5-Minute Music Producer and 3 Lessons

I wrote a book! The 5-Minute Music Producer contains 365 music-making activities to help you improve your songwriting and music production. If you've ever had a lack of inspiration or struggled with writer's block, this book will help you develop techniques and workflows to power through! 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/book Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/29/20229 minutes, 18 seconds
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#299: Composing for Film with Troll Composer Johannes Ringen

Johannes Ringen is a film composer and music producer from Norway. He has worked on a variety of feature films including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fate of the Furious, and Furious 7. His latest work was for the wildly successful Netflix film, Troll. Johannes and I spoke about his work in film composition. We discovered plenty of similarities between film composition and other forms of music-making, including playing in rock bands. Johannes shared wisdom about how he approaches a project, works with large teams, and uses deadlines to get his work finished. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Johannes Ringen - http://johannesringen.com/ Johannes on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johannesringen/?hl=en Strymon Big Sky - https://www.strymon.net/product/bigsky-plugin/ Cinematic Studio Series - https://cinematicstudioseries.com/ Piano Book - https://www.pianobook.co.uk/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/21/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 16 seconds
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#298: Songwriting and Production Retreat with Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a musician, producer, and songwriter. I got to know Matt while he was taking my Ableton Live Sampling class at Berklee Online. Late this summer, he organized and participated in the Monterey Songwriting and Production Retreat. Several musicians of various backgrounds (and strangers to each other) gathered at his home to write and produce music together. In this episode, I speak with Matt about the songwriting retreat, how he helped foster a creative spirit, and the lessons he learned along the way. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bo Burnham Inside - https://www.netflix.com/title/81289483 Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/13/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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#297: Tune Shed Podcast Hosts Blake Murray and Marty Gray

Blake Murray and Marty Gray host the Tune Shed Podcast. Their show covers similar ground to this show, music making, creativity, philosophy, theory, and gear. Blake and Marty are childhood friends that have reconnected over their discussions about music. Blake and Marty came on the show to talk about their work on the podcast. We had a great conversation about the challenges of making music and how we've found ways to overcome them. They share their musical backgrounds and how they've learned from each other and their guests. This is part one of a two-part series. The other half can be found on the Tune Shed Podcast. In that episode, I breakdown one of my band, Some Good Evil's tracks "Being with You." Head over to the Tune Shed Podcast to hear the second half! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Tune Shed Podcast - https://anchor.fm/thetuneshedpodcast/ Brian Funk on Tune Shed Podcast - https://anchor.fm/thetuneshedpodcast/episodes/Brian-Funk-e1rkkv8/a-a8vja0j DX-7 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2014/04/29/yamaha-dx7-digi-struments-ableton-live-pack LoFi FX Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/lofifx Guitar Feedback Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/guitar-feedback Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Casio CZ-1 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/casio Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/4/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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#296: Embracing Vintage Workflows with Julian Fulco Perron

Julian Fulco Perron is a musician and filmmaker from Denver, Colorado. His music and art harken back to the late 60s and early 70s psychedelic rock. Julian goes to great lengths to capture the feeling of the era by using many of the same tools of the time. He films his videos on Super 8 and experiments with various mediums to achieve a sound full of character and unique charm. Julian and I spoke about the challenges presented by using vintage workflows and how those obstacles have enhanced his creativity. Julian explains his process for creating his work and how the adventurous spirit of artists such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys influences how he produces his art. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Julian Fulco Perron Official Site - https://www.julianfulcoperron.com/ In My Garden by Julian Fulco Perron - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/julianfulcoperron/in-my-garden "Lost at Sea" Painted Film Video - https://youtu.be/hrqAqlzdF0I "Not So Fast" Video (Filmed on Super 8) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpZj5lgocwk Julian's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/julianfulcoperron/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Casio CZ-1 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/casio Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/28/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 49 seconds
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#295: Learning Music with Melodics CEO Sam Gribben

Sam Gribben is the CEO of Melodics, a music education platform helping users master electronic drums, MIDI keyboards, and pad controllers. Melodics has just released a new feature called Songs which allows users to learn by playing popular songs. Sam and I spoke about the development and evolution of Melodics, and how they've managed to maintain a useful and intuitive educational experience over the years. Sam shared wisdom about education and how we best learn. Melodics is offering listeners of this podcast some free bonus content, including 30 lessons for keys, pads, or drums: MUSICPODCAST-MELODICS Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Melodics (use code MUSICPODCAST-MELODICS for free content) - https://melodics.com/ Sam's First Appearance on Music Production Podcast #42 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/12/5/42-sam-gribben-melodics-founder-and-ceo Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Casio CZ-1 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/casio Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/22/20221 hour, 52 seconds
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#294: Sound Designing Weird Al with Mike Gallagher and Anthony Vanchure

Mike Gallagher and Anthony Vanchure are, respectively, the sound designer and supervising sound editor for the new bio pic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The duo have worked together on many projects, including Netflix's Song Exploder and Amazon's Lucy and Desi. Both have been nominated for Emmy awards.  Mike and Anthony spoke about their work on the Weird Al biopic. They went into great detail about how sound can be used to tell a story and set a mood. We discussed the choices they made to support the film's tone and how feedback from the directors and Weird Al himself helped guide their work. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Stream Weird: The Al Yankovic Story - https://www.roku.com/ Song Exploder on Netflix - https://songexploder.net/netflix Song Exploder Podcast - https://songexploder.net/ In Depth Sound Design YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/IndepthSoundDesign/videos Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Casio CZ-1 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/casio Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/15/20221 hour, 56 seconds
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#293: Simplicity Inspires Creativity with Greg Meads of The Low End

Greg Meadows is an acoustic singer-songwriter who plays music as The Low End. He started the project to escape the frustration of complicated computer-based setups and overly processed music. Greg wanted to embrace performance and humanity in his recordings, so he turned to his trusty Tascam 4-track tape recorder. His music emphasizes emotion and performance over production and perfection. I learned about Greg's work while watching his video about a Tascam mixer. I was blown away by his music and spent the rest of the night devouring everything he has created. Greg and I spoke about his work and the philosophy behind it. He spoke about how reducing his setup helped him learn the subtleties of recording and production. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Low End - https://thelowendmusic.com/ The Low End SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/a_meadows_thelowend Greg's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/4Ever4Track Multi-Track DAW app - https://www.harmonicdog.com/ Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 - https://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-music-clubs-global-music-vault-and-publisher-sean-omalley-on-my-latest-podcast/ One Reason Why Cassettes Are So Great - https://thelowendmusic.com/home/blog/6960107/one-reason-why-cassettes-are-so-great Sunrise Pickups - https://www.sunrisepickups.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Baby Baby Grand Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/baby-baby-grand-ableton-live-pack Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/8/20222 hours, 7 minutes, 42 seconds
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#292: 7 Continent Collaboration w/ Single Sonic Seven

Single Sonic Seven is an album created in collaboration with musicians on all seven continents. The two year-long project’s roots are found in quarantine-era Berlin, while its final path was deeply shaped by a personal connection to the war in Ukraine. I spoke with Single Sonic Seven producer Ethan Miska about the project. Ethan shared some wisdom and insight about collaborating with so many people on a single project. We even spoke about how his new hobby of making his own peanut butter made him a better producer and how a little (but not too much) chaos can help our creativity. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Single Sonic Seven - https://www.singlesonicseven.org/ Single Sonic Seven on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/singlesonicseven Single Sonic Seven on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/singlesonicseven Blunderbuss - https://www.therealblunderbuss.com/ Helping to Leave - https://helpingtoleave.org/en Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/2/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 20 seconds
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#291: Should You Upgrade to Mac OS Ventura?

When our computer operating systems get updated there’s the promise of new features that will improve our workflow and make our lives a little easier. But should we update our music-making computers with the new OS?  Not right away!  In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, I discuss a few practical reasons you don’t want to update right away and some more philosophical reasons why waiting is a good idea. When new things come out, it can wreak havoc on our mindset, which could jeopardize our ability to make music. I have a few thoughts on how we can protect ourselves from potentially dangerous ways of thinking! Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Sweetwater Compatibility Guide - https://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/articles/macos-13-ventura-compatibility-guide/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Baby Baby Grand Piano Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/baby-baby-grand-ableton-live-pack Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/29/202212 minutes, 44 seconds
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#290: Collaborating and Live Performance with Bottler

Bottler is Brooklyn-based electronic duo of best friends, Pat Butler and Phil Shore. Their music is designed to capture the playfulness of kids making music in their garage. Bottler released their first album, Journey Work, on infine in May. Pat, Phil, and I had a great conversation about collaborating and live performance. The duo shared how they were able to maintain a lifelong partnership, as well as how they adapt their music to stage.  Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bottler Website - https://www.bottlermusic.com/ Bottler Bandcamp - https://bottler.bandcamp.com/ Journey Work - https://bottler.bandcamp.com/album/journey-work Bottler Live at the Ninth Ward - https://youtu.be/NkgZzaQ5NSQ infine Music - https://infine-music.com/ Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Baby Baby Grand Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/baby-baby-grand-ableton-live-pack Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/25/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 56 seconds
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#289: Building Apps and Learning Synthesis with Nick Culbertson

Nick Culbertson is a musician and app developer who runs Moby Pixel, a mobile app creation studio. He designs game and music apps for iOS, and also produces a wide range of educational and entertaining YouTube videos. He has just released Overdrive Synth for iOS, which combines classic synthesizers with guitar overdrive and distortion pedals. Nick goes in depth about his app development process. His new app, Overdrive Synth, combines his experience as guitarist, budding synthesist, and app developer. We had a great conversation about his work and how building interesting sounds helps us create music with personality and character. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or watch on YouTube Show Notes: Moby Pixel - http://www.mobypixel.com/ Overdrive Synth - http://www.mobypixel.com/overdrivesynth Nick's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/mobypixel/featured Jeff Cooper on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jeff-cooper Matthew Fecher on the Music Production Podcast - https://www.brianfunk.com/blog/2018/6/30/66-matthew-fecher VHS Synth iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/vhssynth/ VHS Bundle Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.gumroad.com/l/vhsbundle Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Baby Baby Grand Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/baby-baby-grand-ableton-live-pack Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/18/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 53 seconds
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#288: Trusting Your Intuition with Cobaine Ivory

Cobaine Ivory is a multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-Nominated producer. He has worked with Dr. Dre, H.E.R., and Anderson Paak. Cobaine has composed music for Disney, SONY Pictures, and Ubisoft.  Cobaine and I spoke in depth about his work and overall creative philosophies.  It was a lot of fun talking with Cobaine, I really appreciate his values and beliefs. How he lives his life informs how he makes music. Cobaine has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I learned a lot talking with him! Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Cobaine's Web Site - https://www.brandedsoundaudio.com/cobaineivory Cobaine's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cobaineivory/ "Composing Samples & Loops": https://brandedsoundaudioclasses.as.me/schedule.php Songs produced by Cobaine Ivory: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6xF37Dq1nlT5EOuy7i7tRF?nd=1&si=2hVxBJM7QeWRnCz22Uk2jg Soundpacks and Samples: https://www.brandedsoundaudio.com/soundpacks Songs You Can Recognize in 5 Seconds or Less - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5-seconds-or-less Elizabeth Gilbert TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_your_elusive_creative_genius Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/12/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 1 second
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#287: The Thing Preventing You From Making Music

It's pretty simple. Life is distracting enough. You don't need help getting pulled out of the moment. Turn off your notifications. Get more done. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: My Website - https://brianfunk.com 5 Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/5/20227 minutes, 56 seconds
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#286: Songwriting, Creative Process, and Ear Health with Doug Hoyer

Doug Hoyer is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has garnered 1 million Spotify streams and licensed music for television. Doug's work has received critical acclaim and he works by day as a hearing aid practitioner.  I had a great conversation with Doug about his work and techniques for writing and completing music. Doug shared a ton of insights and strategies he regularly uses. He showcased his homemade telephone microphone during the show, and I may have asked him a few too many questions about ear care and hearing health.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Doug's Site - https://www.doughoyer.com/ Doug's Album Getting Older - https://doughoyer.bandcamp.com/album/getting-older "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight" by Doug Hoyer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN7NLKWol9I The Magnetic Fields - http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/ Shawn Nicholas Savage - https://seannicholassavage.bandcamp.com/ Beverly Glenn-Copeland - https://beverlyglenncopeland.com/ Music Production Podcast #151: What is Your Listener Doing and 13 Musical Emotions - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/2/6/what-is-your-listener-doing-and-13-musical-emotions-music-production-podcast-151 MandoBass Free Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2014/9/12/mandobass-free-ableton-live-pack-109 A Journey Inward by Brian Funk - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/3/11/my-new-ep-a-journey-inward-is-now-available Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/29/20222 hours, 9 minutes, 16 seconds
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#285: Telling Your Artist Story with Laura Ferreiro

Laura Ferreiro is a writer, storytelling coach, and brand strategist. She has written for Rolling Stone, LA Times, Yahoo, and more, interviewing some of music's biggest names. Laura runs Story Harmony where she helps artists craft their stories to form emotional connections with their fans. Laura and I spoke about the importance of creating a clear message of identity for our audiences. She shared tips and techniques that can help musicians craft bios and make important decisions about image and branding.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Story Harmony - https://www.lauraferreiro.co/ Laura's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lauraferreirostoryteller/ Laura's Free Guide to Authentic Branding - https://lauraferreiro-storyharmony.lpages.co/storyguide/ Music for Good - https://musicforgood.tv/ Laura's In Harmony Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-harmony/id1511783234 Ariane Paras on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ariane-paras Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - https://amzn.to/3BxEytX AI Rapper FN Meka - https://mashable.com/article/fn-meka-record-deal-racial-stereotyping Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/22/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 56 seconds
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#284: Producing the Strokes and Crafting a Sound with Gordon Raphael

Gordon Raphael is a highly sought-after musician and producer. He produced Is This It and Room on Fire by The Strokes and Soviet Kitsch by Regina Spektor, amongst countless others. His new book, The World is Going to Love This, documents his work and the exciting stories from the Seattle scene of the 90s through his work with The Strokes, Regina Spektor, and The Libertines. As the producer for some of my favorite albums of this century, speaking with Gordon was a real treat. He shared studio stories and techniques used with The Strokes. Gordon emphasizes the importance of keeping an open mind to new possibilities and unconventional ways of working to create timeless and emotionally impactful sounds. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Gordon's Site - https://www.gordotronic.com/ The World is Going to Love This by Gordon Raphael - https://www.wordville.net/product-page/the-world-is-going-to-love-this Gordon and His Arp Oddysey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txtWU090BC8 Gordon on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/GordonRaphael/ Gordon's Linktree - https://linktr.ee/GordonRaphael Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/17/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 44 seconds
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#283: Is Your Music Too Complicated?

Is your music too complicated? Are you making your job harder than it needs to be? Is it fear that we are hiding behind by complicating our music? Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/13/202217 minutes, 29 seconds
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#282: Writing Music for TV, Film, and Games with Sam Wale

Sam Wale is a musician and producer, who writes music for TV, film, and games. Sam is the VP of Production for Alibi Music, a provider of licensed music and sound FX for all types of multimedia. Sam and I spoke about his role at Alibi Music and how producing music for licensing is different than producing music as an artist. Sam shared his story and experience which is helpful for any producer looking to get into licensing their music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Alibi Music - https://alibimusic.com Sam's Alibi Bio - https://alibimusic.com/blog/alibi-spotlight-sam-wale-vp-of-production Sam's SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/samwale Sam's Article on Creating Emotion - https://www.mixonline.com/recording/music-production/5-best-practices-for-composing-production-music-with-authentic-emotion Kygo Monthly/Studio Class - https://studio.com/kygo-music Social Story Songs - http://www.socialstorysongs.com Mredrollo on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ed-rollo Ariane Paras on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ariane-paras Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/5/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 6 seconds
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#281: Capturing Life in Recordings with Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson is a renowned Composer, Cellist, and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist. His latest album, Patina, combines strings and analog electronic instruments in an effort to capture the humanity and life in each instrument for emotional impact. Peter composes for television, film, and games, including placements in the film Blackbird and HBO's The New Pope. Peter and I spoke about his work as a composer and producer. We focused quite a bit on capturing life in recordings. Peter shared some interesting thoughts about the way microphone placement can bring out the "grit" in the cello, and how he uses techniques like this to give his music a "lived-in" feeling, not unlike a favorite pair of jeans. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Peter's Official Site - https://petergregson.co.uk Patina - https://petergregson.ffm.to/patina.owe Piano Book - https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/catalogue/products/piano-book-peter-gregson-12782 Dr. Bob Time Corrects Van Halen - https://youtu.be/p9rVKnEvAQ8 Dr. Bob on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/bobby-huff Mom's Piano Free Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2013/02/28/free-ableton-live-pack-73-moms-piano Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/29/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds
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#280: Keep Creating with Mr Ed Rollo

Ed Rollo is a musician, educator, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He creates straight-talking, no nonsense videos for his YouTube channel that help musicians see past the empty promises of hacks and shortcuts. Ed runs the online education community mredrollo+. As a fan of his video content and overall philosophical approach to music making, I was very excited to talk with Ed. He did not disappoint. Ed shared wisdom about his background and career. He pointed out truths about music making and offered some helpful approaches to growing as an artist.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ed's Site - https://mredrollo.com mredrollo+ Online Training - https://plus.mredrollo.com Ed's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/mredrollo "Appraisal" by mredrollo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSC4KpEZ6Tw Drew Mayhills on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/8/18/drew-mayhills-a-new-release-every-month-music-production-podcast-123 What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production - https://brianfunk.com/blog/what-bob-ross-teaches-us-about-music-production War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/3CwzYyt Essentialism by Greg McKeown - https://amzn.to/3QVqLDI Making Music by Dennis DeSantis - https://makingmusic.ableton.com Someday is Today by Matthew Dicks - https://amzn.to/3AjTmvz Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with One Knob Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/one-knob Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/23/20221 hour, 52 minutes, 24 seconds
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#279: Building Confidence and Conquering Imposter Syndrome with Ariane Paras

Ariane Paras helps artists define their vision, build confidence, and find the strength to reach their goals. She runs Olympia Coaching and has 15 years of experience coaching artists along their journey.  Ariane and I had a great conversation where we explore the challenges and fears artists have. She shares advice about overcoming procrastination (which is mostly fear) and how having a clearly defined purpose and goal will help us deal with both internal and external criticisms. There's a wealth of valuable information that will help us all in our creative journeys. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Olympia Coaching - https://olympiacoaching.com Free Consultation with Ariane - https://olympiacoaching.as.me/schedule.php Thrive Program - https://olympiacoaching.com/thrive-artists Ariane's Blog - https://olympiacoaching.com/blog Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/olympiacoaching/ Tim Ferriss on Fear-Setting - https://tim.blog/2017/05/15/fear-setting/ Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with One Knob FX Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/one-knob Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/11/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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#278: What Do You Really Want with Robert Webster

Robert Webster has been producing music and DJing since 1993, as RobJamWeb. Robert hit it big with a track called "Everybody" in 1999 and has since been releasing music and sharing his knowledge on his YouTube channel. Robert spoke about his work and the troubles he encountered with success when one of his tracks hit the charts and MTV. He discussed openly how his freedom from success has allowed him to find and pursue his musical passions. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Robert's Official Site - https://www.waxadisc.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/waxadiscmusic Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/waxadiscmusic/ Everybody - https://youtu.be/oP--4ELAVug U-HE Tyrell Free VST Synthesizer - https://u-he.com/products/tyrelln6/ Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with One Knob FX Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/one-knob Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/5/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 24 seconds
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#277: This is Sound Design for Film with Nathan Ruyle

Nathan Ruyle is a sound designer for film, who has designed and mixed for over 70 feature-length films. He is the founder of This is Sound Design, a full-service post sound facility in Burbank, California. Nathan has credits working for Universal, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon. His most recent project is the film Joyland, the winner of the 2022 Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Nathan spoke with me from his incredible new sound stage studio. We discussed sound design for film and the work he has done. He goes into detail about his state-of-the-art facility, which is Dobly-Certified for the latest in immersive audio. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: This is Sound Design - https://tisd.tv Nathan on IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2021986/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Joyland Film - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19719976/ "The Invisible Art" by Nathan Ruyle - https://www.moviemaker.com/this-is-sound-design-sound-designer-nathan-ruyle/ Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsckp8r1-8c Hiss and Roar: https://hissandaroar.com/v3/ Immersive Audio with Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy on the Music Production Podcast #269: https://brianfunk.com/blog/studio-deluxe-immersive Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/27/20222 hours, 3 minutes, 18 seconds
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#276: The Right Gear, Using Your Ears, and Hitting Deadlines with Jack Miele

Jack Miele founded Jack Miele Productions, a world-famous, production company that has worked on Grammy-winning music. Their clients include artists such as Zac Brown Band, Rod Stewart, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ani DiFranco, and many more. They have done scores for shows such as Family Guy and American Horror Story. Jack and I spoke in-depth about his company and his production philosophies. Jack shared helpful wisdom about workflow, choosing the right great, and the importance of nailing deadlines.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Jack Miele Productions - https://jackmiele.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jackmieleproductions/ Jack produces Iceman Special - https://www.instagram.com/jackmieleproductions/ Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/23/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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#275: Creating Worlds and Atmospheres with Robot Koch

Robot Koch is an award-winning artist, producer, and composer who recently released his new album The Next Billion Years, which gives sound to the distant future. He has worked on numerous TV shows and films, including NBC's The Blacklist, ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, MTV's Teen Wolf, and Netflix's Dark. Robot is the winner of the German Music Composers Award and has amassed over 75 million streams and half a million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Robot and I spoke in depth about his work both on his new album, The Next Billion Years, and his various TV placements and scores. He shared how he tries to create worlds within his music that are full of emotional impact. Robot explains how he stretches his abilities to find new musical ground. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Robot's Site - https://www.robotsdontsleep.com Stream The Next Billion Years - https://robotkoch.lnk.to/TNBYFoamAndSand The Next Billion Years Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpUj30fRDG0 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/Cfwg4cPjYVQ/ Robot's Ableton One Thing - https://youtu.be/Lo7NIt4DqRc Creating New Musical Landscapes with Robot Koch - https://blog.native-instruments.com/watch-robot-koch-on-creating-new-musical-landscapes/ Robot Koch Shares 5 Studio Tips - https://electronicgroove.com/robot-koch-shares-5-studio-tips/ "Bad Kingdom" by May and Robot Koch, Dark Season 3 Episode 1 - https://youtu.be/i2Z98LT7xtQ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/18/202248 minutes, 8 seconds
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#274: Writing Songs with Strangers and Ed Sheeran - Kal Lavelle

Kal Lavelle is a singer/songwriter based out of Dublin and London. She is signed with Sony on a writing/publishing deal, and has a writing credit on Ed Sheeran's number 1, multi-platinum single "Shivers."  Kal and I had a great conversation about her songwriting process. She explained how she interacts with her collaborators to find inspiration. Kal's passion and enthusiasm for songwriting come through clearly in our conversation, and I learned a lot talking with her. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Kal's Site - http://www.kallavelle.com International Busking Day - https://wembleypark.com/international-busking-day-wembley-park/ Ed Sheeran "Shivers" - https://youtu.be/Il0S8BoucSA Spoon River Anthology - https://amzn.to/3o3lpdi Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/14/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 12 seconds
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#273: Programming Synths and Chewing Gum with Francis Preve

Francis Preve is a sound designer, journalist, and educator. He teaches synthesis and sound design at Austin Community College. Francis is one of the most in-demand synthesizer programmers in the world. He makes factory presets for companies like Roland, Sequential, Korg, and Ableton, just to name a few. His company, Symplesound, provides some of the finest sound libraries available. Francis' latest work is a collaboration of Serum presets with sound designer Tom Wolfe. For our third conversation on the podcast, Francis and I covered quite a range of topics, including his many projects during the pandemic, memories of Dave Smith, and why you shouldn't listen to your tracks until they are finished. As usual, it was an honor to speak with Francis and learn from one of the masters of the field.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Francis' Site - https://www.francispreve.com Symplesound - https://www.symplesound.com Tonepaper Ambient Album - http://tonepaper.com Tom Wolfe - Francis Preve Collaboration - http://synthvault.net Francis' Serum Preset Collections - https://xferrecords.com/preset_packs/manufacturers/francis-preve Watch + Learn Tutorials - https://www.francispreve.com/blog/2020/5/22/watchlearn-index-1-20200522 Microtonal w/Richard James - https://warp.net/editorial/richard-d-james-speaks-to-tatsuya-takahashi Ableton Micro Tuner Pack - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/microtuner/ Broken Synths with Brian Eno - https://www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/02/20/brian-eno-and-his-broken-yamaha-dx7-synths/ Calvin and Hobbes "Chewing" Magazine - https://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1992/05/05 Freshen-up Gum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5sGX8VM22E The Go-Giver - https://amzn.to/3AAxM7R The War of Art - https://amzn.to/3OVz6GY Vinyl Williams - https://vinylwilliams.com Francis on MPP #38 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/10/30/38-francis-preve-sound-designer-educator Francis on MPP #98 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/1/29/98-francis-preve-2-sound-design-synthesis-vanlife Brian Funk Links: My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. -Brian Funk
7/11/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 49 seconds
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#272: Instant Mastering Chain with Martin Stimming

Martin Stimming is a musician and electronic music producer from Germany, known for bringing his original sound to house music. He recently partnered with DOCtron to create the IMC or "Instant Mastering Chain." The IMC is a small, powerful analog box used for high-end mastering, especially for live performance. This is the second time I've had the pleasure to speak with Martin. He shared the process of creating and marketing the DOCtron IMC. Martin has a lot of great insight about instrument and interface design. He also let us into the gear he is currently using in his live performances. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Stimming Official Site - https://stimming.org DOCtron Instant Mastering Chain - https://instantmasteringchain.com Stimming's DOCtron IMC Demo - https://youtu.be/vygmqfLLNv0 Stimming's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stimming_official/ Stimming's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/MStimming Martin's First Appearance on the Music Production Podcast #228 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/stimming Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Dream Organ Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dream-organ Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/4/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 4 seconds
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#271: Algorithmic and Generative Music with Canton Becker

Canton Becker is a musician, programmer, and web designer. Recently he has turned his focus to algorithmic and generative music. His site, Pi Songs, used the number pi to create a musical piece 114 years long. Canton has been pushing the limits of technology and creativity for decades. He was a fundamental part of the Res Rocket Surfer project, which enabled for real time musical collaboration in the early days of the internet. Canton spoke to me about algorithmic music and how he created Pi Songs in collaboration with visual artist Jeffrey Ventrella. His thoughts on the future of music and technology was both inspiring and a bit frightening! Canton gave a fascinating demonstration of his how his algorithmic music making works in real time. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by Phenyx Pro. We love our PTM-10 Wireless In-Ear Monitors! Save 5% with code - BRIANFUNK Phenyx Pro - https://phenyxpro.com/DKOSOgYsjkzg Show Notes: Pi Songs - https://pisongs.com Earth Music "Brian's Song" - https://pisongs.com/earth/?position=30389804 Res Rocket Surfer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpzHQR-skEQ SampleSwap - https://sampleswap.org Canton's Web Site - https://cantonbecker.com Preview of "Acid" - https://vimeo.com/717696534 This Person Doesn't Exist - https://thispersondoesnotexist.com Next Chord App - https://nextchord.app Bill Wurtz - https://billwurtz.com The Musician's Dice - https://musiciansdice.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/26/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 20 seconds
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#270: Collaboration vs. Isolation with Jesse Mac Cormack

Jesse Mac Cormack is a musician and producer who just released his new album, SOLO, on Secret City Records. Mac Cormack summons a sonic world that’s razor-edged and intimate, influenced by the textured electronics of James Blake, Little Dragon, Caribou, and SUUNS.  Jesse and I spoke about how he created his album in isolation during the pandemic with limited gear and equipment. We explored how these limitations helped his creativity, and contrasted that with his return to collaboration with others. This episode is sponsored by Feed. Effortless Facebook & Instagram ads that grow your audience online. https://tryfeed.co/music Get a $100 Ad Credit: Email [email protected] with the subject "Brian Funk." Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Jesse's Site - https://www.jessemaccormack.com New Album SOLO - https://found.ee/JMC-SOLO Jesse's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jessemaccormack/ Jesse's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2po9yLJNuWLA1t7h6zqhTw/ Daniel Lanois on NPR - https://www.npr.org/2021/03/17/978200605/daniel-lanois-is-more-than-just-a-legendary-producer RC-20 Retro Color Plug-in - https://www.xlnaudio.com/products/addictive_fx/effect/rc-20_retro_color Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/17/202250 minutes, 37 seconds
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#269: Immersive Audio with Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy

Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy are Grammy-winning producers who have worked with the biggest names in music, including Faith No More, U2, Sheryl Crow, and more. Recently, they launched their new immersive music-ready studio, Studio Delux Immersive. Matt and Will specialize in Dolby Atmos, Sony 360RA, and Spatial Audio, and have already created immersive mixes for Jason Mraz, Faith No More, The B-52s, and Kid Rock. Matt and Will spoke to me about their experiences mixing in these new 3D audio formats, and the challenges they present. They spoke in detail about their latest immersive project, Faith No More's The Real Thing, which is scheduled for release on June 17, 2022. Will and Matt also touched on some of the aspects that make them such a great collaborative team. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Studio Delux Immersive - https://www.instagram.com/studiodeluximmersive/ Matt Wallace - http://mcdman.com/wallace Will Kennedy - http://willkennedyproducer.com Will's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wkproducer/ "Love Shack" ATMOS Mix on Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/love-shack/983850956?i=983850963 Envelop 3D Mixing Tools for Ableton Live - https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/free-tools-live-unlock-3d-spatial-audio-vr-ar/ Bill Small on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/bill-small What Is Immersive Audio and How Does it Work - https://www.sonarworks.com/blog/learn/immersive-audio Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/9/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 34 seconds
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#268: Finding Your Creative Path with Kevin Khordmaster Allen

Kevin Allen, aka Khordmaster, is a music producer, classically trained pianist, and YouTuber. He runs the Khordmaster Keys Podcast, where he and guests discuss music-making, technology, and lifestyle design. Kevin and I had a great conversation on a variety of topics from carving your own artistic path to the role social media plays in aiding and detracting from our missions. Kevin shared wisdom from his experience as an artist and how his unique background has led him to where he is now. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Khordmaster Site - https://khordmaster.com Khordmaster Keys Podcast - https://anchor.fm/khordmaster KMATS - https://kevintutoring.com/ Kevin's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/Khordmaster Kevin's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/khordmaster/ Koala Sampler - https://www.koalasampler.com Ian Martin - https://artistianmartin.com/index.html Mark Rebillet - https://www.youtube.com/marcrebillet Glasys - https://glasysmusic.com Henny tha Bizness on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/henny-kennard Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit 5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! Brian Funk
6/4/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 47 seconds
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#267: Play It Like You Mean It - Emile Pandolfi

Emile Pandolfi is a professional pianist and entertainer with over 40 years of performance experience. One of the top-selling pianists in the music industry, he has sold over 4.5 million albums, garnered more than 750 million streams online, and performed hundreds of concerts worldwide for thousands of fans. Although serious about his playing, Emile is never serious about himself and believes that every moment at the piano should be one of joy. Emile stopped by to talk about his new book, Play It Like You Mean It, which helps musicians apply their techniques to reach listeners on an emotional level. We had a great discussion about creating an emotional impact with music and how to embrace your own unique character in your music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Emile's Site - https://www.emilepandolfi.com Play it Like You Mean it by Emile Pandolfi - https://www.emilepandolfi.com/emile-pandolfi-play-it-like-you-mean-it Emile's Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5BcEbeQq5n2fz8HbhI9CWU?si=PqpctqEUQAae3D4YoHPFEQ Emile on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/emilepandolfi/videos Emile's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/emilepandolfi/ Fine Art and Fine Piano - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_X4QNTqxK4 Oscar Peterson C Blues Jam - https://youtu.be/NTJhHn-TuDY Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
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#266: Realizing Your Creative Dreams with Jeff Leisawitz

Jeff Leisawitz is an award-winning musician/producer, college songwriting professor, life coach, and author of the book Not F*ing Around. Jeff is dedicated to helping artists get their creative dreams off the ground. I had a great talk with Jeff about the creative process and overcoming the fear of sharing our creative works with the world. Jeff shared some excellent stories and techniques that have helped his clients and students reach their artistic potential.  This episode is sponsored by LALAL.AI: https://www.lalal.ai/?fp_ref=brian   Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Jeff's Site - https://jeffleisawitz.com Not F*ing Around - https://jeffleisawitz.com/nfa/ Jeff's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYewSq3WO-mEy3JwcOuHedQ Jeff's Music - Electron Love Theory - https://electron-love-theory.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/24/20221 hour, 1 minute, 51 seconds
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#265: GPU Audio - Next Level Audio Processing

GPU Audio is a Digital Sound Processing platform that unlocks a standard Graphics Processing Unit to handle audio production with next-gen performance capabilities. GPU Audio dramatically enhances performance by offloading processing from a computer's CPU to its GPU. I spoke with Jonathan and Sasha of GPU Audio as they shared the potential of GPU Audio. We spoke about the capabilities of their new system and how it could revolutionize the way we make music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: GPU Audio - https://www.gpu.audio Early Access Program - https://earlyaccess.gpu.audio Join the GPU Audio Community on Discord - https://discord.gg/sJ7zxgeb7T Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/18/202251 minutes, 17 seconds
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#264: Music's Emotional Power; Sync Music with Jim Hustwit

Jim Hustwit is a music producer who creates bespoke music compositions for film, television, and advertising through his company LARP Music. He has worked for companies like BBC, Universal, and Apple. Jim is the host of the Sync Music Matters Podcast. I had a great talk with Jim about his work producing music for sync licensing. Jim spoke about the emotional power of music and how it affects listeners on a subconscious level.   Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: LARP Music - https://www.larpmusic.com Sync Music Matters Podcast - https://www.larpmusic.com/sync-music-matters-podcast/ Jim's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/LarpmusicUk/videos LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimhustwit/ Psycho Proves Sync Music Matters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVFJ5Q9JF_U Jim's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jimhustwit/ Paradox of Choice TED Talk with Barry Schwartz - https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_the_paradox_of_choice?language=en Mrs. Doubtfire as a Horror Film - https://youtu.be/U71P5FKFqfg Zen and the Art of Mixing - https://mixerman.net/zen-and-the-art-of-mixing/ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with VHS Ableton Live Bundle - https://brianfunk.com/blog/vhs Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/13/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 12 seconds
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#263: AudioKit Pro, VHS Synth with Developer Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper is a music and audio software developer. For the past few years, he has worked for AudioKit Pro, producing musical apps and building block tools that other developers can use to make their own apps. Jeff and I spoke about the release of AudioKit's VHS Synth iOS synthesizer app. VHS Synth uses samples of synthesizers recorded to VCR to create a warm and nostalgic sound. I supplied the samples for the app, and Jeff and the team at AudioKit built and designed the app. Jeff shared stories about his background in music and how he came to coding. He shared thoughts on instrument design and how the choices made by designers influence the way the gear is used. VHS Synths is available on the iOS App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vhs-synth-80s-synthwave/id1615208667 Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: AudioKit Pro - https://audiokitpro.com VHS Synth iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/vhssynth/ House Mark I iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/house/ 808 Bass iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/bass808/ OODA MIDI Sequencer iOS App - https://audiokitpro.com/ooda/ Jeskola Buzz Sequencer - http://jeskola.net/buzz/ McDonald's McTrax Beat-Making Placemat - https://www.engadget.com/2016-05-04-embrace-your-inner-dj-with-mcdonalds-mctrax-placemat.html Matthew Fecher on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/6/30/66-matthew-fecher Henny that Bizness and Kennard Garrett on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/henny-kennard Dirty Wave M8 Tracker - https://dirtywave.com/products/m8-tracker 80's VHS Synths Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2016/7/6/80s-vhs-synths-ableton-live-pack VCR Wave Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/5/3/vcr-wave-ableton-live-pack VHS Drums Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/vhsdrums Classical Guitar Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2016/10/7/classical-guitar-ableton-live-pack Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/6/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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#262: Songwriting with Keppie Coutts

Keppie Coutts has one of my favorite YouTube channels, "How to Write Songs." Keppie studied and taught at Berklee College of Music. Her latest work is on a new audiobook/album Mothertongues. Keppie was commissioned to write songs and music around the theme of motherhood for the audiobook. Keppie and I spoke about her songwriting process and the challenges songwriters face. We explored what it means to turn nothing into something, as well as some of the common misconceptions around the craft of songwriting that hold people back. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Keppie's Music Site - https://www.keppiecouttsmusic.com How to Write Songs (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHX6_NG_L7OitIAgcS56zpw/videos Mothertongues - https://www.keppiecouttsmusic.com/music How to Write Songs (Blog) - https://kcsongstudio.com Keppie's Songwriting Workshops - https://howtowritesongs.org/workshops/ Secret to Great Lyric Writing: The First Line - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6njy21wZoE&t=2s Keppie's First Appearance on the podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/keppie-coutts Holistic Songwriting - https://holistic-songwriting.com John Mayer on Songwriting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7W8E1tp97A "Piper" Pixar Short - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAIRXIckfMA Signals Music Studio - Borrowed Chords - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IdttvJSedg Jake Lizzio of Signals Music Studio on the podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jake-lizzio Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
4/28/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 5 seconds
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#261: Are NFTs the Future? Thomas "Pip" Pipolo

Thomas Pipolo, aka Pip, is a pop artist, singer-songwriter, and NFT curator who sold $20k worth of his ‘Backstage Pass’ NFTs within 24 hours. As an advocate for blockchain technology in the music industry, Pip will be launching one of the first ‘on-chain’ record labels, Cotton Candy Records, to help artists build and grow their music careers on the blockchain. Pip and I discussed what NFTs are and how artists can use them to advance their careers. Pip shared details about his success with NFTs and how he believes NFTs will shape the future of music. This episode is sponsored by Koji, the most fully-featured Link-in-Bio service available -https://koji.to/musicproductionpodcast Dollar Store Keyboard and Ableton Live Pack Giveaway - https://koji.to/musicproduction Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - https://www.pipmusic.xyz Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/6wYjE80aPC9C0sPFPCzyjb Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@pipmusic_ Twitter - https://twitter.com/Pipmusic_ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/pipmusic_/ NFT Now article on Pip - https://nftnow.com/music/an-independent-artist-just-made-20000-in-one-day-selling-nfts/ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/23/202259 minutes, 48 seconds
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#260: All About Microphones with Jeremy Bongiorno

Jeremy Bongiorno has been a musician for over 15 years. From touring the country in a 5-piece band to producing his own sounds at home, he’s seen all sides of the industry. On his site Studio Frequencies, he strives to help independent producers navigate the complicated worlds of music production, studio equipment, and even music marketing. Jeremy and I spoke in great depth about microphones. He explained the different types of microphones and their usages, their polar patterns, and their frequency responses.  This episode is sponsored by Koji, the most fully-featured Link-in-Bio service available -https://koji.to/musicproductionpodcast Dollar Store Keyboard and Ableton Live Pack Giveaway - https://koji.to/musicproduction Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Studio Frequencies - https://studiofrequencies.com Types of Microphones - https://studiofrequencies.com/types-of-microphones/ Lots of Artists Made Money on Spotify - https://music3point0.com/2022/04/01/you-might-not-believe-it-but-a-lot-of-artists-made-real-money-on-spotify/ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/15/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 59 seconds
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#259: Overcoming Stage Fright with Elisa Di Napoli

Elisa Di Napoli is a hypnotherapist, songwriter, and best-selling author of Dare to Be Seen. She helps performing artists command the stage and magnify their presence so they can share their gifts with their audience and shine their light on the world.  Elisa and I spoke about the causes of stage fright and performance anxiety, as well as how to train yourself to overcome them.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Elisa's Site - https://elisadinapoli.com Dare to Be Seen (free for listeners of this podcast!) - https://elisadinapoli.com/brian  Free Masterclass on Stage Nerves - https://elisadinapoli.com/stage-fright-3/ Dare to Be Seen Online Course - https://tinyurl.com/daretobeseenonlinecourse Elisa's Music as Elyssa Vulpes - http://www.elyssavulpes.com  Free Coaching Consultation with Elisa - https://elisadinapoli.com/creativity-coach/  Elisa's YouTube - Elihttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtanvC5LfhH1KPD5WlpMVLg Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker - https://amzn.to/3wZL8IY Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Expert Volume Automation in Ableton Live - https://brianfunk.com/blog/volume-rider Dad's Dinosaur Friend Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/dads-dinosaur-friend Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/2/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 29 seconds
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#258: I Am Snow Angel - Live Performance and Her New Album

Julie Kathryn is a songwriter, sound designer, and producer under the name I Am Snow Angel. Julie is known for her exciting live electronic performances and sound design work for Ableton, Cherry Audio, and others. Her new album, Lost World, will be released on May 6, 2022. Julie and I spoke about her new music, live performance, and sound design. We discussed her performance style and handling unexpected problems during a performance. Julie also shared some behind-the-scenes information about her new album, Lost World.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by Koji, the most fully-featured Link-in-Bio service available -https://koji.to/musicproductionpodcast Show Notes: I Am Snow Angel Official Site - https://www.iamsnowangel.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/i_am_snowangel/?hl=en "Lost World" Live Performance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe8we2W_lWs Female Frequency - https://www.femalefrequency.com Julie's Sound Design for Bandlab - https://www.bandlab.com/sounds/pack/i-am-snow-angel Cherry Audio Dream Synth - https://cherryaudio.com/products/dreamsynth John Ivers of Bandlab on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/12/19/john-ivers-of-bandlab-music-production-podcast-142 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/26/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds
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#257: Roy Perez - drumnote Productions

Roy Perez is a music producer, sound designer, DJ, and founder of drumnote Productions - a school for music production & sound design in Germany. His approach to teaching music production is based on years of playing various instruments and synthesizers, combining the musical, technical, and scientific parts of making music with his own live performance techniques, and his high interest in neuroscience and its connection to music and creativity.   Roy and I spoke about sound design, teaching music, and lots of the philosophical and mental aspects of making music. He has powerful insights into his craft and I learned a lot speaking with him!   Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by Koji, the most fully-featured Link-in-Bio service available -https://koji.to/musicproductionpodcast Show Notes: drumnote Productions School's website - www.drumnoteproductions.com & www.drumnote.de YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/c/RoyPerez-drumnote/ Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/drumnote.royperez LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-perez/ Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/royperezofficial/ Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/user/Royperezofficial  drumnote SoundCloud (Operator Challenge) - https://soundcloud.com/drumnote/tracks Tell Your Story Course - https://www.drumnoteproductions.com/tell-your-story/ DJ Food "Kaleidoscope" - https://djfood.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidoscope Rick Beato Interviews - https://youtu.be/efRQh2vspVc Music Weeklies Challenges with Tine Schenck - https://brianfunk.com/blog/tine-schenck-2  Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/19/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 27 seconds
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#256: Gabriel Fortuna - Ableton Certified Trainer

Gabriel Fortuna is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He is the director of the music production school Beat Drop.  Gab makes genre-bending electronic-infused rock music as Fortuna.  Gabriel and I had a wide-ranging conversation about education, creative challenges, and MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE). I really enjoyed his insights on the future of more expressive electronic instruments.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube This episode is sponsored by Koji, the most fully-featured Link-in-Bio service available - https://koji.to/musicproductionpodcast Show Notes: Beat Drop - https://beatdrop.ca/ Fortuna Music - https://fanlink.to/gabofortuna Phase Loop (Gabe's YouTube Channel) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCECM3HG37I7Y60GPauTa5pg Gabe's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gabofortuna/ Beat Drop Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/b3atdr0p/ Jon Ivers of Beat Lab on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/12/19/john-ivers-of-bandlab-music-production-podcast-142 ELPHNT on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/3/14/tom-from-elphnt-on-finishing-music-and-making-it-a-career-music-production-podcast-158 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/12/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 38 seconds
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#255: Sean Giovanni - The Record Shop

Sean Giovanni is a Producer, Engineer, and Owner of The Record Shop recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Sean moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music at age 20. He has since worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including John Legend, Meatloaf, Tim McGraw, and The Wallflowers. Sean spoke about the importance of having a guiding vision to his work and how that can help in both music and life.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Record Shop - https://therecordshopnashville.com Sean's first appearance on the podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/sean-giovanni Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Five Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/3/20221 hour, 25 seconds
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#254: MemoryBug on Jamuary2022

MemoryBug is a musician and producer from London. He used Jamuary 2022, which is a challenge to make music every day during the month of January, to hone his music-making techniques. John spoke about how he found creative inspiration in his world and applied that to his music.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - https://memorybug.net MemoryBug Jamuary Playlist - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZvd6di6Ii6gnQr6Eg_8vvE8fiZcqy-mr Distant City - Day one piece, proving to me I could do something! - https://youtu.be/G3zFg_IaaQg City Tension - Using recording made on train - https://youtu.be/uaL-npPcVFY Journey - Inspired by and using Bruce Springsteen drum sample - https://youtu.be/PRdwQoRw7Wg SpitFire LABS Philip Glass (not Brian Eno!) Piano - https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/glass-piano Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/24/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 58 seconds
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#253: Tine Schenck - Building Musical Communities

Tine Schenck is a composer and trained vocalist. Along with Andrew Magee, Clément Panchout, and Trevor Hamer, she hosts Music Weeklies Challenge, which gives a community of musicians creative projects each week. Along with a community of musicians around the world, known as Faraway Handshake, Tine released "Pushing Forward," an optimistic song to help bring musicians together during pandemic lockdowns.  Tine and I spoke about the Music Weeklies community and how she managed the Faraway Handshake project. She shared some insights about keeping music personal and intimate while avoiding trends towards the "plastic fantastic." Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Weeklies Challenges - Official Site for the challenges. Music Weeklies Twitter - The main action for Music Weeklies Challenges happens via Twitter. Tine's Website - Keep up with Tine's work. Tine on Twitter - Follow her! Faraway Handshake "Pushing Forward Tine's First Music Production Podcast Appearance Andrew Magee - Music Weeklies Challenges team member. Clément Panchout - Music Weeklies Challenges founder and team member. Trevor Hamer - Music Weeklies Challenge team member. Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/20/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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#252: See Your Ideas Through - Jamuary Lesson

We completed another Jamuary challenge to make music each day during the month of January. There are a lot of important lessons about making music that I've learned along the way. This episode highlights one of the biggest! Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/12/202216 minutes, 58 seconds
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#251: Liina "LNA" Turtonen - LNA Does Audio Stuff

Liina Turtonen is a musician, producer, and educator, who runs the LNA Does Audio Stuff YouTube channel. Liina is an Ableton Certified Trainer who focuses on making music production more accessible for all people while teaching confidence and workflow strategies for overcoming the challenges of making music. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Liina's Web Site - https://www.lnamusic.com LNA Does Audio Stuff YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/LNADoesAudioStuff/featured Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/LNADoesAudioStuff Equalize Music Production - https://equalizeproduction.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lnadoesaudiostuff/ Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking - https://youtu.be/xjE2RV6IQzo Rachel K. Collier - https://www.rachelkcollier.com Adam Rokhsar on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/adam-rokhsar Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/4/20221 hour, 49 minutes, 12 seconds
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#250: Attendance is 100% - #Jamuary2022

Showing up is literally the most important part. Here are some thoughts on the importance of being consistent with your music-making, as well as a pep talk for #jamuary2022. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/31/20219 minutes, 31 seconds
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#249: The Pleasure Principle

The Pleasure Principle is a psychological phenomenon that likely plays a role in how we make music. In this episode, we explore how we can use the Pleasure Principle to our advantage and avoid allowing it to negatively impact our music-making. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Video Game Bundle - https://brianfunk.gumroad.com/l/videogame Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/27/20216 minutes, 38 seconds
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#248: Keppie Coutts - How to Write Songs

Keppie Coutts teaches songwriting and runs the YouTube channel "How to Write Songs." Keppie studied and taught at Berklee College of Music. Her credits range from genres diverse as folk, pop, and heavy metal. Her latest work is on a new audiobook/album Mothertongues. Keppie and I spoke about her songwriting process and the challenges songwriters face. We explored what it means to turn nothing into something, as well as some of the common misconceptions around the craft of songwriting that hold people back. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Keppie's Music Site - https://www.keppiecouttsmusic.com How to Write Songs (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHX6_NG_L7OitIAgcS56zpw/videos How to Write Songs (Blog) - https://kcsongstudio.com 5 Song Writing Exercises That Will Change Everything - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUQ0kR-lTg Songwriters on Songwriting - https://amzn.to/3m4gSGV Twelve Foot Ninja - https://www.twelvefootninja.com/ Seth Godin - https://seths.blog Austin Kleon "Steal Like an Artist" - https://amzn.to/31ZcIJ2 "Art and Fear" - https://amzn.to/321LEbY Jonathan Mann (a song a day) - https://www.jonathanmann.net Matthew Dicks "Storyworthy" - https://amzn.to/3GDyeSC "The Lanyard" Billy Collins - https://youtu.be/0EjB7rB3sWc Sean Lennon Interviews Paul McCartney - https://youtu.be/iCe8fdBeTCs Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/16/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 26 seconds
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#247: Francisco Dean - Honoring History with Music

Francisco Dean is a trained jazz musician and music educator at the University of Chicago Lab School. Francisco composed a piece for his school's electronic music ensemble for the Jewish Student Association's Holocaust Remembrance event. Every sound was created with samples from Holocaust artifacts from the Illinois Holocaust Museum.  In my opinion, this is one of the finest examples of using modern electronic music production techniques in an educational setting. Dean's students became deeply connected to the victims and events of the Holocaust, on a level rarely reached in traditional education.  Francisco shared the depth of thought that went into the project, the obstacles faced along the way, and his creative strategies to translate Holocaust artifacts into music. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Explore all exhibit posters (photos of the artifacts and usage in the piece), the full score of the piece, a "Making of" video (Behind the scenes featurette), video of the live performance of the piece, and complete notes giving a background of the composition: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14qF6QdSwIToU8VXKnA5geUx9gcXCnS6f?usp=sharing  Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/10/20212 hours, 19 minutes, 13 seconds
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#246: Bill Small - Getting Out of Our Own Way

Bill Small is a musician, songwriter, and founder of Artist Mind Inc. He has lots of experience in just about all aspects of the music business. Bill applies what he has learned over the years as a personal coach for people from all walks of life, including artists, lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs.  Bill shared many of his techniques and strategies for helping people define success in their lives and creating clear goals for the future. We discussed how we get in our own way and often have trouble realizing we are doing so. Bill has a lot of wisdom that applies to just about all aspects of life.  Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bill Small Website - https://billsmallmusic.com Artist Mind Inc. - https://www.artistmind.co Bill's Bandcamp - https://billsmall.bandcamp.com Bill on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/589911163 Bill's Podcast "The Subtle Art of Not Yelling" - https://subtleartofnotyelling.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/3/202156 minutes, 53 seconds
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#245: Tyler Campbell - Founder of Alder Audio

Tyler Campbell is the founder of Alder Audio. He hand makes high-quality ribbon microphones in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coming from a background in chemistry, music, and working for his father's business, Tyler combines his skills to create his own unique microphones. Tyler and I spoke about ribbon microphones and how he started creating them. Like so many things in life, the path was not planned. We discussed the challenges of creating both physical objects and music, and how Tyler's "low barrier to entry" mentality is the key to his success. So many of the lessons he's learned in crafting microphones apply directly to music-making. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Alder Audio - https://www.alderaudio.com/ Alder H44 Ribbon Microphone - https://www.alderaudio.com/h44 Alder Audio Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alderaudio/ The Other Favorites - https://www.theotherfavorites.com Josh Turner - https://www.youtube.com/c/JoshTurnerGuitar Carson McKee - https://www.youtube.com/c/carsonmckeemusic The Other Favorites covering Paul McCartney using the Alder H44 - https://youtu.be/oM6SSopAkvc Line Audio CM4 - http://www.lineaudio.se/CM4.html Ear Trumpet Labs - https://www.eartrumpetlabs.com Leather Pros - https://leatherpros.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc  5-Minute Music Producer - https://brianfunk.com/blog/5minute Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/28/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 15 seconds
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#244: 3 Ways to Write Music "Bird by Bird"

I recently read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont, a book of advice for writers. Although it is intended for writers, there are some really nice lessons for us music producers. This episode of the podcast is all about those lessons and how we can apply them to our music making. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont - https://amzn.to/3nJfdaZ On Writing by Stephen King - https://amzn.to/2ZgHNqK War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/3r1Oubp Seth Godin on Writer's Block - https://seths.blog/2020/06/the-simple-cure-for-writers-block/ Make Bad Music Music Production Podcast #2 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/3/5/2-make-bad-music "Highway Patrolman" by Bruce Springsteen - https://youtu.be/o7v1YwubWw8 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
11/22/202115 minutes, 42 seconds
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#243: Serik aka Hyperbits - Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul

Serik Slobodskoy is a music producer and founder of the Hyperbits music school. Serik began his musical career in bands, then became a DJ and music producer. After an exciting period of touring, he found his true calling in teaching music production. Serik and I had a great conversation about his career and the surprising, and sometimes upsetting, twists and turns along the way. We spent a lot of time discussing the mental challenges of making music and how knowing our definition of success can help us find our path.  Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Hyperbits Music School - https://hyperbits.com Serik's Story - https://hyperbits.com/about/ Hyperbits Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hyperbits/ Hyperbits Blog on Spotify Playlists - https://hyperbits.com/spotify-playlists/ Elevate Ableton Live Pack - https://youtu.be/P42b27XXE18 Steal Like an Artist - https://amzn.to/3ne8oxP Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/15/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 45 seconds
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#242: Making Music with Black Holes - Valery Vermeulen

Valery Vermeulen is a Belgian mathematician, lecturer, data analyst, and electronic musician. His new album, Mikromedas, was made using data from black holes. Valery and I had a great conversation about his new album and finding creative ways to create music. We spend some time discussing the nature of the universe and black holes, and it all relates back to making music. This is a deep and sometimes dense conversation that left me feeling fascinated and inspired. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Valery Vermeulen Website and Socials: https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/ https://www.instagram.com/valeryvermeulen.studio/ : Instagram https://www.facebook.com/valeryvermeulen.studio : artist FB page Mikromedas: https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/mikromedas/ :  webpage Mikromedas project https://ashinternational.bandcamp.com/album/mikromedas-ads-cft-001 : bandcamp page for pre order/order album Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSSBuKF5_Dk : preview of album Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 and the AV live show  Teaching: https://www.facebook.com/centermcs : FB page of Center-MCS, the organization under which Valery gives various online workshops and masterclasses on sound synthesis, sound design and electronic music production https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/center-mcs/ : webpage of Center-MCS Other works: https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/emo-synth/ : EMO-Synth project on music, AI and biofeedback https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/krystalball/ : Krystal Ball project on using mathematical models from Wall Street to produce electronic music Valery would like to credit:  The scientific aspect of Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 was realized in collaboration with several academic partners including the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Alabama University (US), the Alabama Holography Research Group (US), the Institute for Theoretical Physics of KU Leuven (BE), the Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics of KULeuven (BE), the Department of Mathematics of the University of Antwerp (BE), quantum cosmologist Prof. Dr. Thomas Hertog, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaminski, Dr. Casey Cartwright, Dr. Ileyk El Mellah, Dr. Bart Ripperda, Dr. Fabio Bacchini and Prof. Dr. David Eelbode.   The realization of Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 was made possible via a co-production with Concertgebouw Brugge (BE) and Baltan Laboratories (NL).   References with respect to data used for the realisation of the Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001:   https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00986 Montreal White Dwarf Data base https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.04831 SXS Gravitational Waveform Database https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.11507 Cartwright, C., Kaminski, M. Correlations far from equilibrium in charged strongly coupled fluids subjected to a strong magnetic field. J. High Energ. Phys. 2019, 72 (2019) Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/10/20212 hours, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
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#241: The Dunning-Kruger Effect and Your Confidence

Making music is a challenging mental game. Every session involves puzzles and obstacles.  The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a psychological phenomenon we humans experience while learning new things. It causes us to overestimate our abilities in the beginning and question them as we advance.  Understanding how the Dunning-Kruger Effect impacts us can help us reach new levels in our music production. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Great video on Dunning-Kruger Effect - https://youtu.be/4FGnb2lgPBA My Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 4-Track Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/4track Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/4/202112 minutes, 10 seconds
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#240: Pride in Our Musical Love Handles with Kris of They Owe Us

Kristopher Ragnstam is the creative force behind The Owe Us, a rock/alternative/electronic band from Sweden. Kris recently released the band's new album, Kram, to much critical acclaim.  Kris and I sat down for our second talk on the podcast. We discussed how he manages to balance the raw energy of musical performance while maintaining a certain level of polish. We cover philosophical approaches to gear choice, including his healthy "headache" mixing console and his 2006 computer. Kris also talks about collaborating with others and the importance of keeping a healthy relationship with bandmates. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: They Owe Us - https://www.theyoweus.com Kram - https://www.bengans.se/sv/artiklar/they-owe-us-kram-limited-edition-with-signed-and-hand-numbered-riso-poster.html Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theyoweus/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheyOweUs/ Extinct Audio Microphones - https://www.extinctaudio.co.uk 1st Music Production Podcast Appearance - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/7/10/they-owe-us Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 4-Track Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/4track Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/27/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 58 seconds
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#239: Pushing Music Tech Forward with Adam McHeffey of Artiphon

Adam McHeffey is Director of Marketing at Artiphon. Artiphon is using cutting-edge technology to create intuitive musical instruments anyone can play. Their latest instrument, the Orba, resembles a sliced-in-half grapefruit that musical newcomers will be making music with within minutes while giving seasoned musicians new levels of expression and flexibility. Adam and I spoke about making music more accessible and demystifying it for new musicians. He shared the philosophies and principles Artiphon brings to their instruments. We discussed the possibilities new tech like Orba brings to musicians. Listeners of this podcast can save 10% at Artiphon.com with the code: musicproduction Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Artiphon - https://artiphon.com Orba - artiphon.com/orbacam Instrument 1 - https://artiphon.com/pages/instrument1 Scan Band - https://artiphon.com/pages/scanband Orbacam - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/orbacam-by-artiphon/id1506030954 Adam McHeffey - http://adammcheffey.com Cloud Chord on Orba and Max for Live - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_qnRLQiiy8 Jordan Rudess on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/jordan-rudess Laura Escude on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/4/16/laura-escud-helping-artists-reach-their-potential-music-production-podcast-166 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 4-Track - https://gum.co/4track Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/19/202153 minutes, 1 second
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#238: Whether You Think You Can or Can't, You're Right

So much of music production is in our mindset. Is yours working for you or against you? Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Juno 106 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/juno-106 Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/10/20217 minutes, 57 seconds
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#237: The Slang - Writing, Producing, and Collaborating on their new album

John Bobo and Felix Nieto are The Slang, a rock band that is releasing their new album, Divide, on 9/24/21. John, a singer-songwriter, and Felix, a producer and engineer, collaborate out of Washington DC to create their blend of alternative, rock, and power pop music. John and Felix talked in-depth about their process of collaborating with each other. Generally, John assumes the role of songwriter, while Felix produces and records the music. Each explain their role in the band and how they come together to create music that is greater than the sum of its parts. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: The Slang Official Site - https://www.theslang.com The Slang Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theslangrock/ The Slang Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/6CRivYbMN4zriYPc1FgFiu Felix Nieto Music - https://www.facebook.com/felixnietomusic/ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Guitar Feedback Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/guitar-feedback Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/23/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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#236: Alarke - Musician, Producer, Artist Coach

Alarke (Mary Alouette) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based electronic pop singer, songwriter, music producer, and artist coach. Alarke helps artists find their unique voice through personal and artistic exploration. She recently released her new single "Future Self." Alarke and I spoke about her music and work as an artistic coach. She shared how life experiences define us and shape us as artists. Alarke shared some of her own personal experiences and how she helps artists find their own unique voice. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: Official Site - https://www.alarke.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/alarke_ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/Alarke Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/alarkemusic Alarke Soundcloud - https://www.soundcloud.com/alarke Elkin and Alarke -https://www.soundcloud.com/elkinandalarke Bandcamp - https://alarke.bandcamp.com Alarke on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/7GKdZbef8U39IVKTbDPMie?si=WcRFA9FZRrSJk9cXfq68ZA  SupremeSound.Life - https://supremesound.life Signature Sound - https://supremesound.life/signaturesound Free Workshop - https://findyoursignaturesound.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Guitar Feedback Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/guitar-feedback Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/16/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 46 seconds
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#235: Frank Demilt - Author of The Blueprint

Frank Demilt is the author of The Blueprint: The Bible for Becoming a Successful Performing Artist in the Digital Age. Frank is the Head of Artist Development and A&R at Water Music Publishing. Frank helped create Sloppy Vinyl, a premier artist development and entertainment company in New Jersey. Frank and I spoke about his new book, The Blueprint, which takes artists from the very first steps of making music all the way to signing their record deal and sustaining a career. Frank shared some insights and tips about some of the different paths musicians may choose to find the career that is right for them. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: The Blueprint - https://amzn.to/3nuURlU Frank on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-demilt/ Frank on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/frankademilt/ Water Music Publishing - https://www.watermusicpub.com Sloppy Vinyl - https://sloppyvinyl.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Juno 106 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/juno-106 Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/13/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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#234: Calvin West - Music Lyric Videos

Calvin West is a musician and producer who specializes in music lyric videos. Calvin creates lyric videos for artists and labels that capture the artistic vision of the music. He also offers music mastering services. Calvin and I had a great conversation about the evolution of album art and how there are new digital extensions available to musicians. We got into how musicians can give their fans more material to delve deeper into "the world" of their release. Calvin and I also explored the challenges around music production in general. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: Calvin West Website - https://calvinwest.com Calvin's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/calvin.west/ Keaton Hanson - https://keatonhenson.com Spotify Canvas - https://canvas.spotify.com/en-us EQ or Compress First Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/eq-or-compressor-first Loudon Stearns of Berklee Online - https://college.berklee.edu/people/loudon-stearns Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Juno 106 Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/juno-106 Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/10/20212 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds
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#233: Carter Lee - Producer, Composer, Educator

Carter Lee is a producer, composer, and educator. He hosts the Themes and Variations Podcast, where musicians discuss music related to particular themes. Carter is the head of community at Soundfly, a site for online music education. Carter holds degrees in musical performance from MacEwan University and Berklee College. Carter and I had a great conversation about musical performance and production. He shared great tips on streamlining our live performances. We also discussed his podcast Themes and Variations. I will be on the show on September 22, 2021, discussing songs you can recognize in 5 seconds or less. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: Themes and Variations Podcast - https://flypaper.soundfly.com/discover/introducing-soundflys-brand-new-podcast-themes-and-variation/ Soundfly - https://soundfly.com FlyPaper Blog - https://flypaper.soundfly.com About Carter - https://soundfly.com/mentors/carter-lee Carter on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carter.a.lee/ Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/4/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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#232: Matt Ramsey -Vocal Teacher

Matt Ramsey teaches singing lessons using mixed voice technique. Matt founded Ramsey Voice Studio in 2012 and is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and YouTuber. His YouTube channel has amassed a huge following and helped singers all over the world. Matt and I had a great conversation about vocal technique. We discussed things singers can do to help improve their voice and vocal range. Matt shared some of his favorite tips and approaches to singing. There's lots of helpful information for both singers and producers who are working with singers. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: Ramsey Voice Website - https://ramseyvoice.com Ramsey Voice YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTgnlFn8pabQYSmDrK8WufQ Vocal Range Finder - https://rangefinder.ramseyvoice.com Voice Hub Singing Tips - https://ramseyvoice.com/voice-hub/ Perfect Performance Pyramid - https://ramseyvoice.com/perfect-performance-pyramid/ Sing on Pitch Vocal Course - https://courses.ramseyvoice.com/p/sing-on-pitch Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Mode Audio MPC Sample Pack - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/21/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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#231: Bitapart - Synthwave Music

Pietro Weber makes synthwave music under the name Bitapart. Bitapart's new album, Telecommander, is inspired by 80's action movies.  Pietro and I had a great conversation about music production and his techniques to create his signature sound. He discusses the use of Teenage Engineering's OP-1, Ableton Live, and analog gear. Pietro shared some great tips on staying inspired and productive. Listen on Apple or Stitcher or Google or Spotify; watch on YouTube Support the Podcast on Patreon and get exclusive mini-episodes - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Show Notes: Bitapart Site - https://www.bitapartmusic.com Telecommander EP - https://bitapart.bandcamp.com/album/t-l-commander Bitapart Bandcamp - https://bitapart.bandcamp.com Bitapart Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bitapart/ Car Chase Mode Free Ableton Live Pack (used in Bitapart’s Telecommander Theme and Intro)- https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/12/18/admcarchasemodepack Archillect - https://archillect.com Melody (separate tracks into stems) - https://melody.ml Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Mode Audio MPC Sample Pack - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Support the Podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/brianfunk Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.
8/12/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 20 seconds
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#230: 80's Stallone

Chris Stallone makes synth-heavy music as 80's Stallone. His work embodies the sound of 1980's action movie montages and is perfect for your next workout or party. Chris and I spoke about his process and artistic vision. Chris shared how he likes to approach making music. It was an inspiring conversation with an artist whose music I really enjoy! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: 80's Stallone Bandcamp - https://80sstallone.bandcamp.com/album/engaged 80's Stallone Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/1kbrY3DkdlVnrp4NCTPCpx 80's Stallone Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/80s-stallone/tracks Mode Audio - https://modeaudio.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Mode Audio MPC Pack - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/5/20211 hour, 1 second
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#229: Ben Burnes - Staying Consistent and Disciplined

Ben Burnes is a producer, live streamer, and game programmer. He releases unique sample packs and is very active in the music production community. Ben participates in a 2 Hour Track Challenge every week. He is currently readying his new album Hey for release. It was great to speak with Ben again; he was the very first guest on this podcast! Ben shared how he keeps himself disciplined with his 2 Hour Track Challenge and monthly sample packs. He reveals how his discipline has made him a better producer yet he still experiences challenges and setbacks. I find his approach inspiring and am happy to learn from his ways! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ben's Links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben_burnes Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/ben_burnes Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ben_burnes Patreon: https://patreon.com/ben_burnes YouTube: http://youtube.com/ben_burnes Spotify: http://abstraction.rocks/ Playlist of all Two Hour Track Challenge (finished songs): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW08UHPY2AEr3wGlMfheNxj_Kri3h8HJy Playlist of all Two Hour Track Challenge (full production): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW08UHPY2AEq9MvNNqOSpRTP4Cx92ZNId Two Hour Album Challenge Info: http://2hac.abstractionmusic.com/ Two Hour Album Challenge Music: https://2hac.bandcamp.com/ The War of Art: https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026 Steal Like An Artist: https://www.amazon.com/Steal-Like-Artist-Things-Creative/dp/0761169253 Getting Things Done: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280 The Shape Of Design (This wasn't mentioned, I wanted to, but the conversation swept away before I could): https://shapeofdesignbook.com/ Ben's 1st Appearance on the Podcast: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/3/28/9-ben-burnes Ben's 2nd Appearance on the Podcast: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/10/9/ben-burnes-wisdom-on-200-2-hour-track-challenges-music-production-podcast-131 "Yes, and..." Music Production Podcast #206 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/yes-and Pomodoro Time Max for Live Device - https://patches.zone/max-for-live/pomodoro ADSR Sample Library Manager - https://www.adsrsounds.com/product/software/adsr-sample-manager/ Trello - https://trello.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/29/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 33 seconds
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#228: Stimming - Creativity and Perfect Imperfection

Stimming is a music producer from Hamburg, who recently released his new album, Ludwig. Stimming creates reviews for the latest in electronic music instruments. His video series "Beats on a Budget" helps aspiring musicians to get started in music production without breaking the bank. Stimming and I spoke about his new album and some of the techniques he used to get such unique and interesting sounds. We spoke of creative approaches and how perfect feels wrong. Stimming shared some fun ways to ensure our music has just the right amount of flaws to feel good. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Stimming Web Site - https://stimming.org Stimming's New Album Ludwig - https://stimming.bandcamp.com/album/ludwig Stimming on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/MStimming Stimming on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stimming_official/ Stimming's Gear Reviews - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRjONbKorJx5vwivrllUfdhdFsor-i9e- Valhalla Plug-ins - https://valhalladsp.com Cherry Audio Plug-ins - https://cherryaudio.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
7/22/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 53 seconds
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#227: Django - Hybrid DJing and Producing for Radio

Django Flaherty is a musician, producer, and hybrid DJ from Cape Town, South Africa. Django makes music as DjangoZa. He runs audio for radio programs using Ableton Live. Django released his debut EP, Transmission Control, in February 2021. Django and I discussed his creative approach and philosophies that help him create his music. Django shared how he uses his Ableton Live Project for radio (this is worth watching the video on YouTube for!). It was a great talk that spanned quite a range of interesting topics! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Transmission Control by DjangoZa - https://djangoza.bandcamp.com/releases Official Site - https://www.django-dj.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/djangoza_music/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/DjangoFlaherty Music Production Podcast with John Bartmann - https://brianfunk.com/blog/john-bartmann Music Production Podcast - Writer's Block - https://brianfunk.com/blog/writers-block Line 6 FBV Pedal - https://line6.com/foot-controllers/fbv-express-mkii/ Loopback - https://rogueamoeba.com/loopback/ Audio Hijack - https://rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/ Derek Sivers on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/1/23/derek-sivers-on-the-creative-process-and-making-music-music-production-podcast-149 Reaper Blog - https://reaperblog.net Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/15/20212 hours, 58 seconds
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#226: Vianney of BLEASS Plug-ins

Vianney is one third of BLEASS, a company that makes exciting and intuitive plug-ins for iOS and desktop music producers.  Vianney and I had a great conversation about the work that goes into plug-in design and creation. He shared the creative process and some of the important considerations, such as how much control should a user have over certain parameters of a plug-in. It was great getting some insight into how the tools we use are made. *BLEASS is offering all members of my Music Production Club their Delay plug-in for free from July 9-19, 2021. Join the Music Production Club to get your free download! https://brianfunk.com/mpc Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: BLEASS - https://www.bleass.com BLEASS Delay - https://www.bleass.com/bleass-delay/ BLEASS Granulizer - https://www.bleass.com/bleass-granulizer/ A Journey Inward by Brian Funk - https://soundcloud.com/brianfunk/sets/a-journey-inward Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/9/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 8 seconds
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#225 Heymun: Musician, Producer, Teenage Engineering Mentor

Heymun is a Malaysian-born, Sydney-based music composer, producer, and musician. She combines voice, found sounds, and her favorite pieces of gear in her music. She is an official Teenage Engineering Mentor, and shares her passion for music-making and gear. Heymun spoke about her unexpected and sudden musical career that was born out of a background in film studies. She details how she trusted her gut and went against the advice of so many by passing up powerful music opportunities because they weren't in line with her own artistic vision. Today she credits that courage for her success. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - https://www.heymun.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/heymunmusic/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/heymun New Album Hymn - https://heymun.bandcamp.com/album/hymn "By Sea" Contest Winning Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNoNvriV0q0 Cuckoo on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/12/15/94-cuckoo Mortal Kombat Foley Sounds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYS0rPYjW28 Spitfire Audio Labs - https://labs.spitfireaudio.com Teenage Engineering - https://teenage.engineering Small Operations Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/small-operations/id1474583149 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
7/4/20213 hours, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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#224: Alberto Chapa - Music Tech and Improv Comedy

Alberto Chapa is a musician and Ableton Certified Trainer in Austin, Texas. Alberto has helped countless students learn music production and build live performances. Alberto and I had a wide-ranging conversation about music production, teaching, and creativity. He discussed how he was able to turn the most challenging periods of his life into powerful growing experiences. Alberto also shared how his study of improvisational comedy has helped him become a better producer and a more natural teacher. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Alberto's Work at Musical Guest - https://www.musicalguest.net Alberto on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/musicalguest/ Alberto's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgOyOAGBJUwf2R-qfo-gDyw Alberto's Free Ableton Live Packs - https://gumroad.com/musicalguest Francis Preve - https://www.francispreve.com Francis Preve on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/1/29/98-francis-preve-2-sound-design-synthesis-vanlife Adam Neely - https://www.youtube.com/c/AdamNeely/featured "Yes And" Music Production Podcast #206 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/yes-and Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/wind-chimes Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/29/20211 hour, 49 minutes, 39 seconds
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#223 Sterling Styles - Mobile Recording

Sterling Styles is a musician and producer who recorded his latest album using mostly mobile setups. Sterling took advantage of exciting recording locations, such as a cruise ship and a barbershop, to give his new album its own character. Sterling and I spoke about the benefits and challenges of recording with mobile setups. Sterling shared his thoughts on some of his favorite gear and how we can benefit from minimalistic recording setups. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Sterling's New Album on YouTube - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mx2o_Qe2DTF89as91Z5BUIXY9117LUkAM Sterling's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sterlingstylesmusic/ Zoom F8 - https://zoomcorp.com/en/jp/handheld-video-recorders/field-recorders/f8/ Sound Devices USB Pre 2 - https://www.sounddevices.com/product/usbpre-2/ How Music Got Free - https://amzn.to/3w4wigi Austin Ribbon Mics - https://www.austinmics.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/wind-chimes Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk  
6/27/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 7 seconds
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#222: Bobby Huff - Music Surgery with Dr. Bob

Bobby Huff is a musician, producer, engineer, and songwriter who hosts the YouTube Channel Music Surgery with Dr. Bob. Bobby's unique blend of expert knowledge, experience, and humor has made his YouTube channel one of my favorites for learning new production techniques. Bobby and I had a great conversation covering a wide range of topics. We spoke about songwriting, producing, and some of our favorite producers. Bobby shared what he thinks it takes to be successful in this competitive business. It is a great episode with tons of practical and philosophic advice and wisdom. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bobby's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrdgBuRfkz6Vd5HzdJbdJJQ The Dr.'s Lounge - https://flatfiv.co/pages/drs-lounge The Dr.'s Store - https://flatfiv.co/collections/bobby-huff Mutt Lange-Style Background Vocals - https://youtu.be/t32boxSAG0E 3 Door's Down Song Video - https://youtu.be/eZEsDzW3hLQ Vocal Tuning Boston - https://youtu.be/aA3KMJ2CMzA Bobby's Music as Light Zoo - https://soundcloud.com/user-162409470 Producing the Beatles Podcast - https://www.producingthebeatles.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/wind-chimes Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/22/20211 hour, 45 minutes, 31 seconds
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#221: How You Do One Thing is How You Do Everything

We are creatures of habit. Even the most difficult routines become our normal routine after some time. This is why we must pay close attention to the types of habits we are building. Are you working on being a more lazy person? Are you practicing always doing your best at whatever it is you are doing?  In this episode, we talk about how we can become better musicians and producers while doing the most mundane tasks by focusing on core values and a solid work ethic. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Recommended Reading: Getting Things Done by David Allen - https://amzn.to/35yAYQP The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/35zG1k8 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
6/18/20214 minutes, 2 seconds
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#220: Rob Parton - Plugged; Make Music Day

Rob Parton is a musician and producer who is actively building communities for fellow music producers. Rob hosts open jams through Plugged, a community for artists, educators, and young people interested in making music.  Along with MixMash Studios, Rob and Plugged bring you Make Music Day on June 21st, 2021. It's a 24-hour track-making challenge with community-supplied samples. Sign up to be a part of it and/or contribute samples to the challenge. Rob and I spoke about Make Music Day and the challenge of finishing tracks quickly. Rob shared some of his own production techniques and offered wisdom on collaboration, improvisation, and working with tight deadlines. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Make Music Day - https://makemusicday.co.uk/mix-mash-studios/ Submit Samples to Make Music Day - https://form.jotform.com/210418214882048 Plugged - http://www.plugged.org.uk Rob's Music: And/Or - https://and-or-uk.bandcamp.com/ Arconic Music - https://www.facebook.com/ArconicMusic Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack - http://gum.co/chimes Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/13/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 5 seconds
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#219: Connor Frost - Live Your Most Musical Life

Connor Frost is a musician and songwriter who coaches musicians through the various steps of writing, recording, and releasing their own original music. Connor is a prolific musician, releasing numerous albums and touring with his band Dizzy Bats. Connor and I had a great conversation about productivity, creativity, and completing goals. Connor shared some of his techniques and approaches that have helped his students realize their musical goals. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Connor Frost Website - https://www.connorfrost.com Dizzy Bats - https://dizzybats.bandcamp.com Connor Frost Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/connorlfrost Dizzy Bats Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/dizzybatsmusic Matt Sandrini, author of "Invest Your Time" - https://mattsandrini.com "Getting Things Done" by David Allen - https://amzn.to/3idC8Zk Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Intro Music Made with 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/16-bit Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site https://BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/31/202159 minutes, 16 seconds
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#218: Your Attention is Being Held Hostage!

Today there are more distractions than ever. Our phones, apps, and favorite websites are constantly trying to claim our attention. In order to be productive musically, we need to be hyper-aware and protective of our attention. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Social Dilemma - https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224 Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/28/202116 minutes, 12 seconds
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#217: Jake Lizzio - Signals Music Studio

Jake Lizzio is a guitar teacher and YouTuber, who has a knack for explaining and demonstrating complex music theory concepts in a practical and easy-to-understand fashion.  It was really fun to talk with Jake about guitar, music theory, and the growth of his YouTube channel. Jake's enthusiasm was in-line with the energy he brings to his teachings, and he shared some really profound insights about creativity, songwriting, and building skills. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Jake's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/SignalsMusicStudio Signals Music Studio - https://signalsmusicstudio.com Music Theory and Songwriting Course - https://signalsmusicstudio.com/courses/signals-music-theory-and-songwriting-course/ Modes of Major Poster - https://teespring.com/the-signals-ultimate-modal-pos?pid=623&cid=102506 Modes of Harmonic Minor Video - https://youtu.be/qk8uobP4uJE Diminished Chords Portal Video - https://youtu.be/olSSi6GOKZ8 Perfect Progressions: "Something" by The Beatles Video - https://youtu.be/wcG7G1Ixb6E Jens Larsen Guitar Teacher - https://www.youtube.com/c/JensLarsen Adam Neely Music Teacher - https://www.youtube.com/adamneely Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at my store with the code: PODCAST - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! Brian Funk
5/22/20212 hours, 29 seconds
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#216: You Don't Have Writer's Block

If you've spent any time making music, at some point, you've probably felt like you have Writer's Block. It's the feeling that we just can't come up with anything; we are out of good ideas; we've lost our touch. I don't think it's real and I don't think you have it. In this episode, we use some mental jiu-jitsu to work our way out of this paralyzing feeling and get back to making music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Underbelly: You Suck At Producing on the Music Production Podcast #60 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/5/7/60-underbelly-and-you-suck-at-producing Music Production Podcast #2: Make Bad Music - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2017/3/5/2-make-bad-music Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/15/202111 minutes, 37 seconds
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#215: EQ or Compressor First?

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about whether to place an EQ before or after the Compressor. The answer is: it depends on the situation. Learn a bit about how each device works and how their order depends on your goals. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Website - https://brianfunk.com Free Channel Strip Ableton Live Rack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/channel-strip Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/8/202112 minutes, 29 seconds
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#214: You Are Always Training Your Dog

Here's a short bit of wisdom I learned from a dog trainer that has helped me become a better music producer. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
4/27/20218 minutes, 53 seconds
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#213: Caspar Bock - Founder of Baby Audio

Caspar Bock is the founder of Baby Audio, makers of creative plug-ins for music producers. Baby Audio is beloved by producers worldwide for their unique and character-filled devices.  Caspar and I spoke about his work for Baby Audio and the various devices they have created. I really enjoyed learning about how they approach their work to bring producers tools that will help them express themselves through their art.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Baby Audio: https://babyaud.io Free Downloads from Baby Audio: https://babyaud.io/freebies Super VHS - https://babyaud.io/super-vhs-multi-fx-plugin I Heart NY Compressor - https://babyaud.io/i-heart-ny-parallel-compression-plugin Mom's Piano Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2013/02/28/free-ableton-live-pack-73-moms-piano VHS Audio Effect Rack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2013/06/07/free-ableton-live-pack-80-vhs-rack 80's VHS Synths Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2016/7/6/80s-vhs-synths-ableton-live-pack Brian Funk Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
4/17/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 53 seconds
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#212: Adam Rokhsar - Musician, Programmer, Animator

Adam Rokhsar is a musician, programmer, animator, and educator. He is known for some of his Max for Live video devices, such as RokVid and GlitchGif. He creates psychedelic animations as Aesthetic Candy. Adam teaches music production at New York University. Adam and I had a great time reconnecting and discussing his latest work. His new album Computer Queer is available April 2nd and features all kinds of interesting programming and sound design techniques, which Adam shares in this episode. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Adam Rokhsar Links: Official Site: http://www.adamrokhsar.com Aesthetic Candy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aesthetic_candy/ Adam's Amazing Max for Live Devices: https://twitter.com/rokhsar/status/1367898272292089859 RashKor "Computer Queer": https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/rashkor/computer-queer Cycling '74 Interview: https://cycling74.com/articles/an-interview-with-adam-rokhsar RokVid: https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/rokvid/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aesthetic_candy Patreon: https://patreon.com/aesthetic_candy Ruwa: https://ruwatheband.bandcamp.com/music Show Notes: My Tutorial on Adam's GlitchGif Device: https://youtu.be/Z3yjCGozKzs Open AI Jukebox: https://openai.com/blog/jukebox/ Open AI Jukebox Tutorial: https://marconan.medium.com/openai-jukebox-and-google-colab-tutorial-54871a139d3a Andrew Huang "Sparkle Mountain": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c72UIIYMWs8 Making Music by Dennis DeSantis: https://makingmusic.ableton.com Catatonic Youths: https://www.instagram.com/catatonicyouth/?hl=en Meldy: https://melody.ml Auburn Graillon Live Voice Changer: https://www.auburnsounds.com/products/Graillon.html Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/2/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 44 seconds
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#211: John Bartmann - Host of How I Make Music Podcast

John Bartmann is a musician, producer, and the host of How I Make Music Podcast. John writes music for video, film, and podcasts. His podcast, How I Make Music, centers on audio drama podcast music composers. Each episode dives into a different composer's work and process. John generously shared some audio samples to help clarify his work. As an homage to him, I worked in a little audio drama to the transitions. John shared how his process and philosophies help him carve out a career doing what he loves. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube John Bartmann Music: Official Site: https://johnbartmann.com YouTube: https://youtube.com/johnbartmannmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnbartmann How I Make Music podcast: Official Site: https://howimakemusic.com Show Links: https://pod.link/howimakemusic (links to Apple, Spotify, etc) Twitter: https://twitter.com/howimakemusic Instagram: https://instagram.com/howimakemusic Pravda: Official Site: https://pravdaofficial.com (music and posts for inspired and creative people) Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/pravdaofficial (links to Spotify, Apple, Soundcloud, etc) Twitter: https://twitter.com/pravda23 Django Flaherty (DjangoZa) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOzeCOyL4TrpksGGV9nzgg Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djangoza_music/tracks Show Notes: Todd Reynolds on the Music Production Podcast: https://brianfunk.com/blog/todd-reynolds Sahil Lavingia on the Music Production Podcast: https://www.brianfunk.com/blog/2018/12/15/95-sahil-lavinglia-gumroad-ceo-less-is-more 80's VHS Synths Ableton Live Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2016/7/6/80s-vhs-synths-ableton-live-pack Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/29/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 17 seconds
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#210: Henny Tha Bizness and Kennard Garrett

Henny Tha Bizness and Kennard Garrett are both accomplished musicians, producers, songwriters, and educators. They've worked with artists such as Drake, Sting, Shaggy, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z. Both teach at the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Henny and Kennard have just released their first iOS app, House Mark I, a stunning recreation of classic Fender Rhodes electric pianos. Henny and Kennard shared their story in the music industry and working together. They discuss how they used the creation of House Mark I to give their students a real, hands-on education while helping to fund Morehouse College's Ray Charles Center for the Performance Arts. Henny and Kennard offer wisdom and insight on what it takes to be successful in the music industry. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Henny Tha Bizness Official Site: https://www.hennythabizness.com Henny Tha Bizness YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HennyThaBizness Kennard Garrett Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennardgarrett/ Kennard Garrett Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennardgarrett House Mark I: https://audiokitpro.com/house/ Morehouse College: https://www.morehouse.edu Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/19/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds
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#209: Ned Rush 2

Ned Rush is a musician, producer, and YouTube personality. Ned's tutorials and Max for Live devices have long been some of my favorite on the internet. His work combines deep explorations of sound and production with a healthy, dry sense of humor. His new album Mode II, released under the name RUDENHS, brings together breakbeats and electric guitars, all delightfully treated with Ned's characteristic glitchy touch. It was great to have Ned back on the show. During his first appearance less than a year ago, Ned shared the concept for the album he was about to begin. On this episode, he has just completed the album and discusses it at length. Ned even opens Ableton Live to demonstrate his clever techniques for manipulating guitar and drums, which he used generously throughout the new album, Mode II. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Ned Rush Links: RUDENHS Mode II: https://rudenhs.bandcamp.com/album/mode-ii YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/NedRush Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NedRush Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrNedRush Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrnedrush/ Show Notes: Ned Rush on the Music Production Podcast #173: https://brianfunk.com/blog/ned-rush Ned's Radio Resonance Video: https://youtu.be/nArtzlUd5Lw Ned's Feedback Without a Guitar Video: https://youtu.be/FRe-NyVl8II Dave Grohl Recording Secret: https://youtu.be/1uW4_oV20Wk My More Kicks Than Friends Performance: https://youtu.be/idFEB8IMg74?t=2457 Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/13/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 47 seconds
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#208: Kiana Corley - Singer-Songwriter

Kiana Corley is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her latest single, "Lukewarm," is about a love that has lost its spark, and it captures her soulful pop sound. Kiana is releasing her EP, Take It or Leave It, in late April. Kiana and I spoke about her songwriting process and her collaborations with other musicians. She shared some of her philosophy behind her social media presence and how artists can use various platforms to create meaningful connections with their fans. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Guest Links: Offical Site: https://www.kianacorley.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kianacorleymusic/ "Lukewarm" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ByIgJNimI Show Notes: Music Production Club: https://brianfunk.com/mpc Baby Audio: https://babyaud.io PerforModule: https://performodule.com Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
3/9/202158 minutes, 42 seconds
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#207: Jordan Rudess - Composer, Music Technologist, Dream Theater's Keyboardist

Jordan Rudess is a composer, music technologist, and keyboardist for progressive metal group Dream Theater. Jordan was voted "the best keyboardist of all-time" by Music Radar. He founded Wizdom Music to push the boundaries of music technology. Their newest release is GeoShred 5, a highly expressive, MPE instrument for iOS and soon desktop. Jordan also plays in the prog-metal super-group Liquid Tension Experiment, who are releasing their new album on March 26th, 2021. Jordan and I sat down to talk about his work in Dream Theater and Wizdom Music. Jordan shared his outlook on the future of expressive digital instruments, highlighting both the advantages and challenges these new devices provide musicians.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Jordan Rudess Links: Jordan's Web Site: https://www.jordanrudess.com Wizdom Music and GeoShred 5: https://www.wizdommusic.com Jordan Rudess Online Conservatory: https://www.jroc.us Liquid Tension Experiment: https://www.jordanrudess.com/liquid-tension-experiment-release-video-for-first-single-the-passage-of-time-2/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JordanRudessKeys Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcrudess/ Join Jordan on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Jordanrudess Show Notes: Music Radar's Greatest Keyboardists of All-Time: https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-30-greatest-synth-players-of-all-time-keyboard-wizards-programming-gurus-and-sound-design-legends Sonubus: https://sonobus.net Haken Continuum: https://www.hakenaudio.com Roli Seaboard: https://roli.com/products/seaboard Artiphone Orba: https://artiphon.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST This episode is sponsored by Vareschi Mastering: https://www.vareschimastering.com/home Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/28/202146 minutes, 14 seconds
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#206: "Yes! And..." Improv Comedy and Music Production

Improvisational comedians always follow the rule "Yes! And..." It's used to move the scenario forward and foster a positive creative energy in the moment, as the material is being created. This rule can be applied to our music production. During the Jamuary2021 challenge, I used this approach to develop ideas even before I knew if I liked the idea. It's a great approach that can help prevent writer's block. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Chill-Struments Ableton Live Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/chillstruments Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/13/202111 minutes, 51 seconds
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#205: Inspiration is Drinking Water from Your Hands

Today's episode of the show covers another lesson learned during Jamuary 2021. Inspiration is rare and precious, and you have to act on it immediately. Here are some ideas about capturing and making the most of it when it strikes. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: My Jamuary 2021 Jams - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-1uqLGE8g8rwRMcz4Emfn0w Don't Wait for Inspiration - Podcast episode #58 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/4/21/58 My Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. And thanks to Big C for the photography. Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk Watch the Music Production Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-2mjUoTXTL4u0iUH5_XqBYi
2/6/20219 minutes, 36 seconds
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#204: Turn Your Ideas into Finished Tracks #FinishFebruary

Let's use the month of February to finish and release some of our music. After Jamuary, I'm sure you have lots of interesting musical ideas. Even if you didn't do Jamuary, you probably have plenty! During February, we are going to challenge ourselves to finish tracks and share them with the world! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Derek Sivers on Ideas - https://sive.rs/multiply Derek Sivers on the Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/1/23/derek-sivers-on-the-creative-process-and-making-music-music-production-podcast-149 Finish February Organization Spreadsheet - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pE5L_iD6gZPSX-c3tuUhbkqwM0CRmWRuglSbzeKufnM/edit?usp=sharing My Finish February Spreadsheet from 2020 - https://drive.google.com/file/d/15hBV7Ua2m3xAx9Vsl3ZPRQDDCVonr6be/view?usp=sharing A Journey Inward (EP I made last February) - https://soundcloud.com/brianfunk/sets/a-journey-inward Last Year's Podcast about Finish February - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/2/3/finish-february-release-music-this-month-music-production-podcast-150 Episode #151: What is Your Listener Doing - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/2/6/what-is-your-listener-doing-and-13-musical-emotions-music-production-podcast-151 Episode #152 -  How Do You Know When a Song is Finished - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/2/9/how-do-you-know-when-a-song-is-finished-music-production-podcast-152 Episode #156 - The Story is the Key to Finishing Music - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/3/8/the-story-is-the-key-to-finishing-music-music-production-podcast-156 War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/3tiLyWE My Website - https://brianfunk.com Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/1/202112 minutes, 5 seconds
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#203: My Most Profound Jamuary Insight

You'll learn a lot trying to create a new piece of music every day for a month. Some of the lessons, are reminders of things you already know. But this year, something new occurred to me. It just a simple mindset flip, but it has really changed how I see music production. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Website - https://brianfunk.com RYTM DRUMS Sample Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/rytm-drums Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast My Jamuary2021 Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpn9pcVvVYc&list=PLk4jo7_Rx2-1uqLGE8g8rwRMcz4Emfn0w Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/31/202112 minutes, 6 seconds
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#202: Derek VanScoten - Cloudchord

Derek VanScoten is a guitarist, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer, who makes music as Cloudchord. An Emmy-winning musician, Cloudchord is producing psychedelic chill-hop music, and sharing his process in unique and inventive music production tutorials. On this episode, Cloudchord busts out his guitar and demonstrates his live looping technique and sound design work that can be found on his new EP CloudCovers. Every sound on the EP was generate from his guitars. It's exciting to hear Derek effortless turn quick guitar loops into beautiful pieces of music, all in real time on the podcast! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Cloudchord Links: Official Site -  https://www.cloudchord.net CloudCovers EP - https://www.cloudchord.net/music YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTEKxa5JsIMO6cmwqNmAsw SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/cloudchord Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cloudchord/ One Loop per Chord Tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-jTQ2AQ6-Y Show Notes: Making Music by Dennis DeSantis - https://makingmusic.ableton.com The Silent Room - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-quietest-place-will-drive-you-crazy-in-45-minutes-180948160/ Bonobo - https://bonobomusic.com Brian Funk Links: Website - https://brianfunk.com Ableton Live Pack Archive - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-live-pack-archive Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc Music Production Podcast - https://brianfunk.com/podcast Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/29/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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#201: Ableton Live 11 with Dan Giffin

Ableton Certified Trainer and host of the Ableton Live Music Producer Podcast, Dan Giffin, joins the show to talk about Ableton Live 11. Dan shares his screen as we go through some of our favorite new features and workflows in the beta version of Live 11.  Be sure to catch Dan's Ableton Live Music Producer Podcast, where he talks about all things Ableton Live with a variety of knowledgeable guests. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ableton Live Producer Podcast - https://liveproducersonline.com/podcast Live Producers Online - https://liveproducersonline.com Dan's band Philia - https://www.philiamusic.com Dan on Music Production Podcast #89 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2018/11/29/dan-giffin Spitfire Labs - https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/ Ableton Drummer - https://blog.abletondrummer.com Ableton Drummer on the Music Production Podcast #187 - https://brianfunk.com/blog/ableton-drummer RYTM Drums Sample Pack - https://brianfunk.com/blog/rytm-drums Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/20/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 51 seconds
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#200: The Time is Now!

On the 200th episode of the Music Production Podcast, we talk about setting goals that are more likely to be accomplished. They say that 75% of people that set out on a new year resolution give up by the end of January. It's not because they are lazy, it's because the goals are not well-crafted. We will talk about how to set achievable goals, as well as the importance of just starting. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: 80's VHS Synths Ableton Live Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2016/7/6/80s-vhs-synths-ableton-live-pack Produce Music Like Jerry Seinfeld: https://brianfunk.com/blog/seinfeld FBI Negotiator Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/chris-voss-teaches-the-art-of-negotiation Getting Things Done by David Allen: https://amzn.to/3qzT6lJ Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/19/202121 minutes, 19 seconds
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#199: Quantity Leads to Quality

It's just over halfway through #Jamuary2021. In this episode, I share some of the lessons I've learned and the musical experiments I've embarked on. Along the way, I musical examples from my jams to illustrate. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Podcast 197 - Start the Year Right with Jamuary: https://brianfunk.com/blog/jamuary2021 RYTM DRUMS Sample Pack: https://brianfunk.com/blog/rytm-drums Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/18/202154 minutes, 43 seconds
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#198: Will Darling - EDMTips

Will Darling runs the web site EDMTips, where he teaches electronic music production. EDMTips covers a wide range of music genres and techniques, and has tons of helpful materials for producers. Will and I had a great conversation about his work, building his brand and YouTube channel, and his teaching. Will discusses some practical solutions to common problems producers face. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: EDMTips: https://www.edmtips.com EDMTips YouTube: http://youtube.com/c/edmtips How to Make Electronic Music (step-by-step guide): https://www.edmtips.com/how-to-make-electronic-music/ Tommy Zee on the Music Production Podcast: https://brianfunk.com/blog/tommy-zee-2-music-production-podcast-188 Music Production Podcast #197: Start the Year Off Right with #Jamuary2021: https://brianfunk.com/blog/jamuary2021 Jamuary Day 4: https://youtu.be/BPZ2xMluPpw Save 40% on Ableton Live Packs with Code: BYE2020 - https://brianfunk.com/store Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/8/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 57 seconds
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#197: Start the Year Right with #Jamuary2021

#Jamuary2021 is a challenge to create a little bit of music every day during the month of January, and share it online. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece or a completely finished product. The point isn't the quality of the music; it's to set up a disciplined routine of making some music every day. In this episode, I discuss Jamuary in depth and explore ways you can make the most of it and have fun doing so. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc - Get new downloads and sounds directly to your inbox, and participate in the #Jamuary2021 Discord Channel. Are You Up to the Challenge - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/12/31/are-you-up-to-the-jamuary-challenge - More information about Jamuary. Produce Music Like Jerry Seinfeld - https://brianfunk.com/blog/seinfeld - How Seinfeld's technique for joke writing works for music production. The Story is the Key to Finishing Music - https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/3/8/the-story-is-the-key-to-finishing-music-music-production-podcast-156 - How last year's Jamuary challenge led to my ambient ep, A Journey Inward. Jerry Seinfeld on the Tim Ferriss Show - https://tim.blog/2020/12/08/jerry-seinfeld/ - Seinfeld discusses his creative process in depth. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/1/202125 minutes, 53 seconds
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#196: Tobias Karlehag

Tobias Karlehag is a musician from Sweden, who is releasing his ambient album Process in January 2021. Tobias has an extensive musical training from a diverse set of teachers across the globe.  Tobias and I had a great conversation about his musical background and how that has led him to his new ambient release Process. We spend a lot of time discussing various parts of the music making process, in a nice well rounded conversation. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Tobias on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tobias_karlehag/ Process Release Concert 16/01/2021: https://tinyurl.com/processrelease Process by Tobias Karlehag on Vinyl and digital, available 15/01/2021: https://pitp.bandcamp.com/ Tobias on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-LvkHHmbyy1Jg7Iuu_2JwA/featured Jörgen Kjellgren on the Music Production Podcast: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2019/9/30/jrgen-kjellgren-on-releasing-9-eps-in-the-last-year-music-production-podcast-129 Guided Meditation with Jörgen Kjellgren: https://brianfunk.com/blog/guided-meditation-with-jrgen-kjellgren-music-production-podcast-171 Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/26/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 40 seconds
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#195: Federico Chiesa - Finding Freedom in Limitations

Federico Chiesa is an Italian musician, composer, and synth enthusiast, based in Brooklyn, NY, who makes music as OORA. Federico's work is based on strict limitations and deep exploration of his gear. Daily discipline and consistency has made him a prolific creator who is steadily growing his audience. Federico and I had a wide ranging conversation about his work and the gear he uses. He told how he has overcome gear lust and designed a workflow that involves strict limitations and disciplined effort. Federico shares how his creative philosophies has helped him grow as an artist. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: OORA Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/ooramusic OORA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ooramusic/ OORA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FedericoChiesamusic/featured Bandcamp Site: https://oora.bandcamp.com/music Soundcloud Site: https://soundcloud.com/ooramusic Maven Fiction Interview: https://mavenfiction.com/an-interview-with-federico-chiesa-oora/ Stephen Nachmanovich, author of Free Play and The Art of Is: https://www.freeplay.com Andreas Tilliander: https://soundcloud.com/tilliander Alesandro Cortini: https://soundcloud.com/alessandrocortini Caterina Barbieri: https://caterinabarbieri.com/ Ableton One Thing - Record First: https://youtu.be/I9mJ6UdhEik  Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/17/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 16 seconds
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#194: Todd Reynolds - Violinist, Educator, and Music Technologist.

Todd Reynolds is a violinist, educator, and music technologist. He's worked with Steve Reich, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, and many more household names. His album Outerborough was Amazon Music's classical album of the year. Todd teaches at the Manhattan School of Music. He is pushing the boundaries of music technology, and recently, he has begun teaching artists how to create an online presence. Todd and I had a long-overdue, excellent conversation about topics like live streaming, performance anxiety, and imposter syndrome. We discussed the pressures of classical music studies, and some general philosophies about creativity. We cover a lot of ground and Todd's pleasant and warm personality shines through it all.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Todd's Official Site: http://www.toddreynolds.com Level Up Your Virtual Presence Course: http://tinyurl.com/LUYVP1220 Todd on Twitch, streaming every day in December 2020: https://www.twitch.tv/digifiddler Todd's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/toddreynolds Todd's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/digifiddler/ Todd on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toddreynolds Todd's Music - http://www.toddreynolds.com/media#outerborough Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsvs-pAGDc Weather by Michael Gordon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-dWgXyEHGo Underground Producer's Alliance: https://upa.nyc Andre Cholmondeley: https://www.guitartour.net ---- The Music Production Club - Monthly subscription service. https//:brianfunk.com/mpc Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST ------ Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/9/20202 hours, 11 minutes, 4 seconds
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#193: Writing Effective Emails - Tips from an English Teacher

Knowing how to write effective emails could be the key to your success as a musician. It is likely you will be reaching out to a variety of people for help with your music career.  As a high school English teacher, I wanted to share a few tips and techniques to help you get the most out your emails. Members of my Music Production Club will get access to an email template, complete with notes and explanations, as well as a slide show detailing some important best practices for your next email correspondence.  Join the Music Production Club: https://brianfunk.com/mpc Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/4/202031 minutes, 17 seconds
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#192: Karen Emanuel - CEO of Key Production

Karen Emanuel is the CEO of Key Production, a company that specializes producing and manufacturing physical packaging for albums. She runs a luxury eco-lodge on a lake in Nicaragua. In 2018, Karen won the prestigious NatWest Everywoman prize, celebrating her accomplishments as a female entrepreneur. Karen shared her experience in the music industry, beginning in the late 1980's, and how loyalty and relationships have been a key part of her philosophy and success. Her insights into the state of albums and physical music products are based in years of experience and challenges in an ever changing industry.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Key Production - https://www.keyproduction.co.uk Jicaro Eco Lodge - https://www.jicarolodge.com Join the Music Production Club and get Imaginando's K7D during November 2020: https://brianfunk.com/mpc Imaginando - https://www.imaginando.pt Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/13/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 24 seconds
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#191: Miguel Rios - Limitations and Embracing Obstacles

Miguel Rios is a singer-songwriter living in Australia. His new album Slaughter House Road was recorded with strict boundaries and creative restrictions. This approach allowed him to capture emotional and organic performances.   I spoke with Miguel about his songwriting process and the methods he used to record his new album. He explained how his vision for the album came together naturally, and how embracing the challenges and obstacles along the way allowed him to capture the essence of his songs. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Miguel's Official Site: https://www.miguelriosmusic.com/home Narcissist Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGvkn3slygg The World is Spinning Faster Video (with dogs!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxJ3_FKqX3w Don't Look Back - Bob Dylan Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-94ydQGO1AA Signals Music Studio YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDDHLvQb8HjE2r7_ZuNtWA Check out my One Thing video on Ableton's website: https://youtu.be/I9mJ6UdhEik Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening.  Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider! And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/7/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 54 seconds
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#190: Vasja Veber - Viberate

Vasja Veber is a co-founder of Viberate, a platform that gives artists important analytics to help grow their careers. Vasja is also the manager of techno artist UMEK and has a long career in the music industry. Vasja and I spoke about Viberate and how it can help artists, venues, and labels make important business decisions. Vasja shares how some outside of the box thinking helped him and his company grow.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Viberate - https://www.viberate.com - Analytics tools to advance your musical career. Use the discount code BRIAN20 to save on your membership! Music Production Club - https://brianfunk.com/mpc - A great way to support the podcast and get new music making tools in your inbox each month. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please review the Music Production Podcast on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/29/202055 minutes, 32 seconds
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#189: Rick Seibold -Six Figure Music

Rick Seibold is a songwriter and recording artist living in Los Angeles. Rick produces music for television and film, including shows like Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, and Bates Motel. He has won two GMA Dove Awards, and has composed for four Billboard #1 albums. Rick and I spoke about his work in the television music industry. Rick shared his techniques for collaborative songwriting, and how he likes to approach writing songs. In this episode, we learn about his creative philosophies and how he has succeeded as a songwriter. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - The home of Rick's work online. Six Figure Music - Rick's course on writing music for television and film. Save 50% with the code: Funk50.  Rick's Studio - Photos of Rick's beautiful home studio. Walk in the Wild by Rivvrs Save the Cat by Blake Snyder How Music Works by David Byrne TV Tropes Music Production Club Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/24/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
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#188: Tommy Zee

Tommy Zee runs Tommy Zee and Co., a music production company that makes music for some of the world's largest brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Sony, and more. He created the site Making Music for Brands that teaches producers how to get in the business of producing music for companies. It's always great to catch up with Tommy Zee and get a healthy dose of his positive energy. Tommy and I talked about his Making Music for Brands masterclass, and how he's found meaning and fulfillment in teaching. Towards the second half of the show we get into more of the philosophy Tommy uses in all aspects of his life.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Making Music For Brands- Tommy teaches how to get into the business of making music for brands. Masterclass - Tommy's incredibly deep and thorough course on how to make music for brands. Free Guide - Tommy's guide on how to make music for brands. Tommy Zee and Co.- Tommy's music production company for brands. YouTube - Tommy YouTube is loaded with tutorials, interviews with industry professionals, and wisdom he's picked up along the way. Tommy on the 122nd Episode - Tommy's first appearance on this podcast remains one of my listeners's favorites. Live Webinar for Music Production Club - Tommy broke down one of his commercial projects for members of my Music Production Club. The Social Dilemma - Social media documentary.  Join the Music Production Club and get a steady stream of unique downloads for your music. October 2020's download includes the 16 Bit Ableton Live Pack, the Super 8-Bit Ableton Live Pack, and COIN OP 8-Bit Ableton Live Template. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/18/20202 hours, 26 minutes, 18 seconds
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#187 Tobi Hunke - Ableton Drummer

Tobi Hunke is a professional drummer and music producer. He is an educator and Max for live programmer who releases his work on the website Ableton Drummer. Tobi teaches drumming and music production to classes, as well as in one on one sessions. I had a great conversation with Tobi. We discussed his work and experience, as well as live performance and developing tools for drummers to use with Ableton Live.  Tobi is offering a special discount on his Melodic Trigger Max for Live device to all members of my Music Production Club during the month of October. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Ableton Drummer - Official Site Max for Live Devices - Tobi's collection of downloadable Max for Live devices. Melody Trigger - Play melodies and sequences with drum pads!  Music Production Club - Join the MPC to get a steady flow of music production tools in your inbox.  Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/10/20202 hours, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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#186: Niraj Naik - The Renegade Pharmacist

Niraj Naik is an ex-pharmacist turned influential spiritual teacher, professional musician and holistic health expert. Niraj runs SOMA Breath, which uses music, breathing, and meditation for healing. Niraj produces music in a variety of genres, and created the music for the Wim Hof Method.  Niraj and I had a nice conversation about his work and how he harnesses the power of music, breath, and meditation for healing.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: SOMA Breath - Niraj's work combining music, breathing, and meditation. The Renegade Pharmacist - Niraj's work in health and healing. Spotify - Niraj's music on Spotify. 21 Day Awakening Breath Journey - SOMA Breath workshop. Wim Hof Method - Niraj produced the music for the famous breathing and cold exposure techniques.  Free Ableton Live Pack #200: Birds of Prey - Ableton Live Instruments made from Eagle, Hawk, and Owl samples. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
10/3/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 23 seconds
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#185: Rivita - Composer Cave Challenge

Rivita is musician, producer, and author of Composer Cave Challenge. Born in India and living in Los Angeles, Rivita studied music in a variety colleges, while traveling the world learning about different musical cultures. She is releasing a new book of music making prompts and exercises called Composer Cave Challenge. I had a great and wide ranging conversation with Rivita about her music, education, and new book. Rivita shared an exercise from the book and discussed how limitations and guidelines helps her write.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Rivita's home on the web. The Composer Cave Challenge - Rivita's book of songwriting prompts and exercises. YouTube - Rivita's music videos. Instagram - Rivita on Instagram. Somebody Else's Arms - Music video by Rivita. Understanding EQ - Rivita's website has some helpful tutorials, such as this one about EQ. Mind Valley - Personal growth platform. Code of the Extraordinary Mind - book by Vishen Lakhiani. Agape - International Spiritual Center. 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instruments made from the Sega Genesis sound chip. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/24/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 1 second
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#184: Colin O'Donohoe - World Maestro

Colin O'Donohoe is a composer and musician known as World Maestro. Colin has traveled the world seeking musicians from all genres and cultures for the Pangean Orchestra, which seeks to celebrate and preserve musical cultures while joining them with other traditions. He does work for television and film, and recently released "The Prayer Garden," a meditative piece that combines Native American Flute and Tibetan prayer bowls. Colin spoke about his musical background and education, and how that led him to his work today. I appreciated his deep respect for diverse musical cultures and his efforts to preserve them. Colin shared practical information about composing and producing music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: World Maestro - Colin's home for his work. Pangean Orchestra - Instruments of the world together in exciting new ways. YouTube - Colin's work in video. The Prayer Garden - Colin's latest work that combines Native American Flute and Tibetan prayer bowls. Instagram - Colin's World Maestro work on Instagram. 16-Bit Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instruments made from samples of the Sega Genesis YM2612 sound chip. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/22/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 1 second
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#183: Elina Segall

Elina Segall is a musician and producer from Stockholm living in Los Angeles. Elina won the Warner Music Talent contest and earned a record deal... which she ultimately turned down. She has gone on to pursue her own artistic vision and define her own path in the music industry. Elina and I had a great conversation covering her musical background and why she turned down the record deal she won. We discussed her decision to start a new life in Los Angeles to follow her artistic identity. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Web Site - The home to Elina's work. Instagram - Elina has a passion for photography and shares snippets of music videos here. YouTube - Elina's music videos, including her Sunday Sessions cover series. Facebook - Keep up with Elina on Facebook. C-Heads - Interview with Elina. Music Production Club - Join the Music Production Club to get new downloads every month, live online classes, special offers, and more! Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
9/12/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 23 seconds
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#182: Matthew Boerum - Founder of Audible Reality

Matthew Boerum is the CEO and founder of Audible Reality, a new app that allows you to listen to music in 3D audio. The app lets users to choose specific "vibes" for a customized listening experience. Matt is is an award-winning audio engineer, musician, educator and PhD candidate in Sound Recording, with plenty of background in 3D audio production for music and virtual reality.  Matt and I spoke about Audible Reality and the potential for 3D, immersive audio in music listening and production. We discussed the concepts behind 3D audio and its difference from surround sound, as well as how listeners may become more active participants in the sound they play back.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Audible Reality site - Learn more about Audible Reality. Video Overview - Quick overview of what Audible Reality is capable of. Instagram - Keep up with Audible Reality on Instagram. Twitter - Keep up with Audible Reality on Twitter. Facebook - Keep up with Audible Reality on Facebook. iOS App -Audible Reality for iOS. Google Play - Audible Reality on Google Play. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/31/202054 minutes, 11 seconds
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#181: Rob and Jack of Tunelighting Podcast

Rob Wreglesworth and Jack Edwards are long-time friends who have decided to write, record, and release an album from scratch within one year. They are documenting the entire process on their podcast, Tunelighting.  Rob, Jack, and I had a great conversation about their mission to create an album in one year and document the process. We spoke about their progress so far and the challenges they face. The talk was filled with practical ideas about making and finishing music. This is the first part of a 2-part conversation. The other half is found on the Tunelighting Podcast: https://tunelighting.podbean.com/e/chat-with-brian-funk-of-the-music-production-podcast/ This episode is sponsored by CoreSound: Download CoreSound  for free & analyze sound in a smart way. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: CoreSound - Audio selection and analysis in a new smart way. Tunelighting Podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tunelighting Podcast on Spotify. Instagram - Keep up with Jack and Rob on Instagram. Appetite for Production - Podcast about news for music producers. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/25/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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#180 Paint Yourself Into a Corner

One of the biggest problems we music producers face is too many options. We get stuck because we can''t decide. This episode of the podcast is all about purposely limiting yourself so you can find creative solutions to your problems. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - Monthly subscription for tools and inspiration to make music. Borrowed Arrangements - Technique for structuring songs. Commit to Commit - Music Production Podcast about making decisions and never looking back. Budget Your Time Like Money - Figure out how much time you really have. Ben Burnes - Ben's second appearance on the show. Blackout Poetry - Tool for making your own blackout poems. Pomodoro - pATCHES Max for Live timer. Making Music - Must read by Dennis DeSantis. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST   Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/17/202018 minutes, 9 seconds
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#179: Stephen

Stephen (Stephen Swartz) is an indie-electronic music artist, from Virginia, living in Los Angeles. In 2015, his hit single “Crossfire” amassed over 100 million streams. It led to him releasing his 2016 debut LP Sincerely that garnered fan and critical praise. Stephen is about to release his new album Akrasia on August 21st. Stephen and I talked about his career and work. We explored how his deep philosophical approach and life experience has helped him create music. Stephen shared how staying true to his artistic calling helped him from getting stuck chasing success, and allowed him to fully express himself with his art. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Stephen's web page. Delilah - Music video for his latest track. Crossfire - 2015 music video. Bullet Train - Music video for Stephen's 2012 hit. SoundCloud - Follow Stephen on SoundCloud. Instagram - Keep up with Stephen on the Gram. Citizen Cope - Official Site. Music Production Club - My monthly subscription service for music production tools and sounds. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
8/3/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 48 seconds
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#178: Anton Zytnik

Anton Zytnik is a producer and musician from Australia, living in Berlin, who makes music as Orphan Train Project. He has been producing music for the last 30 years and has maintained a quite prolific output.  Anton and I had a great conversation about our strikingly similar musical backgrounds and surrounding philosophies. Anton shared some very practical tips and approaches that allow him to stay focused and consistently finish music. It was a lot of fun getting to know Anton and learning from his experience. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Orphan Train Project - Anton's musical work. It's a Pixies Podcast - The Pixies document the creation of their album Beneath the Eyrie. Getting Things Done - David Allen's masterpiece on self organization. Perfect Keyboard - Tool for stringing together key commands with the push of a button. FreeSound.org - collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production - My new book that translates the wisdom of Bob Ross to making music. Music Production Club - My subscription service that brings you new music production tools every month. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/25/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 42 seconds
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#177: What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production

I wrote a book! It's called What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production. I take the wisdom Bob Ross shared on his show The Joy of Painting and apply those lessons to music production. In this episode of the podcast, I discuss the new book, share a few of its lessons, and discuss the larger theme of acceptance as a big takeaway from the process of writing it. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production - 33 page book this episode is based on. Music Production Club - My subscription service that gets you new music making tools every month. All members get a copy of What Bob Ross Teaches Us About Music Production. Why Music is Important - Music Production Podcast about finding the meaning in making music in difficult times. Get FrostBite 2 by AudioThing - FrostBite 2 is the July 2020 download for the Music Production Club. Dream Keys Ableton Live Pack - Sounds used for the melody in the intro music. Bob Ross - Official web site. One Hour Bob Ross Special - Loaded with Bob Ross wisdom. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/20/202018 minutes, 7 seconds
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#176: Sean Giovanni

Sean Giovanni is a Producer, Engineer and the Owner of The Record Shop recording studio. Sean moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music at age 20. He has since worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including John Legend, Meatloaf, Tim McGraw, and The Wallflowers. Following his passion to help artists realize their creative potential, Sean co-founded Mind Map. Sean shared his thoughts on developing a clear artistic vision, finding inspiration in tough times, and developing routines to progress in his career. There's a lot of helpful and practical tips here. I left the conversation feeling inspired to make music! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Record Shop - Giovanni's Nashville Recording Studio. Mind Map - Program co-founded by Giovanni to support artists as they navigate the music industry. For Everyone - Poetic inspiration by Jason Reynolds. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill's 1937 classic entrepreneurship book. Why Music is Important - Music Production Podcast episode about finding meaning in music during difficult times. ---- Get FrostBite 2 by AudioThing - FrostBite 2 is the July 2020 download for the Music Production Club. Dream Keys Ableton Live Pack - Sounds used for the melody in the intro music. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/12/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 27 seconds
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#175: Joseph Holiday - Snakes of Russia

Los Angeles's Joseph Holiday makes dark, moody, end-of-the-world modular music as Snakes of Russia. He masterfully weaves together his modular rig with samples and real world instrumentation.  Joseph shares his music making process for his own music and the music he makes for film. We discuss how imposing limitations can build opportunities to be creative. It was a great talk that left me feeling inspired and excited to make music! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: At Home Alone with Lions - New music from Snakes of Russia. Instagram - Joseph shares his modular jams here. Noise Engineering - A breakdown of the Snakes of Russia song "Heart Caves In." "Dead Already" - Modular synth performance. "Jenny Rock Horror"  - Snakes of Russia music video. Song Exploder "Closing Time" - The story behind the 1998. Huston Music Podcast - Huston Singletary's excellent podcast series featuring Joseph Holiday and an in-depth breakdown of some of his tracks. Huston Singletary - Huston's appearance on this podcast. Colin Benders - "Modular Mayhem" live performance. -- Music Production Club - Get AudioThing's Frostbite 2 plug-in when you join the Music Production Club during July 2020. Frostbite 2 - AudioThing's amazing spectral freezing plug-in. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
7/5/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 12 seconds
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#174: Why Music is Important

When the problems of the world loom so large, it can make the act of music production seem unimportant. But during these times, music is more important than ever by helping us connect and empathize with each other. Over the last month or so, I've found it extremely difficult to find meaning in my musical work. In the face of enormous world challenges, twiddling around with sound has felt insignificant and purposeless. But after some reflection, I believe it is actually extremely important to continue to create. In this episode, I take you through my own struggles and how I am working to get passed them.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: What's Going On - Marvin Gaye's classic album that has offered some insight and perspective. Alicia Keys Tiny Desk Concert - I didn't mention this in the episode, but watching it reminded me of the joy and unity music can create. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/30/202020 minutes, 37 seconds
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#173: Ned Rush

Ned Rush is a musician, YouTuber, and Max for Live device maker. His work for Isotonik Studios includes the World Collection, which allows you to incorporate video into your Ableton Live Performances.  Ned and I sat down for a conversation about his work, musician production, and creativity in general. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: YouTube - Keep up with Ned Rush's tutorials and devices. More Kicks Than Friends - Ned's weekly online music festivals. Visuals Collection - Ned's Video tools for Max for Live. Knobulator - Ned's Max for Live device for easy glitch effects. Patreon - Support Ned's work on Patreon. Create Howling Feedback with Operator - Ned's awesome tutorial on using Ableton's Operator to create guitar-style feedback. AIR ORGAN - Ableton Live Pack made with samples of vintage General Electric Air Organ (as heard in episode intro music). Music Production Club - Monthly subscription to receive music production tools in your inbox while supporting the podcast. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/16/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 23 seconds
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#172: Produce Music Like Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is a master stand-up comedian, and we can learn a thing or two about making music from him. According to legend, one of the techniques he used to hone his craft is called "The Chain Method."  In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, we explore how Jerry Seinfeld's "Chain Method" can help us become better music producers. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: AIR ORGAN Ableton Live Pack - 24 Ableton Live Instruments made from samples of a vintage General Electric Air Organ. Music Production Club - subscription service that gets you new music production tools each month. Wall Calendar - a one page, one year calendar I am using for the "Chain Method." Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
6/10/202011 minutes, 32 seconds
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#171: Guided Meditation with Jörgen Kjellgren

This episode is a guided meditation by Jörgen Kjellgren that I created the music for. Sit back, relax, and drift into your mind. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Jörgen's BandCamp - Listen to Jörgen's music. Jörgen on the Music Production Podcast - Jörgen and I had a great conversation on the Music Production Podcast. VCR WAVE Ableton Live Pack - All music in the meditation was made with instruments from this Pack. Free Ableton Live Pack #198 - Try 3 free instruments made in the style of VCR WAVE. Tommy Zee Webinar - Tommy Zee, founder of Making Music for Brands breaks down one of his commercial projects. Tommy Zee on the Music Production Podcast - Tommy and I have a conversation about making music for companies. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/24/202015 minutes, 1 second
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#170: Maddy Kong - Sesamii

Maddy Kong is a music producer, engineer, music technologist and live performer from Perth, Australia. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, and winning multiple production spots, she understands the sonic nuances of various genres and has proven to  harnesses positive responses across her work. Maddy makes music under the name Sesamii. Maddy and I spoke about her work combining her classically trained background with electronic music. She discusses taking a leap of faith traveling halfway across the world to pursue her dream of making music.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - The home of Maddy's professional work. SoundCloud - Professional work portfolio. SoundCloud - Maddy's music as Sesamii. Instagram - Follow Maddy on Instagram. Facebook - Sesamii on Facebook. Twitter - Sesamii on Twitter. NYC Ableton User Group Meeting - Maddy breaks down her remix of Hypnotoad. Discover - Live performance by Maddy as Sesamii. dollar!ck - Claire Marie Lim on the Music Production Podcast. Jesse from Gravitas Records - Gravitas founder, Jesse Brede on the Music Production Podcast.  VCR WAVE Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instruments made from samples recorded to VCR tape. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/15/20201 hour, 35 seconds
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#169: Tine Schenck - Music Weeklies Challenges

Tine Schenck is a composer and trained vocalist. Along with Andrew Magee and Clément Panchout, she hosts Music Weeklies Challenge, which gives a community of musicians creative projects each week. Tine also creates soundtracks for video games. Tine spoke about Music Weeklies Challenge and how it helps artists breakthrough creative blocks and learn how to finish music more efficiently. She discussed her work composing music for video games. Tine explores how consistently working on Music Weeklies Challenges allowed her to find herself as an artist. Special Note: I will be collaborative with Music Weeklies Challenge for the May 15, 2020 challenge! Check their Twitter or my website on Friday May 15th at 2PM EST. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Weeklies Challenges - Official Site for the challenges. Music Weeklies Twitter - The main action for Music Weeklies Challenges happens via their Twitter. Tine's Website - Keep up with Tine's work. Tine on Twitter - Follow her! Listhère (Official Soundtrack) - Tine's new album that she was in the middle of finishing during our conversation. Andrew Magee - Music Weeklies Challenges team member. Clément Panchout - Music Weeklies Challenges founder and team member. Stephanie Merchak - Tine introduced me to Stephanie's work; Stephanie appeared on the Music Production Podcast. To Go Pro or Not To Go Pro - Music Production Podcast about becoming a professional musician. VCR WAVE Ableton Live Pack - 40 Ableton Live Instruments made from samples of the OP-1 recorded directly to VHS Tape. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/7/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 4 seconds
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#168: Stephanie Merchak - No Fear of Failing

Stephanie Merchak is a composer, sound designer, improviser and performer from Lebanon. Stephanie has a deep academic background in music and loves to explore and experiment with sound.  Stephanie and I had a great conversation about her willingness to take chances and try new things with her art. She isn't afraid of experiments that might not work, and this attitude and philosophy has helped her break new grounds musically. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Bandcamp - Stephanie's music on Bandcamp. Mixcloud - More music from Stephanie. Instagram - Stephanie's music is closely link with her love of photography. YouTube - Stephanie shares many of her experiments here. A Trip Through Unknown Territory - Stephanie recycles her old music ideas into something new. Collapsing Structures - Stephanie's experiments with glockenspiel.  Cities and Memory - Collection of field recordings from all over the world, categorized by map. Borderlands - Granular app for iOS. Music Weekly Challenges - Weekly inspiration and challenges for music projects. Graveyard of Unfinished Ideas - Free Ableton Live Pack that recycles unfinished projects to make new sounds, similar to Stephanie's A Trip Through Unknown Territory. Music Production Club - Monthly subscription service where I send you Ableton Live tools and tutorials. We have a Discord chat and now hold live online webinars. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
5/1/202058 minutes, 12 seconds
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#167: Hainbach - Exploring and Discovering Sounds

Hainbach is a composer, sound designer, and YouTuber based in Berlin, Germany. He is well-known for his work with tape machines, test equipment, and modular synthesizers. His childlike wonder and endless curiosity about sounds has brought him tens of thousands of viewers on his YouTube channel.  I've been a fan of Hainbach's for a while and it was great to get a chance to speak to him about his work and his approach towards music in general. Hainbach spoke about how he likes to explore gear, his creative process, and some more philosophical ideas about art and inspiration.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Hainbachmusik.com - The internet home for Hainbach's work. BandCamp - Hainbach's music. Isolation Loops - Free sample pack Hainbach made for the Coronavirus lockdown. YouTube - Hainbach's videos are an excellent place for learning and inspiration. Patreon - Support Hainbach's work! Single Malt Synthesis - Conversations with friends about synths. Superbooth - Hainbach will be creating content for a virtual Superbooth beginning April 23rd - April 26th. Hainbach Isolation Instruments Free Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instruments I made with samples from Hainbach's Isolation Loops. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/22/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 13 seconds
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#166: Laura Escudé - Helping Artists Reach Their Potential

Laura Escudé is the founder of Electronic Creatives, who run playback for some of the largest touring acts in the world, including Kanye West, Arianna Grande, American Idol, Bon Iver, Harry Styles, and so many more. She's a classically trained violinist and one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers. Laura has created a collection of educational workshops for musicians, creatives, and business people alike.  Laura and I had a great talk about some of the steps she's taking to help performing artists and creatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also discusses how she's learned to how to maintain a balance between health and work.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Laura's homepage. Electronic Creatives - Laura's company that does playback engineering, show programming, and musical direction for some the industry's biggest artists. Laura's Music - Combining futuristic, modern and forward-thinking sound with classical elements. Transmute Accelerator - Laura's 8 week workshop on building a live performance. Next session begins May 4th 2020! Mastertrack - First-ever program for music playback and performance design. Events - Laura is pumping out live streaming educational and performance events during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Hustle Healthier - Honest and open piece Laura wrote about the need to take care of one's health while working, and her experience finding that balance. The Work by Byron Katie - Accessing the wisdom and power within you. The Joy Money Matrix - Finding balance in work, life, and pleasure. Dr. Joe Dispenza - Unlocking personal potential. Music Production Podcast #49: Laura's first appearance on the podcast. Warrior Free Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instruments made with samples from Laura's music. Super Awesome Sounds - Ableton Live Pack made with Casio SA-20 synth.  Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/16/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 43 seconds
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#165: Darren Cowley - Isotonik Studios

Darren Cowley runs Isotonik Studios, a site that offers products for Ableton Live, Max for Live, Novation Circuit, and more. Isotonik Studios has grown into a small army of developers releasing exciting products to producers.  Darren and I have been trying to coordinate a podcast for years. It was worth the wait. We spoke about his beginnings as a DJ, how he developed and shared his DJ template, and how an artist's donation for his DJing template helped him begin Isotonik Studios. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Isotonik is offering free "stay at home" products. The offerings change on a regular basis so be sure to check them often.   Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Isotonik Studios - Innovative products for music producers. Arcade Series - Video game inspired Max for Live sequencers. MaxforLive.com - Resource of thousands of Max for Live devices. Ned Rush - Prolific developer for Isotonik Studios. Mark Towers - Creator of Arcade Series. Mark Towers on the Music Production Podcast - My conversation with Mark on the Podcast. Bomes MIDI Translator - Turn MIDI messages into key commands (and much more). Tensnake - Used some of Darren's templates. Evernote - Note-taking app. Super Awesome Sounds Ableton Live Pack - made with Casio SA-20 keyboard, both free and paid versions! Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/12/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 39 seconds
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#164: Animus Invidious - PerforModule, Making Sound Packs, Staying Organized

Animus Invidious is a music producer who runs the site PerforModule for audio production tips and Ableton Live resources. Animus recently put together the Super Awesome Sounds Ableton Live Pack made with the Casio SA-20 synthesizer. We discuss the process behind making sound packs, staying organized, and much more.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: PerforModule - Animus's site for production tips and Ableton Live resources. Super Awesome Sounds - Casio SA-20 Ableton Live Pack Animus created.  Sweetie Pies Isolation Pack - Animus's free collection of "secret weapon" Ableton Live devices. Demystifying Chain Volume - Article and fix for an interesting problem in Live device racks. Shavano - Animus's work with his neighbor's music. Tough Love by StoneyBertz - Hip hop album mixed and mastered by Anime. Music Production Podcast #13 - My first conversation with Animus on the podcast. Toy Synths - Ableton Live Pack that features my old Yamaha keyboard we discussed. Gestalt - Arovane's new album that comes with a free Puremagnetik delay plug-in. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/8/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 20 seconds
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#163: Matt Sharp - The Rentals New Album "Q36"

Matt Sharp is the creative force behind The Rentals and is the original bass player for Weezer. He is currently releasing the Rentals new double-album, Q36, one song every two weeks.  It was a pleasure to sit down with one of my own musical super heroes. His work in The Rentals and Weezer was instrumental in my own musical growth. Matt spoke about his creative process and collaborations with different artists. We discussed the way music and art can be healing in difficult times. Matt explained the unique and collaborative way he has been releasing his new album. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Rentals - Official Site. BandCamp - Listen The Rentals on BandCamp. The Rentals on Twitter. Matt Sharp on Twitter. The Rentals on Instagram. Matt Sharp on Instagram. The Rentals on YouTube. Nick Zinner - Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, who worked with Matt on the new Rentals album. Dave Fridman - Mixing Engineer on the new Rentals album. Ronnie Vannucci - The Killers drummer, who played drums on Q36. Ivan Minsloff - Artist creating artwork for each song on Q36. 9th Configuration - Video for my personal favorite track on the new Rentals album.  Z36 - Guitar and Synth remix of the track "Invasion Night." Hit Record - Community of artists where there are regular prompts and challenges with The Rentals material. MTV VMAs - In his fictional Rentals character, Matt accepts the award for Best Alternative Video for Weezer's "Buddy Holly." Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
4/4/20202 hours, 14 minutes, 3 seconds
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#162: Dan Policar - Songwriting, Touring, Gaming

Dan Policar, aka DanTheBand, is a Grammy nominated, international touring musician, songwriter, and producer. Dan has toured the world playing in Sean Paul's band, the "BaddaBanz." He has done production work and songwriting for artists such as Fabolous, Sean Paul, Raekwon, Andra Day, Faith Evans, and Mystikal. Dan also produces music for video games. Dan and I spoke about his work as a touring musician and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. He shares some excellent tips on songwriting and finishing music. We also get into his work writing music for video games. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Dan's homepage, DantheBand. Twitter - Keep up with Dan 280 characters at a time. YouTube - Dan has some helpful music production tutorials. Crimson Diamond - Independent video game for which Dan is supplying the music. Live Stream Crimson Diamond - On Tues. March 31 at 8pm EDT, Dan will be live streaming his process for making the music for Crimson Diamond. Roland MT-32 - The unwieldy vintage synth Dan uses for the Crimson Diamond score. Empire of Sin - Game Dan is doing music for. John Ivers of Bandlab - My discussion with Bandlab sound designer, John Ivers. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/29/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 41 seconds
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#161: Rob Barbato - Crafting Emotion and Energy

Rob Barbato is a creative director at Squeak E Clean Productions, a composer for Film and Television, a producer and engineer of records, and a multi-instrumentalist. Rob has produced music for brands like Lexus, Nike, and Apple. He recently produced the new Vivian Girls album, Memory.  Rob spoke about translating marketing briefings into music and emotion. He explains some of his techniques for getting interesting and unique sounds, while maintaining a childlike sense of exploration with his music. Rob explains how he managed a polished yet raw sound on the new Vivian Girls record.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Squeak E Clean Studios - Music production, licensing, sound design. Rob's site - Rob's official site.  Squeak E Cares - Initiative to help artists who are affected by the CoVid-19 crisis. Memory - The new album by Vivian Girls. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/26/202058 minutes, 12 seconds
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#160: Lido - Finding Your Artistic Vision

Peder Losnegård, aka Lido, is a producer, singer, songwriter in LA from Norway. He has worked for an impressive list of artists such as Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, A$AP Ferg, and many more. He started as a pop star in Norway as a teen but gave it up to pursue his artistic vision in the United States.  Lido and I had a great conversation about his work as a producer and musician. We talked about the importance of having a vision for your work and how he used this approach on his upcoming album Peder. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Lido's official site. Instagram - Visually follow Lido. SoundCloud - Lido's music. YouTube - Lido's videos. How to Do Nothing - Lido's track we discuss at length. Live Performance with Ableton Live Video Course - Currently available for free if you promise to stay home. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/23/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 59 seconds
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#159: Making the Most of Your Time at Home

We are living through unprecedented times. It is our duty to stay home to slow the spread of coronavirus. In an effort to maintain positivity and make the most of our time at home, this episode runs through some ideas you can use to be productive. Stay healthy! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Live Performance in Ableton Live - My video course is free when you use the code: STAYHOME Music Production Club - Monthly subscription for a steady flow of music production tools to your inbox. Klevgrand - Makers of Kleverb and other great audio plug-ins. Korg iKaossilator - Amazing app that is currently free. Moog Model D App - Beautiful iPhone recreation of the classic synth. Isolation Loops - Hainbach's free loops for your time home. Quasimidi Sirius Samples - Legowelt is sharing some nice samples of a cool synth. Expanding Sound - Lots of free Ableton Live Packs. Sonic Bloom - Excellent Ableton Live Packs and Tutorials.  Gumroad - Sell something! Sahil Lavinglia - Gumroad CEO on the Music Production Podcast. Listen to Music - LA Times article on deep listening. Thinking In Bets - by Annie Duke. The Paradox of Choice - by Barry Schwartz. You're It! - Collected speakings of Alan Watts.  Live Producer's Online - Dan Giffin's Ableton Live Podcast. Hanging Out with Audiophiles - Jamie Lidell's Podcast. Huston Music - Huston Singletary's Podcast. Art + Music + Technology - Darwin Grosse's Podcast. Mr. Bill's Podcast - Mr. Bill's Podcast. Song Exploder - Podcast about song creation. ELPHNT - Tom from ELPHNT on the Music Production Podcast. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/20/202036 minutes, 9 seconds
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#158: Tom from ELPHNT - Finishing Music and Crafting a Career in Music

Thomas Glendinning is an Ableton Certified Trainer and the man behind the popular site ELPHNT, where he helps producers "make better music."  Tom and I sat down to speak for the second time on the podcast about his recent work (including the amazing FRZN GRAINS Ableton Live Pack), finishing music, and crafting a business out of a passion.  Thanks to Tom for creating the beautiful artwork for this episode! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: ELPHNT - Tom's site that helps music producers make better music. Newsletter - Join Tom's newsletter; I'm a subscriber. YouTube - Tom's incredible collection of tutorials. Instagram - Tom's might be the cleanest and slickest Insta I've ever seen. How to Finish Music - Tom's insights after creating music for the YouTube Audio Library. FRZN GRAINS - Tom's beautiful Ableton Live Pack. YouTube Audio Library - Search for ELPHNT! Favorite Max for Live Devices - Ableton's recent piece on Tom's curation of quality Max for Live devices. Music Production Podcast #26: Tom's first appearance on the podcast. Gumroad CEO - Sahil Lavinglia on the Music Production Podcast. Interview with Floating Points - Tom recommended Floating Points music based on his use of limitations. Audio Jungle - Library music site. Kleverb - Klevgrand's beautiful reverb plug-in. Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of music production tools right to your inbox. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/14/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 36 seconds
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#157: Act The Part

This episode marks the beginning of the 4th year of the Music Production Podcast! I never imagined I'd be a podcaster, but I think I've done it long enough to earn the title. And that's what this episode is about: if you want to be a thing, act like the thing. Do the things that person would do!  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - While my very limited supplies last, you can get Klevgrand's Kleverb when you join the Club! Kleverb - Klevgrand's excellent algorithmic reverb plug-in. Liam Gallagher - Entertaining interview with the frontman of Oasis unapologetically owns who he is. Laptop Feedback Ableton Live Pack - My first Ableton Live Pack. A Journey Inward - My new EP available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, etc. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/12/202016 minutes, 45 seconds
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#156: Story - The Key to Finishing Music

I've just released my new EP, "A Journey Inward," and the secret to finishing it was in the story. I find that by having the story of your music clearly defined, making music because much easier and more enjoyable. In this episode we talk about how I used story to complete my latest EP. The episode ends with a listening to the EP itself. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - While my very limited supplies last, you can get Klevgrand's Kleverb when you join the Club! Kleverb - Klevgrand's excellent algorithmic reverb plug-in. A Journey Inward - My new EP available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, etc. Social Story Songs - Music my friend, Chris P Cauley, and I wrote  to teach acceptable social behavior. Chris P Cauley -  One of my musical brothers.  Leave Stones Unturned - An insightful blog by Seth Godin. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
3/8/20201 hour, 53 seconds
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#155: Graham Cochrane - The Recording Revolution

Graham Cochrane is the founder of The Recording Revolution, whose YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers. For over ten years, Graham's tutorials have shown musicians how to record great music at home with affordable gear. Graham also helps entrepreneurs build their online businesses.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Recording Revolution - Graham's site helping musicians "create radio-worthy songs from your home or bedroom studio." YouTube - A wealth of home recording video tutorials from Graham. GrahamCochrane.com - Learn about online business from Graham. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/26/202034 minutes, 54 seconds
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#154: Organization and The Most Impactful Book of 2019

Staying organized will keep your music making experience fun. You will have the tools you need when you need them. In this episode, I talk about some things that have helped me stay organized. I also talk about the most impactful book I read last year, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: FRZN GRAINS - ELPHNT's granular Ableton Live Pack Music Production Club - Join the club to get a steady flow of sounds for you music making. Workflowy - Simple and powerful web-based app I use for keeping lists. Getting Things Done - David Allen's incredible system for keeping track of ideas, staying organized, and getting work done. David Allen - Listen to David Allen on the Tim Ferriss Show. #103 and #51: Music Production Podcast episodes with Eshan Khadaroo, aka Push4Life. Audio and MIDI in the Basement - My chart for keeping track of where everything in my studio is connected. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/25/202029 minutes, 53 seconds
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#153: Mixing Tips Every Producer Must Know

Mixing is an art. Mixing is technical. A mix can be objectively good or bad. A mix can be subjectively good or bad. This episode of the Music Production Podcast contains some of the general guidelines that have helped me find the sound I'm looking for and improve the technical quality of my mixes.  Thanks for listening and please pardon the clickbait title; I'm running some experiments in naming. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Space Journey Kit - Free Ableton Live Pack used for the opening music. Music Production Club - Get access to a constantly updated collection of music production tools. 10 Time-Saving Music Production Hacks - An experiment in click-bait titling. Currently my second most downloaded episode. Go figure! 10 Things To Do When You Are Uninspired - An experiment in click-bait titling. Currently my fifth most downloaded episode. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/19/202042 minutes, 23 seconds
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#152: How Do You Know When a Song is Finished?

As you work and toil over your music, there comes a point when a song is finished. But how do you KNOW your track is finished? You can always add or change things. You can try new sounds or alter the arrangement. But how do you know where to stop? In this episode, we explore the topic from both a philosophical and practical position. We ask questions about what makes a song complete and then go through specific techniques and approaches you can use to finish your music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - Subscribe to my Club to get a steady flow of tools and inspiration to your inbox. FRZN GRAINS - ELPHNT's beautiful granular-instrument Ableton Live Pack. Twilight Zone "Escape Clause" - A great episode about what happens when risk and danger are removed from life. What is Your Audience Doing? - Music Production Podcast about what your listeners are doing while listening to your music. Make Bad Music - Just finish your tracks, even if they are bad! Music Production Podcast episode #2. Some Thoughts on Finishing Songs - Music Production Podcast with practical ideas on finishing music. John Lennon - John's sometimes harsh critiques of songs by The Beatles. Gumroad Founder on the Music Production Podcast - Sahil Lavingia has some powerful thoughts on finishing art sooner rather than working on it too long. Derek Sivers - Derek on the EDM Prodcast (great show) talking about releasing art. More Derek Sivers - Derek on the Music Production Podcast. Pay attention to "deep and shallow happy." EDMProd Guidebooks - The makers of EDM Prodcast have a lot of helpful PDFs for music production. A Simple Mistake That Will Ruin Your Mixdown - Make sure your tracks end smoothly, 2 Minute Ableton Live Tip. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/9/202039 minutes, 40 seconds
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#151: What Is Your Listener Doing and 13 Musical Emotions

As you are making music, it can help to consider what your listeners will be doing as they listen. You can also think about the 13 musical emotions and which ones you want to evoke with your music. All of this can help us finish and release an album, EP, or single this month, during the Finish February Challenge! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: FRZN GRAINS - ELPHNT's collection of Ableton Live instruments made from analog sources run through granular effects. Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of music production tools in your inbox. Finish February 2020 - Music Production Podcast about the Finish February Challenge to release some music this month. 13 Musical Emotions - Studies have shown there are 13 musical emotions.  Inner Circle Podcast - Bobby Owsinski's excellent music industry podcast. Jamuary Spreadsheet - A spreadsheet you can use to organize and categorize your Jamuary Jams and decide which ones to finish in February. My 2018 Spreadsheet - See how I used the spreadsheet to categorize my work in 2018. My YouTube Channel - I will be live streaming my Finish February process. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/7/202014 minutes, 55 seconds
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#150: Finish February - Release Music This Month!

Jamuary is over! And if you participated, you probably have lots of ideas to work off of. Even if you didn't participate, I'm sure you have a lot of unfinished ideas anyway. Finish February is a challenge to finish some of that music and release it. It can be a single, EP, or full album. The point is to finish some music and get it out to the world! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: FRZN GRAINS - ELPHNT's collection of Ableton Live instruments made from analog sources run through granular effects. Thomas Glendinning - The man behind ELPHNT made an appearance on episode 26 of the Music Production Podcast. Let's Start Finish February - Episode 48 introduced the idea of Finish February. Jamuary Spreadsheet - A spreadsheet you can use to organize and categorize your Jamuary Jams and decide which ones to finish in February. My 2018 Spreadsheet - See how I used the spreadsheet to categorize my work in 2018. How to Upload Your Music to Major Streaming Services - A post I did about releasing your music with DistroKid. 7% Off at DistroKid - Save a little money when releasing your music with this link. Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of music production tools in your inbox. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
2/4/202014 minutes, 40 seconds
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#149: Derek Sivers - Musician, Writer, Founder of CDBaby

Derek Sivers is a musician, writer, and entrepreneur. He started CDBaby in 1998, offering independent musicians (including me!) a way to sell their music online. 10 years later, he sold it, donating most of the money to music education. Derek wrote "Anything You Want" explaining lessons he learned from the adventure.  Derek is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in this episode he shares some of his insight about making music and the creative process. It was a great conversation that makes meaningful connections between life, business, and creativity.  Be on the look out for his new books "Your Music and People" and "Hell Yeah or No."  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Official Site - Derek's website. The simple design reflects much of his philosophy. Now - See what Derek is up to now. Anything You Want - Derek's story and wisdom about founding, running, and selling CDBaby. Radio Darvish - Persian Traditional Music. Randy Newman - Official site. Thirty-Two Short Stories About Glenn Gould - film about Gould's life journey. Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1: U2 and Brian Eno's score for imagined films. A Beginner's Guide to Japan - Japan from the eyes of a beginner. Oblique Strategies - Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's  collection of abstract creative prompts. Oblique Strategies on the web - a site that randomly generates an Oblique Strategy. Social Story Songs - Songs I wrote with my friend Chris P. Cauley to help children learn acceptable social behavior. Music Production Club - Join the club, where I send a steady flow of music making tools in your email inbox. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/24/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds
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#148: The Power of Focus

By participating in the #Jamuary2020 challenge to make and share a new piece of music each day, it's become extremely clear how important it is to find ways to focus while working.  In this episode, I talk about some important lessons I'm learning during Jamuary and offer some practical ways you can find focus while working on your music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of music making tools in your inbox. My Jamuary2020 SoundCloud Playlist - Listen to my (nearly) daily musical output during the Jamuary2020 challenge. Jamuary Live Stream - I've been streaming the entire process of each of my jams on YouTube. Hit the Page Running - Steven Pressfield's blog post about his mantra when he starts working. War of Art - Steven Pressfield's manifesto, which I reference when speaking about Resistance. Howler Timer - a handy free timer for Mac OS. Self Control - a free internet blocker for Mac OS. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/19/202016 minutes, 43 seconds
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#147: Do It Even When You Don't Want To

You will inevitably come across days that you just don't feel like making music. The thing that differentiates a professional from an amateur is the amateur does it when he/she feels like it; the professional does it no matter what. If you can make music on the days you are tired, uninspired, and lacking motivation, you can do it any time! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Costco Cash Register Free Ableton Live Pack Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of music making tools in your inbox. My Jamuary2020 SoundCloud Playlist - Listen to my (nearly) daily musical output during the Jamuary2020 challenge. Jamuary Live Stream - I've been streaming the entire process of each of my jams on YouTube. War of Art - Steven Pressfield's manifesto, which I reference when speaking about Resistance. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/14/20209 minutes, 37 seconds
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#146: Roger Linn- More Expressive Electronic Music

Roger Linn is a Grammy award winning electronic musical instrument designer, whose instruments have had a major influence on the music industry. He designed the first drum machine with samples. His MPC60 revolutionized the sampling and hip hop community. Today, his LinnStrument is ushering in a new generation of expressive electronic musicianship.  It was an honor to speak with the legendary Roger Linn. I could immediately sense his passion for his work. Roger shared a lot about his background and what motivates him to continue his work. Despite his deep work in the technological aspect of the craft, Roger maintains a firm grasp on the love of music that continues to inspire his work today.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Roger Linn Design - The home of Roger's work. LinnStrument - Roger's latest creation, an expressive MIDI instrument for live performance. MIDI Polyphonic Expression - Explanation of the system used for LinnStrument. MIDI 2.0 - Details on the next generation of MIDI. Why Expressive Control? - Roger's thoughts on the importance of more expressive electronic instruments. Piano vs. Grid - Roger's thoughts on why the grid format is more suited to expressivity than traditional piano layouts. Ableton Loop - Portions of the Ableton Loop panel, hosted by Dennis DeSantis, featuring Roger Linn, Stephan Schmitt, Carla Scaletti, and Gerhard Behles. Keynote Speech - Roger's talk at ADC 2016. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Music Production Club - Join my Music Production Club for a steady stream of music production tools to your inbox. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/8/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 45 seconds
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#145: How Will You Be Remembered?

Happy New Year! It's the start of a new decade and a perfect time to do a little self-reflection. In this episode, we talk about some big picture stuff and how it relates to our music making. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Death of a Salesman - Film version starring Dustin Hoffman. Music Production Club - Get a steady flow of new music production tools in your inbox. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
1/3/202019 minutes, 32 seconds
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#144: Are You Up To The Jamuary Challenge?!

Jamuary is a challenge to make a piece of music every day for the month of January, and to share it online.  In this episode, I talk about the Jamuary Challenge, what it takes to participate (not much), and what the benefits will be.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Cuckoo on the Music Production Podcast Podcast about Jamuary The Music Production Club Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/31/201911 minutes, 25 seconds
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#143: Commit to Commit

Producing music is essentially a series of making decisions. It's important to make commitments to our decisions in order to move forward.  In this episode, I argue that in order to move forward with your music, you must commit early and often. Looking back and questioning our decisions is sure to lead to dissatisfaction in our music.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz The Music Production Club - join before the end of 2019 to get an incredible amount of music production tools! Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/23/201921 minutes, 1 second
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142: John Ivers: BandLab the Social Music Creation Platform

John Ivers is a composer, sound designer, and works as head of sound design for BandLab. BandLab is a free social music creation platform.  John and I had a great conversation covering a range of topics. We discuss his role at BandLad and how the platform can bring in first time producers and offer helpful services to more experienced users. John talks in detail about sound design and how interface design changes how we perceive the product.  Show Notes: John Iver's Web Site BandLab - All-in-one social music creation platform. BandLab for Education - BandLab for schools.  Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Join the Music Production Club to get sound packs to help you make music directly in your inbox. Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/20/20191 hour, 51 minutes, 19 seconds
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#141: Will Artificial Intelligence in the Music Industry Make Humans Obsolete?

Like it or not, artificial intelligence and machine learning is changing the music industry. It could threaten jobs and eliminate the need for humans in the music making process. So what can we do? Double down on our humanity. After a few episode with people using AI and machine learning in the music industry, I have some thoughts on what we can do to avoid becoming obsolete in a changing world.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Now AI Takes on Writing Death Metal, Country Music Hits, More - CDM article about music written with artificial intelligence. Hazel Savage on the Music Production Podcast - Hazel talks about how her company Musiio is intelligently categorizing music. Paul Zgordan on the Music Production Podcast - Paul discusses Mubert, which is creating AI generated music from samples. Jonathan Bailey on the Music Production Podcast - Jonathan explains how Izotope is using AI to help us make music. GLITCH DRUMS - Ableton Live and Sample Pack featured in the intro music to this episode. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
12/5/201934 minutes, 48 seconds
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#140: How Gratitude Can Help Us Make Better Music and Live Happier Lives

Happy Thanksgiving! Today's show is all about gratitude. We talk about how being thankful for what we have and feeling satisfied in decisions we make can help us make better music and live better lives. The conversation is based on a few books and mediations I've come across recently, as well as some real life experiences that have affected the way I see things. We talk about how those experiences can help us with our music making. But in truth, maybe the music making is just a metaphor for our lives in general.  Thank you for listening! Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz's TED Talk The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday Waking Up Meditation App by Sam Harris Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/28/201931 minutes, 53 seconds
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#139: Jonathan Bailey: Izotope's Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan Bailey is Izotope's Chief Technology Officer. Izotope is known for their high quality audio plug-ins that make use of cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and plug-in that communicate. Jonathan and I had a great conversation about the technology behind Izotope's plug-ins, as well as the company's overall vision and philosophy. Jonathan goes into what the future of music production might look like and how technologies like artificial intelligence are changing the way we work. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Izotope Izotope Products Learn with Izotope Are You Listening - Video series with iZotope Education Director Jonathan Wyner. MixCon 2019 Panel - The Future of the Loudness Wars, A.I. in Music Production, 360 Sound. The Story of Iris SonicState Podcast 192 - Podcast where the idea of Iris was born. GLITCH DRUMS - Ableton Live Pack and Sample Pack. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/23/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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#138: Kristoffer Lislegaard 2: New Album and Performing Live

Kristoffer Lislegaard is an electronic musician, producer, and sound artist from Norway, and one half of the duo, Sgrow. Sgrow's music contains beautiful soundscapes, beats, and vocals. They've just released a new album called Circumstance II. It was great to talk with Kristoffer again. He has some really helpful ideas on completing music, working within limitations, and live performance. Kristoffer surprised me with a little demonstration of his live performance setup. His way of working is inspiring and the new music is excellent. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Kristoffer's Website Kristoffer's YouTube Sgrow - Kristoffer's electronic duo with Vilde Nupen. Sgrow YouTube Channel Tap Dance Live Performance Video Linnstrument Monome Kristoffer's first appearance on the Music Production Podcast Get the new Sgrow album: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/33lsY2i Apple: https://apple.co/2IHvvft Tidal: http://bit.ly/35lUDSE Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/2OBwfXe Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/16/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 3 seconds
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#137: Paul Zgordan - Mubert and Artificially Generated Music

Paul Zgordan works for Mubert, a company that develops tools for making music created by artificial intelligence. Mubert creates algorithmically generated music using samples uploaded by users. Mubert's generative music is targeted towards businesses that need music for their products (apps, spas, video games).  Paul and I discuss Mubert in detail, from its technology and how it is being used. We explore whether artificial intelligence will endanger the jobs of musicians. Paul also shares ideas on how musicians can use AI to further their artistic vision.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Mubert - AI Music Solution Mubert Beta - join and participate in Mubert's #I-am-the-world project to create the never ending collaborative generative music stream in A Minor.  Walkthrough Video- Short video on uploading samples to Mubert. Google Magenta - AI Max for Live devices. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/10/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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#136: Hazel Savage - CEO and Co-Founder of Musiio

Hazel Savage is the CEO and co-founder of Musiio, a company that uses artificial intelligence to automatically analyze and tag music to make it more discoverable. Hazel is a life-long musician and music technologist, working for companies like Shazaam, Pandora, and Universal.  Hazel and I talked at length about Musiio and its potential to influence the music industry. We also get into what makes music human and why she isn't afraid that artificial intelligence will replace artists. The conversation goes into a lot of big questions that new technologies will ultimately raise for everyone in the music industry. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Musiio - Hazel's company that helps make great music more discoverable. Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk
11/6/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 26 seconds
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#135: Phil Celeste and David Marston on Collaboration and Releasing with and without a Record Label

David Marston and Phil Celeste are musicians, producers, and long-time collaborators who just finished a new track called "Airwaves." Phil (aka Life on Planets) and David have managed to make their partnership work over barriers of time and distance, and have had successful releases both together and separately. Phil, David, and I had a nice conversation about music production and collaboration. We talked about how they both help guide each other in the studio, and how they also know when to work on certain aspects of a project separately. We also talk about releasing albums on labels and independently, as well as a ton of other related topics.  Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube Show Notes: Life on Planets (Phil Celeste) David Marston Life on Planets & David Marston - "Airwaves" "Airwaves" Lyric video David Marston & Life on Planets - "Take Your Time" Life on Planets - "Fork In The Path" (David Marston & Dan Izco Remix) Phil's Guitar, used on "Airwaves" Garden of Earthly Delights Soul Clap Records Chill-Struments Ableton Live Pack Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs. Brian Funk