Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 91 - Alex Smith

University of Central Missouri Percussion Professor Alex Smith talks about getting the UCM job (01:25), his upcoming work in Ghana and his career in instrument making (17:10), getting the seed money for instrument making (35:10), growing up in central NC and his love of Southern Rock and 90s Hip Hop (38:45), going to East Carolina University for undergrad (54:50), his post-grad career working in restaurants before eventually heading to Michigan State for his master’s and doctorate (01:04:00), and handling the Random-Ass Questions (01:27:40).

Finishing with a rave on the documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (01:45:00).


Alex Smth's Homepage

Alex Smith's UCM page

Alex Smith's YouTube page

"Hop(3)" - Paul Lansky

"Four" - Miles Davis

Scott Lubaroff

Gordon Stout

Gwen Dease

Jon Weber

Ian McClaflin

Ben Gervais

"More Than a Marimba Bar" - Alex Smith, UCLA Echo Blog

Planet Marimba

The Hatching

Will Goodyear

Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul

"If I Ever Lose My Faith" - Sting

"Roll to Me" - Del Amitri

The Allman Brothers Band

ZZ Top

"Shakedown Street" - Grateful Dead

"Bouncing Around the Room" - Phish

Buena Vista Social Club trailer

"We The People" - A Tribe Called Quest

The Pharcyde

The Roots

Jonathan Wacker

Chris Nappi

"Time for Marimba" - Minoru Miki

Etudes, Book 1 - Gordon Stout

"Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum" - Claude Debussy

"Side by Side" - Michio Kitazume

Ableton Live

"Reflections on the Nature of Water" - Jacob Druckman

Partita in B Minor  - Bach

"Speech of Day" - Nicole Piunno

Bill Waterman

Cello Suite in E-flat - Bach

"Oscillation" - Joe Basile

"Rebonds A/B" - Iannis Xenakis

"Cotton Gindustrial" - Alex Smith

"Torse III" - Akira Miyoshi

"One Minute Speeches" - Alex Smith

"Six Marimbas" - Steve Reich

Alice Pan

Synecdoche, New York trailer

Barry Lyndon trailer

Dunkirk trailer


Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond trailer