Charlie McCarron

Charlie McCarron

Tour 12: Finale in Minnesota

It’s finally here. Four years and 166 episodes later, we’ve arrived at the finale of the Composer Quest podcast....

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Tour 11: Psychology in the Southwest

Ever since I heard music psychologist Dr. Diana Deutsch on Radiolab, I’ve been fascinated by musical illusions. In...

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Tour 10: Squirrels in California

This episode marks my return to the US after my trip to Australia and Asia. Despite the jet lag, I was able to get 5...

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Tour 9: Surprises in Taiwan 2

The second act of my Taiwan adventure features more interviews with music makers in Taipei, plus an interview with me...

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Tour 8: Surprises in Taiwan

Join me on a musical tour through Taiwan in today's episode of Composer Quest. I stumbled into a music festival...

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Tour 7: Family in Australia

Australia has been my dream vacation spot since I was about six years old. In today’s episode of the Composer Quest...

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Tour 6: Creative Work in LA

If you've ever thought about moving to Los Angeles to pursue a creative career, today's episode will give you a...

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Tour 5: Games in Chicago 2

Take a peek behind the scenes of the Composer Quest Olympics in today's episode. I also talk with video game...

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Tour 4: Songwriting in New England

From pig racing to public-access TV, this three-hour episode chronicles my adventure around New England. I talk with...

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Tour 3: Theory in New York

This episode, I'm in Philadelphia and New York to chat about music theory, film scoring, and slot machine composing.

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Tour 2: School in Ohio

This second episode of the Composer Quest World Tour is all about school. Should you go to undergrad or grad school...

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Tour 1: Games in Chicago

For the final season of the Composer Quest podcast, 110 Kickstarter backers decided it would be fun to send me on a...

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Quest 20: Olympics

Since I'll be on my Composer Quest World Tour this fall, I decided we had to do something worldly and big for the...

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Sound Design and Score: An Indie Film Round Table

How does a composer write music that doesn't draw attention to itself? How can a director convey scoring ideas if...

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30. Drone Variations

A common request from directors is to provide mood-setting music that doesn't call attention to itself. One of the...

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Hypnotherapy and Creativity with Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

St. Thomas professor Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada specializes in teaching piano, creativity, and performance anxiety...

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Comic and Sublime Songwriting with Erik Ostrom

Erik Ostrom was working at a Silicon Valley startup when he realized songwriting was his true passion. He has since...

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29. MIDI Remix Quest

What would you do if you were given a barebones MIDI file, and told to fill it in with whatever sounds you want?...

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Episode 150: UBK on Music Production and Arranging

For this special 150th episode of Composer Quest, I got to talk with Gregory Scott, co-host of my favorite music...

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Magical Songwriting Tips with Jess and Peter

Jess Scherer and Peter Lund faced a songwriting quandry: what do you write about when you've been happily married for...

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