Culture lessons from the amatures.

Stephen Trygar and Brian Edwards both think they’re pretty cultured, but in ways the other isn’t. Every week, either host will bring something to the table they find interesting, and share their discoveries with each other.

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27 – Our Favorite Musicals Cultured, But… Not Really

Something that we talk about in our personal lives is the musicals we've both participated in and enjoyed. Today we talk about our favorites… and not so favorite… musicals! Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become a member on the Cultured, But… Not Really Patreon page to get access to ad-free versions of this podcast: Alexandrian Media Merch Store — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message:
  1. 27 – Our Favorite Musicals
  2. 26 – The Defenestrations of Prague
  3. 25 – Our Favorite Books
  4. 24 – The Soulsborne Universe
  5. 23 – Hobbies

Stephen Trygar

Creator | Host | Editor

Stephen Trygar began his podcast in April, 2020 after almost a year of running his own blog. He realized that his mission was better fulfilled via a podcast, and thus was the birth of The Composer Chronicles! With an M.M. in Music History from Temple University, Stephen felt his historical knowledge better used to revitalize classical music and make it more accessible and approachable by proving that it’s not all black-tie affairs and high-society living.

Brian Edwards

Creator | Host | Editor

Brian Edwards is a video editor and motion graphics designer with a passion for film and video game scores. Brian is the designer of Alexandrian Media’s logo and is the resident cover designer for the hardcover copies of Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet.

Daryl Banner

Theme Music Composer

Daryl Banner is a full-time author and composer who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. During his time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson. He toured briefly with an original musical Country Gravy & Other Obsessions to which he also contributed songs and performed. He composes companion soundtracks for the book series he writes, and also has written the music for video games and short films. He composed the score to several audio dramas by New York City-based visionary Jordan Cobb, including “Here Be Dragons” and “Primordial Deep”, as well as the award-winning “Janus Descending”, for which his score and main theme won an Audioverse award.

22 – Battle Royale

Although it took some time for its popularity to spread due to its outrageous plot, Battle Royale is a novel that has gone on to not only inspire artists to create various renditions of it, but sparked a new genre.

21 – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

There are so many pieces of literature that have gone on to impact our culture in more ways than one. L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has inspired so many films, television shows, musicals, and other books that we simply must talk about it.

20 – Robert and Sonia Delaunay

Paris was (and still is) a cultural capital of the world, especially in the 20th century. Art truly flourished then, and the painters Robert and Sonia Delaunay helped to trailblaze a new style of art taking the Parisian galleries by storm.

18 – Anime

It’s the holiday season, and to Brian… that means lots and lots of Anime! Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become a member on the Cultured, But… Not Really Patreon page to get access to ad-free versions of this podcast: Alexandrian Media Merch Store

16 – Pixar

When fairytales just aren’t cutting it anymore, Pixar is there to give you some “incredible” animated films that keep you entertained and educated about the world around us. Join us as Brian tells Pixar’s story and their rise to success. Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become a member on the Cultured, But… Not Really Patreon page to […]

15 – Disney

For so many of us living on this planet today, the films, shows, and parks of Walt Disney have played a tremendous part in our lives. Today, we aim to explore Disney as a studio, briefly talking about the creation of the studio and the various divisions and films. Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become […]

14 – Humongous Entertainment

What do a talking car, a helpful fish, a suave fox, and a courageous little boy have in common? They each star in their own adventure game developed by Humongous Entertainment! Gather round and listen as Brian and Stephen relive the games of their childhood. Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become a member on the Cultured, […]

11 – Fantasy

We’re huge nerds, but today Stephen nerds out over his favorite genre of pretty much everything, fantasy [insert sparkle noise here]!

10 – SCP Foundation

There are things out there in this world that are simply unexplainable. Luckily for us, the strange anomalies secured by the SCP foundation are NOT REAL, but they are real stories created by creative people all around the world.

9 – Olympic Games

The Olympic Games is an athletic festival originally created by the ancient Greeks to celebrate their gods, but it disappeared for hundreds of years, but now it’s one of the world’s largest events. Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Become a member on the Cultured, But… Not Really Patreon page to get access to ad-free versions of this […]

8 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Anybody who lived through the 90s can tell you a thing or two when you say Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This television show has left a giant cultural footprint and paved the way for television of today.

7 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is some of the most iconic and recognizable music all around the world. Let’s listen to some music and discover where we may have heard some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores!

6 – Norse Mythology

While the religion of the of the Old Norse are no longer widely practiced, the stories of their gods and monsters still live on in our modern culture. The Norse myths have been the inspiration for a great many artistic endeavors, from Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen to Santa Monica Studio’s 2018 God of War. Let’s see just how imbedded these stories are in our daily lives.

5 – Roberta Williams

Video games are a staple to our modern culture. We certainly have many people to be thankful for that, but there’s one person in particular who we want to celebrate today, and that is game designer Roberta Williams.

3 – Bread

Bread has been engrained into our American culture that we often forget its cultural significance, not only to the US but to so many countries around the world! What is bread? Where did it come from? What does the future of bread look like? All will be answered!

0 – Frank Lloyd Wright

Welcome to the very first full episode of Cultured, But… Not Really! When preparing for this podcast, we sat down to practice with some topics we were really interested in, and we decided to share one of those episodes with you! This episode on Frank Lloyd Wright and is ad-free. Because of all these factors, we decided to make this our Episode “0” because we really upped our game for our first episode. We hope you enjoy!