Interview Guide for "Source Material"

Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed for the "Source Material" podcast! I am really looking forward to interviewing you for an episode. Many composer's have asked for a set of questions I will ask during the interview, and to be honest, I talk very little and most of the time I will edit myself out of the podcast except for the intro. But, I can give you some insights so we all understand the process.

Release Form
If you have not filled out the release form, please do so here. This just provides me the rights to use and edit our interview. It does not provide any rights to your composition, besides the ability to edit a recording to be incorporated into the podcast and to post any available materials to the show notes.

Interview Time and Date
Instead of sending a bunch of emails back and forth about a time and date for an interview, I have a scheduling site that will allow you to pick the time and date that best fits your schedule and the program automatically checks my calendar to make sure I am available. This should save us some time!

A day or two before our interview I will send you an email with a link to an online recording studio called "Zencastr." This site allows capture of audio on both ends of the computer, which means we will get the best quality. The process for you is a single step: click on the link. From there, I will be able to start and stop the recording. As soon as you get the link, you can use it to check out your computer system and make sure everything is compatible (the link will work multiple times).

Podcast Format
The episodes will generally run in the following order:
1. Introduction: I will welcome listeners to the podcast and provide a bit of information on the composer.
2. Background: Information on the background of the piece will appear before the "analysis."
3. Analysis: The analysis is second and will often be the longest part of the podcast.
4. Extra: Anything extra we discuss that may be important will be included after the analysis.
5. Closing: I will also close the podcast with information on the next episode.

My list of questions is pretty basic, and some follow-ups will happen. Besides the small talk we have, but when we get down to business, here is what I will ask:
1. What is the story of how the piece came about?
2. What is the background of the piece and programmatic information?
3. What are the interesting hallmarks of this work?
4. Could you take us through an analysis?
5. Is there anything else about this piece you feel is important to mention?
6. What was the last piece you finished, what are you working on now, and what is after that?
7. How can people contact you? (email, social media, etc)

The Analysis Question
Most composers have had an issue with this question more than any other. The analysis is very open to how you would like to interpret it. You can choose to start at the beginning and talk through like a typical formal analysis, or you can choose a more creative way to analyze the piece. Some pieces are best talked about in forms of motivic development or layers that build. It is entirely up to you!

Final Product
If you would like to hear some of the final products of the podcast as it appeared on the Illinois Bands podcast, you can listen here. After October 3, 2018, you will be able to listen to previous episodes by clicking the "Episodes" tab above.

After we record, your episode could appear in just a few weeks or in a few months, depending on the order in which you were recorded, the time I have to edit, and the mix of composers I am working to achieve. My aim is to mix the works by difficulty level, so if you are discussing a grade 5/6 work, you will probably not appear before or after another one at that level. I will send you an email as soon as I know when your episode will appear, and on the day it is published, I will also send you a link. If you could help promote the episode by sharing it on your social media, on your website, or any other form of communication, that would be incredibly helpful. 

I am looking forward to interviewing you and, again, thank you so much for being willing to be part of "Source Material."

Best Wishes,
Sean Dennison Smith
Host, Source Material