In the Audio Talks podcast, presented by HARMAN including JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG, host 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.
#33: The Road ahead for Advanced Audio and the Future of Driving
The road ahead for advanced audio and the future of driving is bright. And wide open.
What are some of the ingredients for a great mobility experience in 2021 and beyond? What role does in-car audio play? And what does the future hold for autonomous vehicles?
Join Dr. Luc JULIA, Chief Scientific Officer, Renault Group and Armin Prommersberger, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Automotive Division at HARMAN on Audio Talks. They can see the future better than most, because they are designing it.
It was such a pleasure to get the lowdown from two of the people making some incredible future visions a reality!
#32: Metaverse – the future of live music?
What does the future of live events look like? And what potential does the #Metaverse have to act as an immersive audio environment?
We’re kicking off Season 4 of the #AudioTalks Podcast by speaking about this to three world-class experts: Joy Lyons, Senior Director Audio Technology, HARMAN, Jonathan Vlassopulos, VP & Global Head of Music at Roblox & Cathy Hackl, Tech Futurist and Metaverse Strategist.
- Democratizing the Music Industry
- Back to the Future: Premium Sound for Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E
- Digital Campfires: The Rise Of Social Audio
- Making A Difference: Sustainable Initiatives In Live Music
- NFTs And The Music Industry: A Match Made In Heaven?
- Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Gearing Up For The Best Party Ever
- Medical Grade Music for Mental Health
- A Walk Through Music History With Raul Gonzalez & Mark Gander
#31: A Walk Through Music History With Raul Gonzalez & Mark Gander
JBL has been powering epic events and festivals for the past 75 years. With this episode we celebrate 75 Years of JBL and its deep heritage in pop music culture as we speak to two JBL legends: Mark Gander, former Director of JBL Technology and known as the “JBL Guru” & Raul Gonzalez, Senior Applications Engineer for Performance Audio at HARMAN.
Oisin Lunny explores their personal highlights working for JBL, how JBL has shaped music history over the years and what it was like to record with Les Paul. Tune in!
#30: Medical Grade Music for Mental Health
Welcome Tom Middleton, sound designer, guru of the Calm App, award-winning functional music composer, sleep science coach, co-chair of the AFEM Health Group & Aifric Lennon, Senior Account Manager, Research Strategist and Music x Mind Researcher at MassiveMusic – two true experts when it comes to the connection between music and our mental health. We discuss what some of the benefits of listening to music are when we are in specific moods, how music can influence our feelings and what you can do if you want to start using music to support your well-being.
#29: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Gearing Up For The Best Party Ever
JBL has been powering epic events and festivals for 75 years. With this episode, we celebrate 75 Years of JBL and its deep heritage in live music as we welcome two legendary artists and friends of JBL: The dutch DJ and producer duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Oisin Lunny speaks to them about what it’s like to play in front of thousands of fans, the importance of high-quality audio, and their upcoming projects.
#28: NFTs And The Music Industry: A Match Made In Heaven?
In this episode, we’ll explore the world of Non-Fungible Tokens, known as NFTs, and see how they relate to the music industry. Tune in as Oisin Lunny talks to three music tech innovators: Cliff Fluet, Head of Media & Entertainment at Lewis Silkin, MD of Eleven Advisory, and Chair of the Ivors Academy Trust; Tim Exile, Founder and CEO of endlesss.fm, musician, technologist, and NFT creator, and Imogen Heap, recording artist, record producer, audio engineer, founder of the Creative Passport, MI.MU Gloves, winner of multiple music industry awards, who just released her first NFT collection entitled Firsts.
#27: Making A Difference: Sustainable Initiatives In Live Music
In honor of Earth Day, we’ll explore the overlap between the live music industry and sustainability. Learn about the eco-friendly initiatives within the professional music industry and how you can make a difference yourself. Oisin Lunny talks to three sustainability experts: Chiara Badiali of Julie’s Bicycle, Claire O’Neill, Co-Founder and Director at A Greener Festival & Jonas Skielboe, Founder of Velo Concerts.
#26: Digital Campfires: The Rise Of Social Audio
In this episode of Audio Talks we speak to two industry movers and shakers on the incredible rise of audio content outgrowing its role as video’s nerdier, less successful sibling. Listen to Axel Mansoor, musician and innovative icon of the Clubhouse app, and founder of the “Lullaby Club” with more than 11.000 followers. And Daniel Nathan, radio pioneer, commentator, co-founder of Platform B and founder of several commercial / FM / online and DAB stations.
#25: Back to the Future: Premium Sound for Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E
In this episode of Audio Talks we discuss how Ford and their audio partner HARMAN collaborated with B&O to bring the iconic Ford Mustang roaring into the future, bringing sexy back to the next generation of EVs. Oisin Lunny speaks to Tiina Kierysch, Senior Design Manager at B&O, Stefan Tinnemann, Mustang Mach-E Product Manager Europe and part of Team Edison Europe & Alec DeLeon, Sr. Engineer Acoustics Automotive at HARMAN.
#24: Democratizing The Music Industry
The recent “GameStop” incident has clearly shown platform democracy in action. In light of this disruptive moment of the “little guys” taking control, this episode of Audio Talks draws parallels to the music industry. Host Oisin Lunny and our three expert guests, Oscar Höglund, CEO of Epidemic Sound, Scott Cohen, CIO at Warner Music Group, and Chris Cooke, editor, journalist & author of “Dissecting the Digital Dollar”, discuss the current compensation model of the digital recording industry and why it might not be beneficial to the majority of musicians.
On The Road With HARMAN ExPLORE
- Behind The Scenes with Chris Dragon and Stacia Anderson
- Audio Product Trends 2021
- Lead by Award winning Design
- What’s in store for the Music Industry
- Automotive Experiences To Expect In 2021
#23: Automotive Experiences To Expect In 2021
The next generation of connected vehicles could be James Bond-style living spaces so fun and compelling that James would never leave his car.
Tune in to the latest edition of the HARMAN ExPLORE podcast mini-series to get a glimpse into the future of automotive experiences, which will be arriving sooner than you think!
It was a lot of fun to chat with Tom Rivers, VP Global Marketing, Automotive & Services at HARMAN, and Jeffrey Hannah, Director at SBD Automotive. We discussed what’s in store for the automotive industry in 2021, the role of technology in the shift to consumer-centric mobility, and transforming the car into a true “third living space”.
#22: What’s in store for the Music Industry
It was an awesome experience to catch up with Dave Rogers and Sammy Andrews, two music business VIPs who are incredibly passionate about the music they love, and the people and ecosystems that support it.
In this episode, Dave Rogers, President of the Lifestyle Division at HARMAN, and Sammy Andrews, MMF Board Member, Music Week columnist, and founder of 360 agency Deviate Digital, join me to discuss how important music is for people, the state of the music and entertainment industry, and what 2021 will hold for it.
Tune in, turn up the volume, and join in the conversation!
#21: Lead by Award-winning Design
There is a real joy you get from speaking with someone who loves their work with every fibre of their being.
It was inspiring to chat with Christian Schluender from HARMAN International, whose Huemen Design division just picked up no less than 20 Innovation Design Awards at CES 2021! They also make killer Spotify playlists.
Fans of great user-centric product design, user research, and a joined up approach to design, #UX and collaborative manufacturing strategies should absolutely tune in to the latest edition of this special #AudioTalks #podcast mini-series.
#20: Audio Product Trends 2021
It was so awesome to catch up with HARMAN International’s Carsten Olesen and Futuresource Consulting‘s Alexandre Jornod to get a glimpse into the future of consumer audio tech. A very interesting chat, tune in to HARMAN #AudioTalks using your favorite #podcast platform.
Audio Talks is BACK with a special “on the road” edition with HARMAN ExPLORE. Tune in to get the lowdown on the latest audio and automotive industry trends.
In this episode, Carsten Olesen, President of HARMAN’s Consumer Audio business and Alexandre Jornod, Lead Market Analyst Music & Audio at Futuresource Consulting discuss new smart audio technologies and upcoming trends for 2021 for headphones, portables and home audio and how they might change the way we‘re listening to music.
#19: Behind The Scenes with Chris Dragon and Stacia Anderson
Join us on an exciting journey with a special “on the road” edition of #AudioTalks with HARMAN ExPLORE where we discuss the audio and technology trends you absolutely need to know for 2021.
In the first episode of the mini-series we invite you to take a sneak peek behind the HARMAN ExPLORE virtual showcase held on January 7th when Chris Dragon and Stacia Anderson talk to Oisin Lunny about the challenges of translating an event into a virtual environment and what to expect from this year’s virtual showcase.
- When You Can Feel Music
- Sonic Branding – The Secrets Behind A Unique Sound DNA
- Legendary DJ Carl Cox On Amazing Sound And Roaring Engines
- Taking a Stance: Music Activism
- Music And Personality
- Culture, Connection and the Power of Brands and Music
#18: Culture, Connection and the Power of Brands and Music
In this episode we’re discussing how audio brands connect with customers in an increasingly digital world with Robert-Jan van Dormael, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at HARMAN. How do people discover and experience new products during the pandemic with marketing becoming ever more important and challenging, especially when promoting features such as enhanced quality audio and which role technology and culture play in keeping brands connected with consumers.
#17: Music And Personality
From concerned parents banning Heavy Metal and Gangster Rap from the bedrooms of middle America to the Muzak Corporation promising increased productivity via audio wallpaper, society has always placed a high importance in the link between what we listen to and how we behave. But, can music actually influence our personalities? And how can our personality affect the music we listen to? And what does this all mean for audio reproduction?
Joining me to explore this controversial issue are three experts who can certainly tell their music for airports from their muzak for shopping malls: Dr. David M. Greenberg, psychologist, musician and researcher at Bar-Ilan University and Cambridge University, Ruth Dockwray, Associate Professor of Popular Music at the University of Chester, and HARMAN‘s multi award-winning Senior Fellow Dr. Sean Olive.
#16: Taking a Stance: Music Activism
This episode we discussed the importance of standing for something and taking action through music. I was honored to be joined by Nicole Moudaber, record label founder, radio show host, social activist and one of the most passionately followed DJ & producers in the world and Beatie Wolfe, singer-songwriter and innovator, and a UN Women role model for innovation. They talk about how they are using their music to bring people together, what inspires them, and how each of us can contribute.
#15: Legendary DJ Carl Cox On Amazing Sound And Roaring Engines
Speaking with superstar DJ Carl Cox is like driving a 1967 ‘Bullitt’ Mustang, very fast, with a killer sound system blasting out some liquid Drum & Bass with a screwface on!
Coxey, as he is affectionally known, is one of the best-loved DJs on the planet, and truly lives in the fast lane. A musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label owner, King of Ibiza – you name it, Carl’s been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life.
He is also a producer, a record label owner, racing driver, racing team owner and much more! It was awesome to talk about his twin loves of great music and fast cars on the Audio Talks podcast!
#14: Sonic Branding – The Secrets Behind A Unique Sound DNA
In this episode of Audio Talks we explored the concept of sound DNA and sonic logos, and why good sound design for brands is becoming more important than ever.
Learn why new voice interfaces are leading to a new relationship with audio for our post-pandemic age, and find out how a unique sound logo of a product is designed, and its important role in brand recognition.
#13: When You Can Feel Music
Welcome to a brand-new season of HARMAN’s podcast, Audio Talks. After an exciting and successful first season, we’re back with a whole new line-up of fresh and fascinating content. Join host Oisin Lunny and a constantly changing panel of expert guests, music industry legends, and other sonic superstars as they explore the wide world of audio from every angle and offer a glimpse of what the future of audio may hold.
To kick off the new season, Oisin welcomes Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios, and Founder of the Abbey Road Spatial Audio Forum, Dr. Rafael Kassier, Senior Principal Engineer of Experiential R&D at HARMAN, and Muki Kulhan, In-Demand CIO.
What does immersive audio mean? How is it achieved? How has it evolved over time and where is it headed? How are immersive 3D experiences being shaped by current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and how can immersive audio help connect people to the live music experience, even when they can’t physically be there?
- The Art of Active Listening
- Experience Economy on Wheels
- Discover the magic behind the unique sound of the John F. Kennedy Center
- Get cozy with your audio thanks to HiFi-Hygge
- Meet the Master Chefs Behind Exquisite Car Audio
- LA Confidential: The Producers
- Make Music Day: Let’s Talk Music Education
- Mega Rigs for Legendary Gigs
- SoundGirls: Women Who Rock
- Gaming Never Sounded So Good
- A Movie For The Ears: BMW’s Hypnopolis
- Music And The City: A Love Story
#12: Music And The City: A Love Story
In the final episode of Season One, we discuss the cultural heartbeat of a city and explore the importance of small independent performance venues for music, performing arts and artists and how a local creative scene is a strategic factor to deliver economic, social and cultural growth in communities – topics that are especially close to our heart at HARMAN.
Together with our guests Rev. Moose, Executive Director/Co-Founder of NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) and Managing Partner/Co-Founder at Marauder, and Shain Shapiro, Founder & Group CEO at Sound Diplomacy, Oisin Lunny will examine the current state of music in cities, how it can regenerate post COVID-19, and what the future will hold.
#11: A Movie For The Ears: BMW’s Hypnopolis
This week, Greg Sikora, Director, Acoustic Systems Engineering at HARMAN, Cora Güntert, Digital Audio and Voice Strategy at BMW and Nicholas Nowottny, Executive Music Producer at Whitehorse Music, join us to talk about the art of audio storytelling and to dive into the world of Hypnopolis, BMW’s thrilling new sci-fi podcast. In addition, we will discover why the car is the ideal stage to enjoy not only music but also a good audiobook.
What is Hypnopolis and what makes it a movie for the ears? How important is sound design to create an audio story that captivates? Why are audiobooks the ideal companion for driving and how is a car audio system best tuned for spoken word content?
We’ll answer all of these questions and a whole lot more in this episode of Audio Matters.
#10: Gaming Never Sounded So Good
This week, Damon Johnson, Global Category Director for Headphones at HARMAN, and Alfredo Fernandez Franco, Director of Immersive Audio at HARMAN, join us to talk about the importance of sound in today’s video games, with a fascinating look at the science and technology behind the development of new headsets for this wildly popular category.
Why is gaming audio such a big deal in 2020? How does sound quality affect the gaming experience? What exactly is the “Fortnite Effect”? How is HARMAN shaking up the market and setting a new benchmark with its JBL Quantum headset range giving customers the ultimate advantage in gaming through immersive sound.
We’ll answer all of these questions and a whole lot more in this episode of 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 Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, and Deezer.
#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?
#7: Make Music Day: Let’s Talk Music Education
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.
#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?
#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?
#4: Get cozy with your audio thanks to HiFi-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 Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Deezer.
#3: 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 Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Deezer.
#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?
#1: The Art of Active Listening
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 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 🙂
- Episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- Episode 4
- Episode 5
- Episode 6
- Episode 7
- Episode 8
- Episode 9
- Episode 10
- Episode 11
- Episode 12
- Season Two
The Art Of Listening
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