how things are made
S5E8P1 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Suits of Armour”

S5E8P1 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Suits of Armour”

July 21, 2019

Do you know about the notes in between the notes? Think of it this way; its a lot easier to cut a loaf of bread into multiple equal portions than it is to cut a fish, meaning, technique. The trick with bread is not to squish it. The trick with fish is guts and bones. You can make bread from scratch. Fish is just there in the water for the taking. It is simple to cut bread after it's made, but not a fish, cooked or not, especially into equal portions. Xenharmony is more than the notes between the notes on a piano. Xenharmony is more like cutting a fish. 

This special crossover episode with the Now&Xen podcast features music in 14 equal divisions of the octave by Stephen Weigel (more from Stephen below), and, of course, Susan Kuo. Susan plays music with us on a microtonal marimba thingy. It sounds real great. As great as a fish sandwich tastes.

 

Music with Stephen Weigel

"Our Pixel Perfect Dial Tone of Voice" https://soundcloud.com/overtoneshock/our-pixel-perfect-telephone-discussion-14-edo

Six Macrotonal Etudes: https://xenharmonicgod.bandcamp.com/album/six-macrotonal-etudes-for-electronic-music-media

Keyboard arrangement of Easley Blackwood's 15 equal Microtonal Etude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhyKQQMexqQ&t=1s

S5E7P4 Moral Failure, “Room Dividers”

S5E7P4 Moral Failure, “Room Dividers”

July 14, 2019

Dave and Matt bribe each other into believing one another made a product in order to make a sale. Brian plays wind chimes. Is how things are made moral failure? Oh come on. 

S5E7P3 Moral Failure, “Parking Meters”

S5E7P3 Moral Failure, “Parking Meters”

July 7, 2019

Sometimes you have a choice while parking. Other times you have no choice. This time Derek Bendel, David Mathew, Albert Manders, Kevin Sapp and all them are in the car. Where to park?

S5E7P2 Moral Failure, “Furniture Handles”

S5E7P2 Moral Failure, “Furniture Handles”

June 30, 2019

Brian is a homeowner with a toilet in his basement. The conservative media wants to know about it. How things are made performs a composition by Ralph Lewis

S5E7P1 Moral Failure, “Golf Balls”

S5E7P1 Moral Failure, “Golf Balls”

June 23, 2019

Professional golf courses across the world have been forced to redesign holes to accommodate increased efficiency in golf ball technology. They were first made of wood. Then made of leather-bound feathers. Then Gutta Purcha. Then rubber with plastic. Then liquid with plastic. Technology abolished the constraints of the terrain. It was less difficult. People jumped the dogleg. Par 5 in 3. Double Eagle. No sweat. But the designer said, "The earth is a canvass."

How can you compete with that?

S5E6P4 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Cowboy Boots”

S5E6P4 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Cowboy Boots”

June 16, 2019

Put this in your oven and sing about it.

On this final part of our crossover with Pizza, Places & Things, Todd Saulle talks low moisture mozzarella and milk powder as Albert Manders, Kevin Sapp, David Mathews, and Derek Bendel are a pizza with How Things Are Made (HTAM). 

S5E6P3 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Flutes”

S5E6P3 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Flutes”

June 9, 2019

On this episode of How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, Todd Saulle and Tim McGuigan are a pizza. 

S5E6P2 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Wheelchairs”

S5E6P2 How Pizza, Places and Things are Made, “Wheelchairs”

June 2, 2019

Our crossover episode with Pizza, Places & Things continues with special guests Emily Rodgers and Erik Cirelli performing from excerpts from Lori Jakiela’s memoir The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious.

Anything can be about pizza, but not everything. 

S5E6P1 How Pizza, Places and Things Are Made, “Alkaline Batteries”

S5E6P1 How Pizza, Places and Things Are Made, “Alkaline Batteries”

May 26, 2019

How things are made is joined by pizza podcasters Tim McGuigan and Todd Saulle in our first crossover episode. Check out Pizza, Places and Things here! IF YOU LIKE PIZZA YOU WILL LIKE THIS TOO.

This week's music features a delightful and insightful, oceanic reflection on alkaline batteries.

S5E5P4 Emmy Predictions, “Acrylic Awards”

S5E5P4 Emmy Predictions, “Acrylic Awards”

May 19, 2019

The Trophy and Plaque Manufacturers Society presents The Fifth Triennial Ornamental Honor Object Awards Industry Council Awards with host Tina "the in-gray-vuh!" McNebben, Associate VP of Marketing at the Award Object Manufacturing and Wholesaling Research Council. Lookin' forward to it!

Eric Weidenhof plays cello on this with How Things Are Made in a space that may or may not contain any Acrylic Awards.