Making Podcast Music for Non-Musicians

You don't need to be a musician to make your own podcast music. Whether you have a music budget or you need to DIY it, we'll show you three approaches to thinking about and making custom music for your show. 
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This webinar is for audio makers who want to

  • Learn how to start making music electronically
  • Make music that sounds different from what everyone else is making
  • Customize your music to fit their work just as they want it to 
  • Outsource music composition so they can focus on other things

Key Takeaways

  • Anyone can make music!
  • Don't be afraid to borrow ideas from other audio makers.  
  • You don't need a big budget to make custom music. 
  • Working with a composer can be fun and un-terrifying!

Lori Mortimer

A few years ago, Lori Mortimer accidentally fell in love with audio and decided to make a midlife career pivot to podcasting and audio making. She’s the creator of Mementos and is member of Hub & Spoke, a nonprofit collective of independent podcasters. Because she loves sharing what’s she’s learned, Lori recently launched Sound Off the Ground, a sound-design newsletter for new audio makers. 
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Katie Semro

Katie Semro is an audio creator making music, audio art, and documentaries. She’s been working with audio since 2019, and in that time has made 119 podcast episodes for 3 shows that she created herself. Katie’s work has appeared on 39 radio stations across the country, including most recently a non-narrated segment for KUOW in Seattle. She exhibited her first audio installation at Sound Scene Fest 2022 at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on an audio art performance piece to be performed at the end of June in Keene, NH. Her audioscapes of the artists will accompany the exhibit What We Make of This World at the Fountain Street Gallery in Boston in April. She also makes music for podcasts, audio graphic novels, and is working on her first EP.
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Joel Roston

Joel Roston is a composer, guitar player, and educator living in Boston, MA. Among numerous commercials, independent videos, web-originals, and films, Joel composed, performed and recorded the score for the independent television pilot “Sharing,” which, in 2015, was picked up for pilot production by NBC. He also co-composed music for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. In addition to scoring for TV, film, and video, Joel has written music for ensembles of all sizes and has performed both nationally and internationally with groups ranging from indie rock bands to the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a visiting faculty member teaching media composition at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. 
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