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EPISODE 63: The Sonic Landscapes of Unwelcome: Women of Color, Sonic Harassment, and Public Space

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FEAT: Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme

This podcast focuses on the sonic landscapes of unwelcome which women and femmes of color step into when we walk down the street, take the bus, and navigate public and professional spaces. Women of color must navigate harassment, violent, and sexually abusive language and noise in public space. While walking to the market or bus, a man or many might yell at us, blow us an unwanted kiss, comment on our bodies, describe explicit sexual acts, or call us “bitch.” The way that women and femmes do or do not respond to such unwelcome language can result in retaliation and escalated violence. A type of harm reduction, women often wear headphones and listen to music while in public for the specific purpose of cancelling out the hostile sonic landscape into which we are walking. The way that women and femmes make use of technology and music as a tool of survival in hostile sonic landscapes is a form of femme tech as well as femme defense. What sort of psychological and emotional effect does constant and repeated exposure to abusive noise have on the minds and bodies of women of color?

Locatora Radio is a Radiophonic Novela  hosted by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, two self-identified locxs. Also known as “Las Mamis of Myth & Bullshit”, Las Locatoras make space for the exploration and celebration of the experiences, brilliance, creativity, and legacies of femmes and womxn of color. Each Capitulo of Locatora Radio is made with love and brujeria, a moment in time made by brown girls, for brown girls. Listen as Las Locatoras keep brown girl hour and discuss the layers and levels of femmeness and race, mental health, trauma, gender experience, sexuality, and oppression.

 

EPISODE 62: ¡¡¡¡RESIST!!!!

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The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”—The Editorial Collective
Alice Bag, “Programmed”—Jenny Stoever
Speedy Ortiz, “Raising the Skate”—Liana Silva
OutKast, “Humble Mumble”—Regina Bradley
The Staple Singers, “Freedom Highway”—Shakira Holt
El Jornaleros del Norte, “Serenata a un Indocumentado”—Dolores Inés Casillas
A Tribe Called Red (feat. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear), “R.E.D.”—reina alejandra prado
Body Count, “No Lives Matter”—Holger Schulze
Pega Monstro, “Partir a Loiça”—Carlo Patrão
Björk, “Declare Independence”—Chris Chien
Green Velvet and Prok & Fitch, “Sheeple”—Justin Burton
Pet Shop Boys, “Go West”—Airek Beauchamp
Kate Bush, “Waking the Witch”—Gretchen Jude
Cabaret Voltaire, “Do the Mussolini (Headkick)”—Yetta Howard
Lucid Nation (feat. Jody Bleyle), “Fubar”—Tamra Lucid
Resorte, “Opina o Muere”—Aurelio Meza
Leonard Cohen, “You Want it Darker”—Ariel B Taub
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra, “We Shall Overcome”—Elizabeth Newton
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, “Johnny Appleseed”—Aaron Trammell

EPISODE 61: Ni Le Pen, ni Macron: Parisian Soundscapes of Resistance

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FEAT: Naomi Waltham-Smith

What does the opposition to global Trumpism sound like? Or the opposition to neoliberalism? With extreme centrist Emmanuel Macron the frontrunner and eventual winner of the French presidential elections, there were calls from the Left to take the struggle to the streets, rejecting both the fascism of the Front National and the continuation of the neoliberal status quo. This podcast puts the listener into the midst of the many demonstrations in Paris and its suburbs during the presidential election campaign. By listening in on these recordings (made over the course of three months of fieldwork) we hear a determination to fight for a genuine alternative to state repression alongside the difficulties in uniting a divided left. These recordings also provide a testament to the horror of police violence and an opportunity to reflect on the value and limitations of black-bloc tactics.

EPISODE 60: Standing Rock, Protest, Sound and Power

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FEAT: Marcella Ernest

On March 10th 2017, The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders called upon allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. The March on Washington was to exist, resist, and rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect mother earth for the future generations of all. The March on Washington was a reaction to the United States government’s unwillingness to be accountable for the construction recent Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land. This and other subsequent events such as the election of a new administration, increasing threats to native land, and violence of the police have galvanized indigenous communities in the last four months. Thousands have taken to the streets and to rural sites of political occupation.

Join Marcella Ernest as she discusses the sounds of these protests with Nancy Mithlo. They discuss the noises made by the minds, bodies, and songs of those who have taken to public spaces to confront and object to the current political moment. Understanding the sonic elements of protest helps us to better understand how protest is heard and felt.

EPISODE 59: Soundwalk of the Women’s March, Santa Ana

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WOMEN, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

As reported by the statistics gurus at fivethirtyeight.com, almost half a million people marched in Washington and Los Angeles each on Saturday, January 21st 2017. New York City reported 400,000 folks in attendance at their own march and Boston, Chicago and Seattle each tallied over 100,000 people in their streets. Just south of Los Angeles, I attended the Women’s March in Santa Ana where 12,000 folks took to the streets with signs and pussy hats in support of civil rights. As friends to my side chanted along with the crowd, I documented the aural contours of the event with my recorder. Here it is, for posterity’s sake, a soundwalk of the women’s march in Santa Ana, CA.

WOMEN, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

 

EPISODE 58: The Meaning of Silence

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FEAT: Marcella Ernest, Candace Gala, Nancy Marie Mithlo

In this podcast Marcella Ernest discusses the cultural use of sound in Hula and other Native languages with discussants Candace Gala and Nancy Marie Mithlo. They consider the role of silence in understand an Indigenous intellectual system. How do we use silence as a tool in Native creative processes? What does silence demand from us? Tune in as Ernest tackles these demanding questions!

EPISODE 57: The Reykjavik Sound Walk

 

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FEAT: Andrew J. Salvati

Standing in front of our rented apartment in Túngata, a residential street just a few blocks from central Reykjavík, I am struck by the stillness of the city that surrounds me. Having lived most of my life in the densely-populated suburbs of northern New Jersey, my experience of urban soundscapes has typically been frenetic and noisy. Here, even the busiest parts of town seem subdued. It’s a pleasant contrast. At 8AM on a weekday, the quietness is eerily enveloping, broken only occasionally by a gust of arctic wind, a passing car, or a neighbor closing her door and setting off for work.

Quiet tranquility and natural beauty have attracted a growing number of tourists to Iceland in recent years, my wife and I included. With only 330,000 people inhabiting an area roughly the size of Kentucky (and two-thirds of those settled in and around Reykjavík), one needn’t venture far out into Iceland’s otherworldly landscape to feel far removed from civilization – like exploring a distant planet. While the island may be still now, the belated realization that Iceland’s bizarre terrain, its vast lava fields, meandering fissures, and Dr. Seuss rock formations are the result of earth-shattering eruptions – like Eyjafjallajökull in 2010Bárðarbunga in 2014-15, or the more recent rumblings around Katla – can be a little unnerving. Travelling through the Icelandic countryside, one imagines the thundering cracks, seething magma, and the infernal growl of the awesome geophysical forces that churned up these vast panoramas.

Explore all the soundscapes that this Icelandic walk has to offer in this episode!

 

EPISODE 56: !!!!!!!

 

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Beyoncé, “Formation”—Regina N. Bradley & André Carrington
Mitski, “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars”—Liana Silva & Chris Chien
Desi Arnaz, “Babalu”—Reina Prado
Celia Cruz, “La Vida es un Carnaval”—Dolores Inés Casillas
Audra Mae, “Jebidiah Moonshine’s Friday Night Shack Party”—Will Stabile
Skrillex And Diplo, “Febreze” (Feat. 2 Chainz)—Robin James
Desiigner, “Panda” (LUCA LUSH remix)—Justin Burton
David Bowie, “I’m Afraid of Americans”—Primus Luta
Jlin, “Black Diamond”—Mitchell Akiyama
Selena Gomez, “Hands to Myself”—Emma Leigh Waldron
1st Generation, “Remain Cool”—Natalia Linares
The Raincoats,  “In Love”—Josh Shepperd
Lithuania, “Kill the Thing You Love”—Frank Bridges
Alma Cogan, “In the Middle of the House”—Cynthia Wang
The Books, “I Didn’t Know That”—Carlo Patrão
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, “Candy Candy”—Gretchen Ju
Saki Kabata, “Lonely Rolling Star”—Aaron Trammell
Mega Ran, “Infinite Lives” (Feat. D&D Sluggers)—Jennifer Stoever

EPISODE 55: The New Brunswick Music Scene Symposium

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FEAT: Frank Bridges and Christine Lutz

Join Frank Bridges and Christine Lutz–founders of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive, at Rutgers University–as they converse with a panel of seasoned veterans from the New Jersey music scene. Included on the panel are Ronen Kauffman, author of New Brunswick, NJ GoodbyeMarissa Paternoster, singer and guitarist of The Screaming Females; Joe Steinhardt, co-founder of Don Giovanni Records; and Jim Testa, the editor of Jersey Beat.The discussion becomes intimate very quickly as the audience converses intently with the panelists. Together the group compares inter-generational notes about what makes a music scene and the affordances of situating a counter-culture archive in a university setting.

EPISODE 54: The Sound of Magic

 

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FEAT: K.A. Laity

Each of the essays in this month’s “Medieval Sound” forum focuses on sound as it, according to Steve Goodman’s essay “The Ontology of Vibrational Force,” in The Sound Studies Reader“comes to the rescue of thought rather than the inverse, forcing it to vibrate, loosening up its organized or petrified body (70).  These investigations into medieval sound lend themselves to a variety of presentation methods loosening up the “petrified body” of academic presentation. Each essay challenges concepts of how to hear the Middle Ages and how the sounds of the Middle Ages continue to echo in our own soundscapes.

 

EPISODE 53: H. Cecilia Suhr’s “From Ancient Soul to Ether”

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FEAT: H. Cecilia Suhr

Cecilia Suhr’s sound art piece, From Ancient Soul to Ether, reflects on how sound can describe beings from the past, present and future in simultaneous coexistence. From the vibrational level of the earth to the futuristic murmurs of aliens and robots, from the sound of blossoming plants to that of technological advancement, this recording captures the timeless and paradoxical interweaving of contradictory sounds. For instance: harmony vs. disharmony, past vs. future, human vs. machine, time vs. timelessness. In juxtaposing these contradictions, From Ancient Soul to Ether captures the sound of all things in harmony. The sounds of multiple dimensions and eras blend and dissolve together, creating one cohesive sound in an attempt to represent being without judgement, being without discrimination, and being amongst the ideology and difference of all things. Here Suhr expresses how the energy fields from all dimensions evokes not just the here and now, but also eternity.

 

EPISODE 52: Creating New Words from Old Sounds

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FEAT: Daniel Walzer

This week’s podcast is a continuation of this Monday’s article “Reflective Sound Gathering via the New England Soundscape Project.” Here Daniel Walzer shows how his work in gathering sounds from different New England areas encouraged him to understand the world less through his eyes and more through his ears. As Walzer travels around from Connecticut to Massachusetts to Rhode Island, he prompts us to consider the impact of everyday sounds on our day-to-day behavior. How does attuning oneself to the sounds in the environment lead to meditative and embodied reflection?

 

EPISODE 51: Creating New Words from Old Sounds

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FEAT: Marcella Ernest, Candace Gala, Leslie Harper, and Daryn McKenny

This podcast looks at how ancestral languages are spoken in today’s changing environment of technology and popular culture. Here, Marcella Ernest leads a discussion considering how Indigenous people are adapting heritage languages to modern times. With an open mind and creative methodologies, Native language communities, activists, scholars, and educators are working to integrate and inspire our heritage languages to continue into the 21st century and beyond. Finding new words with old sounds is intended as a means of both preserving language and helping people to learn it. How do heritage languages change to accommodate new things like computers, cell phones, and popular culture? Can ancestral sounds be translated to create new words?

EPISODE 50: Yoshiwara Soundwalk: Taking the Underground to the Floating World

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FEAT: Gretchen Jude

Join Gretchen Jude as she performs a soundwalk of the Yoshiwara district in Tokyo. Throughout this soundwalk, Jude offers her thoughts on the history, materiality, and culture of the Yoshiwara, Tokyo’s red-light district. An itinerary is provided below for the curious, as well as a translation of the Ume wa sati ka, intended to help orient listeners to the history of the Yoshiwara. What stories do the sounds of this district help to tell and can they help us to navigate its sordid history?

EPISODE 49: Sound and Sexuality in Video Games

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FEAT: Milena Droumeva and Aaron Trammell

This week’s podcast questions how identity is coded into the battle cries shouted by characters in video games. By exploring the tools that sound studies provides to understand the various dynamics of identity, this podcast aims to provoke a conversation about how identity is encoded within the design of games. The all too invisible intersection between sound, identity, and code reveals the ways that sound can help explain the interior logic of the games and other digital systems. Here, Milena Droumeva and Aaron Trammell discuss how femininity and sexuality have been coded within game sounds and consider the degree to which these repetitive and objectifying tropes can be resisted by players and designers alike.

EPISODE 48: Languages of Exile

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FEAT: David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin

With words stepping backwards from the wave of news coverage, attempting to retrace a moment or point in time, to go back where things began, to the innocuous genesis of a single deliberate decision, the resentment or, in some camps, the war crime, within the continuous ebb and flow. The stepping back breaks up the habit of our clear factual articulation – a clear factual articulation that, in its fact, becomes ignorable as it satisfies the need for fact and its pincer click of tiny precision. This articulation now carries other words, carries them forward from the reversal of the day’s date stamped so firmly and authoritatively on the facts, as if justification itself.

EPISODE 47: Finding the Lost Sounds of Kaibah

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FEAT: Marcella Ernest

In the early 1960s Native American women had few opportunities and rights as citizens. During this politically charged era, a young Navajo woman, Kay Bennett, or “Kaibah”, defied those restrictions by recording and releasing her own albums. Almost fifty years later, we present this conversation with Rachael Nez, a Navajo scholar and filmmaker, whose research explores “Songs from the Navajo Nation” through Kaibah’s records. Kaibah self-published her own albums until she was signed by Canyon records, wrote and published her own books, and traveled the world performing Navajo music everywhere from the Middle East to Europe. Rachael looks at how Kaibah’s music acts as a site for the circulation of Indigenous knowledge, oral history, and resistance.

EPISODE 46: Ruptures in the Soundscape of Disneyland

FEAT: Cynthia Wang and Aaron Trammell

In this podcast, Cynthia Wang shares examples taken from a soundwalk she performed at Disneyland. Disneyland has been an idealized space for the middle-class white American experience, and the aural signals and music used throughout the park encourage visitors to become cultural tourists and to share in this mindset. Here Cynthia considers the moments of rupture that disturb Disney’s controlled soundscape. Join us as we listen for a pathway out of the hyper-consumerist labyrinth of Disney.

EPISODE 45: Immersion and Synesthesia in Role-Playing Games

FEAT: Nick Mizer

In tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons players collaboratively and improvisationally create and explore imagined worlds primarily constructed through speech. In this episode Nicholas Mizer explores what it means to bring those imagined worlds into the shared space of play. Through interviews and recordings of games sessions with a dungeonmaster names Liz Larsen, he explores the importance of what Liz calls “color, song, and choice diction,” for kidnapping this reality with the imagined one. This podcast investigates the often sonic and synesthetic methods needed for conjuring these fantastic realities.

EPISODE 44: Keep on Pushing!

FEAT: The Sounding Out! Crew

This is how you cope with 2015!

EPISODE 43: Retail Soundscapes and the Ambience of Commerce

FEAT: James Hodges

While a long line of thinkers have identified the links between retail and modernity, surprisingly few have addressed the phenomena in auditory terms. Following up on Jonathan Sterne’s 1997 inquiry regarding environmental music in the Mall of America, this podcast examines new developments in ambient sound that have accompanied the rise of e-commerce and the decline of brick-and-mortar stores. Segmentation of markets, nostalgia for the past, and the early history of recording are all addressed, as we take a listening trip through consumer culture.

EPISODE 42: Listening in on Noisy Ghost ‘Our Madonnas Our Nobodies’

FEAT: Eleanor Russell, André Callot, Eric Wenzel

We are happy to share a podcast on nostalgia, performance, and sound. Please join host, Eleanor Russell (Northwestern University), as she guides us through through the popular sounds of the 1980s and compares her sonically-mediated memories to the lived perspectives of her co-hosts André Callot (Independent Artist) and Eric Wenzel (Roosevelt University). How do we remember urban space through sonic media, and is their a potential to queer our memories of the decade by revisiting our shared media ouvré? No matter where you stand on the issue, we recommend that if you enjoyed this week’s podcast you listen in on Eleanor’s other work exploring performance and sound at Noisy Ghost.

EPISODE 41: Sound Art as Public Art

FEAT: Salomé Voegelin

Here, Salomé Voegelin treats us to a multimedia re-sonification of the keynote she gave at 2014’s Invisible Places, Sounding Cities conference in Viseu, Portugal, “Sound Art as Public Art,” which revivified the idea of the “civic” as a social responsibility enacted through sound and listening. Available for download here as a podcast is an audio recording of the keynote as well as a transcription of its accompanying score. In this final entry of the series, Vogelin shares her insight about how sound can act as intervention, disruption, and resistance.

EPISODE 40: Linguicide, Indigenous Community and the Search for Lost Sounds

FEAT: Marcella Ernest

Here, Marcella Ernest wonders about the relationship between “lost sounds,” indigenous language, and personal experience. How did we come to lose the language in our own homes? How does this loss continue today? What is being done to “find lost sounds”? The conversation in this podcast is not about the science of linguists, it is not about history or the methods of linguistic preservation. Instead, it is a conversation about the experience of listening and trying to hear how we once were.

EPISODE 39: Soundwalking New Brunswick, NJ and Davis, CA

FEAT: Aaron Trammell

This is a comparison of two soundwalks performed by SO! Multimedia Editor Aaron Trammell in two different cities–New Brunswick, NJ and Davis, CA. In this podcast Aaron listens to his footsteps and considers the sonic interactions between individual and environment. Specifically, he considers how the artist must always contend with the degree to which they are audible in the soundwalks they record, thus marking a radical departure from visual modes of inquiry that render the research invisible. Let’s join Aaron as he walks us through two cities he loves.

EPISODE 38: Radio Frequencies, Radio Forms LIVE

FEAT: Monteith McCollum, Jennifer Stoever, and Daniel Santos

This podcast is an archival recording of “Radio Frequencies, Radio Forms LIVE,” a special program on WHRW, Binghamton University’s free-format radio station, broadcast on December 15, 2014 from 6:00-7:30.  Part original radio art broadcast and part “Behind the Artists’ Studio” conversation, “Radio Frequencies” represents the culmination of a semester-long experimental collaboration between Professor Jennifer Stoever (BU English) and Filmmaker, Sound Artist and Professor Monteith McCollum (BU Cinema) and the students of their advanced transdisciplinary seminar “Resonant Frequencies: Exploring Radio Forms.”

EPISODE 37: The Edison Soundwalk

FEAT: Frank Bridges

Join Media Frank Bridges as he takes a soundwalk around the premises of the Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park New Jersey. Bridges touches upon how the space tells a story of the dense contradictions witihin Edison’s work. He considers how the sounds of construction, museum tours, gramophones, ghosts, and more collect and collide in the history of the Thomas Edison Center.

EPISODE 36: Anne Zeitz and David Boureau’s “Retention”

FEAT: Anne Zeitz

 Sound artist Anne Zeitz dissects the theory behind her installation Retention. What are the sounds of capture, and how do the sounds produced in and around spaces of capture affect our bodies?

EPISODE 35: Sonic Beyoncé Roundtable

FEAT: Liana Silva, Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Kevin Allred, and Courtney Marshall

Aside from fanning themselves over Queen Bey’s style, the five of them talk about what drew them to Bey’s work, Beyoncé’s feminism, her status as a pop icon, the interplay between the visual and aural aspects of her work,how students react when they know Beyoncé’s on the syllabus, and more (yes, you will find out what their favorite Bey tracks are)!

EPISODE 34: Sonia Li’s “Whale”

FEAT: Sonia Li

Reflecting on Whale, an interactive, multichannel sound installation, this sound art piece documents how the installation came about. When designing Whale, Sonia Li used sound to communicate the often visceral emotions underlying her personal narrative.

EPISODE 33: #Flawless

FEAT: The Sounding Out! Crew

We woke up like this!

EPISODE 32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition

FEAT: Eric Leonardson, Monica Ryan, Tom Haigh, Sabine Breitsameter, Barry Truax

Listen in as Eric Leonardson and Monica Ryan celebrate World Listening Day 2014 by reflecting on the work of R. Murray Schafer and the World Soundscape Project. Interviewees Professor Sabine Breitsameter of Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany) and Professor Barry Truax of Simon Fraser University (Canada) discuss the impact of Schafer’s ideas and offer commentary on contemporary threads within the field of Acoustic Ecology. How does does Acoustic Ecology help us to think through today’s complex environments and how can listeners like you make a difference?

EPISODE 31: Game Audio Notes III: The Nature of Sound in Vessel

FEAT: Leonard J. Paul

Part of the goal of this series of podcasts has been to reveal the interesting and invisible labor practices which are involved in sound design. In this final entry of the Sound and Pleasure series, Leonard J. Paul breaks down his process in designing living sounds for the game Vessel. How does one design empathetic or aggressive sounds?

EPISODE 30: Game Audio Notes II: Hand Made Music in Retro City Rampage

FEAT: Leonard J. Paul

Who doesn’t like retrogames? This installment of the Sound and Pleasure  series reveals the technical and creative proficiencies involved with the composition of retro sound, and it. is. amazing!

EPISODE 29: Game Audio Notes I: Growing Sounds for Sim Cell

FEAT: Leonard J. Paul

In today’s installment of the Sound and Pleasure series, Leonard peels back the curtain of game audio design and reveals his creative process. For anyone curious as to what creative decisions lead to the bloops, bleeps, and ambient soundscapes of video games, this is essential listening.

EPISODE 28: Off the 60: A Mix-Tape Dedication to Los Angeles

FEAT: Jennifer Stoever

Off the 60 was initially commissioned as a sonic installation for the re:present L.A. Exhibition at East LA’s Vincent Price Museum from May 3 – July 27, 2012. re:present L.A. was curated by Museum Studies students at Claremont Graduate University (and coordinated by performance artist, scholar, and poet reina alejandra prado saldivar, who wrote about the experience for SO! in 2011). The exhibit sought “to explore, challenge, and depict the multiple representations of Los Angeles that responds to the present social landscapes of city” through both sight and sound.” Click these links for the exhibit’s virtual catalogue and list of participating artists. Both the liner notes and the track listing have been modified slightly from the original for publication here.

EPISODE 27: Interview with Jonathan Sterne

FEAT: Jonathan Sterne, Aaron Trammell

This podcast provokes Jonathan Sterne to jam on the history of Sound Studies, critique the soundscape, and talk about MP3s. That said, it was really just a way to talk about his super-cool music projects (really, check them out!). Aaron Trammell interviews Jonathan Sterne, and digs deep into the questions at the core of our discipline.

EPISODE 26: Wobbling the Speakerspace

FEAT: Justin Burton, Mike D’Errico, Christina Giacona

One last transmission from the Wobble Continuum series: a mix, for your listening pleasure. Mike D’Errico, Christina Giacona, and Justin Burton spent their posts wobbling along the continuum of production, consumption, and re-sounding of music that incorporates some dubstep techniques as well as the patriarchal, colonialist culture in which that music reverberates. This mix pieces together some of those same sounds, though it isn’t hemmed in by any one genre. Though there is some theory to be found in these songs, the main goal was to offer an enjoyable set of loud, fast music.

EPISODE 25: Interview with Aram Sinnreich, “The Piracy Crusade”

FEAT: Aram Sinnreich, Aaron Trammell

In this podcast Aaron Trammell interviews Aram Sinnreich about his new book, The Piracy Crusade. Here, Aram elaborates on the corporate construction of the term “piracy,” reviews the economics of the past twenty years of the music industry, and explains the legislation of piracy along the way.  At the heart of this discussion is the relationship between music and creativity, and, the question of how listening is regulated.

EPISODE 24: The Raitt Street Chronicles: A Survivor’s History

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FEAT: Sharon Sekhon, Manny Escamilla

Listen in as Kevin Cabrera, Nancy Charco, Monica Gonzalez, Jesus Lopez, Javier Morales, Marcus Medina Mendoza, Cynthia Zul, Jasmine Soto, Pablo Montoya, Alex Mendoza, Marilynn Montaño, Robert Salas, and Isabel Marin guide us through the soundscapes of Raitt Street, their neighborhood in Santa Ana. If you are interested in learning more about the Raitt Street Chronicles please listen to this interview with Manny Escamilla, the archivist for the Santa Ana History Room at the Santa Ana Public Library. Also, check out the Raitt Street Chronicles website where you can find narrated photojournals by the authors of this podcast.

EPISODE 23: War of the Worlds Revisited

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In case you missed our special “War of the Worlds” listening event, you can listen in again to the first part of our broadcast, featuring more than a dozen prominent radio historians, hosted by Brian Hanrahan (Cornell University), with critical reflections from Shawn VanCour (New York University), Kathleen Battles (Oakland University), and Alex Russo (Catholic University) [Part 1]; Brian Wall (SUNY Binghamton), Paul Heyer (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Tom McEnaney (Cornell University) [Part 2]; Kate Lacey (University at Sussex), Jason Loviglio (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Paul Heyer (Wilfrid Laurier University), Damien Keane (SUNY Buffallo), Josh Sheppard (The University of Wisconsin-Madison), and John Cheng (SUNY Binghamton) [Part 3]. Part one focuses on radio in the year 1938, part two focuses on Orson Welles, and part three focuses on the War of the Worlds broadcast itself, the media panics which ensued, and aftermath.

EPISODE 22: Remixing War of the Worlds

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Here is Sounding Out!‘s custom remix of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds. Here, Binghamton University professor, Monteith McCollum dazzles with a podcast that updates the original into an eerie piece of sound art.  Join Monteith as he and his Performative Processes class explore techniques of audio production nicked from the era of live radio theater. These analog techniques have been weaved into a remix of War of the Worlds guaranteed to send chills up your spine. So set the lights low, lock your door, and prepare for a podcast you won’t soon forget.

EPISODE 21: Jonathan Skinner at the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis

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Jonathan Skinner at The Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis.

FEAT: Jonathan Skinner

This podcast is a companion piece to our prior podcast Animal Transcriptions, Listening to the Lab of Ornithology. In this series of excerpts from Skinner’s three hour seminar at the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis, Skinner discusses the importance of sound studies scholarship to his work. Ecopoetics, soundscapes, animal communication, and the post-human are all discussed in this lively roundtable! Listen in as Skinner explains the practice of sound poetry, and the importance of Sound Studies to his methodology.

EPISODE 20: The Sound of Rio’s Favelas: Echoes of Social Inequality in an Olympic City

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A favela. Borrowed from Edward Bermudez @Flickr.

FEAT: Andrea Medrado, Maria dos Camelôs, Maurício Hora, Renata Souza

Join Andrea Medrado for a sound tour of Rio as she explores the nooks and crannies of the city’s favelas. Lingering ominously above the narrative is the sense of competition and gentrification which the Olympics will bring to the city itself. As the rivalry of sport comes to town, this podcast focuses on the many ways that the contours of sound have been engineered by the city to further isolate and pacify the city’s poorer residents. But, even as the Olympics churn sonic borders, Medrado keeps a keen ear to ground and points out moments of resistance, hope, and enchantment in the ‘marvelous city.’

EPISODE 19: Solid Gold Summer

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FEAT: The Sounding Out! Crew

Listen in to our our best blog-o-versary mix to date! No joke. Solid gold summer, baby!

EPISODE 18: Listening to the Tuned City of Brussels, Day 3: “Ephemeral Atmospheres”

Wiring the Tuned City.

Wiring the Tuned City.

FEAT: Felicity Ford, Valeria Merlini

In this series of podcasts, Felicity Ford (Great Britain) and Valeria Merlini (Italy) explore the sonorities of the city during the Tuned City Brussels festival.

On the final day, Sunday, June 29th, the festival focused on the ephemeral resonances and atmospheres that either catch our attention or pass unnoticed within the city. An attention to diverse notions of ambiance is the starting point for the festival’s concluding day in Haren, which is situated at the north-eastern edge of the Brussels Capital Region.

EPISODE 17: Listening to the Tuned City of Brussels, Day 2: “Situational Listening”

Brussels.

Brussels.

FEAT: Felicity Ford, Valeria Merlini

In this series of podcasts, Felicity Ford (Great Britain) and Valeria Merlini (Italy) explore the sonorities of the city during the Tuned City Brussels festival.

On Saturday, June 29th, the Tuned City festival focused on sonic methods for the artistic exploration of urban space, concentrating on the physical and psychological influences that shape the way we hear. The program consists of an interconnected series of site-specific sound walks, interventions, performances, installations and lectures.

EPISODE 16: Listening to the Tuned City of Brussels, Day 1: “Noise”

Valeria Merlini works some mix magic.

Valeria Merlini works some mix magic.

FEAT: Felicity Ford, Valeria Merlini

In this series of podcasts, Felicity Ford (Great Britain) and Valeria Merlini (Italy) explore the sonorities of the city during the Tuned City Brussels festival.

On Friday, June 28th (Day 1), the festival’s theme was noise. Noise is a notion that generates a multiplicity of meanings. It is highly subjective, complex and difficult to define. Here, Ford and Merlini navigate the vertical topography of the city, exploring the subterranean as well as outdoor reaches of a territory extending form the Gardens to the North Train Station.

EPISODE 15: Listening to the Tuned City of Brussels, The First Night

SO! Podcast Min-Series: Listening to The Tuned City of Brussels

FEAT: Felicity Ford and Valeria Merlini

In this series of podcasts, Felicity Ford (Great Britain) and Valeria Merlini (Italy) explore the sonorities of the city during the Tuned City Brussels festival.

This podcast focuses on the events hosted the first night of the Tuned City festival. Listen in as Ford and Merlini lead us through a montage of sounds hinting at the events to come.

EPISODE 14: Interview with Meme Librarian, Amanda Brennan

Amanda Brennan, meme researcher

Amanda Brennan, meme researcher

FEAT: Amanda Brennan, Aaron Trammell

Sounding Out! interviews Know Your Meme’s librarian, Amanda Brennan, as she discusses sound memes of all types. Learn more about the origins of ASMR and the scientific austerity of Wikipedia.

EPISODE 13: Sounding Shakespeare in S(e)oul

Brooke Carlson

Brooke Carlson

FEAT: Brooke Carlson

Listen in to Brooke Carlson as he hits the books and adapts Shakespeare through sound and performance in Seoul. Brooke encourages us to rethink the ways in which we approach the work of the bard as he transposes it into a wildly experimental context.

EPISODE 12: Animal Transcriptions, Listening to the Lab of Ornithology

The Lab of Ornithology

FEAT: Jonathan Skinner, Mike Webster, Greg Budney, Bill McQuay, Liz Rowland, Alexa Hilmer, Ann Warde, Mary Winston, Tim Gallagher, Liz Rowland, Ashakur Rahaman, Katy Payne, Laura Strickland, and Karl Fitzke

Adventure through the wilds of the archive with Jonathan Skinner as he interviews people involved in the capture of animal sounds. How does listening to animals help us question issues of environmental precarity? Listen in.

EPISODE 11: Recapping SoundBox Project #Tweetasound

Recapping SoundBox Project #Tweetasound

Recapping SoundBox Project #Tweetasound

FEAT: Darren Mueller, Mary Caton Lingold, and Whitney Trettien

Join the SoundBox team as they explain their amazing project #Tweetasound. Why isn’t Twitter an aural platform and is there a potential for social change within the platform’s ubiquity?

EPISODE 10: Interview with Theremin Master Eric Ross

Interview with Theremin Master Eric Ross

FEAT: Eric Ross and Aaron Trammell

Eric talks embodied listening as he talks about the art of the theremin. Join Sounding Out! as we learn what it means to listen from New York’s premier theremin guru!

EPISODE 9: Listening to São Paulo, Brazil

Listening to São Paulo, Brazil

FEAT: Leonardo Cardoso

Come join Leonardo Cardoso as he talks and listens to the sound politics of São Paulo, Brazil. Learn about the cities youth produce ad hoc spaces of listening in a non-stop game of cat and mouse with the city’s police.

EPISODE 8: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (The Awesomeness)!

Can't Stop Won't Stop (The Awesomeness)!

FEAT: The Sounding Out! Crew

We’re three! Listen in to to hear the songs of bards celebrating all the ways that Sounding Out! moves like a steamroller year after year.

EPISODE 7: Celebrate World Listening Day with the World Listening Project

Celebrate World Listening Day with the World Listening Project

FEAT: Eric Leonardon, Monica Ryan, and Tom Haigh

Meet the people behind World Listening Project as they discuss The World Listening Day and The World Soundscape Project. They’re retuning the world here at Sounding Out!

EPISODE 6: Spaces of Listening / The Record Shop

Spaces of Listening / The Record Shop

FEAT: Aaron Trammell, Benjamin Gold, Rebecca Berkowitz, Eric Lott, Quinn Bishop, Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Miranda Taylor, Damien Keane, and Andrew Leland

An aural collage of record store lovers, owners, DJs, and more, all talking about exactly what it is that makes the brick and mortar record shop so special. Do you hear your voice in the mix?

EPISODE 5: Sound and Spirit on the Highway

Sound and Spirit on the Highway

FEAT: David Greenberg

David walks Sounding Out! through the sounds and spaces of truck stop worship. What is the role of sound in nomad networks of trucker prayer?

EPISODE 4: Within a Grain of Sand

Within a Grain of Sand

FEAT: Maile Colbert, Jen Boyd, Eric Leonardon, and Rui Costa

Ever want to learn more about sound art? Travel the world with Sounding Out! and listen in to the art and thoughts of sound artists across the globe.

EPISODE 3: Awesome Sounds from a Future Boombox!

Awesome Sounds from a Future Boombox!

FEAT: The Sounding Out! Crew

Our second blog mix. Come celebrate Sounding Out!‘s second birthday and unwrap this aural gift! As the title alludes, we see this slamming on all the future boomboxes.

EPISODE 2: Building Intimate Performance Venues on the Internet

Building Intimate Performance Venues on the Internet

FEAT: Andreas Duus-Pape

Dr.Duus waxes philosophical about the authenticity and intimacy of podcasts. Consider the difference between reading and listening in this gem!

EPISODE 1: Peter DiCola at River Read Books

Peter DiCola at River Read Books

FEAT: Peter DiCola, Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Osvaldo Oyola, and Andreas Duus-Pape

Listen in as Peter DiCola breaks down the ways that copyright law put an end to the “Golden Age of Sampling,” and argues for copyright reform which might combat it. The samples must flow!

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4 responses to “Podcasts Episode Guide”

  1. Daniel Prieto (@deprieto) says :

    Dear Soundstudiers,

    I’m a faithful subscriber to your podcast, but I have something not so nice to say. The subjects in your podcast are always interesting, illustrative, and always give me material to think about. Still –don’t get me wrong, I like your podcast a lot–, the audio quality is awful, unfit for such a good podcast; the dynamics are inconsistent, the equalization does not favour the voices, there is so much room reverb and noises (taps in the recorder, or mike…) that distract the focus from the spoken word, not only in interviews, where some amount of noise is expected… I wouldn’t like to go on, it would be impolite and also I wouldn’t like to be misinterpreted.

    I know that the sonic world is complex, and a lot of people taught us to be open to it, but the podcast is a specific medium of communications that needs to fulfill certain sonic necessities arising from its listening conditions. Please, do something about it, it’s not **that** difficult.

    Love, and thanks for listening

    Like

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