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100 x John (dedicated to John Cage)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to but a few of the 100 compositions and sounds from a project called “100 x John, A Global Salute to John Cage,” featuring field recordings by composers and sound artists around the world. There is music made from the sounds that surround us, including the last town in Nepal before base camp on Mount Everest to stalactites in a cave, 700 meters underground in Serbia.  Hear a composition by Arsenije Jovanic, comprised of the sounds of stalactites struck by wooden drum sticks, pieces of stone, and the composer’s hands, recorded in a cave, 700 m under the earth in Eastern Serbia.

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Artists Mix Times Square Street Sounds into Music

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Most New Yorkers try and block out the sounds of the city. But a new smartphone application, along with a collaborative sound project called UrbanRemix, is encouraging city residents to transform the recordings of screeching subway cars, hawking vendors, rowdy teenagers and other ambient street sounds around Times Square into music.

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Experiencing Dance, Blindfolded

Friday, March 11, 2011

This month, the New York Public Library hosts free shows by Dana Salisbury and her dance troupe the No-See-Ums. The choreographed dances of movement, scents and sounds require audience members to be blindfolded and are meant to give a sense of what it feels like to lack sight. Listen to an audio montage of Staten Island residents reacting here.

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Studio 360

Eco Art

Friday, April 18, 2008

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360’s Trey Kay.

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Buddha Machine

Friday, June 08, 2007

Buddha Machine

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Birdsongs

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Nina Katchadourian is a sound artist with a thing for birds. A few years ago she rigged car alarms to project gorgeous bird calls instead of robotic screeching. Her latest installation is at Wave Hill, a public garden in New York City overlooking the Hudson River. She's ...

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Scanner

Saturday, May 01, 2004

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.

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Sonic Smells

Saturday, April 10, 2004

We hear how smell and sound go together. Jamie O'Shea is an artist and inventor of the olfactograph, a mechanism designed to capture and record scents, like that of a campfire or an indoor pool. In O'Shea's installations, he often pairs the olfactograph with audio recordings of the places they ...

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Above Minnesota

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The sound artist Janek Schaefer got a commission to make something "about Minnesota". As a Brit, he had to ask friends what defined Minnesota for Minnesotans. They gave him one word: weather. So, during a storm, Schaefer sent a cell phone up into the stratosphere in a weather ...

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Car Alarms

Saturday, December 13, 2003

The artist Nina Katchadourian explains how she decided to transform the car alarm, and install her new version that plays tape loops of raucous bird calls in cars on city streets. Produced by Tania Ketenjian.

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Sonic Smells

Saturday, December 06, 2003

We hear how smell and sound go together. Jamie O’Shea is an artist and inventor of the olfactograph, a mechanism designed to capture and record scents, like that of a campfire or an indoor pool. In O'Shea's installations, he often pairs the olfactograph with audio recordings of the places they were captured. It's multimedia ...

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Up In the Air

Saturday, November 29, 2003

A sound portrait of the world at 6,000 feet from recreational pilots and radio producers Kim Green and Hal Humphreys.

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The Garden of Earthly Delights

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Ruben Ortiz Torres is a Mexican artist living in California. For a performance piece, he took lawn equipment, and customized it. He created a metal-flake magenta lawnmower that danced to music. Sara Harris talked to Ortiz Torres about his piece "The Garden of Earthly Delights."

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Design for the Real World: Vinyl

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Sound artist Janek Schaefer gives the scratches and pops of vinyl records some respect.

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Design for the Real World: Soundmark

Saturday, June 22, 2002

The multimedia artist and designer Ben Rubin says more effort should go into creating audio landmarks — like the sound of subway doors opening.

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Sound Suit

Saturday, June 08, 2002

Hillary Frank visits the studio of Chicago artist Nick Cave. To make his “Sound Suits” Cave covers every inch of himself with objects — twigs, bottle caps, bells, garbage bag ties — anything that generates noise when it moves.

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DJ Screw Plays with Time

Saturday, May 18, 2002

In the 1990s Houston-based DJ Screw took popular hip-hop mixes and slowed them down to half their playing speed. The resulting sound has cast a spell over Texas. 

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Sound Map

Saturday, December 01, 2001

Artist Andra McCartney tries to capture the sounds that reveal, if only to your subconscious, where you are.

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Sound Painting

Saturday, September 29, 2001

Producer Jocelyn Gonzalez visits the Walter Thompson Orchestra that improvises sound paintings. Conductor and composer Walter Thompson has been developing a gesture-based conducting style since the 1970s that actually allows the orchestra — along with dancers and singers — to improvise entire compositions. 

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Is It Live or Is It Memorex?

Saturday, June 02, 2001

Producer Jeff Lunden examines how acousticians play with sound, on CDs and in the concert hall.

(Originally aired: March 3, 2001)

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