Back in the beginning of April, 2008 Jason Heath (Arts Addict and Double Bass Blog author) and I recorded the first three episodes of Inside The Arts’ new series of podcasts and next Monday, the first episode from that session goes live. This inaugural series is a music review podcast where a panel of guests listens to recordings and then offers comments. Did I mention there’s a catch? In order to make things more interesting, panelists typically aren’t told what or who they are listening to until after they’ve heard the selections and offered comments…
Entitled Because Shut Up, That’s Why! the series encourages
lively debate and each episode is packed into a (roughly)
15 minute time frame – perfect for easy listening. The first round of
episodes features a trio
of panelists comprised of musicians from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Orchestra: violist Frank Babbitt, bassist Collins Trier, and principal
librarian John Rosenkrans (who just happens to author Inside The Arts’
own culture book review).
The recording session was loads of fun and this trio brought a distinct level of energy to the room. To get an idea of what
I’m talking about, the media player to your right contains a little
outtake of Frank Babbitt offering some format "suggestions."
Something worth pointing out is the program’s format is
able to use audio clips longer than 60 seconds thanks in large part to
the innovative licensing structure at iodapromonet.com. IODA is the
internet’s leading digital distributor of independent music and is the
same organization groups like the Milwaukee Symphony and Chicago Symphony use to distribute their new digital labels.
So mark your calendars now: the debut episode of Because Shut Up, That’s Why! comes out Monday, May 5, 2008.