The @Percussion Podcast

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The @Percussion - Episode 1 - Brian Calhoon

August 16, 2019

160 - Adam Silverman


Joining us this week is composer and Professor at West Chester University: Adam Silverman.  He's especially known for some of his percussion works, including Quick BloodCarbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink, Sparklefrog, and stars, cars, bars.  (The title game is strong with this one, no?)
He teaches composition, music theory, and orchestration, and runs a site dedicated to his musings of teaching the theoretical side of music at

Watch here. Listen below.

0:00 Intro and hello
1:34 Casey: What's the sound?  Prudie Shuffle and RIP Aretha
6:04 Intro and hello to Adam Silverman
7:10 Approaching composing for unfamiliar instruments?  
18:11 Texture use and approach?
20:04 None western scales?  Quarter tones?
25:23 Adam's piece, "Stars Cars Bars"
32:15 New solo pieces?  Little prog. rock tangent    
38:20 How did you get so involved in the percussion community and
 into composing for percussion?
45:10 Importance of community?
52:11 Commissions vs "writing for yourself" ?  
58:30 Todd Meehan's Liquidrum Practice Journal
1:03:05 Podcast speed trivia