Leave a Message at the Beep (Special Podcast)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(!) on this New Sounds program. Hear Irish composer Roger Doyle’s “Memento Mori,” composed around intimate verbal time capsules culled from various answering machine messages of Doyle's family, close friends and partners, all of them recorded and preserved in the late 80's.

Then listen to some answering machine message songs, from Jocelyn Pook’s "Portraits in Absentia."  Plus, Missy Mazzoli's "I am coming for my things," also from a phone message as its source.           

PROGRAM #3320 Music from Telephone Answering Machines  (First aired on 4/3/2012)                                                   





Penguin Café Orchestra

Penguin Café Orchestra

Telephone And Rubber Band [2:00]


Jocelyn Pook

Portraits in Absentia

Messages [2:23]

Private CD, not commercially available.  Stream it at Pook's website,

Roger Doyle

Chalant – Memento Mori

Memento Mori: It's very serious [3:09]

Psychonavigation PSY 052

Jocelyn Pook

Portraits in Absentia

Parvin & Trevor's Journey [4:50]
Arsenal/Trevor’s Conversion [5:20]

Private CD, not commercially available.

Roger Doyle, (Jonathan Philbin Bowman RIP)

Chalant – Memento Mori

Memento Mori: Coat Hanger Kisses [9:58]

See above.

Victoire / Missy Mazzoli

Cathedral City

i am coming for my things [4:57]

New Amsterdam 25

Anton Batagov

Dialog (opera for one voice)

System [6:15]

Russian release; for info:

Brian Eno & David Byrne

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Mea Culpa [4:57]

Nonesuch #79894 ***



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Comments [1]

James from USA

Above stuff was nice, I appreciate it and I would like to give a thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Jun. 06 2013 07:16 AM

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