After 9 years and 380 interviews – with musicians, artists, synth designers and developers – the Art + Music + Technology podcast is ending.
Host Darwin Grosse let us know he is discontinuing producing the podcast, because his health no longer allows him to continue.
The Art + Music + Technology podcast has a simple format – just two people talking. But the podcast has become a favorite of many synthesists, because Darwin listens intently to his interviewees and asks them intelligent questions, informed by his deep knowledge of art, music & technology.
In addition to being a composer & synthesist, he’s a leader at Cycling ’74 (developers of Max) and a hardware developer (Ardcore). This background means that he’s equally at home interviewing synth pioneers like Morton Subotnick, tech gurus like Native Instrument co-founder Stephan Schmitt and keyboard gods like Herbie Hancock.
Synthtopia collaborated with Darwin and the A+M+T podcast on two podcasts series. The first looked at The Art Of Synthesizer Design, and featured interviews with the likes of synth designer Tom Oberheim, synth industrial designer Axel Hartmann and E-Mu co-founder Dave Rossum. The second series explored Open Source Synthesis, and featured VCV Rack Creator Andrew Belt, Music Thing Modular’s Tom Whitwell and others.
Here’s what Darwin has to say about Art + Music + Technology and why he’d ending it:
“For the last 9 years of my life, I have been involved in a long-form project that has redefined my life: The Art + Music + Technology podcast. It moved me away from the slap-dash network discussions about the differences between Roland models and toward discussions about how musicians became the artists they are, who their influences were, and how hard they work to achieve the results that they get.
I decided not to limit the breadth of interviewees, sometimes choosing to talk to (mostly, but not always) musical artists, but to also sprinkle in a strong dose of academics (and their exploration into sound and MIDI), instrument builders (learning about the translation of ideas into physical constructs) and even ‘agitators’ – the people that spurred the industry forward with standards expansions like the original MIDI and recently-added MPE specs.
Through all of this, I tried to be more of a listener than a questioner; because I thought I’d get more out of the discussion that way. And it worked! By giving people free space to talk at a technical level they were comfortable with, the interviews ended up with a real conversational tone that became ‘The Sound of AMT.’
While I wish this could continue, I’m afraid it no longer can. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and began treatments and procedures that have left me greatly fatigued. Initially, I was able to move forward because of exceptional tools provided by Libsyn, Rev.Com, Patreon and others. I had to trim back production by about half, but that didn’t seem to bother the listeners.
But early last week, it became clear to me that my health complications will prevent me from dedicating the time and concentration to AMT that I strive to achieve. As a result, I will be discontinuing the podcast production permanently.
Interviews, transcriptions, and related files will remain where they are, and Libsyn will continue to maintain the audio files for me . I’ve sincerely enjoyed interacting with the many interviewees and the listeners.”
The Art + Music + Technology podcast has been an epic project, offering listeners an unprecedented opportunity to hear musicians, artists and technologists share personal insight into their work.
Here are a few examples to give you a taste of what the podcast has to offer:
Herbie Hancock Interview:
Tom Whitwell (Music Thing) Interview:
Alessandro Cortini Interview:
You can listen to hundreds of interviews at the A+M+T site. And if you’ve enjoyed the show, or just want to say ‘Hi’, Darwin says that he’d love to hear from you.
8 thoughts on “Art + Music + Technology Podcast Ends After 9 Years & 380 Interviews”
I’m proud to have been one of his interviewees. Thanks for all the great work Darwin!
Wishing you all the best Darwin. Thank you for nine years of amazing content.
Darwin always did a great job with his shows. Wishing him the best.
If ou’re into any of those things (art, music, technology) and you’re interested in those places where they intersect this in my opinion is the best podcast.
I’ve listened to Darwin’s podcast for a long time. He’s kept me company when soldering many PCBs for synth modules, and I have enjoyed learning so many things.
Sorry that you have to stop, Darwin, but thank you and we wish you the best.
Thank you for all your hard work. You and your guests inspired me over and over. Thank you!
Thank you, Darwin. Take care of yourself. I’ve enjoyed your podcast for years and was honored to be one of your guests a few years ago. You are a thoughtful and engaging conversationalist and help to bring out the nuances in your interviewees.
So sorry to hear this. Listened to a lot of AMT and it did a lot for my growth as an electronic musician. Thinking of you Darwin