Have you been listening to Sample Size: 1? It's a brand new podcast from Dave Hilowitz about unrepeatable experiments in music and art. Two episodes have been uploaded so far -- one in late November and one just last week -- and both have been great.
In the first episode, Dave, who's a musician, sets out to re-create one of his songs using the website Fiverr, where strangers on the internet can buy or sell any service for five dollars. He says, "I'm going to take one of my songs and replace every single instrument track with a new track made by a Fiverr session musician. My plan is to keep an audio diary of the process, and then at the end, to play you the result of my experiment."
He starts with a really great drummer, then gradually adds in a base player and other components like a guitarist and a pianist. Tracking down a lead vocalist is the toughest part -- he commissions several artists before landing on Karina from Brooklyn. The whole process is fascinating and it's exciting to hear the song come together piece-by-piece. It's also really fun to hear Dave's thoughts about the final product. And while the end result is distinctly different from the original, it's still a really great song.
The second episode is also fantastic. It's focused on his grandmother's sole claim to fame: she was an associate producer of Zombie Nightmare back in 1987. It's a movie that's so bad, it made IMDb's "Bottom 100" list. It has a 2.2 rating on the site. Dave re-watches the movie to figure out what exactly makes it so horrible. He also reaches out to some of its creators, including Frank Dietz, one of the movie's lead actors, and Jack Bravman, its director. Dave says, "Terrible movies don't make themselves, and a movie this bad has to have a lot of secrets." It turns out, Zombie Nightmare actually does have a few skeletons in its closet.
What I'm loving about this new podcast (aside from how well it's made) is how drastically different episodes one and two are. I have no idea what to expect from the show's third episode or even when it'll drop, but I know I'm really excited to hear it. If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend checking out Sample Size: 1. It's definitely a new favorite of mine.