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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We talked about:
- The theme of 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
- 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
- What questions the music of the 21st Century will be remembered for asking