Author Archives: Steve Bowbrick

The sound of a tsunami

The indescribably chilling sound, recorded on the ocean bottom, using hydrophones belonging to a group researching undersea volcanism, of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that tore up Eastern Japan in March 2011. The sound has been sped-up 16 times. Lots more … Continue reading

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Stanley Kubrick in 1966

This is surprising and charming. Stanley Kubrick, that most severe of creative forces, is positively playful in this interview with journalist Jeremy Bernstein from 1966. He talks about his college days and his early work as a photographer. Download the … Continue reading

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Bells and projectors

These two recordings made for a lovely ride home from work today. Both are from Touch Radio, which is the podcast of unorthodox record label Touch, founded thirty years ago by Cabaret Voltaire member and elite sound recordist Chris Watson … Continue reading

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Human mic

If the Occupy movement has a sound it’s the mic check – the sound of a crowd arriving at a consensus without the aid of amplification. Invented specifically to circumvent the prohibition of megaphones and PAs in the public spaces … Continue reading

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London Sound Survey

Something extraordinary going on here. IM Rawes is building a finely-textured archive of London sounds, published under posterity-friendly licences and with a range of clever ways to access the audio (maps, historic and current, being the main way in). I’m … Continue reading

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The instruments of Harry Partch

This one fell from the sky – or at least from WFMU’s Twitter feed. The whole of the third LP from Partch’s 1969 triple album release of Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion A marvellous disquisition … Continue reading

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The sound of a Warcraft dungeon

Kindly recorded for me (in binaural ‘headphone mode’) by my thirteen year-old son Oliver. I’ve always been intrigued by the sound of the great battles and quests unfolding on the screen when he’s playing World of Warcraft. So he’s recorded … Continue reading

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Malaysia, 1903

A haunting recording from 1903. The artist is a Malaysian musician called Qasim, the piece is called ‘Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam’. It was among the first recordings made in Asia by recording industry legend Fred Gaisberg. It’s collected here, in … Continue reading

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James Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake

From Ubuweb, of course. Joyce is reading – in a lovely, comical brogue – a passage about Anna Livia Plurabelle. I might tell you something about ALP but that would be to give you the impression that I have read … Continue reading

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Circe equestre, Paris

This is gorgeous. A field recording of a very good nine-piece Romanian gypsy band at a Parisian circus, made in 2009 and published under a Creative Commons licence by notthisbody at the excellent Freesound.org. Download the MP3 from Freesound.org.

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