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Music Appreciation 101 (with Scoobert Doobert)

Music Appreciation 101 (with Scoobert Doobert)

By Scoobert Doobert

Love music more, with artist / host Scoobert Doobert. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes into making a song, with interviews and solo topics covering music theory, music production, and life on the road. It's basically an ELI5 for all things making music!
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KŌAN A (Official Track Commentary)
KŌAN A (Official Track Commentary)
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From Sapporo, Japan, I go track-by-track from my new LP, KŌAN, with a breakdown of concepts, techniques, goals and vibes. (And a translation of my songs in Japanese.) Since this ended up being a lot longer than I thought it would be, I'm breaking this up into four parts. Questions? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
50:05
September 24, 2022
What is Dolby Atmos / Spatial Audio?
What is Dolby Atmos / Spatial Audio?
Let’s talk about how to mix in Dolby Atmos—the benefits, the challenges and the stuff I’m most excited for. Thanks to EngineEars for the certification course. Been fun getting to know this new way of mixing. Questions? HMU at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
09:60
September 13, 2022
Making the workflows work for you
Making the workflows work for you
There's a ton of tools. Knowing when to use them is sometimes as hard as knowing which to use. Spoiler: The low tech stuff is often the move. My album is coming out this Friday! Check it out at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza on Sept 9.
07:26
September 06, 2022
My Mixing Workflow (How to structure creativity)
My Mixing Workflow (How to structure creativity)
It's a give and take between creativity/chaos and order. Here's how I approach workflow, to up my pace but still keep it chaotic. Questions? Wanna hear my work? Visit www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
13:33
August 31, 2022
Growing as a Musician: Progress Isn't Linear
Growing as a Musician: Progress Isn't Linear
False expectations are one of the biggest reasons that people give up. In this pod, I talk music (and other) progress, and my view on difficult and rewarding journey of growth. Questions / requests? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
13:49
August 23, 2022
5 Lessons from Igor Stravinsky
5 Lessons from Igor Stravinsky
What does a 20th century composer have to teach a modern pop musician? At least five things! Questions? Wanna hear my music? Reach out at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
16:52
August 15, 2022
Collaborating with CHAI (Cross-cultural Music Making)
Collaborating with CHAI (Cross-cultural Music Making)
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In this pod, I talk about how I met CHAI, the music we've made together, and the opportunities and challenges of collaborating across cultures, languages, and styles. Making music with one of my favorite bands has been a dream, and I'm so excited to tell you all about it! Questions? Reach out at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
29:59
August 08, 2022
Part-writing: Turning notes and chords into music!
Part-writing: Turning notes and chords into music!
Today, I discuss how notes and chords can transcend from being building blocks into music, through the use of part writing. From early polyphony to counterpoint and James Jamerson bass, make the music dance! Or as my favorite drummer Bernard Purdie says, "make the drums sing!" Reach out to me at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza — always happy to take requests!
13:11
August 01, 2022
What are EPs, LPs and singles? And how do they effect creativity?
What are EPs, LPs and singles? And how do they effect creativity?
In this pod, I dig into how creative limitations can open up new artistic worlds and set a foundation to build upon. Questions or ideas? Reach out to me! You can find my links on my site — ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
13:12
July 25, 2022
Music History (and Why It Matters!)
Music History (and Why It Matters!)
Written music has been around for 1,000 years. How does that influence modern music? How is music a mirror to history, art, and science? Questions? Reach out! You can find all of my links at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
14:21
July 18, 2022
Viral Mashups, Drumming, and Life on the Road with Danny Wolf
Viral Mashups, Drumming, and Life on the Road with Danny Wolf
Today, I'm joined by Danny Wolf, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and music producer. We talk about musical paths, viral videos, touring realities, and how becoming a music producer can change you as a musician. Some of Danny's many collaborators include Rhye, John K, Great Good Fine Ok, and Gavin Turek to name a few. As a music producer, Danny’s music can also be heard on some of the biggest shows in television including Queer Eye, Love is Blind, and Married at First Sight.  Danny has also worked as a touring drummer and has traveled all over the world playing music in China, North and South America, and Europe. Danny also co-leads the pop band Wolf and Love with Denny Love, which has made a name for itself in the LA music scene.
36:27
July 11, 2022
What is timbre and why does it dominate popular music?
What is timbre and why does it dominate popular music?
I always talk about "vibe" as my most important goal. Here's how "timbre" can generate vibe. Questions or suggestions? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
17:04
July 04, 2022
KŌAN LP Overview and Think About It (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
KŌAN LP Overview and Think About It (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
For this episode, we dig into my song "Think About It" to show some examples of contrast and using "painting with sound" in a song. I also talk about my upcoming LP, KŌAN, and what has inspired it. Questions? Reach out at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
22:08
June 27, 2022
How was music made 100 years ago vs. how is it made now?
How was music made 100 years ago vs. how is it made now?
In this episode I talk through all of the different jobs that go into making music—and how most of those jobs have been combined. HMU at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza for questions or comments or memes.
22:02
June 20, 2022
Why "vibe" is my #1 musical goal
Why "vibe" is my #1 musical goal
Every tool is for a purpose. From recording engineering to note choice, it's all in pursuit of a vibe! Questions? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
17:55
June 13, 2022
10ish Ways to FIGHT Writer's Block
10ish Ways to FIGHT Writer's Block
Not feeling creative? Here are my favorite tricks to push through! Thanks to my Reddit friend for asking great questions and inspiring this pod! Have questions yourself? HMU -> www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
15:01
June 06, 2022
Why you should do a cover song
Why you should do a cover song
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In this ep, I talk through my view on covers and how they fundamentally change who you are as a musician. For more stuffs, head on over to www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
17:56
May 24, 2022
The Fear of Recording Yourself (and How to Overcome It)
The Fear of Recording Yourself (and How to Overcome It)
The studio is the hardest place for most musicians early on (myself included!) Here's how I overcame it through a philosophical shift in perspective. Wanna hear some music? Have any questions you'd like me to cover? Find my links and contact info at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
12:10
May 16, 2022
What is sample rate and bit depth? And why does it matter?
What is sample rate and bit depth? And why does it matter?
In this pod, I talk through how recorded music, film and images are actually quite similar. Sample rate and bit depth are two important parts of an audio recording's fidelity (think lofi vs. hifi)—and are two awesome tools to play with as musicians. Thoughts/questions? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
14:21
May 09, 2022
Guitar, Joy, and Spreading the Love of Music with Patrick Dean
Guitar, Joy, and Spreading the Love of Music with Patrick Dean
Special guest, educator, guitarist, songwriter, producer, and social media wizard, Patrick Dean joins the pod. We discussed everything from guitar techniques (in ways non-guitarists can understand), maintaining the joy around music, and how to use social media as a tool to help the world. I really like this dude. Want to hear more? Check out Patrick's social media @thepatrickdean and his band Golden Tongue (and solo music) on Spotify. For me, head to www.scoobertdoobert.pizza for all the links! Let us know if you have any questions, and we'll be happy to help!
45:18
May 02, 2022
Taste, Intution and the Dunning-Kruger Effect in Music
Taste, Intution and the Dunning-Kruger Effect in Music
This episode is as much a message, a reminder, for me as it is a pod for you. Taste and intuition in music (and life) are epic quests, filled with the dangers of arrogance and complacency. The key to growth is always being around (virtually or physically) those that are better than you are. And the path isn't to study every note. It's to learn intuitively. To soak it in. And to fail spectacularly. All that and more on Music 101, lol.  Want to hear some music and stuff? Head on over to ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
12:20
April 25, 2022
The Beautiful Electric Guitar
The Beautiful Electric Guitar
After subjecting (treating?) you to a 22 minute guitar solo, it only felt natural to wax poetic on the electic guitar. I share a bit of my journey from a young guitarist to a multi-instrumentalist, and how that has shaped my musical vocabulary and energy. More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
12:35
April 18, 2022
Musical Conversations (Or, Dancing with Sound)
Musical Conversations (Or, Dancing with Sound)
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My favorite music—across any genre—dances from instrument to instrument, holding a beautiful conversation between parts, registers (low/high), and vibes. In this bizarre romp between blues and classical piano, let's talk about the dance within the things we dance to. More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza.
35:49
April 11, 2022
Life as a Touring Bassist with Eric England
Life as a Touring Bassist with Eric England
Eric England is a top call musician who has worked and recorded with Rihanna, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Secada, Nu-Jive, Nicole Henry, among many others. Eric attended the Frost School of Music at The University of Miami and is based in Los Angeles. He joins the pod as a special guest, discussing music communities, moving to LA, touring with artists, communication in art, growth as a musician and navigating out of the pandemic and back to the stage. Questions/ideas/memes? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza Hear more from Eric at @ericenglandmusic on Instagram.
38:52
April 04, 2022
How to Create More Art
How to Create More Art
It's a constant struggle. Searching for the perfect time to create. The perfect place. No distractions. Access to tools. Ideal mindset.  I think that line of thinking is incredibly dangerous. Cut away the barriers between you and making stuff. And see how much you can really do. Nothing will ever be perfect. There's a unique beauty in creating in imperfect environments. Questions? Suggestions for future episodes? Reach out to me at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
10:04
March 28, 2022
Tips for Lyrics Writing, Writers' Block and Not Giving Up
Tips for Lyrics Writing, Writers' Block and Not Giving Up
After that super fun convo with Slow Leaves, I wanted to talk a bit about how I tackle songwriting, with a specific focus on lyrics and problem solving. I hope these techniques and perspectives help those that write to write more and those that just enjoy music to have a bit more insight into the process. Any questions, suggestions or ideas for pods? Hit me up at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza or in my dms.
16:18
March 21, 2022
Songwriting, TikTok and Determinism with Slow Leaves (Grant Davidson)
Songwriting, TikTok and Determinism with Slow Leaves (Grant Davidson)
Slow Leaves joins the pod as a very special guest to discuss his take on songwriting, fingerstyle guitar, philosophy, TikTok videos, and the how the weather in Winnipeg, Canada influences art. Questions? Wanna hear our music? Head on over to www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza and www.SlowLeaves.com for all the links.
47:20
March 14, 2022
Boardwalk (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
Boardwalk (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
Let's dig into the stems and explore the production/songwriting/vibe decisions behind my latest single! More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
16:57
March 07, 2022
Mixing and Production with Luke Moellman (Great Good Fine Ok)
Mixing and Production with Luke Moellman (Great Good Fine Ok)
Luke Moellman from the duo Great Good Fine Ok (and more!) joins the pod to discuss mixing, live shows, production, songwriting, and digital art.  Want more? Want to ask a question / request a pod? Visit www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza and hit us up!
53:02
February 28, 2022
How I Write Bass Parts
How I Write Bass Parts
A fan-friend Jackson asked me about composing bass parts. So, I did a pod about it! In this episode, I go through how I conceptualize the role of the bass, how it interacts with the melody, and hopefully give some insight into this most awesome of instruments.
16:02
February 21, 2022
Why You Don't NEED Expensive Gear
Why You Don't NEED Expensive Gear
"It's never been about the gear." In this pod, I talk about how I've balanced limited resources with musical goals. It's all about growing YOU, getting the tools you need (rather than want) and finding your advantages even when they're hard to see. HMU at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza!
09:30
February 14, 2022
Why Contrast Is Your (Second) Greatest Songwriting Tool
Why Contrast Is Your (Second) Greatest Songwriting Tool
Let's talk about how contrast (and tension and release) can break up repetition and lead the listener. Wanna chat? HMU at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
11:35
February 07, 2022
Let's Move to the Top of a Mountain (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
Let's Move to the Top of a Mountain (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
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Let's dig into the stems and explore the production/arranging/vibe decisions behind my latest song! More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
13:24
January 31, 2022
Making Music Videos on Unity Engine with Max Horwich (Live from the Void, Pt. 2)
Making Music Videos on Unity Engine with Max Horwich (Live from the Void, Pt. 2)
Max Horwich joins me again to discuss our latest live music video release "Creature Comfort Live from the Void." Filmed and performed live via green screen, Max built a digital world in Unity and flew around a virtual camera. Towards the end of the pod, we talk about the goals and philosophy behind our next projects, including 360 music videos and my upcoming record KŌAN due out this year. ("a song to quit your job to" was the first release off of that record.) Questions / concerns / hate mail / love letters? HMU at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza.
49:59
January 24, 2022
The key to songwriting is repetition
The key to songwriting is repetition
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Repetition. Song form is just a byproduct of this most-powerful compositional concept. Questions? Memes? HMU at scoobertdoobert.pizza
16:54
January 17, 2022
a song to quit your job to (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
a song to quit your job to (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
Let's dig into the stems and explore the production/songwriting/vibe decisions behind my latest single! More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
34:15
January 10, 2022
What is songwriting? (Song Form)
What is songwriting? (Song Form)
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Happy New Year! To kick off 2022, let's talk song form—the backbone of songwriting. More at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
26:09
January 03, 2022
5 Things I Wish I Knew About Mixing
5 Things I Wish I Knew About Mixing
I made so many mistakes back when I used to send files to my mixing engineer. I was scared of making too many decisions. It cost me. Now that I know how to mix, I wanted to share what I've learned in the process! More at ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
14:32
December 27, 2021
What is mixing?
What is mixing?
In this pod, I discuss the differences between production and mixing—giving more insight into the process of making pro-sounding records. More at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
20:28
December 20, 2021
Virtual Reality (VR) and the Metaverse With Max Horwich (Live from the Void, Pt. 1)
Virtual Reality (VR) and the Metaverse With Max Horwich (Live from the Void, Pt. 1)
I'm joined by Max to discuss our work on Live from the Void, after releasing our first video 2020 Is Over and the trailer. With more 3D-rendered music worlds on the horizon, we thought the time was right to dig deeper into the VOID. www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
43:18
December 13, 2021
What is reverb and delay?
What is reverb and delay?
We've covered pitch (frequency) and loudness (dynamics). In this episode, we look at the third major component of music: TIME.  I discuss my philosophical view of reverbs, delays and time-based effects—including spacial / binaural audio.  More at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
19:12
December 06, 2021
What is compression?
What is compression?
This week we talk about compression and the value of "gluing" together instruments to create a big ball of music. www.scoobertdoobert.pizza
07:04
November 29, 2021
What is equalization?
What is equalization?
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Learn about low end, body, presence and high end—and why mixing is like making a movie.
18:39
November 15, 2021
What exactly is "recording engineering?"
What exactly is "recording engineering?"
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In this episode, I discuss the three main areas we can affect in music, as well as how understanding music engineering can make music listening more enjoyable and fulfilling! More at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
38:53
November 08, 2021
How to become a prolific music maker
How to become a prolific music maker
It's simple (and hard). Practice to become a musician, not an instrumentalist. www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
14:08
November 01, 2021
Why should I practice?
Why should I practice?
It's time to rethink our relationship to practice. www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza
13:58
October 25, 2021
2020 Is Over (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
2020 Is Over (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
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We take a field trip to 2020 Is Over, where I used the Purdie Shuffle and swing!
12:40
October 18, 2021
What is swing?
What is swing?
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Well, isn't that a hard question. In this pod, I talk about three of my favorite and most influential drummers: Bernard Purdie, Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and Questlove—as well as the imprint they have made in the modern conception of groove and swing. I could talk about this for hours and not do it justice. I did my best to lay it all out in a very much abridged version of "what is swing?" Questions? Comments? HMU at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza. Yes, that's my website.
31:52
October 11, 2021
Let's talk about rhythm (pt. 1)
Let's talk about rhythm (pt. 1)
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The heartbeat. The breath beat. The brain beat. All beat beets. In this episode, I intro rhythm, with a look at how music effects our very physiology. We start with robotic feel and the concept of "grid," and in future episodes, I'll dig into decidedly human feels like those in my song "Friends" that closes the episode. HMU with any questions. You can find my links at www.scoobertdoobert.pizza.
15:55
October 04, 2021
I Love Money (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
I Love Money (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
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I had so much fun breaking down my song "I'm an Idiot" that I wanted to make this a regular thing! Here is a production and stem breakdown of one of my favorite songs "I Love Money."  Have any questions? HMU, bruh. Find my links at www.ScoobertDoobert.Pizza.
33:45
September 27, 2021
My favorite scale: the Octatonic
My favorite scale: the Octatonic
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In the most difficult episode ever, I try and explain my bizarre love for the Octatonic Scale—a symmetric scale that breaks Pythagoras' feeble mind. Questions? Dope octatonic compositions to show me? Write something in octatonic? LET ME KNOW!  Find my links at www.scoobertdoobert.pizza.
13:49
September 20, 2021
What I believe about notes
What I believe about notes
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In this episode, I talk about my personal feelings about notes and scales. I focus on the harmonic series and introduce my favorite composition tool: the Octatonic Scale. It's dope. Have any questions? Reach out at www.scoobertdoobert.pizza.
15:17
September 13, 2021
I'm an Idiot (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
I'm an Idiot (Track / Production Commentary) - Scoobert Doobert
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With my new song added to Spotify's New Music Friday playlist, I wanted to do a walk through of the instrumentation, production and songwriting choices and techniques used. Here's a track-by-track breakdown of "I'm an Idiot." I hope it helps your musical journey!  As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, thoughts or memes. Find my links at www.scoobertdoobert.pizza.
24:47
September 05, 2021
Why are chords a thing?
Why are chords a thing?
Love music more! This episode shows some examples of 12-tone music (aka chromatic music), and introduces the concept of harmony (major and minor chords).  Hear more at www.ScoobertDoobert.pizza
12:24
May 10, 2021
Why are there 12 notes?
Why are there 12 notes?
Love music more! Let's talk about the origins of pop music, and why the fifth is considered so "perfect." Hear more at www.ScoobertDoobert.pizza
10:35
April 29, 2021
Intro to Intro to Music Appreciation
Intro to Intro to Music Appreciation
Love music more! Join me (Scoobert Doobert) for an easy-to-follow music, audio, and songwriting adventure for musicians and music-lovers alike. Basically an ELI5 for music.
00:41
April 28, 2021