Hope you can join in!
Many DCLL'er just returned from an awesome weekend of radio-nerdom-networkpoweringup-and brainstorming about audio world domination aka a bunch of us attended the Third Coast Audio Festival in Chicago. Come to the Nov. DCLL to hear more about it and from it (in the form of audio delights).
When: Tuesday November 18th, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Where: Ellen's House Rhode Island Ave NE,
HOW: This on the Northern edge of Eckington and a few blocks east of Bloomingdale. It is about a one-mile walk to my house from three different metro stops: Shaw metro (yellow/green), the Rhode Island Ave metro (red) and the NOMA metro (red)
There are two buses that drop people off within one block of the house: G8 and the 80.
Questions: Ellen's cell phone
What to bring: Any combination of food, drinks, friends or audio to share (under 6 minutes please).
--- Hear Now----
if you've ever attended one of the terrific audio/radio/ lecture/workshops presented at the Goethe Institute by our sister group "Hear Now," you know that it can be a pretty awesome opportunity to listen and talk directly with inspiring producers, creators and sound-explorers. The series takes place about once a month.
THE FIRST EVENT IS
on Thursday, November 20, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Each month, a different person or organization is asked to present about their work, play some audio, and sound off about what they do. This month, From Block2Block has the honor. and will talk about work as an audio collective and present group and individual projects. Come hear clips about gentrification in Stronghold, language shenanigans in Chinatown, bullying in DC schools, and more. Admission is free! So mark your calendar.
---October Lounge Highlights---
Big thanks to Lauren and Sarah for hosting the October lounge. It was a great night of audio inquiry into the strangely pervasive "animal" sounds of destruction...and we had a good time listening to other sounds too.
The night began with a go-round about strange sounds we've been hearing in the last week. Lauren noted that the birds in her neighborhood seem to be swarming at dusk and having fervent meetings about the coming winter. Orhan mentioned that he's been disturbed at 4-5am with the sounds of what he might describe as similar to screaming goats...but more meek and sort of with a hint of retching as it fades in the distance. [editors note: apartments for rent in the neighborhood have not seen prices dropping...yet]. Arathie recently back in the US after traveling overseas was noticing some special sounds in the middle of the night too, and the day, the sounds of pro-biotics hard at work, in her own stomach. maybe too hard. maybe too many pro-biotics. Stella has heard some 6am drilling sounds and was perhaps feeling equal parts bummed to be woken up as bummed that someone else was forced to work so early on a sonically ugly project. Jocelyn recently recovering from a heavy cold remembered a visit to the grand canyon where snoring was mistakenly re imagined as a motorcycle engine revving. This sound may or may not have been coming from her own nose/throat at that time. Jen has been noticing micro-sounds and is sort of hoping to snap out of it. The hum of the fridge has never been so dominating before. Amy was tuned into the tiny chirps and wing flutters of neighborhood bats. Sarah noted the elephants (aka upstairs neighbors) dancing after dark as she tried to sleep and Bobak (late to arrive) described, almost exactly the same way, the sound that Orhan had mentioned, 20 minutes later. Detectives have determined it may be a different sound given the distance the two men live from one another (unless foxes can run really fast).
The actual audio portion of the night featured sounds of lemurs singing, discussions of binaural microphones, imagining those mics attached to giant whales, the group all practiced making sounds without air, just vibrating vocal chords in an effort to sing whale songs to one another. Jen brought out a perhaps under appreciated version of Gangster's Paradise aka the root. Amy set us into a lively game of 20-100 questions to guess the mystery sound she recorded this week (while avoiding burns in doing so). Lauren introduced us to a fellow audio nerd (non-dcll'er) who is taking audio recordings of books about audio and transmitting them via tiny receivers to be broadcast through old radios. Orhan introduced many of us to the (in)famous "cake rant" of WFMU and we exploring renditions from screamo bands, high school students and native Japanese-speakers.
It was an audio night to remember. Hope you'll join us next month to add to the fun.