If a 4000-pound bronze bell isn’t heavy metal, what is?

Orchestral violinist Frank Steijns travels the world to play music, but also plays the carillon bells (the Netherlands’ national, traditional instrument) in the tower of Maastricht’s city hall.

In “Keep Calm and Carillon” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 24 Frank tells us he’s “a DJ with a very nice instrument,” how he has taken bells out of the tower, and is now playing for audiences.

“We touched on the Dirty South, civil rights, regionalism, and rawness.”

Professor Liz Teston speaks about her design research project that focuses on regional rap music factions. In “Rap Mapping and the Everyday” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12 she discusses the rap culture in the Dirty South and its connection to the built environment of this locale.

"Ever since we were 5, we were convinced we were the next Beatles."

Indie musician Duncan Walsh and his brother have always dreamed of becoming rockstars. In “The Watanabes” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 117, we hear stories from Duncan’s history with music, travels, and struggles leading up to his exciting EP release.

“In order to survive the orchestra needs to search for a balance between artistic tradition and economic reason.”

Director General and Artistic Director for the South Netherlands Philharmonic Stefan Rosu knows that the classical symphony orchestra is facing dramatic change in recent years.

In “The Orchestra in Transition” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 23, Stefan shows us that orchestras must adapt to survive, and he goes into depth on how it can do so without losing its essence in the process.

"It was me, those sweet six strings, and the memory of my father — music healed me."

Musician Breanne Tepler shares her passion for making music — something she rediscovered while in a distressing state. In “Music Moves Me” from PKN Duluth Vol. 1, hear how she overcame tragedy twice, and how music has been her one constant strength.

Making a band means getting lost, building, and fighting evil denizens of space!

Roger Hicks talks about his games and how his life has inspired his games to come to life. In "Banding Together through Games" from some special guerilla-style PechaKucha recordings at Tokyo Game Show 2014, we see that his love of music and getting lost, inspired and encouraged him to keep working on developing games, and meeting new people along the way. 

Emerging artists are rapping “about the struggles of women in Yemen.”

In her native Arabic and English, female Yemeni rapper Amani Yahya shares the trials and triumphs of pursuing her art against all odds. In “A Yemeni Female Rapper” from PKN Sana’a Vol. 1 she speaks about the support and encouragement she’s received from her friends and community, her rap style, and how she’s challenged cultural norms to do what she loves.

Bubble organs, the tinkler, chime forest, the sound swing -- it's quite unlikely you've heard of these musical instruments before.

Tim Phillips is a sound artist, musician and inventor whose work aims at making people curious about sounds and rhythms while using participation and collaboration to encourage interdisciplinary and unexpected outcomes. In "Collaboration, Invention, Music" from PKN Santa Cruz, CA Vol. 7 Tim speaks of the numerous experimental instruments he and his good friends put together.


Alex Aniel and Mohammed Taher are the founders of Brave Wave, a Japan-based music label that specializes in game-related music and soundtracks.

In this presentation, recorded live at the 2nd edition of Kyoto-based indie game festival BitSummit MMXIV,  Alex walks us through the evolution of the label -- from its initial form as Koopa Soundworks -- highlighting various releases and artists the two have worked with.

The theremin sits at the enthralling, ethereal intersection of electronic and analog music creation. 

Wynne Palmer is part of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra. In "Experiments with the Theremin" from PKN Richmond, BC Vol. 3, this group explores what can be done with the unique Theremin instrument, including use of new techniques and collaboration with other performers. Wynne gives us a brief history of the instrument, and discusses her desire to incorporate the instrument in her independant art practice.