#389: 2012.09.23 [john f. barber]

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this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the united states by john f. barber, and is entitled tell me a story about meditation. for more informationon his work, see his website at http://www.nouspace.net/john. or to see this show  on his site, see http://www.nouspace.net/john/sound/storyaboutmeditation.html. from the producer:

Tell Me A Story about Meditation revisits two earlier works, Tell Me A Story and Meditation to create a non-linear narrative. The work utilizes sampling, found and/or environmental sound artifacts, field recordings, phonography, soundscapes, and acousmatic compositions. Less a work of a traditional radio narrative and more a work of transmission arts, Tell Me A Story about Meditation samples various sound media streams to create a remixed narrative of the moment, especially as it might be practiced through thoughtful (meditative?) listening.

John F. Barber teaches in The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. With regard to sound arts, he is interested in opportunities afforded by Internet radio, online iReportage, transmission arts, and geo-locative audio-based immersive/interactive experiences, especially as they might promote aural compositions/performances/installations as the basis for engaged narrative.

Timeline and content descriptions

00:00-01:56
SFX sample from an episode of Breaking Bad, looped, with echo

1:50-01:28
Introduction

01:54-02:55
Sample mashup from “Audio Circus” radio show hosted by Eric Rosenheck and “Tell Me A Story” radio show hosted by Jim Weiss, Kid’s Public Radio

01:54-02:12
“Ronzatore,” a sample from a recreated intonarumori originally designed by Luigi Russolo and used in performances by him prior to World War II

02:11-55:00
Low denssfer very low frequency (VLF) sounds radio telescope recording

02:11-02:37
Sample from the 1913 poem “House Painter” by David Burliuk, from Disc 2, Track 18 of the collection Baku: Symphony of Sirens. Sound Experiments in the Russian Avant Garde

02:36-04:00
“Paul’s a dummy,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; the couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves

04:00-04:22
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

04:22-04:58
“How to C.B.;” a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios.
Information and sound files here

04:57-05:27
“Crepitatore,” a sample from a recreated intonarumori orginally designed by Luigi Russolo and used in performances by him prior to World War II

05:23-06:05
“I’ll have me a little snort,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; the couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves

06:04-06:27
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

06:27-07:02
“How to C.B.;” a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios.
Information and sound files here

07:02-07:18
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

07:18-07:43
“Artichokes: you can’t take ’em with ya,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; the couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves

07:43-08:09
“How to C.B.;” a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios.
Information and sound files here

08:07-08:22
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

08:22-08:57
“How to C.B.;” a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios.
Information and sound files here

08:57-09:13
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

09:13-10:01
“How to C.B.;” a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios.
Information and sound files here

10:01-10:13
“Happy Birthday to me,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; the couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves

10:13-10:38
Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair

10:38-11:32
“You get better results,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; the couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves

11:25-15:11
“Soundscape 2,” an acousmatic composition utilizing environmental, open source, and radio advertisement sounds

15:09-16:30
“Voice of the Fair,” field recording from a county fair public address system

16:23-17:46
“Radio Station WWVH 2000: Broadcast from Timecode Generator,” a sample from At the Tone by Mike Weiskopf

16:47-18:17
“I Am Sitting in a Room,” a sample from this 1969 work by composer Alvin Lucier who recorded his own voice speaking a room, then played that recording in the same room, recording it again. He repeated this process until all characteristics of his human voice were replaced by the resident frequencies and harmonics of the room. Source file: www.ubu.com/sound/lucier.html See here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Sitting_in_a_Room

18:17-18:36
“Saturn Radio Emissions,” a sample from a recording produced and shared by NASA

18:34-20:07
“Grove’s Nose Drops,” a 1930s radio advertisement for patent medicine produced as a narrative and aimed specifically at children

19:55-21:33
“Scaryscape,” a sample from an open source sound file from the Freesound.org website

21:32-21:51
“Endless Toast in Honor of Sofia Georgievna (sound poem from the book To Sofia Georgievna Melnikova-—The Fantastic Tavern, 1919), a sampling from from Disc 1, Track 33 of the collection Baku: Symphony of Sirens. Sound Experiments in the Russian Avant Garde

21:48-23:15
“Charlie the ghost,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact

23:15-24:41
“Answering machine messages,” samples from a tape cassette found sound artifact

24:34-26:52
“Self-Hypnosis,” a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact; note the two different messages, each on a different side of the sound panorama

26:46-32:26
“Flight Controllers,” an acousmatic composition made from simultaneous recordings of approach flight control radio activities at the Athens, Brussels, Chicago, Kuwait City, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and Singapore airports, and a sample from the historic Apollo 11 mission when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the surface of the Moon, 20 July 1969.

32:17-33:47
“Psycho soundscape,” a sample from an open source sound file from the Freesounds.org website

33:38-35:13
“Swirling sustained chanting,” a sample

35:09-35:30
“Single sound bowl,” a sample from an open source sound file from the Freesound.org website

35:13-37:40
“Synthetic choir

37:14-37:34
“Single sound bowl”

37:17-40:47
“Chanting monks”

40:43-41:10
“Tibetan monks,” reversed

41:02-41:22
“Single sound bowl”

41:02-41:52
“Sustained throat singing”

41:45-45:17
“Hare Krishna mantra,” sample from the August 1969 single by London Radha-Krisha Temple devotees, produced by George Harrison who plays guitar, harmonium, and bass. The album The Radha Krisna Temple containing this single was released in May 1971 by Apple Records.

45:11-45:34
“Church bells”

45:33-46:26
“Dancing bells”

46:25-46:32
“Doppler effect”

46:31-48:00
“Gurgling bells”

47:57-48:14
“Doorbell,” to remind us how easily meditation can be interrupted

48:08-49:23
“Blue Mosque,” field recording of amplified chanting from minarets of The Blue Mosque, Constantinople, Turkey

49:22-54:03
“nam myoho,” chanting

54:01-55:00
“Singing bowls,” acousmatic composition

54:40-54:51
Sample from close of “Tell Me A Story” radio show hosted by Jim Weiss, Kid’s Public Radio

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