Sound Learnings


Season 1 Trailer

Season 1, Ep. 0

S1E0 – Trailer and Introduction to Sound Learnings

A podcast about Education in Audio, Music Production, and Music Technology.

Tim Canfer, host of this new podcast, introduces this new podcast where he and his co-hosts chat with engineers, producers, lecturers, tech developers and other cool people. He is joined by Carola Boehm and Russ Hepworth Sawyer. Sponsored by Routledge.

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E6: Amlak Tafari. Reggae bass maestro shares tales of a musical, educational and academic life

Season 1, Ep. 6
A podcast about Education in Audio, Music Production, and Music Technology. In this episode we talk to Amlak Tafari, English-born Jamaican and ‘International Reggae Am-BASS-Ador’. Amlak is bass guitarist for Grammy award winning roots reggae band Steel Pulse, he has also played extensively with Pato Banton and a huge list of other international musicians, as well as being an educator, academic and all round great guy to chat with.We talk about Amlak's rich musical past, his experiences in the music industry and cultural issues of bigotry and racism. We also talk about his route to Higher education and the problems he experienced.At Sound Learnings we are keen advocates for effective higher education and a key part of that is being unflinching in discussing core problems of higher education, in particular the snobbery and racism discussed with Amlak in this episode.As well as that there are some great stories of life as a true muso with funny and surprising insights.Links and Sources:Amlak's IMDB profile: Pulse website: most recent album Mass Manipulation available nowLink to call for contributions for the Perspectives on Education in Audio and Music Production (POEM) book Podcasting & Education: Concepts, Communities & Case Studies (Routledge) mentioned in the intro to Tim's new plugins

E5: Bill Evans. Tales of prog rock super stars, tech development, research and HE advocacy

Season 1, Ep. 5
A podcast about Education in Audio, Music Production, and Music Technology. In this episode we talk to Bill Evans, producer, researcher, educator and entrepreneur. Bill is the executive producer who brought together the American supergroup Flying Colors, with musical giants such as Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse and Steve Morse. Their first album, released in 2012, debuted at No 9 on the Billboard’s Hard Rock Charts (No 11 on BBC’s Rock Album charts). In our chat we discuss the world of the hard-rock music scene and Bill shares some fascinating stories and anecdotes that contain some serious name dropping! Bill also explores many of the 'secret sources' of his work in our chat, specifically his Harmonic Phrase Analysis and his technologies for live performance production. We also talk about how research (specifically a PhD), balancing the search for new knowledge with the day-to-day needs of the industry, the teaching and learning of students, and the day-to-day work of producers in the industry can all be mutually beneficial. Links and Sources featured in this Episode:MMU (Nov 2015) New technology puts concerts in your pocket, Flying Colors All about Rock (2019) Flying Colors – Third Degree Flying Colors Wikipedia Entry (2020) Tim's technology projects also get a mention too, for more information please see