Season 2 Episode 3: Let’s Talk Music and Technology Shownotes

Season 2, Episode 3 

with guest Dr. Roy Magnuson 

Summary: In the first of a two-part interview, Courtney and Kara talk to Dr. Roy Magnuson about his experience developing a creative technologies course. In addition, we discuss how technological advances have enhanced music composition. The episode explores and reflects on how technology has changed over the course of the last few decades. Also, we consider the new opportunities virtual reality can provide as a space for music composition that can allow creativity to blossom.  


Topics discussed in this episode:  

  • Getting to know Roy Magnuson: ISU alumni, faculty, and composer [1:14] 
  • Back to the Future: A reflection on technological advances in music [9:03] 
  • Creating worlds through the Arts Technology Course at Illinois State University [16:07] 
  • The technology used in music composition [20:22] 
  • Building technological skills in music technology [24:26] 
  • Getting creative with technology and music [26:33] 
  • Advise to students: Love and embrace the failures [28:37] 
  • Hot sauce and classics: A few fun questions [34:09] 


Biography of Guest: 

The music of Dr. Roy David Magnuson has been performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues such as the World Saxophone Congress, NASA, WASBE, CBDNA, the RED NOTE New Music Festival, and the Robb Composers’ Symposium. Roy is an Associate Professor of Composition and Creative Technologies at Illinois State University where he serves on the Music Composition faculty, and as Associate Director of the Creative Technologies Program. Roy is also the creator of the virtual reality composition softwaresolsticeVR ( He is a member of ASCAP, and his music is recorded on Albany Records and NAXOS. 


Resources and software mentioned in this Episode:  

  • Sriracha documentary: 
  • A performance of Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending by the New England Conservatory: New England Conservatory (2011, December 7).Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending [NEC Wind Ensemble] . 
  • A performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata by Pianist Mitsuko Uchida: BBC Music (2020, September 5) Moonlight Sonata performed live at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2020) 


Episode transcript: Episode 3: Let’s Talk Music and Technology Transcript 


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