Creative Dialectic 


The Creative Dialectic Podcast is a conversational format covering a broad range

of topics between myself and my students, clients, musical compatriots, band

members, members of the local and regional music scene and many others...

Episode 1 - Introduction

Introducing Creative Dialectic

Episode 14 - A Conversation about Health, Beauty, Identity, and Goodness with Sarah Coyle.


My good friend Sarah Coyle and I engage in one of our classic dialectical discussions around our disparate worldviews apropos of food, health, beauty, justice, value, goodness, identity, and other important topics. We have both experienced significant change in our respective outlooks on many important things and this conversation is something of a check-in with those changes given that we don't have as much opportunity these days to connect. Our conversations are always an attempt to practice and model what 'good faith' dialectical interchanges look like between two folks who see the world somewhat differently... Some explicit language

links to things discussed: Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper, Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, Your Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Evolutionary Psychology, Memetic Theory, anti-racism

What is Health? pt. 1Peter Benjamin
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Part 1

What is Healthy? part 2Peter Benjamin
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Part 2

What is Healthy? part 3Peter Benjamin
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Part 3

Episode 13 - Emerging from the Rock and Roll Wasteland - Part 2: What is so pop about pop?


Steve and I ar back again with a reaction to the Spotiy Top 10 of the US Pop chart for this week in March 2021. Among other things, we discuss the essential elements of pop music as distinct from other popular genres, the specter of a 'generation gap' between lovers of all things musical in our 40's versus what we might suppose is a high point of music consumption in our 20's. Explicit language warning.

Emerging from the... Ep 2Peter Benjamin
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Episode 12 - Emerging from the Rock and Roll Wasteland - Part 1: Awakening from a musical coma..


My long-time creative writing partner, friend, and other half of musical parody group The Bon Crowes Rother Tolstoyevsky (aka Steve Werner) joins me for a discussion about the state of and future of rock music as we listen to the Spotify Rock This Top 10 songs... Explicit Language warning

Emerging from the Wasteland Ep. 1 (editePeter Benjamin
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Episode 11 - What Should I Do For Thanksgiving? - A meditation on the limits of our COVID-era moral reckoning...

CD Podcast 11 - What Should I Do for TPeter Benjamin
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Episode 10 - Scaling Down, not up! & being an Ally vs. being a friend. In this podcast, I discuss my idea of the importance of focusing the scale of one's creative output to other individuals, not to the masses. I then tie in what I believe to be an important call to reject 'allyship' in favor of a much more authentic way of being in relationship to others.

CD Podcast - 'Scaling down and Ally vs. Peter Benjamin
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Episode 9 (in two parts) - Guitar player and educator George Turner and I discuss the precariousness of being an artist in a society bent strongly toward the endless trivialities facilitated by unchecked consumerism and 'commodity fetishism.' We also reflect on the conspicuous replacement of melody with technical prowess and production value in guitar playing and in music generally. Man, I really do sound like a Marxist sometimes...

CD Podcast with George Turner Part 1Peter Benjamin
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part 1

part 2

CD Podcast with George Turner part 2Peter Benjamin
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Links to things discussed -  Commodity fetishism, Marx's Theory of Alienation

Episode 8 (in two parts) - A conversation with Jordani about relationship, joy, the sacrificial artist, experience of gender in the music workplace, mentorship, and the artist's responsibility to self-create a meaningful and fulfilling life...

CD Podcast w.Jordani part 1Peter Benjamin
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part 1

CD Podcast w.Jordani -part 2Peter Benjamin
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part 2

Episode 7- Fantasy and Inspiration: Musings on creativity, identity, and the female/male archetypal foundations of our civilization as inflected through two fantasy films: Legend (1985) and Krull (1983). 

Other influential fantasy films of this era for me: The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Never-ending Story, Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dragonslayer, Conan the Destroyer.

Creative Dialectic - Fantasy and InspirationPeter Benjamin
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Addendum/clarification to/for Episode 7

CD Podcast 7 AddendumPeter Benjamin
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Loved by the Sun Mix 1Peter Benjamin
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featured track: 'Loved by the Sun' by Tangerine Dream

Episode 6 - Musings on Culture, Creativity, Art, Music, and Church with Dan Dameron

Creative Dialectic Ep. 6Peter Benjamin
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Links to things discussed/mentioned in this podcast:

The Bridge Christian Fellowship   Rachmaninov All Night Vigil recording

disclaimer: the audio for this episode is not great due to its size. I'm working on a good solution for this....

Jim's Martin Demo

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Episode 5 - The Paradox of Isolation: Musings on a creative

person's mandate against interruptions....

Creative Dialectic Ep. 5- The Paradox ofPeter Benjamin
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Featured Song: 'To Be Alone'

by Peter Benjamin

To Be Alone

Episode 4 - A Space for Listening: Toward higher resolution and precision in music and communication.

Related concepts/ideas: Pressure of Speech, Rule Omega, Be Precise in Your Speech 


Edit: I should have said "interview," not "episode" there at the end...

Creative Dialectic Episode 4- Space For Peter Benjamin
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Episode 3 - Discernment: The first 

step in the process of Deep Code Learning.


See also: Jordan Greenhall, David Schmactenberger, John Vervaeke,  Jamie Wheal,  

Creatice Dialectic Podcast Ep. 3 'DiscerArtist Name
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Episode 2 - "..So, you're calling Beethoven musically disingenuous..?"

Creative Dialectic Ep 1 Edit 2Artist Name
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Links to things discussed/mentioned in this podcast:

Kai's band Noizmesh     The Microphones     Ludvig von Beethoven   

postmodernism   Ayn Rand    Fyodor Dostoevsk   Bent Leg Fatima  

The Residents