Monday, March 31, 2008

more reasons to get busy

in honor of almost-spring in chicago - here's a photo of some young red leaf lettuce from perry-winkle farm in nc. yum.

on to the sound: can you even believe all of the things going on out there? how many projects are vying for your energy, your ears, your productions? me neither. choose carefully (always) and please consider these:

bang bang
- noise becomes music
sound artist
steve piccolo seeks your noise! contributions (sound files and a sentence of descriptive text) sent throught this italian site, (fun) will be organized on a cd that'll be distributed at an encounter/ conference at the end of april in milan, where there'll also be a general chat about noise. (more fun.)

isle of imaginaire

over on this side of the ocean heather and emily
seek the sounds of imaginary places you've dreamt of, daydreamt of, invented or remembered. they're looking for a visual representation / snapshot too - here, let THEM tell you about it.

more to come soon...

Friday, March 21, 2008

radio ephemera

after months of planning, we've just announced this year's tcf audio challenge - radio ephemera. it's a collaboration with the mighty prelinger library and we have high hopes for hearing bucketfuls of sparkling new audio gems inspired by the project.

we're asking folks to produce short (2:30 - 3 min) audio stories inspired by two of five books pre-selected by the prelingers, and including the voice of a stranger. further info: you can see beautiful images of the books' covers and listen to a piece i made explaining more and pondering the question 'what exactly IS ephemera?'. [apologies for the less than pristine phone tape.]

if you're the type that needs an incentive to get you going... we'll pick our four favorite submissions and invite those producers, [cue echoey game show announcer voice] "all expenses paid," to chicago to present your radio ephemera at this year's TCF conference. we'll broadcast those four and others on our weekly show re:sound, and will present them at listening events around the world. we'll keep your work archived permanently on the TCF website. and if that's not enough to tip your scale, consider this... (and why not bring back that announcer voice....) you'll go down in the annals of Radio History!!!

did that get your heartrate up? good. we're looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

end sounds

in the mood for stories about the apocalypse? (who isn't?)

you're in luck. tomorrow night (march 5th) the rec room and are co-presenting an evening of stories inspired by the end of the world, at the black rock bar (corner of damen and addison, in chicago)

i've made a seven-ish minute audio work for the occasion, which will be presented along with some appropriate candy. (any guesses?) it's not so much about a/the coming apocalypse, as about collective memory of a 25-year old depiction of obliteration. and about the quirk of memory. and about the power of tv. and about cheese fondue.

fun starts at 8 pm. (b.y.o.skewer)

update: if you care to this an exercise?
(you'll have to sign up but it's free, and you probably should anyway.)