Composer Quest: a podcast interview

Last November, I received a call for an interview from Charlie McCarron, composer and creator of the podcast Composer Quest. The hour-long episode was posted on December 23, 2015. Charlie found my music making and field work in Romania interesting, partly because he is planning a new direction for his own work in music: Charlie wants to tour the world and write about the music that he encounters.

Judging by my experience, Charlie seems well suited for the job. He is relaxed, easy to talk to, curious, asks great questions, and knows a lot about music. In my interview, Episode 138, we talk about my bands Orkestar Bez Ime and Szászka, the composition process, odd time signatures, conducting field work, my experience (so far) in Romania, what it takes to be an ethnomusicologist, my goals for Stringmuse, and more.

To check out his website and the long list of composers and musicians Charlie has interviewed on Composer Quest, and to listen to my interview, Episode 138, click on:

Listen to ‘Transylvanian Ethnomusicology with Colleen Bertsch’ on Composer Quest by Charlie McCarron

(Photo credit: Paula White)

2 thoughts on “Composer Quest: a podcast interview

  1. Anita Bertsch Reply

    This is great colleen!!!!!!
    You and Charlie are so ambitious!
    I haven’t heard the podcast yet, computer issues. Will figure that out
    On another note:
    We just had a conversation about music in movies. It’s probably the most
    important element in a movie, yet we all take it so for granted.

    1. colleenfiddle Reply

      Hi mom, thanks for the note!

      I took a class in graduate school called Film Music, taught by a well-known musicologist named Richard Leppert. We watched a full movie almost every week and discussed many aspects about how sound not only adds to the experience, but is an integral part of your understanding of what you are seeing on the screen. One of my favorite concepts to think about, introduced by French composer/philosopher Michel Chion, is Audio-Vision, which is not two separate senses, but an inseparable perception that is its own thing. His book, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, is an interesting read.

      Alas, my podcast interview is purely audio. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your comments after you find a way and have some time to listen to the podcast. I would love to know what you think!

      Love and miss you,

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