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Zealous Musician is a podcast that takes a closer look at the music we love. For season one, we’ll dive into music from post-hardcore and emo bands like Thrice, Underoath, A Day to Remember - Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, and Copeland. Our focus will be on light music theory -- even playing some ourselves -- and rediscovering why we loved these bands so much in the first place.
 
***Named one of "The 20 Best Music Theory Podcasts of 2021" by Welp Magazine. *** Named "#4 of Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021" by Feedspot ***Named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020" by FeedSpot ***Named one of "The 11 Best Podcasts for Exploring Music Theory Concepts on the Go in 2019" by Soundfly. The DrumMantra Podcast is all about going deeper with your practice in music & drumming. The goal is to advance the listener's confidence, insight, and i ...
 
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Discussion Highlights: The 20th Century FOX fanfare, purpose of studio logos, myth of movies Sharp London Symphony Orchestra, pitch inflation, Treaty of Versailles Opening crawl practical effects and music synchronization Holst Mars vs. Blockade Runner quiz Original, special editions, de-specialized editions, mono mix Darth Vader's breathing and th…
 
I just saw John Williams live for the first time! Here are some of the highlights, footage excerpts, and my analysis. Concert Details: John Williams: Maestro of the Movies Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA) David Newman and John Williams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of film music selectio…
 
We've reached the end of The Last Jedi! Today's episode is a fun roundtable discussion with Jay Cooper and John Bellizzi, in which we listen to the rest of the end credits music and do a play-by-play commentary together. We also reflect on the season and film as a whole, share our personal music and sound effects highlights from The Last Jedi, and …
 
Frank Lehman is a music theorist, film musicologist, and John Williams scholar who created the Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. Today, he's here to help us understand the end credits and music of The Last Jedi overall. We talk about wild theorizing, erotic themes, and the technical and philosophical ideals that make up the mus…
 
With a final swell of the Force theme, the orchestra pulls us into the credits. Today, I am pleased to speak with Lorenz Gamma, violinist on The Last Jedi score. We talk nitty gritty details -- including what it was like working with John Williams, what the orchestra spent the most time rehearsing, the importance of inaccuracies, and how The Last J…
 
Behind every legend is a person. In this episode of Star Wars Music Minute, Darth Choco joins me in a heartfelt discussion of the music, lore, and legacy surrounding Luke Skywalker's final act. 00:00:00 - Intro + In this set of minutes, Luke and Kylo face off, Rey uses the Force to lift the heavy rocks obstructing their path, and Luke says "See you…
 
"More! More! More!" Kylo yells, ordering every gun to fire on his uncle. Chaos, fashion, and Force angst ensue while Luke remains standing stronger than ever. Joining me today is Mollie Damon (Star Wars Explained, A Certain Point of View), and together, we nerd out on the music and sound of minutes 131-135 of The Last Jedi. Discussion Highlights: T…
 
Luke and Leia reunite, and their musical themes pull at our heartstrings. Camila, also known as BoricuaWookiee, is here with me to navigate through these emotional minutes (126-130) of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: Is Finn's impending sacrifice selfish? Thoughts on his role and actions in the Resistance. Dies Irae when Finn is about …
 
We chat with Rami Olsen and Freddi Sturm, the brains behind “Hear Between the Lines,” about all things microtonal arranging/content! Topics touched upon include contrived wet food analogies, channel ideas, the story of Rami’s cool guitars, fooling the ear by drifting, comparing different tuning systems’ whole tone scales, piano pedal shredding, and…
 
How many motifs can you spot during the Battle of the Crait? Hint: there are more than 10! Star Wars Explained (Alex) is here with me today to break down the music and action in Minutes 121-125 of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: Alex finally figures out the theme he's had stuck in his head. Finn's musical fake-out. Music as a manipulat…
 
Long live the Supreme Leader! After Snoke's dramatic (and loud) fall, Hux tempts fate, Kylo indulges in a Force choke, and the Resistance starts setting up on Crait. Chris Radtke is here with me to discuss Adam Driver's vocal gravitas, the space Bugs Bunny (Poe), and how the sound design of Crait's atmosphere reflects the desolation of the former R…
 
You won't find it on the commercial soundtrack, but the music leading up to Holdo's sacrifice represents the culmination of profound thematic transformation rarely heard in all of Star Wars. Highlights: How the Desperation motif spawned from the Tension motif (after various iterations). Desperation motif is heard in its final form as the three subp…
 
The Praetorian Guards aren't messing around, and neither is John Williams! Joining me today is Kyle Katarn. Together, we attempt to break down the sensational combat scoring, sound design, and awkward aftermath in minutes 106-110 of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: The music feels suspended in air before the first lightsaber clash. John…
 
Sevish and I chat about software, instruments, and philosophical questions. We are both excited to continually witness more and more people become interested in microtonality! Web-based browsers such as Scale Workshop, Xenpaper, and Leimma have made it even easier for people to play microtones without downloading synthesizers - all you need is an I…
 
DJ's a snake, Snoke is sliced, and stormtroopers march to the beat of the spacecraft motif. Best of all, Pete the Retailer from Star Wars Minute is here with me to discuss the sounds in minutes 101-105 of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: The stormtroopers' diegetic footsteps. Force theme vs. Resistance March vs. Droid Invasion/Trade Fed…
 
Not to be musical conspiracists, but why do we hear the Emperor's theme when Rey is with Snoke? Musician/sound designer Justin Scheid joins me to discuss this pressing matter. We break down the music in that visceral scene, talk about the sound design of Force telekinesis, and follow some crusty Palpatine breadcrumbs. Music works in mysterious ways…
 
Beethoven once called the trombone the "voice of God," but how does this low brass instrument factor into the music of The Last Jedi? From stings to stabs, pads, and more, trombonist Adam Liebreich-Johnsen explains various trombone textures and talks about the role of low brass in Star Wars scores. This set of Last Jedi minutes happens to have one …
 
Who knew the sound of fueling transports could be so satisfying? Blythe Kala joins me in a lively discussion about minutes 86-90 of The Last Jedi, featuring comedic droid beats, untranslated Wookiee words, and Rey meeting Kylo face-to-face for the first in the whole film. We also talk Rey vs. Kylo vs. Anakin's character motivations, film production…
 
Yoda comes bearing delicious Neapolitan and Lydian gifts! Joining me today is Star Wars Minute host Alex Robinson. We explore the harmony in this infamous scene, compare it to themes from other franchises, talk about digital technology's impact on film scoring, and discuss the artistic process. Discussion topics/Highlights: The Force theme with a N…
 
Check out our latest conversation with the brilliant guitarist Tolgahan Çoğulu, inventor of the LEGO microtonal guitar and automatic microtonal guitar. We dive into how these guitars work, how they could be useful for playing microtones, the inspiration behind these incredible ideas, and the geometry of making frets tune accurately on a LEGO grid! …
 
Topics: The music in Rey's cave scene in The Last Jedi vs. Luke's cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back Similarities include (demonstrations in the episode): atonality, tone clusters, tritones, swells, tremolos, glissandi, free time, instrumentation Differences include: presence of thematic material, tremolo vs. measured tremolo, sound design, spar…
 
Uh oh, is that a "Dies Irae"? In minutes 71-75 of The Last Jedi, Luke makes an incipient Force connection, Rey faces her infinite reflection, and Kylo Ren definitely does not put a cowl on. Joining me today is my favorite playwright-professor, Takeo Rivera, here to suffuse my musical observations with his literary insights! We talk magical realism,…
 
Discussion topics/Highlights: Glissando demonstration (like when Rose opens her ring) The bountiful lineage of horse riding music The musical DNA of Russian Romantic composers What "chromatic" means in music (chromaticism, chromatic line, etc) Sorry in advance, there's a rough sports analogy Burkey's homework assignment The neat little reference to…
 
How can music and sound assist the transitions in a film? In this episode, we take 10 cuts/transitions from The Last Jedi and examine what's happening musically. Spoiler: There are lots of timpani rolls! Main Points: Terms Explained: mix, transition, crescendo, riser, volume axis vs. pitch axis, timpani, sustained, music bed, single note vs. chord …
 
What do Brazil, Mario Kart Wii, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Cantina, and Canto Bight have in common? In this episode, we investigate a listener's question and practice moving from musical intuition to supported musical hypothesis. Soundtrack: "Canto Bight" Song Examples: "Aquarela do Brasil" by Ary Barroso "Canto Bight" by John Williams "Cantina …
 
We haven't heard steel pan drums in a Star War since "Cantina Band" in 1977! What vibe was John Williams going for here? Percussionist Tyler Hunt, the steel pan drummer from the soundtrack, is here to give us the scoop. Discussion topics/Highlights: The fascinating history of steel pan drums. When Tyler got the call... How steel pan drums fit into …
 
We attempt to recreate the Rey and Kylo Force chat effect, play with wind generators, and break down Rey's meditation montage in this sound effects-infused episode! Electronic music specialist Justin Leo Kennedy is here to share his love of Ben Burtt, oscillators, BB-8, and more. Themes heard in these minutes: Luke in Exile (Sarabande) Ahch-To Arpe…
 
In this set of minutes, Rose tases Finn for trying to desert the Resistance, they bond over shared knowledge, they bring Poe into the plan. Then, they call up Maz Kanata, who tells them to find the Master Codebreaker. Poe peers over Leia, says he's not gonna tell Holdo the plan, and finally, we cut to shots of Rey and Kylo in their respective locat…
 
Theme-spotting: (Altered) Force theme, Rose's theme. Soundtrack: "Fun with Finn and Rose" Discussion topics: Voicing Luke Skywalker for the first Battlefront video game: the process and challenges. How voice acting works in a film, how voice acting differs from physical acting, and what the ADR (Additional Dialogue Replacement) process is like. And…
 
Theme-spotting: Leia theme, Force theme, Rey theme. Soundtrack: end of track 4. "The Supremacy" and beginning of track 6. "Old Friends" Discussion topics: A breakdown of the music and sound in that Leia scene. Using music theory vs intuition. Orchestration vs. arranging for a rock band. A much-needed refresher on the three (!) different Leia themes…
 
Today, we are covering the music and sound of minutes 26-30 of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi! We get a final look of Luke, Leia sits by the window while exiting hyperspace, Leia slaps and demotes Poe, Admiral Ackbar calls a proximity alert, Snoke's ship tracks the Raddus, Poe gets permission to blow stuff up, Kylo Ren looks angry but confli…
 
Luke has new theme music, and it's epic! A deep dive into the music heard in minutes 21-25 of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Action: Rey follows Luke around while he does his thing on Ahch-To Island. We see him squirting green milk into his bottle and his mouth straight from the source. He pole vaults across cliffs, spears a very big fish, …
 
Master Skywalker throws his lightsaber out the door, porgs jump all over it, Chewbacca breaks into Luke's hut, we see Jedi tchotchkes, and Snoke says mean things to Kylo Ren, who ultimately smashes his ridiculous mask into a smoldering heap. Joining me today is fellow nerd Ralph Apel from Casino Skunk! Episode highlights: How porg sounds were made …
 
There's a lot happening in minutes 11-15 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi! Luckily, percussionist James Waterman is here to help me tackle it. In this portion of the film, we witness Paige's sacrifice, Leia's Force sigh, Snoke's gravely voice, Finn's leaky bacta suit, and Rey handing the venerable Jedi master his old lightsaber. Episode highli…
 
In this episode, we cover four prominent musical themes in minutes 6-10 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, including one that didn't make it to the commercial soundtrack. Otherwise, the music in this scene basically follows with the "Main Title and Escape" track on the album. All of these themes will show up again later in The Last Jedi, and mo…
 
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