XPol with Baptiste Watiez
XPol (cross pollination) is a show focused on multidisciplinarity. Its goal is to present the new, interesting and untapped ideas that emerge when different disciplines collide. Main subjects: Music, Philosophy, Science, and their intersections.
info_outline A Rhizomic Conversation with Chad Matheny aka Emperor X – XPol #11 08/17/2020
A Rhizomic Conversation with Chad Matheny aka Emperor X – XPol #11 Chad Matheny is a trained physicist, former biology teacher, web developer, musician, audio engineer, music business lecturer and philosophy enthusiast.
info_outline Extremist Music Cultures – Jonathan Pieslak – XPol#9 07/14/2020
Extremist Music Cultures – Jonathan Pieslak – XPol#9 Jonathan Pieslak is a composer, music theorist and professor at the City College of New York. His current academic research is focused on the cultural dimensions of terrorism and of political violence.
info_outline Focused Practice in the Digital Age – Jason Haaheim – XPol#8 06/27/2020
Focused Practice in the Digital Age – Jason Haaheim – XPol#8 Jason Haaheim is the principal timpanist at the metropolitan opera orchestra since 2013, and he is a former neuroscientist. He explores and analyzes the challenges faced by musicians and artists willing to perfect their craft in the 21st century on his blog and in his deliberate practice bootcamps. His approach combines subtle artistic sensibility and rigorous scientific thinking.
info_outline Being an Independent Musician in a Changing Industry – Simon Horn – XPol#7 06/08/2020
Being an Independent Musician in a Changing Industry – Simon Horn – XPol#7 Simon Horn, also known as Charlie Bly, is a singer-songwriter, producer, musician and educator hailing from Australia and currently based in Germany. He has played over 2000 concerts worldwide, with several bands and musical projects, including Frank Gambale, Michael Lane, and Vimala.
info_outline Boucle Infinie & The Algorithm – Rémi Gallego – XPol#6 04/26/2020
Boucle Infinie & The Algorithm – Rémi Gallego – XPol#6 Rémi Gallego is the musician and producer behind the Algorithm and Boucle Infinie and a Front-End Developer (creator of Winampify). His music and his video game soundtracks explore the intersections between metal and electronic music, and generally his art is deeply influenced by the evolution of technology.
info_outline Theory & Practice: Metal Music under the Microscope – Calder Hannan – XPol#5 01/21/2020
Theory & Practice: Metal Music under the Microscope – Calder Hannan – XPol#5 Calder Hannan is a Music Theorist and post-graduate student at Columbia University. In this episode we discuss his research and his analytical approach of the music of Meshuggah, Car Bomb, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Anomalous, Bell Witch, … We also touch on the idea of heaviness, issues of form and genre admixture in metal music, ear training for metal musicians, the evolution of extreme metal studies and of the field of music theory, and much more.
info_outline Making Music: the Individual and the Group – Nicholas Morrison – XPol#4 01/03/2020
Making Music: the Individual and the Group – Nicholas Morrison – XPol#4 Nick Morrison is a French and American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, with experience in jazz and world music. We discuss his education in the Chicago free jazz music scene and at the New England Conservatory, the evolution of jazz and music education, tradeoffs in music and culture in the age of information, mentorship and student/teacher relationships, individualism, and much more.
info_outline On Researching Extreme Metal and Expanding Music Theory – Dr. Olivia R. Lucas – XPol#3 12/30/2019
On Researching Extreme Metal and Expanding Music Theory – Dr. Olivia R. Lucas – XPol#3 Dr Olivia R. Lucas is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory at LSU and got her Ph.D at Harvard University. In this episode we discuss her research on bands such as Meshuggah (music and lights), Sunn O))), Botanist and Panopticon, as well as the influence of the internet on metal music, local versus global trends, the emergence of the field of extreme metal studies, ecocriticism, the changing place of women in the scene, her auto-ethnographic approach to music as an embodied experience, and more.
info_outline Know Thyself: Identity, Introspection, Inspiration – Gaby Sforza – XPol#2 12/30/2019
Know Thyself: Identity, Introspection, Inspiration – Gaby Sforza – XPol#2 Description: Gaby Sforza is a singer/songwriter of Italian and Japanese origin. In this episode we discuss his music, different methods he uses to write songs creatively and spontaneously, writing for film and video games, his point of view on cultural differences as a third culture kid, mindfulness and meditation, and much more.
info_outline Lessons from a Military Officer & Songwriter – Chris Angel Walker – XPol#1 12/30/2019
Lessons from a Military Officer & Songwriter – Chris Angel Walker – XPol#1 Chris Angel Walker is the singer and guitar player of the rock band Substereo and a former officer in the Royal Danish Army. In this episode, we discuss his experience in the army and later as a blue helmet in the UN, and the impact it had on his outlook on life. We get into his band Substereo, and have a conversation about creativity, integrity, and artistry in the modern world.