Episode 77: Meetup with Doug Hoyer

Musician Doug Hoyer speaks to Karen Unland at the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup on Oct. 21, 2017, at Variant Edition Comics & Culture. Photo by Trina Shessel of Northern Nerdcast.

Doug Hoyer has written more Edmonton podcast music than anyone I know, even though he doesn’t live here any more. So when he came back to Edmonton for a few days in October, I grabbed the opportunity to ask him about that work at the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup.

This is an edited version of the live audio from that session at Variant Edition on Oct. 21, 2017.

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We talked about three circumstances in which Doug’s music would be used on a podcast:

Commissioned work: You can hear original music that Doug specifically wrote for these podcasts:

  • Pet Sounds, Sarah Hoyles’s podcast about Pet Culture and what it reflects about us;
  • Let’s Find Out, historian laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips’s podcast answering Edmontonians’ questions about the history of our city;
  • Real Experts for Real Life, a series Chris did for the Alberta College of Social Workers.

“Trunk tunes”: This is the term I applied to the situation when Doug offers someone a melody he has already written but hasn’t used in a song yet (the term stuck in my head after reading Stephen Sondheim’s memoir about how the Broadway sausage gets made). Some examples:

  • Don’t Call Me A Guru, the podcast about social media strategy produced by Tyler Butler and Linda Hoang;
  • Clock Radio, the podcast done by the MacEwan University’s communications department;
  • He also mentioned Gaywire, the CJSR show about LGBTQ issues.

Licensing: Sometimes someone wants to use a piece of music that Doug has already recorded and released. Some examples of that:

  • For Kicks, the podcast about women’s soccer by Jessica Cooreman and Katie Woodfine;
  • Casual, a series on Hulu that licensed a little bit of music from Doug.

We mentioned a couple of podcasts that Doug has been a guest on, too:

You can hear the string quartet arrangements that Doug mentioned in the show on his Bandcamp page.

He also mentioned a couple of non-local podcasts that he likes to listen to: Imaginary Worlds and Song Exploder.

Many thanks to Variant Edition for hosting the meetup, to CafeRista for providing the treats, and to Castria for recording and editing the podcast.

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The foundation is now accepting applications for grants to address the issues raised by the report. Find out more here.

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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.

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