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Craig Shank & George Drake Jr.
Everything Sounds is a podcast and short-form radio program exploring the role of sound in art, science, history, culture, and our everyday lives. Even silence has a sound.
Nov 5, 2019
Coming Soon: Fifth and Ludlow
A new podcast from Everything Sounds' George Drake, Jr. Coming December 2, 2019 In 2008, a family in Dayton, Ohio was remodeling an original bathroom of their 1927 house. During the process, they unearthed a letter and two envelopes in near perfect condition dating back over 90 years. The letter, from a man simply named "Will" is vague, secretive, and mysterious. The envelopes paint an even more confusing picture. Fifth and Ludlow tells the story of 1920s Dayton through the lens of the letter, and aims to expose the answers to the countless questions it raises.
Feb 18, 2016
58: TRAINS & Trains
Steam trains have been around for hundreds of years and devoted people with a lot of passion, patience, and strong work ethic are keeping the culture alive at volunteer-run organizations across the world. The Monticello Railway Museum in Illinois, and the Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers in England are two organizations doing their parts to help the culture make it through to the next generation.
Oct 8, 2015
57: Um, Uh, Er
When we stumble, misspeak, or fill our speech with um, er, and uh sounds, we are speaking with disfluencies. Michael Erard wrote a book on the subject called Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. Learn about what disfluencies are, their cultural perception, and why they may not be such a bad thing from Michael and Katie Gore of Speech IRL. Music in the episode was contributed by Podington Bear.
Feb 5, 2015
2014 Everything Sounds Audio Reel
A listen back to some of the stories we featured in 2014. Music: Podington Bear - "Frosted Glass" Thank you for listening, sharing, enjoying and taking part. It's been an incredible year. All our best, @georgedrakejr and @CraigShank Episodes featured (in order): https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/48-from-here-to-ear https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/51-zappa-dummy https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/54-shapenote https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/49-mad-genius https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/46-dr-blankenstein https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/55-restaurant-sound-design https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/45-sounds-of-skateboarding https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/50-jukebox-collector
Dec 15, 2014
56: Marvin The Greeter
The sounds of a commute are the soundtrack to a morning. It could be car horns while stuck in traffic, the screeching of the train skidding along a curve, or in this case, a man named Marvin. Marvin goes to the same spot each morning. It doesn't matter what the weather's like or what day it is, he's there trying to make people's days better, by doing something that makes him feel better, too. He's a part of the soundtrack to people's commutes and he sees the commuters as his friends and family. Music in this episode by Podington Bear (http://podingtonbear.com)
Oct 2, 2014
55: Restaurant Sound Design
In the 2013 Zagat Dining Trends Survey, diners shared information about their tipping habits, favorite cuisines, and even their top complaints about restaurants. Not surprisingly, high prices, poor service, and crowded restaurants were some of the biggest gripes, but the number one complaint was noise. How much of the sound is there by design and how can restaurant owners use sound to make dining out a more pleasant (and less noisy) experience? Clark Wolf has consulted to restaurants, hotels, and just about every type of venue where people gather to enjoy food. Part of his job is to think about the ways in which sound can be used to enhance dining experiences. Learn more about the best and the worst of sound and music in restaurants with Clark Wolf on this episode of Everything Sounds.
Sep 4, 2014
Shapenote singing is a tradition developed in the late 1700's and early 1800's that helped everyday people sing music even if they couldn't sight-read standard musical notation. Shapenote and the Sacred Harp songbook are still allowing people to share a musical experience until this day. Learn more about this tradition from Anne Heider, Robert from the Chicago Shapenote Singers, and Ruth Reveal. You can learn more about Shapenote, the Sacred Harp, and find singings in your area at http://fasola.org. Also, thanks to Kate Lumpkin for her help with this episodes.
Jul 10, 2014
53: The Black Country
Individuals can share a common language, but it can sound different due to accents and regional dialects. In some cases, there are profound differences between areas that are in close proximity to one another. The Black Country, an area of the West Midlands in England, is known for a unique dialect that can be difficult for modern English speakers to clearly understand. In this episode, Alex Adey shares stories of the history and torchbearers of the Black Country dialect. More from Alex Adey: https://soundcloud.com/alexmadey The Black Country Museum: http://www.bclm.co.uk
Jun 26, 2014
Jack Chuter's interest in experimental sounds began with a trip to his local record store. He listened to a Sunn O))) record at a listening station and went away completely bewildered by the experience. The music stuck with him and over time helped change his approach to listening and music criticism. Jack founded ATTN:Magazine to explore music from a standpoint of curiosity and discovery. Download the compilation at: https://archive.org/details/livingvoid-flac
Jun 12, 2014
51: Zappa Dummy
NPR's Protojournalist published a list of 6 odd college courses in America. On the list is a course on the music of Frank Zappa. The course was developed by Andy Hollinden at Indiana University. Holliden's interest in Zappa first manifested itself while he was in high school. Beyond listening to the music and poring over linear notes, Andy constructed a dummy of Frank Zappa that would later provide him with more insight and memories than he had ever imagined.
Mar 20, 2014
50: Jukebox Collector
Jukeboxes have fallen out of favor as time and technology marches on, but they still serve as reminders of a different time with respects to music and culture. Berry Bell shares information about jukeboxes and walks us through his collection on this week's show. Put a few quarters in the machine and listen to learn more about the "jutebox" confusion, the Gullah roots of the machine's nickname, and how jukeboxes changed radio programming forever. Find photos of Berry's collection at: http://www.everythingsounds.org/50/
Mar 6, 2014
49: Mad Genius
It's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain anonymity in our technological culture, but some secrecy and mythology can still be achieved not in spite of, but because of those advances. @mad_genius is a collective of audiovisual experimenters that twist the sounds of our everyday or collective experiences into musical moments that encapsulate a time, place, person, or event. The elusive "Magnus Genioso" will introduce you to the collective and even offer you a special invitation.
Feb 20, 2014
48: From Here To Ear
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusettes opened in 1799 and has been exploring the intersections of art, culture, and technology across various disciplines over its tenure as one of the longest continuously operating museums in the United States. The French artist and composer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, created an exhibition that is right at home at the PEM. "From here to Ear" is a composition that utilizes space, sounds, and 70 zebra finches interacting with their surroundings. Learn more about this unique sonic art experimentation from from Céleste himself andTrevor Smith, the Curator of the Present Tense at the PEM.
Feb 6, 2014
47: The Heartbeat
The Tell-Tale Heart, one of Edgar Allan Poe's best known works, was written in 1842. The tale of madness involves a number of senses, but comes to a dramatic climax with a single sound -- a heart beating beneath the floor. George adapted the story into a radio drama, The Heartbeat, which was then produced by @auburnuniversitytheatre's Radio Flyer Theatre. Enjoy this modern re-imagining of the classic story on this episode! You can hear the entire version from @scottkwaters here: https://soundcloud.com/scottkwaters/radio-flyer-theatre-heartbeat The Heartbeat was directed by Anna Claire Walker. It was produced by Taylor Dyleski, Kelly Walker as well as additional production, sound design and audio engineering from Scott Waters for Auburn University's Radio Flyer Theatre. It was adapted by @georgedrakejr Also, find out more about Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum Website: http://www.poemuseum.org/ If you haven’t read the original prose of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe…
Jan 24, 2014
46: Dr. Blankenstein
Drew Blanke was fascinated with sci-fi, music, and electronics growing up. Over time, he began wiring circuits, performing techno, and building his own marketing company. He eventually left the New York rave scene, sold his marketing business, and began looking for his next project. After adding a color-changing LED to a computer mouse, Dr. Blankenstein was born. Drew has since been drawing upon a lifetime of his interests and experiences to build a company specializing in custom synthesizers and effects. Learn more about Drew and the birth of Dr. Blankenstein in this episode.
Jan 9, 2014
45: Sounds of Skateboarding
Skateboarding is an extremely visual activity for participants and spectators. However, the rhythm and sounds created through skateboarding are extremely important to the sport. A music producer called "Wasaaga" and his friend Brad decided to record the sounds of skateboarding and use them to create music that utilized their recordings of skateboarding sounds.
Dec 19, 2013
44: Sounds of IU
Sounds can help to define places and times in our lives. George and Craig graduated from Indiana University in 2009 and have distinct memories about campus life in Bloomington, Indiana. IU is where their interest in sound and radio developed, so they decided to enlist the help of Norbert Herber's class to share their current college experiences through sound. The results capture a place that is familiar, but evolving for former residents and representative of the spirit of the University for those who still call it home.
Dec 9, 2013
2013 Everything Sounds Audio Reel
As we approach the end of 2013 we wanted to take a moment and listen back to the past year. It's been a good one. We joined up with @muleradio, entered Season 3, celebrated 100k and 200k followers on SoundCloud, made radio with @herebemonsters, @youre-us, The Memory Palace, @maxowens and @simonjohnnewton and never forgot the importance of sound. A special thanks to @lee-sparey for allowing us to remix and use his song 'Electrode.' Listen to the original version here: https://soundcloud.com/lee-sparey/electrode Thank you for listening, sharing, enjoying and taking part. It's been an incredible year. Have a happy, fun and healthy end to 2013 and we'll see you on the other side. All our best, @georgedrakejr and @CraigShank Episodes featured (in order): https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/19-sound-chambers https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/13-the-sounds-of-east-london https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/22-audium https://soundcloud.com/everythingsounds/32-52-hz https://so…
Dec 5, 2013
43: The Legacy of Spence Broughton
When people pass on, their memories remain through the stories we tell. Over time, many of those stories can be forgotten or lost to time. However, sometimes those legacies can be revived. In this case, the legacy of Spence Broughton was revived many generations later through music and poetry. @simonjohnnewton shares his family's remembrance of a convicted criminal and the folklore created over the generations since his death.
Nov 14, 2013
42: Piano Across America
In nearly every city and town, you can find street performers playing music as others go about their day. However, it's not often that you see street performers playing full-sized upright pianos. Dotan Negrin took his desire for adventure and dissatisfaction with his acting pursuits and turned it into a nationwide street performance project called "Piano Across America." Listen to learn more about Dotan's struggles, successes, location selection process, and his traveling partner, Brando.
Oct 31, 2013
41: Sounds from The Memory Palace
The Memory Palace is produced by Nate DiMeo and features historical narratives that are touching, humorous, and intriguing. In this episode, we share some stories from The Memory Palace focus on sound in some way. You can find the original pieces below: http://thememorypalace.us/2013/09/the-rush-of-the-river-and-the-roar-of-the-falls/ http://thememorypalace.us/2009/06/episode-12-these-words-forever http://thememorypalace.us/2013/07/o-how-we-danced/ http://thememorypalace.us/2009/07/episode-16-secret-kitty http://thememorypalace.us/2012/07/heard-once-2/
Oct 10, 2013
Sounding Out Guest Podcast
We wrote and recorded a guest post for Sounding Out for World Listening Month in July of 2013. You can see the post here: http://soundstudiesblog.com/2013/07/22/we-wanted-to-tell-stories-about-sound/
Sep 26, 2013
40: London Parakeets
The soundscapes of cities are always changing and London is no exception. Human-produced sounds usually push the sounds of nature into the background, but the shrill calls of parakeets have been increasingly cutting through the noise in the London suburbs over the years. How these exotic birds arrived in England is still a mystery, but they have flourished in their new home. Learn more about how these birds have been a blessing and a burden in the lives of Londoners with the help of Everything Sounds contributor, @MaxOwens, and Tim Webb from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. More at: http://www.everythingsounds.org/40/
Sep 19, 2013
39: NYC Foresight
Daniel Goddemeyer and Chris Woebken attended the Royal College of Arts in London, but didn't meet until they moved to New York City. After exchanging messages online, they discovered that they both shared an interest in technology and the way it shapes our world. New York City debuted its "Digital Roadmap" in 2012, which led Daniel and Chris to consider the implications of living in a hyper-connected city. They were inspired to form the Office for Hypothetical Futures as a way to explore ideas about technology in urban spaces. From there, NYC Foresight was created to act as a fictional department of the city of New York that tries to address the issues that come about from technology, data collection, and digital noise. Find out more about NYC Foresight and the "Digital Serenity Initiative" in this week's show.
Sep 19, 2013
33: $100 Guitar Project
In 2010, Nick Didkovsky’s friend, Chuck O’Meara, sent him an email with a cryptic subject line. The email had a small picture of an unbranded red guitar that had a price tag of $100. They joked about splitting up the cost amongst friends and letting everyone use it to record their own projects. Before they owned the guitar the word spread and they had dozens of people committed to the idea of recording with it. Find out how this inexpensive guitar went from being a joke to traveling the world with the $100 Guitar Project. Correction: In this piece we refer to Greg Anderson’s song as “Bale Wagon Blues.” The title is simply, “Bale Wagon.” We regret the error.
Sep 19, 2013
31: Not In The Kitchen Anymore
Jenny Haniver has been a gamer as long as she can remember. When she and her husband bought an XBOX 360 they began to dive into the world of online gaming. While she was playing, Jenny began noticing other gamers’ reactions to her. She began recording those interactions and used them for an art installation and eventually for her website, Not in the Kitchen Anymore. Learn about how these recordings of online gaming are opening up a discussion on gender issues in the gaming community. As we noted in the episode, “Jenny Haniver” is a pseudonym. That was the name given to an airship in the Mortal Engines Quartet book series by Phillip Reeve. Jenny Hanivers also refer to dried out skates or rays that sailors would try to make into mermaids or other forms and sell to other sailors and tourists.
Sep 19, 2013
30: The Silent Age
Over the years, sound effects and music have been used to make video game experiences more memorable or immersive. Smart phones and mobile technologies have allowed developers to further explore the role of sound in their games. One recent release from House on Fire titled The Silent Age allows players to lead their character on a time-traveling journey where sound creates an unusual and eerie atmosphere. Learn more about the game in this episode with Nevin Eronde and Thomas Ryder.
Sep 19, 2013
29: Loog Guitars
Rafael Atijas grew up with a passion for music. When he decided to begin playing an instrument he settled on an instrument that was easier for him to learn. While he was at NYU, Rafael developed an idea for a new guitar to help making learning music less intimidating for young players. Learn more about Loog guitars and some of the challenges faced in the early development of the company.
Sep 18, 2013
27: The People's Choice
A neuroscientist who goes by “Dave Soldier” when he’s not in the lab has a diverse musical background. He’s had a role in assembling the Thai Elephant Orchestra and making music with the Kropotkins along with countless other projects. One of Dave’s most unique projects, “The People’s Choice Music,” was inspired by a duo of Russian conceptual artists, Komar and Melamid. In this satirical survey, Dave gathered information on what elements could help him write the most wanted and unwanted songs.
Sep 18, 2013
26: Gennett Records
The early recorded history of jazz, blues, and country music in America usually isn’t associated with a place like Richmond, Indiana. However, for a brief period early in the 20th century the Gennett record label based in Richmond recorded music from artists such as Gene Autry, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Hoagy Carmichael. Learn about the history of the label from Rick Kennedy, the author of Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy. Music featured: Charley Patton – Down the Dirt Road Blues Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts – Deer Walk Bix Beiderbecke – Davenport Blues William Harris – Bullfrog Blues Hoagy Carmichael & Pals – Stardust King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – Chimes Blues Jelly Roll Morton – King Porter Stomp Scrapper Blackwell – Blue Day Blues Recommended: Blind Lemon Jefferson – Mosquito Moan Charley Patton – Spoonful Blues New Orleans Rhythm Kings – Mr. Jelly Lord Fletcher Henderson – Honey Bunch Marion McKay – Hootenanny Sounds Used (freesound.org):…
Sep 18, 2013
25: Packard Campus
Cold War tensions led to the creation of a Federal Reserve bunker inside of Mount Pony in Culpepper, VA in 1969. The bunker stored cash and currency that could help restart the United States economy in the event of a catastrophic incident. Such an incident never occurred and the location remained largely unused through the the 90′s. The location has since turned into the home of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. Learn about lost films, the National Jukebox, IRENE, how big a petabyte is, and much more on a tour of the facility featuring Gene DeAnna and Matthew Barton.
Sep 18, 2013
24: Tom Bills: Guitar Maker
After investigating The Sounds of Making in East London, we were inspired to undertake a project of our own. Tom Bills creates custom guitars in his basement shop near St. Louis. Hear the sounds of the guitar-making process as well as stories of his most famous client, his family’s woodworking legacy, and the mighty Gorlok.
Sep 18, 2013
23: The Great Animal Orchestra
Bernie Krause grew up loving music and fearing the natural world. Following his influential career in music and composition, Krause decided to leave it behind and devote his efforts to studying the sounds of the natural world as a bioacoustician. Through his research, recordings, and his book, The Great Animal Orchestra, Krause is trying to raise awareness about how natural soundscapes have influenced our lives and how our actions can impact habitats all over the world. This episode makes use of the following audio from FreeSound.org: ‘bird tweet.aif’ by tigersound, ‘Frogs’ by lepolainyann, ‘crickets.wav’ by Christoff45, ‘Forest Ambience Danish.wav’ by gim-audio, ‘BatWalk.wav’ by acclivity, ‘robin2.wav’ by reinsamba, ‘bus.aif’ by nextmaking, ‘Helicopter Landing’ by Mings, ‘Jet004.wav’ by weebrain, ‘AMB_Siren_Police_Pass_003.wav’ by conleec, ‘buttons02.wav’ by FreqMan Featured Music: The Chemical Brothers – “The Salmon Dance” from We…
Sep 18, 2013
Stan Shaff has been interested in the relationship between sound and space for well over 50 years. His Audium installation in San Francisco is an ever-changing sound art project that involves a control console forged from dozens of pages of schematics and a dome-shaped room with speakers placed everywhere from floor to ceiling. Find out more about the Audium experience and its development in this episode.
Sep 18, 2013
21: Nick Zammuto
The Beatles released their album, Rubber Soul, in 1965. This album includes a track titled “In My Life” that features an instrumental bridge created through a clever production trick by George Martin. A similar technique was utilized nearly four decades later by The Books on their album, The Lemon of Pink. The Books were known for making use of sounds and audio samples that aren’t typically heard in music. The Books disbanded in 2012, but Nick Zammuto is continuing to find creative approaches for organizing sound with his new band, Zammuto. George's Books Collection George’s Books Collection Learn about Nick’s decision to leave the world of chemistry to focus on creative uses of sound in this conversation recorded before a recent performance in Evanston, Illinois.
Sep 18, 2013
20: Voicemail Memories
In 2005 Frank Warren began his confession-by-mail postcard project titled Postsecret. Since then, projects involving the sharing of memories have become more widespread. However, Olga Nunes has taken the sharing of memories into the sonic realm with her “This is a Memory of…” project. Following her love-letter scavenger hunt in San Francisco, “Love Letters from the Sky,” Olga prompted callers with a question and they respond with their unfiltered and unedited stories that can be funny, sad, happy. and heartwarming. You can hear the voicemails on the This is a Memory of Soundcloud page. Music Featured Language of Kings – “Deconstructing the Fauna” from Bent
Sep 18, 2013
19: Sound Chambers
For years George had been obsessed with the stories of two sound chambers on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. Known as ‘acoustic test chambers’ around the campus, the two rooms (at least in George’s case) have been shrouded in mystery, rumor and intrigue. Recently included as part of the IU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, what are actually called the anechoic and echoic test chambers are now being used for sound localization research. On this week’s show, find out the history and debunk the rumors of these chambers, while experiencing two of the most unnatural sounding rooms on earth. Note: When the episode was originally published, we incorrectly stated that the chambers were built in the 1970′s. The chambers were built in the 1950′s and the episode has since been corrected. We regret the error.
Sep 18, 2013
While Stephan Crasneanscki was working towards his Ph.D, he found that museum guides were lacking personality and feeling. He set out to create his own audio tours that were designed to have the listener discover the story of a location while getting lost in it. From there, Soundwalk Collective was born. Now, Stephan travels the world with his collaborators to use sounds to bring attention to the experiences and people that may normally go avoided or unnoticed. This episode uses these sound effects from freesound.org: ‘trail_footsteps_1_0725_102951.wav’ by Ephemeral_Rift, ‘Car Door Shut.wav’ by jpkweli, ’morning_birds’ by morgantj, ‘wind in the trees’ by cajo, ‘16.12.2011.013.wav’ by deathicated, ‘crowds in yard.wav’ by cognito perceptu, ‘running leafy area loop.wav’ and ‘running gravel or dry leaves loop.wav’ by bevangoldswain, ‘small_person_animal(s)_in_leaves.wav’ by superEGsonic, ‘KidsAtPlayground.wav’ by gynation
Sep 18, 2013
17: Most Relaxing Song
Music can do a number of things, but can it help tortoises reproduce? The answer is no, but music can help us to relax and unwind. Researchers took the relaxation a step further by trying to create the most relaxing song in the world. The song was the result of the initiative of Radox, Mindlab, Lyz Cooper from The British Academy of Sound Therapy, and Marconi Union. How does their creation, titled, “Weightless,” compare to tea, massages, or a leisurely walk on the relaxation scale? Find out on this week’s show as @MaxOwens helps us learn about the art and science of music used for relaxation.
Sep 18, 2013
16: Song Swap
In 1857 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was granted a patent for an invention he called the “Phonautograph.” The contraption was the first to capture sounds, but it did not have a mechanism to play them back. These sounds were locked away until 2008 when researchers found a way to recreate them through modern technology. Brooklyn Around the time that those sounds were being revived, the decision was made to intentionally make the recording of a song as rare and unique as recordings once were. Alec Duffy, from Hoi Polloi and Jack, won the rights to a previously unheard Sufjan Stevens song in a Christmas contest. Rather than release the song on a wide scale, Alec devised a plan to make every time the song is heard a truly unique experience. Learn about the phonautograph and why Alec usually keeps his song locked away in his Brooklyn home. Phonautograph recordings for the episode are from FirstSounds.com. Music Featured Alec Duffy – “Everyday is Christmas” Sufjan Steven…
Sep 18, 2013
15: Music & Memory
Nearly everyone has strong emotional connections to music. Music can remind us of our past and affect our mood. Dan Cohen of Music and Memory realized that our relationship to music might improve the quality of life for the elderly in health care facilities. Music and Memory has provided personalized listening that has benefitted patients, families, and health care providers. Learn more about their efforts and some examples of the results in this week’s episode. If you have an old iPod that you would like to donate or want to find out more, visit the Music and Memory website.
Sep 18, 2013
14: Bicycle Sounds
Rube Goldberg machines are unnecessarily complex contraptions that are assembled to perform simple tasks. Rube Goldberg machines were part of the inspiration for a video art piece by Stephen Meierding titled “Bicycle Sounds.” Find out how Stephen went from pursuing chemical engineering to assembling the video in his Brooklyn basement.
Sep 18, 2013
13: The Sounds of East London
Dominic WIlcox is an established artist in London, England. His work ranges from sculpture, clothing design, drawings and more recently a vinyl record. The ‘Sounds of Making in East London’ is a commissioned work by Dominic after he was asked to create a ‘souvenir of East London.’ Instead of taking a traditional route, he went around to the ‘makers’ of the East end and recorded them on the job. The resulting work is a tribute to the overlooked and forgotten jobs of England. This episode uses these sound effects from freesound.org: ‘air-raid’ by blaukreuz, ’Marines in Firefight Gunbattle (Raw audio)’ by qubodup, ’BellChurch’ by mich3d, ’morning_birds’ by morgantj, ’20120715_ourense.bell.01′ by dobroide, ’thsha1_binaural_church_bell_20060528_1′ by thsha1, ’01112 church bells 3′ by Robinhood76, ’Sirmione – Kirchenläuten’ by aarom
Sep 18, 2013
12: Playground Sounds
Laughter and singing help us pass the time and connect to others. Telling jokes and making music can also aid in our socialization and development as well as alleviating our anxieties. Find out about the jokes cycles and playground songs that help children cope with their world and learn how to operate in the world at large. We’re joined by Fernando Orejuela from Indiana University in our exploration of the sounds of the playground.
Sep 18, 2013
11: Microphone Museum
Bob Paquette has been collecting microphones for over six decades. His collection resides in his microphone museum that resides in the building that houses his family business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bob shared his knowledge of microphones and audio technology as well as anecdotes about the ill-fated Turner “Colortone” microphones, performers’ fears about using early microphones, and how portions of his collection ended up in the hands of a famous director. For more on microphones, you can check out Bob’s book, The History and Evolution of the Microphone.
Sep 18, 2013
10.5: Cellestaphone (Half-isode)
In a previous episode, we visited the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis. We shared the story behind Clair Omar Musser’s celestaphone, which is an instrument made entirely of meteorites. Matthew Altizer, The Percussive Arts Society, and Rhythm! Discovery Center wanted to share a recording of the instrument since it is one-of-a-kind and unlikely to be played again. Enjoy the sounds of Clair Omar Musser’s celestaphone and visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis to see it in person!
Sep 18, 2013
10: Rhythm Discovery
In downtown Indianapolis, there is an interactive museum where you’re free to hit, scrape, and strike just about anything you can see. The Rhythm! Discovery Center is an excellent resource for education for anyone with an interest in sound. Matthew Altizer joins us to explore this unique percussion museum that was conceived by the Percussive Arts Society. Find out about unique items in their collection including a World War II-era Ludwig “Victory” drum set, Clair Omar Musser’s one-of-a-kind Celestaphone, and giant wind chimes.
Sep 18, 2013
09: Babble Machine
Aleks Kolkowski is an accomplished musician and sound artist. He is the Sound Artist in Residence at the Science Museum of London. His recent installation, known as Babble Machine, takes its name from a fictional device referenced in The H.G. Wells novel, The Sleeper Awakes, and was made in collaboration with radio researcher Alison Hess and poet and historian Katy Price. We’ll walk you through the installation as it eerily blends sounds of the past and present. NOTE: The Babble Machine exhibit is now closed.
Sep 18, 2013
08: Gold Mines & Gumboots
Craig and Betty Sibongile Dlamini from Indiana University explore the role of language, music, and dance in southern African mines and the positivity that emerged from hardships endured by miners. The history and origins of South African gumboot dancing are explained in this week’s episode. Audio examples in this week’s show are from a recording by Stephen Bess of LeSole’s Dance Project and UMOJA: The Spirit of Togetherness.
Sep 18, 2013
07: Music Restoration
Not every song can be a chart-topper. There is a Chicago-based record label that strives to archive and release music that was largely ignored in its own time. The Numero Group has generated a catalog of neglected music across many genres. Ken Shipley explains the origins, mission, and vision of The Numero Group. Music featured (courtesy of The Numero Group): Bill Moss – Sock it to ‘em Soul Brother (Instrumental) from Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label Jackie Stoudemire – Invisible Wind (Instrumental) from Don’t Stop: Recording Tap Syl Johnson – Is it because I’m Black? (Instrumental) from Light: On the South Side The Tap Orchestra – Don’t Stop Dancin’ from Don’t Stop: Recording Tap Antena – Sissexa from Camino Del Sol The Majestic Arrows – I’ll Never Cry for Another Boy from Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label Our Numero Recommendations: Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up Good God: A Gospel Funk Hymnal Eccentric Soul: Twinight’…
Sep 18, 2013
06: Sound Extinction
Craig and George challenge themselves to make a dark subject lighter. They each tackle a separate story involving “death” and technology. They explore The Museum of Endangered Sounds and an app inspired by a power-deficient toy. Music: Norbert Herber “Two,” “One” and “Eight” from I am Ai, We are Ai. Bandai installation
Sep 18, 2013
We often hear instruments, but we don’t get to experience their full range of sounds. Craig and George spoke with Alex Inglizian and Lou Mallozzi of the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago about a unique sound Installation that is a part of their Florasonic series. Find out more about Michael Thieke‘s, “Holzmusick,” and the Experimental Sound Studio in this week’s episode. Music Featured: Fumosonic – “After the Gold Rush” Fumosonic – ”44 Raincoats”
Sep 18, 2013
04: Thankful For Sound
In honor of Thanksgiving, Craig, George, and a number of their guests share why they are thankful for sounds. Enjoy the holidays and join us in reflecting on the sounds in our lives. Music featured: Language of Kings – “Deconstructing the Fauna” from Bent
Sep 18, 2013
03: Walk With Your Ears
Craig recently visited the Indianapolis Art Center to find out more about the ArtsPark and how their Sensory Path plays with senses and expectations. Patrick Flaherty and Ben Shine from the IAC help illuminate this unique use of sound in the environment. Music Featured: Eric Radoux – “Downstairs” from Do I Refuse and “Credit” from Credit
Sep 18, 2013
02: Foley Follies
You might not know what foley is, but you know what it sounds like. Craig and George take on an assignment from a former sound designer and foley artist, Scotty Iseri, and give you a glimpse into what it takes to be a foley artist. Music featured: Language of Kings – “Uprooting the Flora” from Bent, “Riley Ann Helms” from Heavy Hands and “Cry It Out, Hun” from Heavy Hands.
Sep 18, 2013
01: The Tide and the Seay
Art is often associated with the realm of vision. This week, Everything Sounds explores sound’s role in art with Jesse Seay‘s “Mechanical Tide.” Music featured: Met City- “Vienna Burns,” “Straight From Arden,” and “Mother Goose” from Stockholm Fancy (Due 2013)
Sep 18, 2013
00: An Introduction
Craig Shank and George Drake Jr. offer their introduction to Everything Sounds. You’ll learn about the aims of the show while experiencing no-so-silent silence, Craig’s interpretation of Miles Davis, and one of George’s favorite childhood sounds. Music featured: Miles Davis – “So What” from Kind of Blue
Sep 5, 2013
38: Musician's Building
In the early 1900's a painter named Henry Ward Ranger selected a block of West 67th Street in New York to establish a building with studio apartments with ample space and good natural light where artists could work and live comfortably. Over time, this block, located between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, became a hub for artists and creative types. The block was built up over a period of thirty years and most of the buildings maintained architectural consistency with Ranger's original apartments. Between 1916 and 1917, the architectural team known as Shape & Brady led the effort to complete the eight-story building at 50 West 67th Street. This building has since been dubbed, "The Musician's Building" due to its 60 soundproof apartments that were each large enough to accommodate a grand piano. Learn more about the historic West 67th Street Artists' Colony, the Musician's Building, and a neighborhood controversy involving ABC with former New York Times writer and current editorial di…
Aug 28, 2013
37: Soundings: A Contemporary Score
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is presenting their first group exhibition highlighting sound art from August 2013 through November 2013. Soundings: A Contemporary Score highlights the work of 16 artists from around the world that combine elements of art, architecture, science, music, technology, and numerous other disciplines. Learn more about how the exhibit developed and some of the pieces on this week's show featuring Barbara London, the Associate Curator of Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA.
Aug 22, 2013
36: Bambaataa's Open Archive
A teenager grew up in the Bronx in the 70's when violence, drugs, and poverty were rampant. He was swept up in the gang lifestyle until he went on life-changing trip to Africa for winning an essay contest. He adopted a new name, Afrika Bambaataa, and devoted himself to encouraging peace and positivity through hip hop music and culture. Nearly forty years later, his enormous record collection was briefly on public display in an "Open Archive" before landing in the Cornell University Hip Hop collection. Learn more about Bambaataa's influence on hip hop culture and the open archiving process in this week's show.
Aug 18, 2013
EVERYTHING SOUNDS Kitty
Dennis and Andy were in Charleston, South Carolina in 1972 when they decided to meet up with a guy named Kitty.
Aug 15, 2013
35: The Grand Guitar
WOPI in Bristol, Tennessee has been broadcasting since 1929. It plays a critical role in the region and it now resides in a giant, three-story guitar. That's only part of story. The building and station are tied to a man named Joe Morrell. Joe Morrell, a musician in Curly King and the Tennessee Hilltoppers, made Guitars for bluegrass players on The Crooked Road, or Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Emile Klein of You're U.S. shares the story of a man who helped cement Bristol's title of "The Birthplace of Country Music." and whose contributions are still supporting the region's rich musical heritage today. Special thanks to Emile Klein from @Youre-US for his help with this episode.
Aug 1, 2013
34: Recalling 1993
Recalling 1993 was a project by an agency called Droga5 to supplement the NYC 1993 exhibit at the New Museum in 2013. The idea was simple: Pick up a phone, dial a special number, and get connected to a story from the neighborhood you were standing in from 1993. Find out how New York has changed in twenty years and how this project was coordinated with Ray Del Savio.
Jul 18, 2013
32: 52 Hz
52 Hz is the name given to a mysterious whale that vocalizes at a different frequency than other whales. Some refer to him as "The World's Loneliest Whale," but other scientists aren't convinced that its unique call has left the whale isolated at all. Subscribe & Download: http://www.everythingsounds.org
Jun 13, 2013
28: Early Electronic Music
Electronic music is often viewed as a musical genre that stands separate from other genres. However, since the invention of the Telharmonium, electronic instruments have been integrated into various styles of music as well as our lives in general. Learn about the early development of electronic music with Thom Holmes, as he explains his collection of electronic music that spans from 1930 – 1985, electronic instruments, tape composition, and Motown’s neglected Moog synthesizer. Subscibe & Download: http://www.everythingsounds.org