- Wrote/interviewed/created music for the 20,000Hz episode about John Cage’s 4’33” (January 2020)
- Co-host and produce Song by Song (September 2015-)
- Performer on Answer Me This (January 2007-)
I’m a podcast maker from end to end – I create shows, research, interview, host, record, edit, mix, master, and score (see Podcasting Music below). I have particular experience in hosting, producing/mastering, and creating music for podcasts, but I’ve taken on numerous other aspects of the process.
For example, I make music for The Allusionist, but have also provided editorial input for a number of episodes, and in 2018 re-edited over 100 episodes to be suitable for ad injection, and remastered them at a loudness standard (-16LUFS, -2dBTP) specified by the hosts, PRX. I worked with their technical team to create an automated solution for gapless mp3s to reduce the intrusiveness of injected ads – a solution which the show currently uses. I’ve also researched stories and guests for the show, and cleaned transcripts.
I produce and co-host Song by Song (2015-, co-founded with Sam Pay), Winner of a 2017 British Podcast Award, which discusses every Tom Waits song in chronological order. Our guests have included Jon Ronson, Phoebe Judge, Jon Hodgman, Jeffrey Cranor, Simon Stephens and David Shrubsole.
I’m music director, live engineer, and comedy sidekick/science nerd on question-answering podcast Answer me This!:
Just so you know, it has rude words and racy content. We’ve been running since 2007 and have won two UK Sony/Radio Academy Awards and has tens of thousands of regular listeners, making us one of the most successful independent podcasts in the UK.
I created, and do everything for, Year of the Bird (2019, formerly The Sound of The Ladies 2007-2017) podcast, which featured a song I’ve recorded (and usually, written) every episode. For this I composed, hosted and produced.
I co-created, produced and alternatively hosted Brain Train (2012-2016, co-founded with Alice Bell). In it, an expert asks someone something they’ve always wanted to know about a subject well outside their comfort zone. Next episode, the expert becomes the novice and finds out all about something they know nothing about.
I co-created and exec produced Global Lab (2011-2017, co-founded with Steven Gray), a show themed around complexity, technology, and cities. I planned, scripted, hosted, and co-ordinated most episodes of the show, as well as carrying out interviews with academics and scientists.
I was engineer and composer on the Bright Club Podcast (2010-2011). This span out from the Bright Club live events, and featured a comedian interviewing academics about their areas of expertise – science communication, but also humanities and the arts.
I’ve also guested on The 90 Minutes or Less Film Festival (with Colin Trevorrow), The Wire Stripped, Scientists Not the Science, Twenty Thousand Hertz, Flixwatcher, Getting Better Acquainted, Bright Club, The Bugle [briefly], and Jordan, Jesse Go! [VERY briefly].