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Thom Monahan: Sonic Explorations, Scripted Podcasts, and Why Everything Matters

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Today's guest is producer, engineer, and musician Thom Monahan. Thom spent the first 15 years of his career as a touring musician before transitioning to working behind the glass. Since then he has worked with artists such as Neko Case, Fruit Bats, Stevie Nicks, Vetiver, and Medicine. He's also done work as a composer, doing scores for nearly a dozen documentaries, and several podcasts and web-series. Most recently he has taken his passion for music and creative sound design into the podcast world with his work with Treefort. We have a great chat about reducing creative friction, working on projects you are passionate about, and the future of scripted podcasts.In this episode, we'll dig in on...Reducing creative frictionThe new digital nature of collaborationCapturing the magic of a band in the roomMaking microphones out of a boomboxEditing as a form of productionThe future of scripted podcastsLearning from everybody around youUnderstanding the format you are writing music forTape EditsKeeping perspective when doing a "money gig"Committing to yourself and your visionLearn More About Thom Monahan...Instagram: to "Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder" HereTreefort: Sponsors:The Beats Accelerator Process: Complete Producer Network: Point Coffee Roasters: Point Code: PROGRESSIONSOther Links:Gear and Recommended Reading: up for the Progressions Mailing List!Instagram: more about Travis: Thom MonahanHost: Travis FerenceEditor: Travis FerenceTheme Music: inter.ference