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Stories of the fun, bizarre and often ridiculous history of food. Packed with interesting tales like ‘The Man Who Ate King Louis XIV’s Heart’ and ‘The German Coconut Cult’. Join me as we explore The Fantastic History of Food. Show your support by signing up on Patreon: http://bit.ly/3382PF5 - Get Early Access To Episodes - Bonus Content Incl. Interviews & Unaired Episodes - Free Merch Items - + So Much More! Contact me on foodhistorypod@gmail.com Website: www.foodhistorypodcast.com
 
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The past is a crazy place, and no matter how many times we go back there, there's always something new to surprise us. This episode we learn about a continental witch panic that just happened to coincide with tomatoes arriving in Europe. An unfortunate mistranslation from the original Ancient Greek really didn't help matters either.----------------…
 
As one of the founding members of the band Can, Irmin Schmidt left a permanent mark on the world of music. Since Can’s breakup, Irmin has left his mark on film music, having been credited as composer on more than 40 films and TV shows. Recently, he has released two albums on Mute Records featuring solo prepared piano work, with “Nocturne: Live at t…
 
I'd heard about the artist Strategy from Portland friends in the past, and always appreciated the subtle complexity that threaded throughout his work. When Joshua Clayton opened the door to speak with Paul Dickow - Strategy - I was excited to take the chance. As I prepared for the talk, I was surprised by the number of projects that Paul was involv…
 
For this episode we're travelling to the small Italian island of Sardinia where we explore the a generations long delicacy known as Casu Marzu. While the Sardinian people love it, it's been named as the worlds most dangerous cheese by the Guinness Book Of Records and has been made illegal to buy or sell all throughout Europe! ------------------- Pl…
 
Scott Lawlor reached out to me to start a conversation, and after hearing his story, I was anxious to get his story on the podcast. He is part of numerous collaborations, does live performances (including his "isolation concerts" during this COVID lockdown) - but my bell was rung when he mentioned that he'd done around 250 releases. 250 releases! I…
 
When I first got clued into the A-Mint system, I was very curious: I've not been 'entranced' by AI and ML systems for music, and I tend to be kind of skeptical. But some of the video and audio examples I heard of Alex Braga's A-Mint were quite surprising - especially in their realtime use with other performers. This is something that caught my atte…
 
This is the 2nd episode in our two part series on coffee. Last time we heard about the origins of coffee discovered by dancing goats in Ethiopia, as well as a few scandinavian kings who took a particular dislike to what they believed was the devils brew. After a few human experiments and Prussian sniffer squads we find ourselves back here today abo…
 
Roger Neill is living a pretty charmed life. Working on film, TV and game music, he is able to dive deep into music of all styles, and create extended storytelling by working with directors of films like Valley Girl, 20th Century Women and TV work like JJ Villard's Fairy Tales. All of this requires the depth of knowledge that comes from getting an …
 
Coffee was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia. From there it spread across the globe, making its way through Europe and at some point into Sweden. It was not as welcome there as in other parts of the world, especially not for King Gustav III. With no ethics board to hold him back, he embarked on a mad plan to prove once and for all that coff…
 
I love it when I get suggestions from my listeners for something to research. Hearing about "acreil" - and tracking this down to Scott Nordlund - was a lot of fun, mainly because the starting point was on Bandcamp, and his music is so good. I'd learned that he was deep into working with Pure Data, and he had a great collection of releases, so I was…
 
I try not to reveal my super-fandom very often, but Robin Rimbaud (aka Skanner) maps to a critical time in my life. Back when he was putting out the early Scanner stuff, my ears were opening to more adventurous electronic work, and his efforts slammed directly into my interests. I've been a fan ever since, and was blown away to get to talk with him…
 
Talk about a career! Stephan Schmitt started his journey into audio development by making noisy object as a kid, then got into electrical engineering to work on large format consoles (which is where he took on software...), then co-founded Native Instruments, creating Generator/Reaktor. After years with NI (including the development of Spark, Skann…
 
In this episode we explore one of the worlds favourite foods, CHEESE! We hear a bit about it's origin story and then dive into 3 different stories involving cheese throughout history, and it's a cracker! (Pun very much intended). Please support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/foodhistorypod and get early access to episodes, bonus content and…
 
I'm always encouraged when I hear about academics that are battle tested in industry in some way. Doug Bielmeier, a professor at Northeastern University, has that - Doctorate in Education, but also time in a DC-area hip hop studio, and time banging out track in Nashville, Doug has the background that brings weight to his music industry teaching. He…
 
How does a saxophonist become a modular synth head? How does a serial collaborator put out his first solo album? And how does anyone get roped into doing a see-all video like the amazing Surfacing (https://vimeo.com/346031783) film? We learn the answer to these questions - and many more- in this episode with the amazing Ben Carey. From his solo mod…
 
Whether you are talking the Broken20 label, TVO music releases, the Further_in virtual festival or installations under his own name, you would have to admit that Ruaridh Law is dedicated. He's a self-described 'finisher', but also has a head full of ideas, so he's in constant motion. With Further_in in full swing, upcoming releases for the label an…
 
In a way, Jesse Stiles has a career I can really envy. Studying with Pauline Oliveros, traveling India while sitting in on music school classes, working with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and teaching at Carnegie Mellon. Huh - sounds pretty great, eh? Combine that with an active performing and recording schedule, work on sound art installation…
 
Hot chocolate has been a favourite drink of so many households throughout the ages. Not many people know the rich and varied history that this simple drink actually has. From Columbus first encountering chocolate in the 1500s to the deep connection it has to witchcraft and potions, the drink has evolved in so many ways from the first frothy, bitter…
 
There are lots of conferences that come along - and move along - without making a dent on anyone's attention. Thorsten Sideboard's Algorithmic Art Assembly is *not* one of those; it's first outing, last year, was one of the buzziest conferences I'd heard about. Now with the pandemic, conferences are a little out-of-bounds, but talking with Thorsten…
 
I'm not sure where you go to learn about music industry activities, but I'll bet that CDM (Create Digital Music) - https://cdm.link/ - is one of those places. Run by Peter Kirn, CDM provides long-form narratives on music creation, tools and projects. It's well-managed, and is part of my daily reading routine - and possibly yours, too. So with its c…
 
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