Thursday, January 31, 2008


it's been far too long since we last gathered around a table of excellently potlucked food and then listened to many diverse audio treats - like fishermen chanting as they haul in a gigantic net, from the gulf of guinea. agreed? remedy:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 pm
Bring some snacks or booze, and your ears.

email me if you're near chicagoland and would like to come.

awkward disclosure: there's only room for about 25 people, so please understand if i ask you, regrettably, to come next time.

lots more photos from ghana here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

marching on

back from ghana, and not sure how to begin processing all of what we experienced, including hundreds of photos, thousands of impressions, millions of sand grains still spilling out of luggage and towels...and lots of audio to sift through. here's a sneak preview of some sounds collected, via file names. actual audio to come soon in some way, shape or form. or a few:

alpha.mp3 / appiyah.mp3 / bats.mp3 / canopywalk.mp3 / fishermen.mp3 / fufu.mp3 / funko.mp3 / handclaps.mp3 / kak.monkeys.mp3 / kak.birds.mp3 / kak.insects.mp3 / kidhymns.mp3 / kpashkposh.mp3 / marchingon.mp3 / mindyrstep.mp3 / mysharona.mp3 / sadgoat.mp3 / seamstress.mp3 / soccerkids.mp3 / trotro.mp3 / whitechristmas.mp3

the ear photo was taken while walking around a struggling DIY animal sanctuary run by a dutch couple not far from kakum national park. there weren't so many animals onsite but we did see a few monkeys, porcupines, genets, baby civets, 57 turtles and a near-full elephant skeleton collapsed in a pile. the ear-wall is located right at the beginning of the tour. "it's there to remind people to listen to the sounds of nature," our rail-thin, tough as nails guide annetta explained. and why not?

here's annetta with her good friend nona.

these stories are going to come out slowly...