Quoted from JoshuahJacobs:
Zach pretty much nailed it. Further, the music, which I write, serves as indications to the listener of time changes, moments for reflection, or to accent the mood of the moment. For example, in this episode, the trapesqe beat with me spouting off phrases of frustration, highlight my love for the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, as it's something Steve Martian says in the film. But also, to note the continued frustration I felt over many months, which is why the music goes on for 15 seconds or so longer than any other in the story. Thus, serves as a subtle indication of how difficult the task was getting as the months passed.
In the end, I understand that it may feel like 'filler' but there is a reason for placing such music in certain spots. Now when it comes to the music at the end, I write a new outro song for every episode and it's just my time to showcase some tunes. Once, I say "this is Josh Jacobs from the Pinball Network signing out" that is the end of the show. You may choose to listen to the music further if you like it or stop the player. Regardless, I want to thank you for listening and giving a new format a try.
I'm a very visual person (so keep this in mind for others like myself). You paint a good picture mostly throughout the episode with good sound effects and such that help the audience paint a picture in their head about what is going on (reminded me of a good audio book), but the music IMO doesn't tell me that we are going back in time 'X' amount of months. All I hear is some music as if I just hit a 30 second commercial break (*"serves as indications to the listener of time changes, moments for reflection, or to accent the mood of the moment"). Which in the end was not even needed anyways because you specify immediately after the 30 sec. break "okay, let's back it up a bit". Maybe I'm expecting to hear the clichè harp sound effect that indicates a movement in time? lol. The music while you work on the machine is in place because I hear the frustration of you working on the game - which paints an image for me. Please do not take my input as negative. I would hope this would be constructive criticism, and with these notes you can help capture a broader audience with others that need more of a visual stimuli. As a fellow content creator I encourage you to continuously improve!