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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, whi…
 
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 wit…
 
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 immer…
 
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 d…
 
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, Emil…
 
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 sh…
 
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 A…
 
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…
 
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 c…
 
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 cha…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 tra…
 
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. W…
 
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 perfor…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 h…
 
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 Mad…
 
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…
 
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://brianfun…
 
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:/…
 
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 fa…
 
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,…
 
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