Last week, Ryan was called in as the resident popular music theory expert to discuss the “songs of the summer” with Marty Moss-Coane. Also part of the discussion was Bonnie McKee, the songwriter behind 8 #1 singles in the US, as well as Dan Deluca of the Philadelphia Enquirer. You can listen to the approximately 1 hour long show by going here. Ryan comes on at 23:20.
As part of the show, Ryan was nice enough to analyze a few of the songs of the summer for the show. We decided to put him on the spot and have him do his analyses live without having heard the songs before for you guys to see how it’s done. You can watch his “TabCast” below. If you’re not familiar with Hookpad as a songwriting tool or want to see how to use it to contribute TheoryTabs to the database this is a great video to watch:
TabCast #1: Summer Songs 2014 from Hooktheory on Vimeo.
Hooktheory was recently interviewed by the nice folks over at Easy Ear Training. It’s a great interview that talks about our backgrounds, the philosophy of the site, and how we got started.
…Hooktheory really began as course in the Music Department at UC Berkeley that we taught as part of the DeCal program there. As we were teaching the course, we were actually creating and laying the groundwork for a lot of the tools on our website now. It was all very primitive back then, but the response was so positive from the students that we decided to keep going after it was over. It’s all sort of snowballed from there.
Read the full interview by clicking here
I recently stumbled across John August‘s podcast, ScriptNotes, and thought this was worth sharing. For those of you who don’t know who John is, he’s the screenwriter behind Charlie’s Angels, Go, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate factory (the one with Johnny Depp, not Gene Wilder) and bunch of stuff you’ve almost certainly heard of.
It turns out he’s a Hooktheory fan.
…And he wrote a really nice review that made me smile. Thanks John! (if you’re into screenwriting and movies check out his podcast).
Click Here To See An Excerpt From John’s Review →