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Martin Zaltz Austwick

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Takapou Bay, South Island, New Zealand in August 2022 – by Martin Zaltz Austwick

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31 Aug 2022

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S4E4 - New York Art Rock: Talking Heads (Overrated) & They Might be Giants (Underrated) - with Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay

Over/underrated: a music podcast with Fran & Babs

Our first episode with two guests! We're joined by Sam Pay and Martin Zaltz Austwick from the Song by Song podcast to chat arty NYC musicians. Martin & Sam & Fran & Babs differ in opinion on how much - and why - they think Talking Heads are overrated. Discussions centre around whether the band's attitude is a bit elitist, David Byrne's standing in pop culture and how many different types of sounds DB can emit (Fran is deffo compiling a spreadsheet). As for They Might Be Giants - who have, at time of recording, released 23 studio albums - Sam & Martin are keen fans, joking that they could devote another podcast to discussing TMBG's eclectic back catalogue. Fran was already a fan - he had the TMBG documentary on DVD, natch - but will they get Babs on board, given the occasional melodic playlist pick? Martin is a musician, podcaster, performer, and Honorary Associate Professor at CASA (UCL) - find out more about his work on his website. You can also tweet him @martinaustwick. Sam is an actor/musician working mostly in theatre. He's a pianist, accordionist and a "technically incompetent brass player who keeps his own songwriting as secretive as possible." You can tweet him @SamPay.  Check out their Song by Song podcast, devoted to the music of Tom Waits. Sam & Martin have set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits' back catalogue from beginning to end, devoting each episode to discussing each track. We obviously recommend starting with the Blood Money episodes Fran & Babs guested on. You can find the playlist for this episode on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists we've discussed during the episode. Download, subscribe and get in touch - especially if you have any suggestions for future themes or musicians to discuss! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.

1hr 37mins

7 Apr 2022

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Doggy Splash, Streatham, London, UK on 6th November 2021 – by Martin Zaltz Austwick

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“Doggy Splash is the one day every year dogs can play in the Streatham Common paddling pool in South London before it’s drained for the winter. I have never seen […]


7 Nov 2021

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Harbour, Bildudalur, Icelandic Westfjords, Iceland in late September 2021 – by Martin Zaltz Austwick

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“Bildudalur is home to the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum so listen carefully for signs of life deep beneath the waves.”


27 Sep 2021

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Episode 5 - Actually I Do Need Them All with Martin Zaltz Austwick

Steve Cross: The Podern Prometheus

Some of us have a lot of things and partners that say we don't need them. In this new format for cyclists, musicians, tech nerds and collectors, we explore one person's group of very important tools and find out why Actually, They Do Need Them All. Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick is a podcaster and musician, maker of Song by Song and part of the team behind Maddie's Sound Explorers, Answer Me This! and The Allusionist. You can find him at http://www.martinaustwick.comSteve is a comedian and nerd, and the founder of Bright Club, Science Showoff and many more series where clever people get to show off how funny they are. He also has a fine microphone collection. You can hear Steve on other podcasts like Chaotic Adequate, Live Laugh Lovecraft and the first episode of anything his friends make, because they know he'll do a decent job. He can be found at http://www.twitter.com/steve_xIf you're liking what you hear, do drop me a few quid for new sound effects https://ko-fi.com/stevecrossSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/steve-cross. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Jul 2021

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Starlings under Brighton Marina, UK, 9th October 2020 – by Martin Zaltz Austwick

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“Under the Boardwalk  Down by the sea Hanging out by the Wetherspoons, squawking Some starlings, and me”


12 Oct 2020

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Brighton Beach, UK, 18th March 2020 – by Martin Zaltz Austwick

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“This was recorded on Brighton Beach in a break from staying indoors and avoiding coronavirus. We did not socially distance ourselves from the sea.” www.martinzaltzaustwick.com


21 Mar 2020

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Ep45: The Recovering Physicist – Martin Zaltz Austwick

Scientists not the Science

Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick has been a solid-state physicist, a medical physicist, and a senior lecturer. He now describes himself as a recovering physicist. We talk about his PhD experience and work-life balance.   Full show notes:


25 Sep 2017

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108 - Martin Zaltz Austwick

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A quick note about the rating for this episode: I’ve marked this episode explicit only in case you consider the phrase "getting dicked over" to be rude. For the 82nd Second-Hand Book Factory, Charles Adrian is joined by lecturer, podcaster and musician Martin Zaltz Austwick. They share their love of eggs, talk about a perceived need to justify a love of fantasy literature and discuss cluster memories. Incidentally, Martin’s song choice would have been No Children from the album Tallahasse by John Darnielle’s group The Mountain Goats. The podcasts that Martin is involved in making are: Answer Me This, Song By Song, Brain Train and The Global Lab. Website: pageonepodcast.com


1 Mar 2016