Audio Matters. Literally.

Presented by HARMAN including JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG. Oisin Lunny, music journalist and audio enthusiast, will interview expert guests, legends of the music industry and audio scientists to discuss the power of music and audio in all its facets. 

New episode every Thursday. Read about the series.

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Audio Matters #1: The Art of Active Listening

Audio Matters Podcast

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic changes in social interaction that it has caused, who among us has not felt the desire to reach out, to engage, to reconnect? At HARMAN, one of our most dearly-held beliefs is that music empowers people to improve their mood and their lives, no matter where they are. And as millions of men, women, and children in every corner of the globe struggle with a heavy sense of disconnectedness, there has never been a better moment to do what we do best: bring people together through the power of music.

With that in mind, we are proud to introduce our new podcast series, Audio Matters, devoted to a tradition that is a defining characteristic of human beings: listening to and creating music. Hosted by Oisin Lunny, professional music journalist, presenter and broadcaster, Audio Matters will share interesting, entertaining and informative content covering a wide variety of audio-related topics every week, with esteemed expert guests, legends of the music industry and audio scientists to help make listeners feel engaged, entertained, and connected.

In the inaugural episode of Audio Matters, we explore the art of “active listening,” with fascinating input from Dr. Sean Olive, Senior Fellow, Acoustic Research at HARMAN and past President of the Audio Engineering Society, Director of York Music Psychology Group Dr. Hauke Egermann, and 7x Grammy-winning music producer Frank Filipetti.

What exactly is active listening? How does it work? What impact can music have on the mind and on the body? What is the role of the quality and position of home audio equipment in achieving the benefits of deep listening? Can music help you feel happier right now?

Audio Matters Episode #2 – Experience Economy on Wheels

Welcome to episode #2 of HARMAN’s new weekly podcast, Audio Matters. Dedicated to all things audio, Audio Matters brings together a diverse line-up of audio experts alongside host Oisin Lunny to deliver fun, informative, timely information on a variety of topics ranging from how to hone your listening skills to how to set up your audio equipment to what to expect from the future of audio.

After last week’s inaugural episode on active listening, this week’s episode takes you inside the car of the future with Bill Wyman, HARMAN’s VP Global Marketing Car Audio, Chris Ludwig, VP Epic Experience Team, and Riley Winton, UX Concept Manager at HARMAN, as they explore user-centric audio experiences in the automobile.

As lockdown measures begin to recede, how will the listening habits that people have developed over the past few weeks and months transfer to the in-car environment? What is the meaning of Experience Per Mile and how is it changing the way people buy and use cars? What will the in-car audio experience of the future look like?

Audio Matters Episode #3 – Discover the magic behind the unique sound of the John F. Kennedy Center

Discover the magic behind the unique sound of the John F. Kennedy Center

Welcome to episode #3 of HARMAN’s weekly podcast, Audio Matters, dedicated to all things audio. Each week, Audio Matters brings together a new group of audio experts to join host Oisin Lunny in offering listeners fun, informative, timely information on a variety of topics such as active listening or user-centric listening experiences inside the car.

This week’s episode will take you behind the scenes of the world-famous John F. Kennedy Center as John M. Burke, Head of AV System Design & Build at the Kennedy Center, and Raul Gonzalez, Senior Applications Engineer for Performance Audio at HARMAN, offer you a special look at the state-of-the-art technology responsible for the center’s exceptional audio capabilities.

What are the secrets to the phenomenal success of the audio design at the Kennedy Center? How do audio engineers make sure that every seat provides the best possible sound? What makes the Kennedy Center sacred ground for the performing arts? Learn all of this and much more in this week’s episode of Audio Matters, available below, on Podigee and all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsSpotifyiHeartRadio and Deezer.

Audio Matters Episode #4 – Get cozy with your audio thanks to HiFi-Hygge

Audio Matters Podcast 4 - Hi-Fi Hygge

Welcome to episode #4 of HARMAN’s new weekly podcast, Audio Matters, dedicated to all things audio. Every week, Audio Matters gathers together a diverse group of audio experts who join host Oisin Lunny to provide fun, informative, timely information on a variety of music and audio topics for listeners around the world.

This week’s episode explores the audio dimension of Hygge, the Scandinavian notion of coziness, conviviality, and simple joys. Snuggle up to your loudspeakers as guests Chris Dragon, Senior Director of Marketing for Lifestyle at HARMAN, Jim Garrett, Senior Director of Product Strategy and Planning for the Luxury Audio Business Unit at HARMAN, and Ingrid Opstad, freelance journalist, graphic designer, and founder of the very popular interior, design, and lifestyle blog That Scandinavian Feeling discuss the fine art of HiFi-Hygge.

In the wake of lockdown, how have our listening habits changed, and how can music help to heal the painful sense of solitude that social distancing has caused? How can you boost your home’s cozy quotient with HiFi-Hygge? How have HiFi systems and loudspeaker designs evolved? Find out all this and much more in this week’s episode of Audio Matters, available below, on Podigee and and all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotify, and Deezer.

Audio Matters #5: Meet the Master Chefs Behind Exquisite Car Audio

This week, listen to expert trio Greg Sikora, Director and Head of Acoustic Systems Engineering at HARMAN, Stefan Varga, Senior Acoustic Engineer at HARMAN, and Dr. Amy Belfi, Assistant Professor in Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology as they take a closer look at what it takes to create truly exquisite sound in the car.

As the world slowly transitions out of lockdown, many people are rediscovering the sheer joy of listening to great music on the road.  What is the link between music and driving? How can it make people have more fun in the car? And why can’t technology replace the human ear in fine-tuning car audio systems?

Audio Matters #6: LA Confidential: The Producers

This week, “LA Confidential: The Producers” invites you into the homes of audio legends Lenise Bent, Platinum award-winning producer, engineer and post production master, C.J. Vanston, movie composer, record producer and keyboardist and Neal Pogue, multi-platinum and 2-time Grammy-award winning producer and mixer. You’ll hear snippets about their lives and careers, and how they equip their homes and studios with the world’s greatest audio gear.

How did these brilliant audio professionals get into the music business? What have been the twists and turns of their career paths? What is it like working with some of the top artists on the planet? What do they love the most about the work they do, and what do they think is in store for the world of music and audio?

Audio Matters #7: Make Music Day: Let’s Talk Music Education

Make Music Day

This week, we’ve organized a special episode to celebrate International Make Music Day, which is held every year on June 21. Joining the discussion are two of the leaders behind Make Music Day, Aaron Friedman, President of the Make Music Alliance, and Dr. Lee Whitmore, Executive Director for the GRAMMY® Music Education Coalition

What exactly is Make Music Day, and where did it come from? How did it begin? In what ways will social distancing measures affect this year’s festivities? How is the GRAMMY® Music Education Coalition improving access to music for young and disadvantaged people? How is HARMAN inspiring young people through contemporary music education? Who are the musicians contributing to Make Music Day this year, and how can you get involved?

We’ll provide answers to all of these questions and moreover reveal exclusive insights from our latest study on the Power of Music and how it benefits people’s lives.

Audio Matters #8: Mega Rigs for Legendary Gigs

This week, Bill Hanley, Woodstock sound engineer and “the father of festival sound”, Brad Divens, rock musician and front-of-house engineer for big-name bands like Garbage, Mötley Crüe and Enrique Iglesias, and Raul Gonzalez from Harman’s Professional Audio Division, join us to talk about the mega rig sound systems that power world’s largest gigs and music festivals.

A few of the topics we’ll cover include pivotal moments in modern live music history with a special look at Woodstock, the creative process behind setting up a sound system for a live performance, and the role of technology in the evolution of captivating tour sound. What’s the difference between early-day ground stack systems and a modern line array set-up? What are footlight monitors and how were they developed? Is live sound just a question of mixing, or is there more to it?

Audio Matters #9: SoundGirls: Women Who Rock

This week, we welcome four special guests of ‘SoundGirls’, an organization that strives to inspire and empower the next generation of women in audio:  Karrie Keyes, executive director and co-founder of Sound Girls, Jeri Palumbo, executive producer and A-list sporting event engineer, Leslie Ann Jones, engineer, sound mixer, and director of music at Skywalker Sound, and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, concert sound engineer and founder of Mixing Music Live. Together, they discuss their professions and how they’re inspiring the next generation of women in audio.

A few of the topics we’ll cover include how these gutsy women got to where they are, what they love about their jobs, and what specific professional challenges they’ve faced.

What’s the story and vision behind SoundGirls? What is their advice to women looking to break into the industry?  We’ll provide answers to all of these questions and many more in this episode of Audio Matters. Available below as well as on Podigee and all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotifyTuneIn, and Deezer.

Audio Matters Playlist

Check out the fabulously diverse Audio Matters Playlist on TIDAL, chosen by our VIP guests every week, with a few selections from myself as well 🙂

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