Music Technology: Featured Episodes from Talking Up Music Education

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Featured Tech Episodes


Hunger to Do Something Amazing: From N.W.A. to Open Labs—Arabian Prince Gets Futuristic

Arabian Prince got his start in Compton where his mother was a piano teacher and his father was a radio talk show host. He developed an affinity for technology at a young age and began paying around with synthesizers, echo boxes, and computers to make new sounds. His career took off when he co-founded N.W.A. and he continues to write songs, produce, and DJ—in addition to his big philanthropic project, Open Labs.

“Remember stereos and that whole psychedelic-trip thing? That's what sparked me into getting into music and getting into technology, and look at where I'm at now.  I want to teach the next generation… and give them the tools early to open their minds. That's how we get innovation.” - Arabian Prince

Finding One’s Zone of Genius: Laura Escudés Pathway from Classical Musician to Live Show Designer and Producer

Violinist Laura Escudé chats with Mary Luehrsen about her early beginnings as a music student playing in orchestras and her career creating and designing live shows for herself as well as other artists like Kayne West, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato and many more. 

“I play violin, and I'm also a music producer. I call myself a controllerist. So I use MIDI controllers to control my violin. It's all electric: amplified, mixing, and effects and original music and live looping—so looping my violin in real time—and vocals. And it's just very fun.” - Laura Escudé


The Intersection of Technology and Music with J. Dash

J. Dash discusses his musical career, the fellowship of musicians, and advocacy for music education. He plays an original composition, and talks about his virality. J. is active on Facebook, and enjoys sharing his music and enthusiasms with his audience. J. Dash also talks about his education in computer science and scoring movies and television.

“There's a strong connection between technology and music. It's something about the orchestration of taking something that doesn't exist, and may just exist in your mind, and making it a reality. There's a dopamine high that comes from that.” - J. Dash


Len Horowitz and The Physics of Sound

Len Horowitz from History of Recorded Sound in Culver City, California devoted his professional recording engineering career to analog restoration. He talks about recording technology through the years, and the changes that have revolutionized the industry. The History of Recorded Sound teaches or helps young people listen to music again as an audio-only format and how to appreciate music and audio. The language of the recording industry is discussed in detail and is a riveting learning experience.

“[Records live] more in the art world than the technical world. You can own it. You can open it. You can touch it. You can sell it. You can have it autographed.” - Len Horowitz

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