We cover a lot of ground in this episode about timbre, the character or quality of musical sound and the human voice: what it is, how it's produced and manipulated, and what effect that has on us human beings--in short, what it means.
The conversation starts with a general discussion and then focuses on the human voice and electronic synthesis, each of which demonstrates basic and essential aspects of timbre. It's a fascinating look at something we are all geniuses at using, understanding, and responding to, but don't often consider closely or carefully.
We use some really cool musical excerpts as interstitials, each of which illustrates some aspect of the discussion and are listed below. And don't forget, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.
The music excerpts--which were all awesome, right?--and links to acquire them: