Michael Raphael's career in sound started at a young age banging on percussion instruments. These days he spends significant amounts of time recording people banging on things for a small sound effects business he runs on the side. When he is not doing that he is either riding his bicycle or working on Only Human.
Abigail Washburn is a leading light of the Americana music scene. But she was on her way to study international law and practice in Beijing when a record by Doc Watson convinced her to pick up the banjo instead.
“Larger-than-life” doesn’t do justice to performer Sandra Bernhard. She can be cartoonishly tough and irreverent, but also intensely sincere. Her breakout role came in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), in which she plays an obsessed fan who helps kidnap the talk show host ...
Studio 360 has been asking artists what music they listen to on the road. Singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia turns to Huun-Huur-Tu, a group of throat-singing musicians from Siberia. She says their song "Oske Cherde" helps her feel solitary and free, even on an overcrowded tour ...
Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Tim Munro plays flute for the classical sextet Eighth Blackbird. When the chaos of constant travel starts to take its toll, he turns to
The songwriter Lee Hazlewood just released his last album, Cake or Death. Hazlewood has had many ups and downs in his half-century career, and lately his music has become popular with rock musicians young enough to be his grandkids. Produced by Michael Raphael.
The Danielson Famile regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York's Knitting Factory, but they're not your average rock band. They've built quite a following among Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.
Almost all of us, given the opportunity, indulge the eavesdropping urge, especially when overhearing cell phone conversations. The sound artist known as "Scanner" has been incorporating the frequency band of cell phones in his work since the early 1990s. Produced by Michael Raphael.
When Musician Miya Masaoka tours she often sits in her hotel room for hours, watching her musical collaborators interact. Her collaborators are Madagascar hissing cockroaches. She has another composition that she performs with a chorus of bees. Produced by Michael Raphael.
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