Dotwave

Journey to where inspiration comes from, with today's most genre-defying musicians and creators.

About the show

Indulgence vs. restraint, self-doubt vs. pride, procrastination vs. manic production cycles. Listen to conversations with creators and innovators who push the boundaries in their lives and in their art to understand where their inspiration comes from.
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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 014 - Todd Barton - Following the Sound

    Episode  |  May 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 40 mins
    ambient, buchla music easel, dob buchla, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, modular, oregon shakespeare festival, robert moog, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures, todd barton

    In this discussion, the generous spirit of Todd Barton shines. This life-long musician, synthesist, composer, sound designer and national treasure shares how he really has spent his whole life following the sound.

  • Episode 013 - Helene Vogelsinger - Voice and Voltage

    Episode  |  April 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 17 mins
    eurorack, helen vogelsinger, lebanon, modular, synthesizer

    Helene Vogelsinger makes some of the most beautiful music I've heard. Yes, that's quite a claim..I know.
    In her modular synth project, she explores different places, considering herself as a sonic explorer, and connects with their energies to create unique and suspended moments.

  • Episode 012 - MODEKT - How Encouragement Works

    Episode  |  March 31st, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    ambient, colin williams, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, modekt, modular, soundscapes, synthesizer, techno, textures

    MODEKT (Colin Williams) is new to the game of making music for public release. But, he's not new to the fact that encouragement along the way pushed him to finish his first EP. In this discussion, Colin bares all in explaining what it's taken for him to release music, how to be genuine with others, and offering encouragement to other artists.

  • Episode 011 - Omri Cohen - Hybrid Synthesist

    Episode  |  March 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 30 mins
    ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, omri cohen, semi-modular, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures, vcv rack, wav

    Omri Cohen, is truly a hybrid synthesist. He combines computer-based music with a eurorack synthesizer and other hardware. Because of his amazing tutorials in VCV Rack, he was the main reason I got into modular synthesis . I couldn't wait to get him on the show.

  • Episode 010 - Alberto Racanati - Horns and Chill

    Episode  |  February 4th, 2020  |  57 mins 18 secs
    alberto racanati, ambient, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, modular, soundscapes, steampunk, synthesizer, textures, trumpet, vaporwave

    Alberto Racanati is a musician and educator based in Kansas City. His music is influenced by steampunk and vaporwave aesthetics, constantly dwelling between past, present and future. I was captured instantly when I heard his combinations of synths, effect pedals and trumpet, and I knew I had to have him on the show.

  • Episode 009 - Nundale - Pt 2 - Sounds and Intent

    Episode  |  January 28th, 2020  |  41 mins 42 secs
    ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, nundale, olivier egli, sound textures, soundscapes, synthesizer

    In episode 2 with Nundale, we get into his music and his process of how logic, randomness, and probability work for this master technician.

  • Episode 008 - Nundale - Pt 1 - I'm not a f'ing square

    Episode  |  January 21st, 2020  |  38 mins 7 secs
    ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, nundale, olivier egli, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures

    Nundale (Olivier Egli) talks about the artistic process in finding his own voice, tapping into energy that's truly original, and his deep obsession for 90's IDM. This is part one in a two-part discussion.

  • Episode 007 - Johno Wells - Live at Waveshapers - 1-7-20

    Episode  |  January 19th, 2020  |  20 mins 1 sec
    .wav, ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, improv, improvised, johno wells, modular, ocean beach, san diego, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures, winston's

    Dotwave LIVE returns for a performance from Johno Wells at the first "Waveshapers" event in Ocean Beach, San Diego at Winston's on January 7, 2020

  • Episode 006 - Chris Meyer and earth_626 performance at Trovarsi's

    Episode  |  January 13th, 2020  |  41 mins 27 secs
    chris meyer, earth_626, learning modular, patch and tweak, trovarsi

    No interviews on this episode. But----enjoy an amazing improv performance with Chris Meyer (world renowned synthesist, co-author of "Patch and Tweak", and creator of Learning Modular) and Abe Mora, AKA earth_626. This took place at Trovarsi's studio, for a Southern California Synth Society meeting. Chris and Abe had never met. Let's go!

  • Episode 005 - Patrick O'Brien - A jazz state-of-mind

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins
    .wav, ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, noise engineering, patrick o'brien, pob, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures

    In this episode Patrick and I play some of his tracks from blistering performances, his jazz state-of-mind, and get into what it was like to grow up on a farm outside St. Louis and eventually move to LA and find his voice in electronic music.

  • Episode 004 - Tom Erbe-SoundHack - Pt 2

    Episode  |  November 5th, 2019  |  23 mins 28 secs
    ambient, echophon, electronic music, erbe-verb, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, make noise, mimeophon, modular, morphagene, soundhack, soundscapes, synthesizer, telharmonic, textures, tom erbe, tony rolando

    In our follow-up episode to part 1, we keep the conversation going with Tom Erbe. In part 2, Tom talks about making music, patience in understanding art, what he's currently working on, and we listen to a clip from his new version of James Tenney's: For Ann (rising). Prepare your ears... This is part 2 in a 2-part interview.

  • Episode 003 - Tom Erbe-SoundHack - Pt 1

    Episode  |  November 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    ambient, echophon, electronic music, erbe-verb, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, make noise, mimeophon, modular, morphagene, soundhack, soundscapes, synthesizer, telharmonic, textures, tom erbe, tony rolando

    Tom Erbe has had an important role in American experimental and electronic music of the last 30 years. From creating Soundhack and many audio plugins, to his work with Make Noise, he is one of the most sought after and respected sound engineers for contemporary music. Tom is also a professor of electronic music at UC San Diego.

  • Episode 002 - Sarah Belle Reid - Trumpets and Synthesizers - Part 2

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2019  |  33 mins 34 secs
    .wav, ambient, dotwave, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, sarah belle reid, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures, trumpet

    In our follow-up episode to part 1, we keep the conversation going with Sarah Belle Reid. In part 2, Sarah talks about women in electronic music, training our ears for new sounds and her postcard project with graphic scores. This is part 2 in a 2-part interview.

  • Episode 001 - Sarah Belle Reid - Trumpets and Synthesizers - Part 1

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins
    ambient, electronic music, eurorack, experimental music, johno wells, modular, sarah belle reid, soundscapes, synthesizer, textures, trumpet

    In our debut episode, Sarah Belle Reid talks about her new album, Underneath and Sonder, how she interfaces her trumpet with electronics, her visceral performance style, using restraint in improvisation and so much more. This is part 1 in a two part interview.