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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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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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Sound from another world

Yesterday’s NASA audio reminded me of something mindblowing from a few years ago. This is the actual sound (several recordings spliced together in fact) of the Huygens probe dropping through the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005. At the … Continue reading

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“OK, we’re off to a good start, play it cool” – Apollo 11 audio

Turns out there’s a huge archive of raw NASA audio at the Internet Archive. Metadata is incomplete and some audio is missing but it’s all gripping stuff, even the long periods of hum from the ‘high-gain’. And the ultra-laconic language … Continue reading

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Vito Acconci – The Bristol Project

Here’s something lovely and strange from NY conceptualist Vito Acconci. A kind of dreamy, uncanny science-fiction/architectural fantasy – like the soundtrack from a 1970s sci-fi movie. You can download the MP3 from the motherlode – Ubuweb, Kenneth Goldsmith‘s wonderful, inexhaustible … Continue reading

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Eulogy for a Sound

Something marvellous from Ronan Kelly’s The Curious Ear on RTE 1. Eleven minutes on the Cork coast in memory of the last Irish foghorns, now silent. Made by radio student Jason Murphy, for whom I predict great things. Sign up … Continue reading

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Buckminster Fuller – Critical Path

What a marvellous man Bucky was. Here he reads from his last book, published a year before his death in 1983. His language here suggests a man halfway between dangerously dysfunctional and renaissance genius. He must have been the most … Continue reading

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New York sound

Over at Slash Reading it’s New York Week. So, how about some NYC sounds. There are half a dozen minidiscs full of NYC ambient sounds here somewhere but I’m unlikely to liberate them any time soon so, in the meantime, … Continue reading

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Arvo Pärt – Magnificat

Musopen is an archive of public domain classical music recordings. Founder Aaron Dunn thinks there ought to be a source of free, high-quality classical recordings online. He’s accumulating a stock of out-of-copyright and non-copyright recordings – but also raising money … Continue reading

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1973 kids radio DJs

From Tape Findings. Heard about this awesome resource on Jarvis Cocker’s 6 Music show. I could easily have added any of the hundreds of found sounds here so I’ve made an arbitrary choice: ‘kids radio DJs’, apparently recorded in 1973 … Continue reading

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