Here are a few cool new developments that have been going on recently in the low-end blogosphere:
We’re on Stitcher!
Contrabass Conversations is now featured on Stitcher, a really cool service that aggregates your favorite podcasts together into a seamless stream of shows. Billed at the Pandora or last.fm of spoken audio content, this service also offers predetermined feeds of news, tech, NPR, and Apple podcasts. You can then listen on your iPhone or desktop computer. Stitcher also learns about your tastes based on positive or negative feedback that you give it about particular shows (similar to Netflix, Pandora, or any other recommendation engine service) and attempts to offer up shows you’re not familiar with based on your tastes.
Anyway, Contrabass Conversations is now available through Stitcher (just click the button below and search for ‘double bass’), and adding the show to your Stitcher feed would help us out a lot! If you haven’t checked out Stitcher before, take a moment and check it out (especially if you have an iPhone). I really think that it represents the next generation of podcasting and on-demand audio content.
doublebassblog.org featured on Alltop Classical
Oh yeah! Doublebassblog.org is now a featured site on the Alltop Classical Music aggregation page. It’s great to see my content listed alongside the likes of About.com Classical, NPR Classical, New York Times Classical, and other esteemed sites like these. Who’d have thought that a site filled with cat videos and obsessive Twitter news would qualify?
If you haven’t checked out Alltop before, it’s a pretty cool service, aggregating all kinds of sites into topic-specific pages.
We’ve had so many fantastic podcast guests these past few years on Contrabass Conversations, and highlighting all of the awesome guests we’ve had would take dozens of blog posts. Still, it’s not a bad idea to put a few of the most popular guests on display for people who may not have caught these episodes.
Dave Anderson – Dave Anderson is a professional double bassist, joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans in September of 1996 after winning their Principal Bass audition. Prior to that appointment, he performed and recorded regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, among others. Since 1994, he has served as Principal Bassist in the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon.
He has performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including, the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic (NRO), Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen and many others. He has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at Loyola University and also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer.
Mr. Anderson began his pursuits in composition in 1984, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. The influence of Frank Proto, one of his finest teachers, also led him to turn to involved composition. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles.
Lawrence Hurst – Lawrence Hurst is the former principal double bass for the Dallas Symphony. He is a former faculty member of Southern Methodist and Eastern Michigan Universities and former faculty member, associate dean, and chair of the string department at University of Michigan School of Music. He was honored with the Alumni Award from the University of Michigan School of Music in 1998.