Podcast Episode

John Oliver A Thousand Points of Light [EP.21]

On how artists interact with the people or issues of their time

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, John Oliver talks about all the music he’s released in fall 2021, including A Thousand Points of Light, and how artists interact with the people or issues of their time.

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Rhythm Changes Podcast topics

photo by Seiya Oliver

  • The theme of John Oliver A Thousand Points of Light and how relevant it is today
  • The also-relevant theme on Tao 20 Tree Temple
  • The things about art music that make it a strong way to do social commentary
  • John’s thoughts on how to apply for Canada Council funding as a musician or composer
  • My nerdiest question ever, about his history of using music notation software going back a few decades — what was it like in the 90s?
  • How your workflow and tools can affect how inspired your art will be

“Ensembles do not consist of staffs — they consist of people doing things!”

– John Oliver
  • John’s reactions to the music composition classes he sees in high schools
  • Why he feels drawn to working on video components for his new sound art pieces
  • What he finds fulfilling vs. different kinds of media he observes today
  • His thoughts on the activity around the creator economy, a buzzword
  • The problem with Patreon in John’s opinion, from his experience as a user
  • Whether or not subscription businesses suit the preferences of artists

Top highlight

My top moment was at the end. John muses on a question that he first posed in his own blog post years ago. It’s, “What questions will the music of the 21st Century be remembered for asking?” Stick around for that!

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff, known as Will to friends and colleagues, is the founder of Rhythm Changes. He writes, hosts shows, and makes music as William Chernoff.