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Tones & Drones

Tones & Drones

By Jason Miller
This podcast includes conversational style interviews with musicians who work in the realm of ambient, drone, space and new age music.

hosted by Jason M. Miller - ambient musician and radio producer

The podcast is produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU Public Radio.

www.kvlu.org
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Tones & Drones w/ Will Ackerman
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is guitarist, composer, producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU. Music featured in this episode of the podcast was used with the permission of the artist.
02:20:09
April 29, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ David Helpling
David Helpling returns to the podcast to talk about his new album, "In". For more information visit: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/          https://spottedpeccary.com/ Tones & Drones is produced and hosted by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org. Music in this episode of the podcast was used with the permission of the artist.
01:09:18
April 15, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Michael Stearns
My guest on this episode is Micheal Stearns, he is an ambient music composer and performer, film composer, sound designer and soundtrack producer. For more information visit: http://www.michaelstearns.com/                                             https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/planetary-unfolding Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with the permission of the artist.
01:48:13
April 01, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Craig Padilla
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is electronic musician and composer Craig Padilla, who is returning to the podcast to talk about his new album "Discovery of Meaning". For more information about the album visit: https://craig-padilla.bandcamp.com/album/discovery-of-meaning Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU. kvlu.org The music featured in this episode of the podcast was used with the permission of the artist.
01:30:07
March 18, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones are musicians Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell. Our conversation will surround their collaboration album on the Spotted Peccary Label called "Dark Measures", an album they describe as "gray ambient".   For more information you can visit: https://wilkerson-russell.bandcamp.com/album/dark-measures                                                      https://spottedpeccary.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artists.
54:10
March 11, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Scott Lawlor & Mike Benoit
For more information about Scott Lawlor's music visit: https://scottlawlor.bandcamp.com/       For more information about Mike Benoit's music visit:  https://mikebenoit.bandcamp.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 KVLU by Jason M. Miller  For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode was used with the permission of the artists                                                                
38:09
February 18, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Donna De Lory
My guest on this episode is singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Donna De Lory. For more information on her music visit: https://www.donnadelory.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist.
01:20:07
January 20, 2022
Tones & Drones w/ Chronotope Project
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jeffrey Ericson Allen aka Chronotope Project. He is an Oregon-based composer, cellist and ambient electronic recording artist. For more information about his music visit: https://chronotope-project.com/home Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org Music featured in his episode of the podcast was used with permission by the artist.
01:46:01
November 19, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Scott Lawlor
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is ambient musician Scott Lawlor. To listen to his music visit: https://scottlawlor.bandcamp.com/music Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information visit: kvlu.org The music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist. 
01:29:40
November 04, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Bart Hawkins
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is electronic music composer Bart Hawkins. For more information about his music visit: https://spottedpeccary.com/artist/bart-hawkins/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music is this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist.
57:07
October 07, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Meg Bowles
My guest on this episode is composer Meg Bowles. For more information about her music visit: https://megbowlesmusic.com/ https://megbowlesmusic.bandcamp.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music is this episode of the podcast was used with permission of the artist.
01:16:47
September 17, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Jeff Oster
My guest on this episode is Jeff Oster. He is a composer and plays trumpet and flugelhorn in the realm of ambient music. For more information on his music visit: https://jeffoster.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode was used with permission from the artist.
01:23:24
September 10, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Dean & Dudley Evenson
My guests on this episode of "Tones & Drones" are Dean & Dudley Evenson. For more information about their music and label visit: https://soundings.com/ For more information about Peace Through Music Foundation visit: https://www.peacethroughmusic.foundation/ "Tones & Drones" is hosted and produced by Jason Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information and to listen to the station visit: kvlu.org The music in this episode was used with permission by the artists.
01:04:20
September 03, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Deborah Martin & Jill Haley
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones are Deborah Martin & Jill Haley. Their first collaboration album is titled "The Silence of Grace". For more information visit:  http://deborahmartinmusic.com/?p=272 https://jillhaley.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org The music in this episode was used with permission from the artists.
01:15:44
August 20, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Chakuna Machi Asa
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Chakuna Machi Asa. Chakuna is a composer, singer, and producer of sound healing music. For more information about her music visit: https://www.chakuna.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org Music used in this episode of the podcast was used with the permission of the artist.
56:52
July 23, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Craig Padilla
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is composer/musician Craig Padilla. For more information on Craig Padilla's music visit: https://craigpadilla.bandcamp.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast is used by permission of the artist.  
52:02
July 16, 2021
Tones & Drones with George Winston
On this episode of Tones & Drones, my guest is pianist and composer George Winston. The interview featured on this podcast originally aired on 91.3 FM KVLU, the station where this podcast is produced, in February of 2019, a few weeks before George Winston performed a concert in Beaumont, Texas, the city where this podcast is produced. This is an extended version of the interview that aired on KVLU in 2019. For more information about George Winston’s music visit: http://www.georgewinston.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org
21:18
July 15, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Steven Halpern
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Steven Halpern. Steven is considered by many the founding father of “New Age” music. His career has including many albums that address various aspects of healing though music as well and for mindfulness and relaxation. For more information about his music visit: https://www.stevenhalpernmusic.com/ Tones & Drones is produced and hosted by Jason Miller in the studios of KVLU. For more information about the station, visit kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist.
01:00:02
July 02, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ David Helpling
My guest on this episode of "Tones & Drones is composer David Helpling. David Helpling plays guitar, piano, synthesizers and various other electronic instruments to create vast, epic, rhythmic and cinematic ambient electronic music. For more information on David Helpling's music visit: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/david-helpling/ https://helpling.bandcamp.com/ "Tones & Drones" is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason Miller. For more information on KVLU visit: kvlu.org All music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist.
01:52:45
June 18, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen
My guests on this episode of "Tones & Drones" are Craig Padilla and Marvin Allen. We will be talking about their second collaboration album called "Strange Gravity". Craig Padilla has proven to be a driving force in the current electronic music scene. He creates electronic music that is rooted in the Berlin School, while still sounding new and interesting. Marvin Allen is a northern California based guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, performer, and music educator. As an accomplished musician, he has been lending his talents to numerous jingles, recording sessions, and short film soundtracks for many years. His 2019 collaboration called "Toward The Horizon", with Craig is Marvin’s first foray into the world of ambient electronic music. For more information about the artist and album, visit: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/craig-padilla-and-marvin-allen/ The music in this episode was used by permission of the artist.
50:41
June 04, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Blue Landscapes
On this episode of the podcast, my guests are pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Krajacic of the duo that call themselves "Blue Landscapes". They have redefined the roles of the flute and piano in a duo setting, with their unique use of improvisation, accompaniment, arrangements and extended techniques. You can find more information about Blue Landscapes’ music by visiting their website: http://www.bluelandscapesmusic.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org The music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artists.
01:22:33
May 28, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Samir Bodhi
My guest on this episode is Samir Bodhi. He is a guitarist, composer, producer and recording engineer who  resides in Southern California for several decades now. Samir is Indian born and a tenured professor whose multi-faceted life and career reflects the classic immigrant experience of thriving in the pursuit of his creative and academic dreams, he applied his virtuosic musical talents to a multitude of projects involving legendary Indian musicians – including several for his wife, Madhumita Chatterjee, a renowned Bollywood singer. In 2019, long before COVID-19 upended our world and sparked anxiety about the future like never before, Samir's sorrow and concern for his adopted home country inspired Samir to reach out to top Indian based musicians and collaborators to realize his vision for Stairway To Nirvana, his debut album as a new age artist/producer under his own name. Fusing Eastern (Indian) classical music and instruments with modern Western music, Bodhi and his ensemble create a melodically, rhythmically and harmonically transcendent album that offers a musical roadmap to peace in these troubled times. For more information visit: https://www.samirbodhi.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information about the station visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode was used with the permission of the artist. 
01:03:20
April 23, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Chuck Wild of Liquid Mind
My guest on this episode is Chuck Wild, he is a Los Angeles composer, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. Chuck Wild is best known for his series of very successful Liquid Mind® albums. For more information about Chuck Wild and Liquid Mind visit: https://liquidmindmusic.com/wild.html https://liquidmindmusic.com/anxiety/index.html Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode has been used with the permission of the artist.
02:04:42
April 16, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ AMULETS
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Randall Taylor aka AMULETS. His musical alias of AMULETS, employs handmade cassette tape loops and live processed guitar loops to create live soundscapes and immersive drones. Through the recontextualisation of cassettes, sampling, field recording, and looping, these long-form compositions blur the genres of ambient, drone, noise, and electronic music. He has developed a following on his YouTube channel, where he is able to not only present his style of cassette based tape loop music and electronic textures, but also his visual art work as well. For more information about AMULETS visit: https://amulets.bandcamp.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmEJe33zRVKIgcycKeBmzJA Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller. The podcast is produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU.  For more information about KVLU, visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission of the artist.
01:26:35
April 09, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Alex Haas
My guest on the podcast is Alex Haas. His music has an ambient quality whether he is working in the styles of techno, EDM, downtempo or dub. Alex is also a visual artist and recording engineer, having worked at the famed Power Station Studio in New York City.  For more information about his music and visual art visit: https://alexhaas.bandcamp.com/ https://alexhaas.com/ Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission of the artist.   
51:57
April 01, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Ian Boddy
My guest on this episode is British composer, sound designer, analogue synth aficionado and founder of DiN records, Ian Boddy. His interest in the music of German electronic bands such as Tangerine Dream, led him on a musical journey in the world the electronic music that includes the use of tape manipulation and analog synthesis to create dynamic and expansive musical compositions.  For more information: https://din.org.uk/ http://ianboddy.com/ Music in this episode was used with permission from the artist. For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org 
01:16:00
March 26, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Deborah Martin
On this episode of the podcast, my guest is composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist Deborah Martin. Deborah Martin’s passion is to visualize and create music that takes each listener on a journey through time and space. With a vivid imagination and a deep love of historic places and peoples of the past, Deborah uses world percussion, synthesizers and her versatile vocal stylings to create music that evokes time traveling as much as timelessness. Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 KVLU by Jason M. Miller. Editing assistance on this episode by Stella Ellise Miller For more information about KVLU visit: kvlu.org For more information about Deborah’s music visit: http://deborahmartinmusic.com/ https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/deborah-martin/ The music in this podcast was used with permission from the artist.
01:56:39
March 18, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Erik Wollo
On this episode of "Tones & Drones" a conversation with Erik Wollo. He is one of Norway's foremost composers, and has been a professional artist since 1980.  Erik has released over 50 albums. Music that can be classified in the genres of space, drone, new age, and electronic music. A true pioneer and always looking for new ways of expression. Using guitar as the primary instrument in a highly imaginary and emotional music, building a bridge between grand symphonic realms and gentle, minimal and serene atmospheres.  For more information on Erik Wollo visit:  https://erik-wollo-homepage7.webnode.com/ https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/recurrence "Tones & Drones" is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information about the station visit:  www.kvlu.org Music is this episode was used by permission of the artist.
01:24:10
March 08, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Laraaji
On this episode of "Tones & Drones" my guest is Laraaji. Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. He is known for playing an electrified zither, in a unique percussive style using various electronic effects. For more information on Laraaji and his music visit: https://laraajimusic.bandcamp.com/ "Tones & Drones" is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU. For more information visit: kvlu.org The music featured in this episode was used with permission from the artist.
01:29:28
February 26, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Lisa Reagan of Shunia
My guest on this episode of Tones & Drones is vocalist Lisa Reagan of the duo Shunia. Shunia is a duo of Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson, two classically trained opera singers, that blend ancient chants and mantras with worldbeat rhythms and classical music influences into timeless and beautiful songs. They recently released their self-titled album "Shunia". You can find our more about the album at: https://shuniasound.com/ Also, they have several videos from the album on their Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvsZECVFyfF5OFCS5VWJCw Tones & Drones is hosted and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason M. Miller For more about the station visit: kvlu.org All music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist.
01:10:49
February 19, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Forrest Fang
On this episode of Tones & Drones, my guest is composer and violinist Forrest Fang. Forrest's music contains a multitude of electronic sounds and also acoustic textures, that are mostly created with instruments from around the globe.  The unique combination of sounds he utilizes in his compositions are mixed together to create imaginative soundscapes. For more information on Forrest Fang's music visit: https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Forrest-FangSans-Serif-297060170352554/ The music in this episode was used with permission from the artist. Tones & Drones is hosted by Jason M. Miller and produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU in Beaumont, TX. For more information and to stream the station visit: kvlu.org
01:48:55
February 11, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Perry Frank
On this episode of "Tones & Drones" my guest is Perry Frank, an ambient guitarist and composer. He has built a following on YouTube, where he presents outdoor performances of his music, showcasing the beautiful vistas of his home country of Sardinia. His channel also features instrumental and acoustic sessions, Pedal Demos, Reviews and Tutorials. For more information about his music visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/PerryFrank/featured https://perryfrank.bandcamp.com/ "Tones & Drones" is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 KVLU. For more information about the station visit: kvlu.org The music featured in this episode was used with permission from the artist.
01:22:00
February 05, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ J D Emmanuel aka The Time Traveler
My guest on the podcast this week is J D Emmanuel aka The Time Traveler. J D has been creating music designed to enhance deep meditative, or altered states for decades now and has recorded a fantastic collection of electronic trance ambient albums using a variety of vintage and modern synthesizers.   For more information on J D Emmanuel's music visit: https://jdemmanuel.bandcamp.com/ https://jdemmanuel.com/ Music in this episode of the podcast was used with permission from the artist. Tones & Drones is hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU.   For more information visit: kvlu.org
01:32:33
January 30, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Robert Rich
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Robert Rich. He is a pioneer of ambient electronic music and across four decades and over 50 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance with his unique approach to sonic textures. For more information about his music visit: robertrich.com https://robertrich.bandcamp.com/album/neurogenesis All music used by permission of the artist. Tones & Drones is produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason M. Miller. For more information visit and to live stream the station visit: kvlu.org
01:51:07
January 22, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Mary Lattimore
My guest on this episode of the podcast is harpist Mary Lattimore. Mary uses a multitude of effects to create a unique ambient style of harp playing that is immersed in tonal moods and emotions. You can find her music at https://marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com/ and more information about her work at http://www.marylattimore.net/ The music featured in this episode was used by permission of the artist. Tones & Drones is hosted at produced by Jason M. Miller at 91.3 FM KVLU in Beaumont, TX. For more information about KVLU and to listen online you can visit kvlu.org.
58:56
January 19, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Chords of Orion
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Bill Vencil aka Chords of Orion. He is an ambient guitarist and composer and has created a following on his YouTube channel, where he shares his ambient guitar playing and recording techniques, musical equipment demos (which include a vast array of effects pedals), and his ambient guitar music.  He also shares his heartfelt and inspiring philosphies on music.  https://www.youtube.com/c/chordsoforion/videos https://chordsoforion.bandcamp.com Excerpts from songs were used with the permission of the artist. This podcast is produced in the studios of 91.3 FM KVLU by Jason M. Miller kvlu.org
01:09:15
January 07, 2021
Tones & Drones w/ Sam Rosenthal
Tones and Drones is an ambient must podcast hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of Public Radio 91.3 FM KVLU, that features artist interviews. On this episode of Tones & Drones my guest is musician, composer and founder of Projekt Records and the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Sam Rosenthal Sam Rosenthal has turned Projekt Records into a leading label in ambient, darkwave, electronic and post-punk music, and has been a innovative composer and musician in these areas of music for decades.  I hope you enjoy our conversation on this episode of Tones & Drones. For more information and music, please visit: https://www.projekt.com https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/ Excerpts from songs were used with the permission of the artist. www.kvlu.org
01:02:00
December 29, 2020
Tones & Drones w/ Jeff Pearce
        Tones and Drones is an ambient must podcast hosted and produced by Jason M. Miller in the studios of Public Radio 91.3 FM KVLU, that features artist interviews.          On this episode of Tones & Drones my guest is renowned ambient guitarist Jeff Pearce. Jeff Pearce has defined a unique voice for the guitar in ambient music with his innovative textures and techniques. It was an honoring speaking with him and I hope that you enjoy our conversation. Excerpts from songs by Jeff Pearce were used with the permission of the artist. Jeff's music can be found at: https://jeffpearcemusic.com/home https://jeffpearcemusic.bandcamp.com/ www.kvlu.org
01:28:41
December 15, 2020
Tones & Drones w/ Stuart Dempster
Stuart Dempster is a renowned sound architect, trombonist, composer, didjeriduist, and professor emeritus at University of Washington.  He was a founding member of the Deep Listening Band, a legendary group in the world of avant-garde music. His discography includes such classic ambient-based albums as  “In the Great Abbey of Clement VI ” and “Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel” . In this episode, I speak with Stuart on a variety of topics, including musical spaces, the concept of "deep listening" and paying attention to the sounds all around us. We also discuss some of his unique and beautifully ambient albums and even his fascination with bells.  The music in this podcast is used by permission of the artist.
01:28:12
December 14, 2020