It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a ... Podcast!

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So, I’m launching a podcast! Well, I’m making an art project disguised as a podcast. 

I’ve had this idea for a while, to interview composers about their process and get the backstory on a song before I paint to it.

However, I assumed a podcast would be out of my technical reach until - drumroll! - I took the Science Communication program put on by Beakerhead. We covered podcasting and recorded a mini episode as part of the course. So, I learned that A) I *could* do it, and B) it would take a *lot* of work. 

So, I floated the idea to a few friends and composers and friends who knew composers, and now here we are! Music for PhD’s, a series of 8 biweekly episodes, will launch mid-October and run through winter 2019/2020. For every episode I’ll interview a Canadian composer about their process and inspiration. Then we’ll dig into a particular piece, which I’ll paint to. 

We’ll also talk to Dr. Kate Einarson about the science of music! Kate was at the Beakerhead course with me, and did her doctorate research on how music affects language acquisition. She’s funny and smart and personable and will be the real-live PhD on Music for PhDs!

I hope you’ll join me on this many-tentacled art project! For me, painting to music is about the performance as much as the finished artwork. And this podcast is yet another element. I love that now I have this brand new medium - podcasting - to dive into ideas about music and experience and sensation in so many ways.

I am literally about to submit the first episode to iTunes, so fingers crossed it will be live and ready for download very very soon!

Sunita LeGallou