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The Listening Podcast features conversations with fascinating people in the world of music, film & art. We talk about how they got started, obstacles they faced, their personal creative process, and what inspires them.
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Listening with David Gamson

Listening with David Gamson

2019-11-1200:40:55

David Gamson is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist, musician, producer, songwriter, arranger, and engineer. Originally hailing from New York, he has worked with an impressive list of artists, including Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert, Chaka Khan, Charli XCX, Meshell Ndegeocello, Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Sheila E., George Benson, Luther Vandross, Donny Osmond, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Tony LeMans, Roger Troutman and Eden XO. He is best known for his distinctive synthesizer work and arrangements as a member of the popular 1980s pop band Scritti Politti for three of their albums. Gamson co-produced, co-wrote and arranged most of the songs on three of the band's albums, which include Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985), Provision (1988), and Anomie & Bonhomie (1999).A column in Vinyl Me Please describes his work as “fast-paced and packed with techniques known for accomplishing clear sonic pronunciation... It avoids melodic stasis by hurdling between distant keys, shifting between the verses and choruses.”
With a career that includes designing sounds for Ableton, Dave Smith, Korg, Roland, and Xfer, plus serving as Technology Editor for Beatportal.com, Francis Preve has carved a niche as one of the tech industry's most in-demand sound designers. His work as a college professor in Austin, Texas, provides additional insight into how musicians of all skill levels interface with synthesizers, while his career as a technology journalist gives him a deeper appreciation of great product design and development.Over the years, Preve's musical output has included remixes for Dragonette, Orbital, Gabriel & Dresden, Sander Kleinenberg, and Dave Seaman. His original productions include collaborations like "Yin/Yang" with Wolfgang Gartner, "Glow Ballz" with Matt Lange, and "Get Down" with John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto. He is also the founder of Symplesound, a soundware company focused on creating intuitive instruments and presets.In 2017, Preve introduced his Scapes artform—entirely synthesized recreations of field recordings—which got the attention of the immersive sound design industry. He has presented and/or moderated panels on sound, synthesis, and production at conferences including SXSW, MacWorld, O’Reilly, and Project BBQ. 
Award winning composer Charles Bernstein conducted his first original orchestral compositions at the age of sixteen. His long career in film scoring can be heard in many popular films and television shows, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and scores for genre classics, A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original), The Entity, Stephen King's Cujo, the Dracula spoof Love At First Bite, along with a wide variety of Emmy winning dramas, comedies, action films and Oscar winning documentaries. Bernstein is currently a six-term Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he has also served as the Academy’s Vice President. He sits on the ASCAP Foundation Board and the ASCAP Board of Review, and is a founding and Advisory Board member and current Vice President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. As an author, Charles Bernstein has received the coveted Deems Taylor Award for his writings on music, and has published over 100 Essays on film music, many of which can be found in his two books, "Film Music and Everything Else” and “Movie Music: An Insider’s View,” and will soon be available in a volume of 110 Collected Essays. 
Listening with Matt Lange

Listening with Matt Lange

2019-10-2200:54:25

Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling record producer, composer, musician, and DJ Matt Lange challenges categorization by genre and trends. The signature of his work is the relentless devotion to pushing music into the future.Lange’s career began working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Transeau (BT), co-producing the album "These Hopeful Machines," earning him a Grammy Award-nomination in 2011. Matt then went on to co-write and produce Glenn Morrison’s "Goodbye (feat. Islove)" which was nominated as Dance Recording of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards and later hit double platinum. Most recently, Lange was a producer on the Thirty Seconds To Mars album "AMERICA," which debuted #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.An adept music composer, and sound designer, Lange has created and licensed works for the blockbuster films Ready Player One, Blade Runner 2049, Deadpool 2, The Fast & Furious 8, and Transformers: The Last Knight along with video game franchises Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and DOTA II.As an artist, Matt Lange has released records with some of the most influential electronic dance music labels in the industry such as Anjunabeats, mau5trap, and Armada and has performed across esteemed venues and festivals like Output, Sound Nightclub, Ministry of Sound, TomorrowWorld, EDC, and SXSW. Matt is also the host of Tap Tempo, a podcast which features insightful interviews with peers and collaborators ranging from A-list composers to DJs and includes artists from all backgrounds.
Listening with Bird York

Listening with Bird York

2019-10-1500:50:36

Kathleen “Bird” York is a study in creative versatility: an Oscar nominated songwriter and recording artist, (IN THE DEEP from Oscar winning film CRASH), a screenwriter who has developed pilots for Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount and Fox, and an accomplished actor having starred or costarred in dozens of films, miniseries and Emmy award-winning television series.A musician since fifteen, Bird’s songwriting ability got the attention of Warner Chappell which then lead to her critically acclaimed record with EMI. Her love for writing to picture found her composing and producing songs for several projects including Oscar winning film maker Paul Haggis’ CBS drama FAMILY LAW, Sony’s SEVEN POUNDS, Magnolia Pictures DUMBSTRUCK, and Warner Bros’ SUBLIME, as well as for television series CSI:NY, HOUSE, AMERICAN IDOL, ARMY WIVES, STAND OFF, NIP TUCK and WAREHOUSE 13. As an actor, she is best known for her work as Congresswoman Andie Wyatt on the West Wing, and can currently be seen as a series regular on the CBS/CW series IN THE DARK.
Listening with Jay Weigel

Listening with Jay Weigel

2019-10-0800:42:23

Jay Weigel is a distinguished composer, producer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and contractor for film, television, recordings, and concerts. Based in New Orleans, he has worked in the film and television industry for over 35 years. His recent scores and soundtrack recordings can be heard in the Warner Brothers films including, The Campaign, Green Lantern, Grudge Match, Get Hard, and Midnight Special; over 19 of Tyler Perry’s films including Nobody’s Fool, Acrimony, For Colored Girls, Meet the Browns, Madea Witness Protection, and Madea Goes to Jail; Universal’s Girl Trip; HBO’s Little Britain; I Love You Phillip Morris, Bullet to the Head; Netfilx’s The Last Laugh, The Highwaymen; and numerous documentaries and independent films. Upcoming projects include Tyler Perry’s A Fall from Grace I and The Oval, Paramount’s Paradise Lost, and Jason Berry’s City of a Million Dreams.  He has for the past 10 years taught Film Scoring and Midi Orchestration at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Listening with Alex Kelman

Listening with Alex Kelman

2019-10-0100:55:15

"I get to work with the most creative and intelligent people alive. I’m dedicated to discovering new music throughout the world while continuing to educate myself on the cultural context in which those ideas stem."Alex Kelman is a fixture in the music industry, both as a DJ and musician as well as a publisher responsible for finding new talent. As an executive for many years with Warp Publishing and ZYNC Music, he signed some amazing artists including The Glitch Mob, Danny Brown, and Khruangbin. He is now co-EVP of Creative/ A&R at Third Side Music (the company who represents such artists as Flying Lotus and Sofi Tukker). Join us as we talk negotiating deals, collaborating with artists, and what he's learned along the way. 
Listening with Lili Haydn

Listening with Lili Haydn

2019-09-2400:41:59

GRAMMY winner Lili Haydn has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars, to name a few.In addition to Lili's extensive touring career and critically acclaimed recordings, her music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials, and she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, and other illustrious composers.  She's also a composer herself, with 15 feature films/documentaries to her credit including Netflix’s hit Feminists: What Were They Thinking?(2018) with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and Oscar winner Freida Lee Mock’s forthcoming documentary RUTH: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words. A social activist in her spare time, Lili performs for humanitarian organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
The award-winning production duo of Brian Trifon and Brian White, also known as Finishing Move, created the music behind such iconic video game franchises as Halo, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown, and new hit game Borderlands 3. The incredible fusion of their passion for music technology and innovation in sound design along with their deep musical vocabulary has led them to be two of the most in-demand composers and sound designers not only for video games, but for so many successful films and TV shows such as Us, Dark Phoenix, and Mission Impossible: Fallout. Join us as we talk with Brian and Brian about taking risks in their careers and art, and how it’s paid off. 
Amanda Krieg Thomas is one of the most in-demand music supervisors around, with projects including the ground-breaking anthology series American Horror Story (FX), ballroom drama Pose, and the critically acclaimed show The Americans. Amanda began her career in the music department at Lionsgate before moving to Format Entertainment, where she worked on projects such as Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 (Gold Circle Films/Universal), The Other Woman (Fox) and ABC comedy, Trophy Wife. She is currently working on feminist horror series, Ratched (Netflix), the film adaptation of Tony Award-winning play, The Boys In The Band (Netflix), and the new season of hit procedural, 9-1-1 (FOX).Amanda is on the Board of Directors for the Guild of Music Supervisors and a proud member of the Television Academy. She also recently published her first e-book, Thinking In Sync: A Primer on the Mind of a Music Supervisor. 
Listening with Cold Blue

Listening with Cold Blue

2019-09-0300:32:03

Cold Blue’s ascension into a Trance superstar over the last two years has been nothing short of extraordinary. He has consistently delivered release after release for the world’s top Trance labels including Subculture, Kearnage, WAO138, Pure Trance and FSOE. It is momentum like this that has now put Cold Blue in the Top 10 Trance artists on Beatport achieving three #1’s and countless Top Ten hits.As a DJ he has performed at some of the biggest Trance festivals - EDC Las Vegas, Dreamstate, So Cal, Tomorrowland, and Airbeat One, alongside arena shows in Australia, the United States and the UK. This year he has big releases on Subculture and an upcoming debut artist album. It’s these artistic capabilities that have cemented Cold Blue as a premier artist who has a massive part to play in shaping the future of Trance Music.
Jeff Rona interviews Chris Douridas - one of the most influential and ardent supporters of new independent music. As music director and DJ for KCRW Chris has discovered some of today’s most important artists. Listen to Chris talk about how he discovers and helps the best new artists find a place in the music world."Can we talk about categories for a second? They're my biggest pet peeve. Genres are the creation of journalists."LINKS:For more on Chris Douridas, go to KCRW.For more on Liquid Cinema, visit www.liquidcinema.comFor more on Blue Microphones, visit www.bluedesigns.com
On the inaugural episode of Listening, Jeff Rona interviews Chris Douridas - one of the most influential and ardent supporters of new independent music. As music director and DJ for KCRW Chris has discovered some of today’s most important artists. Listen to Chris talk about how he discovers and helps the best new artists find a place in the music world.KEY MOMENTS:How Chris describes what he does: "I see myself as a music cheerleader. I wake up every day looking for great music...I push new musicians out into the world."How he got started: "Between [acting] gigs, I volunteered at a radio station...I played whatever I wanted...I became passionate about sharing music that nobody knew about."  Some of the artists Chris got on the air: Billie Eilish, Beck, Portishead, Massive Attack, The Eels, Fiona Apple, and Gillian Welch.    Check out more about Chris on KCRW.  LINKS:For more on Liquid Cinema, visit www.liquidcinema.comFor more on Blue Microphones, visit www.bluedesigns.com
Legendary music tastemaker Chris Douridas in conversation with Jeff Rona about his work with KCRW and discovering some of the most important artists today. Full episode drops August 27th! 
"The Listening Podcast" by Liquid Cinema is coming August 27th. Subscribe for all the latest updates and episodes as soon as they become available.
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