I challenge anyone to listen to this and not completely lose their shit.
Metasite for AIR’s amazing Localore projects across the USA. Tidy.
Nude tree-climbing and fruit flies: peculiar practices of great writers.
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.
Pictured: Anton Chekhov and his mongoose Svoloch.
Coming up on our next show we also have an interview with artist Julie Brook about the benefits of solitude. In order to develop her art she spent three years living under an arch of rock on the Isle of Jura and created these stunning sculptures.
maybe, perhaps, almost, kinda spring at long last?
A Spring Clean Symphony
Beautiful new composed feature by Nina Perry for BBC Radio 4 (Loftus Media). Go Nina!
A gorgeous episode of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour in which he and Mrs Badger take the train to Coney Island. Train songs and other music from Tom Waits, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin and Elvis. Click through to listen.
Picture from the book Coney Island 40 Years © Harvey Stein 2011
“This wilderness sings with a dazzling range of voices… in the wind a forest sings, a treeless plain vibrates like an enormous harp”
Light is returning after the long grey months…
Rinko Kawauchi’s photographs are beautiful. I bought myself her book - Illuminance - as a New Year present and spent a happy morning drinking coffee and looking at her pictures.
“Here’s the bottom line: Start playing with sound. Think of a story you’d like to tell, about your friends, your neighborhood, even just yourself, and try to imagine how you could make it come alive in sound. What would surprise the world about these people and places that are so familiar to you? Go around your neighborhood with your recorder and mic and just listen to what’s around you. Try to think of what the sonic imprint of the place you live is — what sounds are unique to it? What sounds say “home” to you? Get in the habit of thinking sonically. Once you start doing it, it’ll be hard to stop. It’s as if you discover a whole parallel world that you’d only been half noticing before.
Start editing the sounds you record — even if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can find some helpful technical guides on Transom, workshops to listen to from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and storytelling guides from Ira and Duke’s John Biewen. Put a story with some of those sounds up on Cowbird. Send it to me: I’ll listen. So will others.
And, speaking of listening, do a lot of it. The best way to learn how to construct a story is to pay attention to how the pros do it. Next time you hear a story on This American Life that you adore, listen to how they decided to build the narrative. What questions did Ira ask? What was funny or interesting about it? What details did they include that made the story come to life, which painted a vivid image of the characters or the scene in your mind?
Next time you go to a new place, bring your recorder with you. Use it as a tool for discovery, an excuse to talk to strangers, a way into this new, unfamiliar place. You’ll be an audio storyteller in no time.”
Read the full piece here and check out Tina’s beautiful tumblr here: http://tinaantolini.tumblr.com/
Contest offering prizes of $1,000 in three categories: documentary, prose, and poetry. Guest judge this year is Laura Starecheski, producer with NPR’s state of the Re: Union. The submission deadline is March 15th, 2013.
“I once went down to Neil’s ranch and he rowed me out into the middle of the lake—putting my life in his hands once again. He waved at someone invisible and music started to play, in the countryside. I realized Neil had his house wired as the left speaker, and his barn wired as the right speaker. And Elliot Mazer, his engineer, said ‘How is it?’ And Neil shouted back … ‘More Barn!’” —Graham Nash, talking about how Neil Young first played him Harvest.
The Organist - A brand new podcast from The Believer magazine and KCRW - hurrah!
Click through to listen to Episode one of the Organist, wherein:
- the short-story master George Saunders talks about how riffing as a teenage benchwarmer led to the richly imagined voices of his fiction;
- Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman explains the tortured etymology of the word “podcast” (it’s a conflation of the wordspaw and broadcast — a radio show with claws);
- critic Greil Marcus considers a reissue of the first Bikini Kill EP and a new novel by Percival Everett;
- Amber Scorah tells the story of her defection from the Jehovah’s Witnesses while working as a missionary in Shanghai;
- Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy presents five five-word record reviews of excellent new guitar rock;
- the electronic duo Matmos takes a song from their new album apart, piece by piece, revealing its brilliant, pulsating innards;
- a new(ish) film casts a shotgun microphone as its protagonist;
- And more!
- Actually, not much more. That’s more or less everything.