#4 Taylor Goodson — Composition, Timpani | Composing for Dungeons & Dragons and Marching Band

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The Best Music Podcast #4 | Taylor Goodson — Composition, Timpani | Composing for Dungeons & Dragons and Marching Band

Taylor's Website: https://www.tg-sounds.com/

Taylor's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPszJhABNrr83Aoy3PSphdg

Taylor's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/taylor-arthur-goodson

Taylor Goodson is active as a freelance percussionist in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, participating in performance with members of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at many notable venues in both New York and New Jersey. He is the principal tympanist of both the Montclair Orchestra and the FEA Symphony and he performs regularly with a multitude of ensembles, including the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. He is also active as a member of the New York Percussion Group, a New York City-based percussion ensemble, and Festival Percussion, an educational percussion quartet in the New York/New Jersey area. As a soloist, he has appeared on multiple occasions with performances of works such as William Kraft's "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra," Eric Ewazen's "Concerto for Marimba," and Béla Bartok's "Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion." As an active composer as well, Mr. Goodson has written material for a wide variety of mediums. His music for the concert stage ranges from solo instrumental pieces to large symphonic works where his voice is described as “cinematic” and “emotional.” He was selected as a winner of the 2010 Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition and has received a multitude of commissions for a large variety of ensembles. Taylor has also written arrangements for notable soloists and conductors around the globe and has been published by Row-Loff Productions for some of his work for percussion. Since 2014, Mr. Goodson has also been writing original shows for competitive marching bands in northern New Jersey. Two of his original scores have received national titles ( Equilibrium, 2015 and Jamais Vu, 2019 ) and many others have had extensive success on the state and local levels. He continues to compose new and engaging works for the marching arts each year and strives to write music that is both engaging and educational. Taylor also has experience with other media as his music is featured in podcasts, video games, television, and film. His work in the realm of digital composition in combination with live recording have won him much critical acclaim, many of these projects having been featured on two of his albums "Inspirations: Volume I" (2014) and "Inspirations: Volume II" (2015), both of which are available through major digital music retailers. Mr. Goodson is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM, Local 802) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

0:00 Intro

2:53 Warm-Up Questions

9:37 Timpani - What they are

12:57 Timpani - When and how they get used and history 1

18:05 Timpani - Making your own mallets and sticks

22:49 Timpani - When and how they get used and history 2

25:52 Auditioning for ensembles

33:24 How to maintain high-quality performances

40:31 Composing - Finding your voice

47:26 Composing - Winning national marching band titles

52:08 Composing - Dungeons & Dragons

54:09 Composing - Dungeons & Dragons: Creating a world through music

58:24 Lifestyle: Sleep

1:00:58 Lifestyle: Diet

1:02:14 Lifestyle: Mindfulness

1:02:56 Lifestyle: Exercise

1:03:51 Lifestyle: Support & scheduling

1:06:20 Practice: What is easy?

1:06:20 Practice: What is easy?

1:06:20 Practice: Serving the music (Dan is going to eat his words in the next episode)

1:12:36 Practice: What is hard?

1:20:13 Practice: Duration of time

1:22:00 Practice: Longest duration

1:25:29 Creativity: Time of Day & life balance

1:26:16 The problem with too much music theory

1:30:20 Performance Anxiety

Logo, Intro Video, and Branding: Arron Leishman

Audio and Video: Zach Ramey zacherylramey@gmail.com

Video Thumbnail: Jean Tomasulo https://www.behance.net/jeantomasulo

Dan's Thumbnail Photo: John Mollura Photography

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