I’m a podcast maker from end to end† – I create shows, write, research, interview, host, perform, engineer, edit, sound design, mix, master, and compose (see Podcast Music).
I’ve worked across multiple genres including unscripted comedy, arts and culture discussion, experimental fiction, narrative nonfiction, musical science podcasts for kids, and travel.
You can find a fairly comprehensive selection of my production, composition and performance work on podchaser.
- Writer, performer, and composer on The Allusionist: Your Name Here live show; tour manager for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand shows [July-Aug 2022]
- Artist in Residence on Shadowtime on San Francisco’s bff.fm for two weeks (“Tree” and “Space”) – performed music, co-wrote and performed poems and audio pieces, and guested on air [June 2022]
- Guest on Over/underrated with Song by Song cohost Sam Pay, talking about the bands Talking Heads and They Might Be Giants [April 2022].
- 20,000Hz Podcast: wrote and reported “Mind The Gap“, where I spoke to two of the voices behind some of the world’s most iconic subway systems [March 2022]. I also wrote and produced “Progression Obsession” – about the most common chords in pop music [May 2021]; “Deepfake Dallas“, about Audio Deepfakes, as well as contributing music to the episode [September 2020]; and “4’33” “[January 2020]. “4’33″” was later adapted by Dallas Taylor for live performance at On Air 2020, and into a Main Stage TED Talk [July 2020] which has had nearly 2 million views.
- Editorial assistance on “Asperger“ (The Allusionist) [March 2022]
- Co-created two new episode/episode formats (“Gluteal Strategies”, with Jeff Emtman; and “Gus by Gus: Magic and Musings” with Lily Sloane) for Neutrinowatch, the semi-fictional generative podcast where every episode changes every day [Feb-March 2022]
- Neutrinowatch picked up some lovely press and interviews from BBC Podcast Radio Hour, Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian, Caroline Crampton in HotPod/Vulture, Podbible, Lauren Passell in Bello and Podcast The Newsletter, Podcast Movement, RTE Lyric FM, the Podcast Studies Podcast, and more [Oct 2021]
- Production, field recording and format development for the More Corners Podcast – the travel podcast that goes a little further. Recorded Vikings, an Elf Whisperer and visited a volcano for our Iceland episode [Feb 2022].
- Producer/composer on Rigged, a new series by Amy Westervelt / Critical Frequency about the history of PR [Oct-Dec 2021].
- Answer Me This won a Gold British Podcast Award in a special British Podcast Awards category to mark the end of 14 years of one of the UK’s most successful independent podcasts [July 2021].
- Wrote and recorded a monologue for Adriene Lilly’s WFMU Marathon, a series of Meditations on Money [March 2021].
- Interviewed podcaster Ross Sutherland for their Patreon-only behind the scenes podcast series, Imaginary Reprise [March 2021]
- Maddie’s Sound Explorers – a science podcast for 7-10 year olds, featuring a song built from the sounds of science and nature every episode. I developed the 15-episode series with host Maddie Moate based on an original idea by exec producer Matt Hill. I booked and interviewed guests, scripted episodes with Maddie, and edited, produced, mixed and mastered the show, writing and a recording a new piece of music based around the sounds and ideas in each episode [Aug-Nov 2020].
- Judge and mentor on the 2019 Pulse Awards – a £50,000 fund led by the Wellcome Trust and the British Podcast Awards. Eleven podcasts were funded, and I supported two makers – Dave Pickering for Down to A Sunless Sea: Memories of My Dad – a series combining memoir, biography, and interviews with scientists and activists to address issues around ageing, dementia, assisted dying, and health; and Sarah Golding’s “Anyone F’Coffee”, a mixed fiction/nonfiction narrative podcast exploring women’s health [October 2019-May 2020].
Co-created this innovative semifictional anthology podcast where every episode changes every day.
Song by Song [2015-]
I produce and co-host Song by Song, 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.
The Allusionist [2015-]
I make music for The Allusionist, and have provided editorial input for a number of episodes and touring shows:
- Research and production: The Cake is Mightier Than The Sword, Podlingual, A Festive Hit, Second Home, and more.
- Tailored Scores: Harsh Realm, Eclipse, Continental, Transquilluisionist series.
- Live show: Additional writing, music, and performance on Allusionist Touring Show , No Title , and Your Name Here [2022-]
- In 2018, I re-edited over 100 episodes to be suitable for ad injection, and remastered them for LUFS standardisation. I worked with their technical team to create an automated solution for gapless mp3s to reduce the intrusiveness of injected ads.
Answer Me This [2007-2021]
I was 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.
I’ve also guested on shows including Under The Radar, the Podcast Studies Podcast, Over/Underrated, Shadowtime, Podcast Radio Hour, 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].
- Audio Production Awards
- 2021: Best Sound Design Producer (Bronze), Best Factual Producer (Nominated)
- British Podcast Awards
- 2022: Neutrinowatch – Creativity (nominated); Song by Song – Bullseye Award (nominated); The Mubi Podcast* – Best New Show (nominated)
- 2021: Maddie’s Sound Explorers – Best Family Show (Gold), Smartest (Bronze), Best New Show (nominated); Answer Me This! – Gold Award.
- 2017: Song by Song – Best Arts Show (Gold)
- British Radio Academy Awards (Arias)
- 2021: Maddie’s Sound Explorers – Best New Show (Nominated)
- 2011: Answer Me This! – Best Internet Show (Gold)
- 2010: Answer Me This! – Best Internet Show (Silver)
- 2009: Answer Me This! – Best Internet Show (Nominated)
- Los Angeles Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards
- Podcast Academy Awards
- 2022: 20,000Hz** – Best Production and Sound Design
* I was composer (and not producer or performer) on these podcasts
**I wrote and produced on this podcast in the period in which it won this award
†I mean “from end to end of the podcast making process” but I’m also a podcast maker from top to tail, as it were