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Patch In 14: All Performers Are Actors

In this episode, Andrea Cheeseman joins Ben and Nate in a discussion of electro-acoustic music from the performers perspective. Teaching new music, prep and tempo alterations are discussed. And Nate explains reverb for the 2 minute challenge.

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SoundNotion 188: The “E” Word

This week on SoundNotion, eighth blackbird pianist and musical Entrepreneur, Lisa Kaplan joins the panel to discuss the terror of life without the Internet, how to say ‘thank you’ and eighth blackbird’s mission to guide the next generation of performers.


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Patch In 13: “without killing anyone in an opera…”

In this episode, Jorge Variego talks with Ben and Nate about Markov Chains in Charlie Parker’s music, SuperCollider, the prepared clarinet, and algorithmic composition. Max/MSP 7 gets gushed over, and Ben explains the flanging process.

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  • Keith McMillen’s K-Board is now available – It’s a stripped down QuNexus, without all the fancy CV and OSC features, but it’s Core compliant and only $99
  • Max/MSP 7 is out!!!
  • Want a new, interesting MIDI controller with a kooky name? Try the Skoog
  • MusicComputing has introduced their Naru all in one music production PC – impressed?
  • Moog has released a Theremini editor/librarian app for iPad. it’s free, and it let’s you edit EVERY parameter of your Theremini – what more do you need?
  • Our guest this month is Jorge VariegoUT Knoxville professor, sax/clarinet virtuoso, fabulous composer!
  • We discuss some of his pieces:
  • In this month’s 2-minute challenge, Ben takes on Flanging.
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SoundNotion 187: Slow Math

This week on SoundNotion, we talk open data sets. The Met offered its data and composer Suby Raman accepted the challenge with ten graphs that show what’s been up at the opera for the last 100 years. Suby also parses gender balance in top US orchestras.


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Streamers and Punches 63: Omnistellar

In this episode we look at Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, and Patrick Doyle in the news, talk about the sound mix issues surrounding Interstellar plus our thoughts on the score, and interview orchestrator and Omni Music Publisher owner Tim Rodier.

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