Unique perspectives from industry experts
Hosted by Graeme Harrison, VP and GM of Bluesound Professional, Surroundscapes Series 4 is theme focused on the “Future of Music and Music Creation”. Harrison, along with invited industry experts, will explore two principal areas of the music industry. First, they will investigate new ways of both composing and performing music often using innovative technologies, and second, how songwriters and musicians can make a fair living in the age of digital technologies and platforms, centering around new ways of creating value and connecting with audiences – both large and small.
Quarterly Podcast Series
Surroundscapes is presented in quarterly series, with each comprised of five to ten episodes of audio podcasts focused on a specific topic within the central theme of the ‘future of business’. Created for mobile consumption, the Surroundscapes podcast is an interview-style content series hosted by Harrison, where he and invited expert guests explore the use of A/V technologies in shaping human perceptions and experiences of space, and their impacts on consumer and audience behaviour.
Series 4: Future of Music and Music Creation
Launching May 25, 2021 and featuring ten podcast episodes that will be released weekly, the fourth Surroundscapes series looks at the future of music and music creation. In these latest episodes we will talk with musicians and technologist about the future of music and music creation and navigating the challenges and opportunities in this pandemic and post-pandemic world.
Episode One: May 25: Claire L Evans (Author ‘Broad Band’ and Singer, songwriter YACHT)
In the first episode of Series 4 we cover the feminist history of computing, albums as research projects, using Google Magenta AI as a compositional tool on YACHT’s album ‘Chain Tripping’, the changes in the platform economy as seen by musicians, making a living as a musician in pandemic times and more. This talk is one of the most far-reaching and resonant that we have had and makes a great start to this series.
Episode Two: June 1: Ryan Edwards (CEO and Founder – Audoo)
We talk about the feeling of hearing your song being played in a public space, realizing that you are not making any money out of that and founding a company to do something about that. Audoo are trying to improve the process of song rights payments by producing a hardware device to capture and aggregate information on what songs are being played in public spaces and feeding this information back to performing rights organizations.
Episode Three: June 8: Zoë Keating (Cellist and Composer)
In this episode, Zoë talks about the San Francisco arts warehouse scene, hosting unique performance events, being discovered by NPR at an event reproducing the experience of a nuclear explosion and developing a multi-stranded career as a performer, technologist, composer and film scorer.
Episode Four: June 15: Imogen Heap (Grammy-winning Singer and Songwriter)
Imogen Heap is uniquely positioned to talk about new ways of composing and presenting music with her work on the MiMu gloves and the Listening Chair as well as diverse ways of making albums whilst staying sane and balanced. As well as this, we discuss the business aspects of music and the Creative Passport and Life of a Song projects.
Episode Five: June 22: Theon Cross (Jazz Tuba Player and Composer)
This episode covers Theon Cross’s musical beginnings, the Tomorrows Warriors project and how this changed his musical style and aspirations leading to Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then Sons of Kemet. We finish by talking about living in lockdown, discovering looping and other electronic technology, and making an album using just the Tuba and finally coming back to performing with an avatar-based event at SXSW.
Episode Six: June 29: Jon Cotton (Founder – Poseidon Music)
Jon Cotton is a producer of both artists and content and this episode really focuses on what this means. Jon talks about the role of a producer in finding ways to connect an artist to their audience and how this has changed in the digital age. He discusses the role of marketing on digital platforms to build global awareness and we touch on next ways to present music in a live context.
Episode Seven: July 6: Ben Richter (Composer, Accordionist, and Director of Ghost Ensemble)
Ben Richter has created a career with several different elements. He is a teacher, a performer, the director of an ensemble and a recording artist. One of the things that we discuss is active listening and how music can be used to help to alter people’s time horizons and better understand slow-moving but profound phenomena such as climate change. We also talk about unusual ways that musicians and other artists can add value to their content to reward devoted fans and find new income streams.
Episode Eight: July 13: Glen Rowe (Managing Director Kyoko & Neko Trust)
Glen Rowe has had a long and very varied career in music from drumming in bands, to working for an instrument manufacturer, tour managing Muse and coming off the road to create projects of lasting value. He tells us about the many and varied activities of his company Kyoto – from a recording studio featuring a ‘Drumbrella’, to rehearsal spaces, creative communities and artist management done in a new and humane way. We also talk about the charity that Glen founded – the Neko Trust – and the amazing work that it does to support and educate young creatives. We wonder just how many hours he has in his days!
Episode Nine: July 20: Paul Frazer (Never Not Nothing)
Never Not Nothing has been described as anarchic electro psych punk noise, and Paul Frazer, one half of the band describes how it came into being with a unique launch event for industry insiders. We move on to talk about how the band progressed and then dealt with the pandemic lockdown by creating an immersive sound and sight stage to make compelling videos. We finish by talking about the use of haptic suits, in-ear monitors and VR glasses to create the live events of the future. Along the way we learn how the band changed its original name from Black Futures to allow that phrase to be used by the Black Lives Matter movement without confusion.
Episode Ten: July 27: Bob Boster (President – Clear-Com)
Bob Boster runs an industry-leading manufacturer of live and broadcast communications equipment and combines this with a side passion and profession as a sound artist. We discuss how this came about and how he manages to juggle these two threads of his life. We dive into sound art, how a niche artist from USA can economically plan a 20-30 date European tour and much more.
Where to Listen
Each episode of Surroundscapes is available for free on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and the Surroundscapes website https://surroundscapes.bluesoundprofessional.com/.
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