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BAFTA award winning composer Jamsheed Master presents a monthly show, interviewing all kinds of creative, musical people who do all kinds of creative, musical stuff. Composers, producers, singers, directors, authors, arrangers, audio types, all kinds of creatives and their work are featured on The Music Transmission, talking us through their process, their technique and their love of their craft. Subscribe wherever you download your podcasts.

Season 1 - Episode 1 - David Shipman

David Shipman was one of the last Ringmasters for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus before the 147 year-old American institution closed its doors for good. His life has taken him across the USA on a circus train, to Uganda to work with children, to a lap around the planet as a singer on a world cruise. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Live boldly. Take risks. These are the mantras that keep David Shipman moving and growing and changing. He took the bold step of leaving his job on a whim and ended up with one of the most famous jobs in American culture. David Shipman joins Jamsheed Master to talk about his life, his loves, his underwear and who's coming to dinner.


Season 1 - Episode 2 - Damh (Dave) The Bard

It's not often you get to talk to a legend. Damh The Bard is something of a folk hero in the Druid and Pagan world. In this episode of The Music Transmission, he talks us through his musical process: how he writes his songs, how they develop and a little-known secret. Accompanied by the mystical forces that surround our sacred land, Damh is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry.


Season 1 - Episode 3 - Jake Arnott

"Funny, fast, witty and brutal. Whenever he's got a new book out I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gang land bliss. Gawd bless 'im." 

My guest on The Music Transmission is British author Jake Arnott. Novel writing can be a lonely process. We get right into the gritty details of creative rituals, the idea of plot balance and finding that elusive world that exists somewhere between the avant-guard and the utterly trashy.

Best known for his crime series The Long Firm trilogy, adapted as an award-winning BBC prime-time drama, Jake Arnott's other novels include Johnny Come Home, The Devil's Paintbrush, The House of Rumour, The Visa Affair and The Fatal Tree. He also writes for Doctor Who - his 2014 episode 'A Handful Of Stardust' a firm favourite with Whovians worldwide.

Jake Arnott and myself have also just embarked on the epic adventure of writing an opera. Stay tuned for more on that later on. This episode of The Music Transmission was recorded on a blustery day at Jake's atmospheric seafront home on the south coast of England.


The Music Transmission title sequence and all artwork © Jamsheed Master 2018