Episode 138 - Real Cardinal

This week on Talking to Ghosts we had the always wonderful and generous Real Cardinal of Comaduster and Underfelt! We talked about the serialized release schedule the new Comaduster material is on with FiXT, navigating the threshold of what people will tolerate in terms of releases, and the difference between the Comaduster process and the Underfelt process. THEN we talked for a really long time about game development sound design and the steps to creating a new sound for combat weapons, elemental considerations, and the technical math behind it. Not to mention things like building tells into your sound design and having to consider the environmental storytelling you are trying to communicate to the player.

You can find all the new FiXT releases on the Comaduster page, including some stems packages and cool stuff we talked about towards the end of the interview.

Talking to Ghosts is recorded and produced by Michael Kurt and Wes Mueller.

Our fabulous 5-year anniversary cover is by Alicia Gaines of the great Chicago band Ganser.

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Episode 137 - Rodney Anonymous

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have the legend, the teacher, and the greatest fan Rodney Anonymous.

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We talked about so much stuff. So here are the notes we took during editing:

  • How to pick your opener

  • How to record an album

  • How to book a Bed & Breakfast in multiple countries

  • How to talk to Bruce Campbell

  • How to live in Philadelphia 

  • How your wife teaches Trash Knife to sing

  • How to offend big foot at a Canadian party

  • How to offend Yugoslavian werewolf hunters

  • How to find out you’re probably Yugoslavian?

  • How Last Tango in Paris signifies a real, real bad time

  • How your band doesn’t translate well in other countries

  • How American ruin visiting other countries

  • How The Damned is awesome

  • How to make reverbs in the cemetery, where you also picnic

  • How to be a tour guide for your local cemetery

  • How to peer pressure people into going into mausoleums

  • How to stay at the Lizzie Borden house with Cher fans

  • How to sleep well in murder homes

  • How did Carrot Top get so F’n ripped?

  • How Freddy Pompeii…

  • How the Dead Milkmen are really sad instead

  • How your dad almost died in the Steel Mill

  • How the history of food works

  • How food is from the family you grew up with

  • How to talk to crazy people on public transportation and what you’ll learn

  • How to KLF

  • How to cover Van Halen 

Talking to Ghosts is produced and recorded by Michael Kurt and Wes Mueller. Our fantastic artwork was done by Alicia Gaines.

Episode 136 - Inter Arma

This week on Talking to Ghosts we talked with TJ from the band Inter Arma. We talk about the recording and reviewing the new album, Sulfur English, which was staged as a response to the modern metal cliches.

This podcast is recorded and produced by Michael Kurt and Wesley Mueller.

Our wonderful 5-year anniversary artwork is by Alicia Gaines. Check out her band Ganser from Chicago!

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Episode 135 - Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Deathwish)

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have Jacob Bannon! We talked about the crazy tour schedule that goes with the Converge universe of bands, making Wear Your Wounds a full project with a steady band of collaborators, and how he made abstract art in the dunes for an artist residency. Then! We talked for about 20 straight minutes about MMA and how he was a judge for awhile.

Jacob Bannon has a lot of projects, but here are a few: Wear Your Wounds, Dunedevil Art Book, and Deathwish Records.

Our 5-year anniversary cover art is by the awesome Alicia Gaines (check out her band Ganser).

This podcast was produced, recorded and edited by Michael Kurt and Wes Mueller.

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Episode 133 - Marcus Fischer

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have sound artist and musician Marcus Fischer! We talked about sound art, the residency he did in Florida, and having a healthy balance between work creativity and personal creativity.

Marcus has a lot of great art and music, if you are in New York you should definitely check out his work at the Whitney Museum’s Biennial exhibit running May 17 - September 22, 2019.

Produced and recorded by Michael Kurt and Wes Mueller.

5-year cover art by Alicia Gaines.

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Episode 132 - Drowse

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have Kyle Bates from the experimental ambient band Drowse. We talk about his artist residencies in both Iceland and Japan, working within the curation of The Flenser, and getting past self doubt.

Drowse has a new album called Light Mirror coming out on June 7th!

Episode 131 - Cory Doctorow

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow! We talked about his work to fight the copyright directive in Europe, Little Brother 10 years later, and his writing process. This is a long form interview with a deep look at encryption privacy tools, housing advocacy, cooperative ride sharing apps, and a lot more!

Cory’s new book Radicalized, a series of novellas, is available now in hardcover from Tor Books, or in DRM-Free eBook/audio formats from his website. His journalism can be found on Boing Boing and his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation can be found on their website.

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Episode 130 - Sigsaly

This week on Talking to Ghosts we have Vancouver EBM / techno project Sigsaly! We talk about forming Sigsaly's sound after performing as Koban for 10+ years, playing the community center in high school, and finding a new and exciting audience.

Sigsaly has a few releases up on Bandcamp that you should definitely check out. If you are in Chico, Olympia, or Victoria BC - go see them live this month!

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Episode 129 - Catching Up! (Feat. Sandra Lanz)

This week on the podcast we catch up after both being out of town for vacation. Sandra Lanz was hanging out, so we roped her into talking to us too! Tune in for stories about our luxury house vacations, wearing Cradle of Filth T-shirts at church, and how we should make time to just be outside and chill. 

Sandra is wrapping up her run on Archie Comics' Betty & Veronica