It’s an extra special highlights episode! We’ve gathered together some of our favorite advice for new graduates, parents of graduates, and anyone taking a big leap or starting something new. You’ll hear from visual artist Lia Halloran, MET Orchestra timpanist Jason Haaheim, Fractured Atlas founder Adam Huttler, and LEGO artist Adam Ward. Listen in as you prepare for your next big adventure!
Do you ever imagine you're moving to a soundtrack inspired by your environment? Meet Ryan and Hays Holladay - two brothers who have created location-aware compositions in places like The National Mall and Central Park. Ryan and Hays tell us when they realized they didn't have to wait to be successful to make the work they wanted to make and share insights into their collaboration process, partnering with brands, and wading through the LA River.
Did it ever occur to you that J.S. Bach was a technology nerd? We’re talking with Dan Tepfer, a pianist and composer who improvises with algorithms and cowrites with computers. Dan tells us how he discovered that music would be his primary pursuit after studying astrophysics in college and gives great advice for figuring out what you want to do with your life.
What happens when a debt-ridden opera singer launches a Kickstarter campaign that becomes the most funded app in Kickstarter history? Gabriel Wyner shares his journey from winning the Renaissance Scholar award at USC to singing opera in Vienna to founding Fluent Forever, a language-learning system that effectively leverages technology and memory research. Plus, Kickstarter tips!
Jeff Smith got the idea to cofound Smule while pursuing his PhD in Computer Music at Stanford twenty years after attending as an undergrad. For the first time in his life, music and technology came together in a way that he didn’t see coming. Jeff shares how he saw the potential in an iPhone as an instrument of making music and not just consuming it, and how that has opened up a whole world of expressivity and accessibility. Plus: the ocarina, a fresh take on autotune and much more!