Phil is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the author of the book Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (a cultural history of hipness from the 1930s through the 1960s), the long-running blog Dial 'M' for Musicology, and various essays that have appeared in places like Representations, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, etc. He's turning out new essays on occult themes and assembling them into ... something. A book of some sort.
Phil is a pianist, rabid Wagnerite, crap Buddhist, Philip K. Dick cultist, degenerate fight fan, promulgator of the Twin Peaks mythos, and avid consulter of the I Ching. He wishes that just for once he had an enthusiasm that he didn't have to apologize for or explain to his academic peers.
Episode | May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
cybernetics, technology, utopia
A wide-ranging conversation on technology, utopia, and the ethics of cybernetics.
Episode | May 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
metaphysics, theology, thomas ligotti, weird fiction
An in-depth discussion of horror writer Thomas Ligotti's short story, "Mrs. Rinaldi's Angel."
Episode | April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
idealism, interviews, jeffrey kripal, materialism
JF and Phil talk to Jeffrey Kripal about his new book, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge"
Episode | April 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
parapsychology, pluralism, william james
Phil and JF discuss two articles by William James on the early years of psychical research in Britain and the US.
Episode | March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
evil, shirley jackson, virtuality, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss two weird masterworks, "The Lottery" and "The Summer People" by the American horror luminary, Shirley Jackson.
Episode | March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
composers, interviews, meditation, music
Music scholar Kerry O'Brien join Phil and JF for a conversation on the work of American composer Pauline Oliveros.
Episode | February 27th, 2019 | 59 mins 52 secs
fantasy, horror, interviews
JF and Phil talk fantasy and horror with writer and editor Matt Cardin.
Episode | February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
cinema, film scores, horror, science fiction, synchronicity
Phil and JF discuss the recent masterwork of weird cinema starring Scarlett Johansson.
Episode | January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
interviews, jeffrey kripal, paranormal
JF and Phil discuss the paranormal with the esteemed professor and philosophy and religious thought, Jeffrey J. Kripal.
Episode | January 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Phil and JF discuss a recently published article of Phil's authorship on how to write about music.
Episode | January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
interviews, mysticism, paranormal, stuart davis
JF and Phil discuss nonhuman beings in an aesthetic universe with filmmaker, musician and mystic Stuart Evan Davis.
Episode | December 25th, 2018 | 24 mins 1 sec
academic life, ideology, politics
The final segment of our conversation on hyperstition, i.e., fiction that turns real.
Episode | December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
hyperstition, magic, metaphysics, occult
JF and Phil talk hyperstitions, entities born in the realm of fantasy that slowly become denizens of the real.
Episode | December 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
art, creative process, individuation, mc richards
Phil and JF discuss the first chapter of "Centering," M.C. Richard's penetrating essay on the artistic process.
Episode | November 21st, 2018 | 55 mins 25 secs
dreams, folklore, robert aickman, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss Robert Aickman's masterwork of weird fiction, "The Hospice," from his 1975 collection "Cold Hand in Mine."
Episode | November 7th, 2018 | 59 mins 57 secs
aesthetics, duchamp, modern art
JF and Phil discuss the profound effects of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (the urinal) on the development of the arts since 1917.