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How I Make Music is where audio drama musicians get to tell their own stories. Every Wednesday, soundtrack music composers from the world of audio fiction take you on a fresh audio journey into their process. Listen to a creatively edited audio collage of a selected original work as we explore the mind of up-and-coming and established instrumental music composers. Subscribe to How I Make Music https://howimakemusic.com
 
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This is my 200th show! It's also my last show for the decided future. I promised myself I would hit 200 shows and keep this show going for a year, and I have. I hope you have enjoyed this show, and now let's go out with a bang. I'm so excited to welcome Ella Barnard onto the show for our 200th episode! Woot! Ella and I have been friends for a long …
 
This week on the show we have author Christie Stratos. We did a deep, deep dive on one of her books, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, which was just a phenomenal work that I loved so much. Here's her bio, straight from her website. Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of the psychologic…
 
The piece of music we're listening to in the background is called Deneer Death Experience. It's an action cue from the sci fi audio drama Entropy, which tells the story of a group of people working to find a new habitable planet. I would describe this cue as an action cue that kind of dips and turns, slows down speeds up. You're listening to How I …
 
This week on the show we have my dear friend Barbra Dillon, editor-in-chief of Fanbase Press and my dear friend. Fanbase Press gave Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, my first book, its first review, and I have been honored to call her and Bryant friends for years. Fanbase Press celebrates fandoms and creates new ones! As an award-winning comic book pu…
 
The piece of music we're listening to in the background is called Shaylee meets Black Annis. It's a somber soundtrack which I wrote for the fiction podcast The Hidden People. Today, we'll break it down and get into why and how it was made. You're listening to How I Make Music, where behind the scenes musicians get to tell their own stories. Every W…
 
This week on the show I have artist and founder of PhantasMeow, Saturn Santiago. Here's here bio. PhantasMeow, the new name of pastel goth, was conceived when Saturn Santiago blended pink, blue, and decay onto the canvas for the first time back in 2016. This riveting take on the occult, fantasy, and taxidermy-conceptual art became a place for her i…
 
The piece of music we’re listening to in the background is called Unsealed. It's the mysterious title theme for season three of the audio drama The White Vault. Today, we'll break it down and look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. You're listening to How I Make Music, where behind-the-scenes musicians get to tell their own stori…
 
This week on the show I have my new friend Liz Manashil. I was introduced to Liz by previous guest Kris Wile, and I loved our conversation. Here's her bio. Liz Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Post-graduation, Liz spent several years as a fi…
 
The piece of music we’re listening to in the background is called Within Gravity. It's a relationship theme for Quill and Mandry, two characters in the hopepunk sci-fi audio drama This Planet Needs A Name. Today, we’ll break it down and look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Trace Callahan. I'm a composer from Florida…
 
Today on the show I have my good friend Greg Anderson-Elysee, creator of Is'nana: The Were-Spider, which is on Kickstarter now. Here's a summary of the book straight from the Kickstarter page: A horror-fantasy, coming of age story, Is'nana the Were-Spider: Showtime (64 page one-shot) is the fourth release of an on-going series of graphic novels and…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Are You A Memory. It’s a traditional jazz piece which I wrote for the comedy/horror audio drama Mockery Manor by Long Cat Media. The show tells the story of an amusement park set in Britain in the 80s with a dark and thrilling history. And furry mascots. This week we’ll look at some of the insig…
 
Holy crap. This week I'm interviewing Shelly Bond. When I first set out to make this show, I made a dream list of people to get on my show and she was on the list! Then, friend of the pod Kris Simon edited an anthology with her called Insider Art that's RIGHT NOW on Kickstarter, and BOTH of them came on to geek out about editing and tell me all abo…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Colin. It’s a genre-bending piece which I wrote for the fantasy audio drama Casual Magics by Inside Fictions. The show tells the story of a young mage who must discover his identity as a freshman at The Weisz Institute, a college for mages. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why a…
 
This week on the show I have my good friend David Pepose, creator of Spencer and Locke, Going to the Chapel, and The O.Z., which is live on Kickstarter right now. Here's his Comixology bio: After starting his career at DC Comics, David Pepose has gone on to write thousands of articles about comic book storytelling. SPENCER & LOCKE, Pepose's debut s…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Amelia Project Theme. It’s a fun and eccentric piece which I wrote for the dark comedy podcast The Amelia Project, which tells the story of a mysterious agency which helps its clients fake their deaths. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Fre…
 
This week on the show we have my good friend Jonas Saul, bestselling author of more than THREE MILLION BOOKS. Here's his Amazon bio: Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has written and published over thirty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary an…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called After The Darkling Thrush. It’s a chamber piece which I wrote for a performance in New York City in 2015. The piece was later adapted to the psychedelic noir audio drama What’s The Frequency, which tells the story of Walter “Troubles” Mix and his partner Whitney as they search for a missing writ…
 
Today on the show we have Travis Vengroff and Kaitlin Statz, the creative team behind The White Vault, Vast Horizon, Liberty, and Dark Dice audio dramas, and founders of Fool and Scholar Productions. I've known Travis for YEARS, back when he was deep into trying to make a go of it as an independent comic creator. So, when he suddenly blew up with T…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Fugue. It’s an atmospheric piece which I wrote for the sci fi season finale of the audio drama The Big Loop, which follows a ship’s peace officer sent to investigate strange visions haunting the crew. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Danie…
 
This week on the show I have a new friend who I've been dying to speak to forever, Rachel Kelly of Colorworld, an awesome YA fantasy book series, but her and her husband have turned it into a whole art business. Here's a bio for Rachel: I dig philosophy, lore, fairy tales, authentic romance, and the occult. I have longed to read something that artf…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Three-Months Forevers. It’s a slow and steady post-rock influenced piece which I wrote for the sci-fi audio drama The Orphans, which follows a group of survivors who crash land on an alien planet. The soundtrack aims to convey a yearning feel as the characters feel the loss of one of their own. …
 
This week I have a special episode for you. A couple of months ago we recorded a panel for Wondercon @ Home which I thought was very good but apparently didn't get shown at all. Therefore, this week I'm going to bring it to you for the first time. This is a panel on making indie comics with Anne Agnew (https://twitter.com/annesplains), Bryan Silver…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Confessional. It’s a menacing and grisly piece which I wrote for the historical audio drama Confessional, which tells the story of a 15th century French sadist called Gilles de Rais. The soundtrack aims to convey a dark and viscerally evil feel. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into …
 
This week on the show we have Ryan Zee and Cameron Sutter, founders of Plottr. Here's a little bit about the software. Plottr lets you easily arrange (and rearrange) your scenes, plots, and character arcs so you can quickly find your way to the end of your tale — no corkboard required. Quickly outline your book with visual story cards Filter your t…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Anneliese. It’s an off kilter piece which I wrote as the character theme for the psychological fantasy/horror audio drama Palimpsest. The soundtrack conveys a quiet and contemplative feel. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Ian Ridenhour. I'm a …
 
This week on the show we have author and dancer Jennifer Anne Gordon. Before we get into it, here's her bio. Jennifer Anne Gordon is an award-winning ballroom dancer, performer, and choreographer, she studied acting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, as well as English and Art History at University of New Hampshire. Past jobs have included prof…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Theme from We Fix Space Junk. It’s a playful and futuristic piece. I wrote it as the opening tune for the comedy sci-fi audio drama We Fix Space Junk, a story about two female repairmen who travel space fixing things (and trying not to get killed in the process.) The soundtrack conveys fun, adve…
 
This week on the show we have artists Sandra Busby and Tara Roskell, co-founders of Kick in the Creatives, a website that helps people get and stay creative through monthly challenges. Here's some info from their webpage: Do you often find yourself discovering challenges through the sudden flow of related hashtags, only to find that you’re late to …
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Interrogation of Carol Shaw. It’s a dark and menacing horror-influenced soundtrack that I wrote for the psychological thriller audio drama The Darkroom Podcast, a weird fiction story about an amateur photographer and the mysterious photographs he discovers on old rolls of film. The soundtrac…
 
Today on the show we have Betabooks co-founder and all around creative human Paul Kilpatrick. Here's a bit of his bio: Paul Kilpatrick has enjoyed working in the comic book industry, video games, publishing, music, and film filling various support roles including being an editor, project manager, coordinator, stage manager and assistant director, t…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Halftone Comics. It’s a light and cheerful comedy soundtrack that I wrote for the superhero audio drama Heroics, a story about a group of superheroes who decide to pivot and go evil. It contains a lot of live woodwind instrumentation and serves as a leitmotif for the story’s comic shop. My name …
 
This week on the show I brought on The Creativity Explorer, Fredrik Haren, to discuss how to increase your productivity and become more creative. Here is his bio: Fredrik Haren is an author and global keynote speaker, based in Singapore. He speaks on business creativity and human innovation, on embracing disruption and change, and about the importa…
 
The piece of music featured in this episode is called Rupture. It’s a heavy and dissonant horror-inspired action soundtrack that I wrote for the choose-your-own-adventure audio drama The Culling, a story about a research intern who discovers some disturbing experiments happening at a remote space colony. My name is Randy Greer. I'm an audio drama w…
 
This week on the show we have Headlocked creator Michael Kingston. Headlocked is a smash hit indie comic made by professional wrestlers for wrestling fans. It's awesome to see Michael's booths at conventions because they are always constantly swarmed with fans. Here's some info on his smash hit Headlocked from www.headlockedcomic.com Nine years ago…
 
The two versions of Title Theme from Observe and Report covered in this episode are soundtracks for the sci-fi audio drama Observe and Report, a story about an alien that gets stranded on earth. My name is Nate Fisher. I'm a writer and composer from Washington. I wrote the two versions of this piece to express the loneliness of an earthbound alien.…
 
Richard Fairgray has been making comics since he was a little kid, rose to became one of the biggest names on the New Zealand comic scene, and published over 200 comics all over the world. When I found all this information, I was blown away, because I only knew him from his book Blastasaurus published by Golden Apple Books. He's produced a little b…
 
Back to the Berenian is an epic cinematic soundtrack for the sci-fi audio drama Starcalled. My name is Gabriel Alvarez. I'm an audio fiction creator and composer from Austin, Texas. I wrote this piece as accompaniment to a climactic escape scene in Starcalled. It plays during a sequence where two renegade characters, Osborn and Oddie, escape from a…
 
Today on the show we have two guests, Andre Filip and Carlos Musquez from ELA Advertising to talk about how to effectively develop a brand and marketing campaign even if you are operating on a shoestring budget. Here are their bios before we get into it. Andre Filip, CEO & Founder, ELA Advertising Andre Filip is the CEO and Founder of ELA (“Everyth…
 
This week on the show we have Jane Friedman, one of the foremost publishing experts in the world. Here's a part of her bio from her website: Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She's the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for aut…
 
The Fog Clears is an instrumental interlude that happens in the middle of an experimental audio fiction concept album The Tower. My name is David Devereux. I'm a audio fiction creator and composer from Scotland. I wrote this piece as an interlude which bridges the story of Kiri, a young girl who climbs an infinite tower to escape the drudgery of he…
 
This week on the show we have seriously my last interview from Podcast Movement: Evolutions back in February. I met Shannon at an afterparty during the show and then listened to him moderate a keynote and knew I needed to have him on the show. Why? I'll tell you after his bio. Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a …
 
This week I have another episode with somebody I met at Podcast Movement: Evolutions. This time it's with celebrity psychic Laura Powers. If you think that's a little too out there for you, then I would urge you to listen because Laura delivers so much value in this episode. Before I tell you how, here's a piece of her bio: Laura Powers is a celebr…
 
I've known about the story of Buño Books since pretty much the beginning when they had a deal with Magnetic Press, before they went off on their own to conquer the brave new world of independent publishing. So, when Storme Smith emailed to ask if I wanted to have him on my show, I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. For those of you who ha…
 
The tale of The Tower comes to an end. Hear the Call to Crypto-Z: Subscribe to Crypto-Z, an immersive audio drama created by award-winning filmmaker Hadrien Royo and New York Times Bestselling author Danielle Trussoni. TEXT (646) 229-3423 Now On Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crypto-z/id1503388186 Credits: Written by Kaitlin S…
 
Earlier this year, before ANY of this COVID stuff happened, my friend Wendy Shaner put together a virtual comic book convention on Kickstarter called the Naughty Faeries Online Comic Con Experience. I had no idea what she was thinking, and I was confused for just about the whole Kickstarter, but she raised over $13,000 so I knew she was doing somet…
 
This week's guest is podcast Maurice Cherry, who I met at Podcast Evolutions many months ago. It feels like a hundred years but it was really only two months. He has an award-winning podcast called Revision Path, which is the first podcast featured in the Smithsonian. Here's his bio: Maurice Cherry works as a snior creative strategist at Glitch, th…
 
The formal investigation into missing person Gallus Alvarado continues within The Tower. Discover our graphic novel series: https://www.comixology.com/Liberty-Deception-Vol-1/digital-comic/456620?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy Credits: Written by Kaitlin Statz Produced & Edited, with Sound Design by Travis Veng…
 
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