Podcast music must be well-timed to the audio cues while at the same time capturing the correct energy and feel for the topic.
Below are some examples of podcast music I have written.
I had a great time making this music to capture a theme and intention. If you're interested in having me make some music for your podcast, please drop me a line.
Not Simple: A Cultivating Leadership Podcast
It was exciting to work with Wendy and Rebecca on the theme music for their fascinating podcast! Musically, this was a fun project because the theme evolved through a wide range of different styles before we honed in on the best fit.
The intentions to capture in the music were: not-simple, get curious, be playful, ask. To achieve this, we used:
- an alternating 7/8 and 5/8 time signature for rhythmic complexity.
- piano, bass, drums and acoustic guitar instrumentation for a wholesome sound.
- shakers and percussion to add a sense of forward drive that stays on the playful side.
- a piano solo that seems to be curious and ask.
All music was recorded, mixed, and mastered in my home studio.
Here are links to the "Not Simple" podcast and the Cultivating Leadership website home. "Not Simple" a great show where leaders of the world discuss complexity within their companies, markets, and careers:
- Intro and outro themes need to be short! There's little time to develop an interesting series of chord changes, and indeed that is not the point. The music should sit behind any voice and augment or counter-point it without being a distraction.
- Once I had a sufficiently short jam with a progression and melody I was happy with, the original melody was too busy and distracting once the voice was added (e.g., compare "Comfort with Complexity" to "Outro"). The new melody was worked into the breaks between the voice while nevertheless bringing the desired intentions.
- It's really important to know the length target for each musical segment and to compose the melody only after the final voice is mixed in.
Helpful links while doing this project:
- General guidelines for podcast production: https://www.podcastmotor.com/actually-create-podcast-intros-attract-listeners/
- Ari always has good articles; this one on making music for podcasts is of interest to other musicians: https://aristake.com/post/how-to-get-music-in-podcasts-(and-make-moneylegally)
- General article on music for podcasts: https://pitchfork.com/features/article/the-secrets-of-successful-podcast-music/