Episode 16: Spoon

“Inside Out”

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Spoon was formed in 1993 by singer Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno. They’ve released eight albums, including their most recent record, They Want My Soul, which came out in August 2014. In this episode, Jim Eno breaks down the song “Inside Out,” explaining how it went from the original demo to the finished album version, including what other music influenced the recording. Plus, we’ll hear from their co-producer, Dave Fridmann, whose other credits include The Flaming Lips album The Soft Bulletin, and Oracular Spectacular by MGMT.

Buy “Inside Out” on iTunes, or get the album on vinyl.

footnotes
The Dr Dre song is “Still D.R.E.” The Marvin Gaye song is the Rhythm ‘N’ Strings mix of “What’s Going On.”

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Episode 15: Brian Reitzell

Watch Dogs (“Donovan”)

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In May 2014, the video game company Ubisoft released Watch Dogs, about a vigilante hacker in Chicago in the near future. Here’s how the game is described on their website: “You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you.” It sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release.

The music for the game was made by Brian Reitzell, who played drums in the bands Air and Red Kross before becoming a composer and music supervisor for films like Lost In Translation and Beginners. He also creates the music for the NBC television show Hannibal.

In this episode, Brian talks about the unique challenges posed by scoring video games, where players control what happens on screen and as a result, what happens in the music. He’ll break down a piece called Donovan, which he wrote for a chase sequence within the game. He also describes the instrument he created from a hundred-year-old piano.

This episode is presented in conjunction with Polygon.

Buy “Donovan” on iTunes here, or on vinyl here.

footnotes
The Tangerine Dream song that plays is “Mysterious Semblance At the Strand of Nightmares.”

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