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World Ear Project:
Series 2, No. 1, Feb. 25, 1985

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 122 min
Event Type: Other Finds Program Origin: KPFA

This program is the first in a new series of ambient field recordings from around the world. The original World Ear Project series was broadcast on KPFA in the early 1970s, as the portable cassette recorder first made such an ambitious undertaking economically affordable. In this, the second series, the idea of collecting sounds from unique and unusual environments from all over the world remains the same, however the advances in field recording technologies, including digital recording, make for a much higher quality experience. In this inaugural program of the second series, Susan Stone presents tapes recorded in the tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara, Egypt; the the New York City subway; a symphony of radiator sounds; and other recordings. Some of these are straight field recordings while others have been edited to create a deliberate soundscape. Joining Susan in the studio to discuss the recordings are co-hosts Richard Friedman and Charles Amirkhanian.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  A Piano Piece [sounds of a piano being taken apart] / Bill Shannon -- [tap dancing in a photography studio] / Melanie Walker -- [soundscape including sound from San Francisco’s North Beach District] / Jim McKee -- [tour of King Djoser tomb] / Susan Stone -- [Bingo game by retired seniors in Texas] -- [Shuffle Board game by retired seniors in Texas] / Angie O’Miram (sp?) -- [New York City subway] / Susan Stone -- [wedding ceremony in Reno, NV] / G. Allison -- [San Francisco 49ers Superbowl celebration] / Mary & Bill Buchen -- [radiator symphony] / Charles Amirkhanian & Polly Stewart -- [crickets and man snoring]
Genres:  Soundscapes; Field Recordings
Subject:  Djoser, King of Egypt; Soundscapes (Music); Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Field recordings; Ambient sounds; City sounds; Marriage service; Automobile sounds; Machinery sounds
People:  Friedman, Richard; Stone, Susan, 1952-; Amirkhanian, Charles; Shannon, Bill; Walker, Melanie; McKee, Jim; Buchen, Bill; Buchen, Mary
Recording Date:  2/25/1985
First Broadcast Date:  2/25/1985
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [crickets and water filter valve] / Charles Amirkhanian -- [school yard children] / Charlie Gilbert -- [synthesized waterfront sounds] -- Burning Toast [sound of wind and door opening and closing] / Brenda Beebe -- [yoga mat being constructed] / Brenda Beebe -- Bells of Gubbio [morning church bells in Italian hill town] / Lou John Sante (sp?) -- Ear of Dionysus [Gregorian chants inside a quarry near Syracuse, Sicily] / Lou John Sante (sp?) -- [cat purring] / Charles Amirkhanian -- [Mr. King’s water pic] -- [heavy breathing over the phone] -- [grain being loaded in railroad cars from a grain elevator in Minneapolis, MN] -- [cat feeding] -- [typewriter, shattered glass, popping of a wine cork] -- Walking / John Oswald & Marvin Green -- [child being put to bed] / Karen Pearlman
Genres:  Soundscapes; Field Recordings
Subject:  Ambient sounds; Field recordings; Waterfront sounds; Machinery sounds; Animal sounds; Soundscapes (Music); Musique concrète; Music, concrete
People:  Friedman, Richard; Stone, Susan, 1952-; Amirkhanian, Charles; Gilbert, Charlie ; Beebe, Brenda; Oswald, John, 1953-; Green, Marvin; Pearlman, Karen
Recording Date:  2/25/1985
First Broadcast Date:  2/25/1985
 
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