Microtones, Minimalism & the Bebop Scale


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By Kirk Hamilton. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Mailbag episode! Kirk answers your burning musical questions about songs from Parks & Rec, Black Sails, Lovecraft Country, and What We Do in the Shadows, as well as microtones, minimalist songwriting, the bebop scale, practicing habits, and more.


  • “Parks & Recreation” by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones, 2009
  • “Black Sails” by Bear McCreary, 2014
  • “You’re Dead” by Norma Tanega from Walking My Cat Named Dog, 1966
  • “Lonely World” by Moses Sumney from Aromanticism, 2017
  • A 2018 Refinery29 article by Courtney E. Smith on the gender gap in TV composing
  • “Melting” and "Rattlesnake" by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard from Flying Microtonal Banana, 2017
  • “Can I Believe You” by Fleet Foxes from Shore, 2020
  • “Moon River” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, performed by Jacob Collier on Djesse vol. 2, 2019
  • “Money” by Pink Floyd from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973
  • “Buzzcut Season” by Lorde from Pure Heroine, 2013
  • “I’m Down” by Paul McCartney recorded by The Beatles, 1965
  • “Kiss” by Prince from Parade, 1986
  • “End Credits” by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz episodes on The Loudness Wars, Perfect Pitch, and Dies Irae (featuring Kirk!)
  • “American Pie” by Don McLean from American Pie, 1971
  • "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from their 2015 self-titled album, and live on the BBC, 2015


This episode's outro soloist is the fantastic Dan Nervo. Dan plays guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons. Hit him up if you want to get good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/


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