Thanks to Slammer for a great Lounge at her place. Highlights below (courtesy of Teague).
The next lounge will be: Tuesday Nov. 14th (just after Third Coast Festival).
Thanks to WHUT's Artico for coming to film at the Oct. DC Listening Lounge for their upcoming episode in November about the vibrant DC arts scene. Looking forward to watching the coverage soon.
Upcoming events of audio interest:
DC Association of Old-Time Radio Club the upcoming meeting of The Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club will be on Friday October 13th at 7:30 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church 2217 Columbia Pike Arlington, Virginia 22204 (at the corner of Columbia Pike and South Wayne Street).
Admission is free.
The evening will open with the playing of a 15-minute old radio program. The main program will be a newly written half-hour radio play about a classic character "Candy Matson" (a female private eye) being performed by members of the Club and will feature live sound effects. This will give everyone a good idea of how shows were created and broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio.
The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries re-open Saturday Oct 14th 5pm-12am with great audio content available! (also live music, food, other performances and the incredible collections: info here.
An upcoming $10 podcasting conference @ Georgetown. DC Talks
"stakeholders from across the US—musicians, documentary filmmakers, comedians, podcasters, researchers and government officials—to discuss what role the public sector is playing in the expanding digital culture landscape. The goal is to explore what the various arts communities and media might learn from each other, and to discover how like-minded creators can benefit from integrating strategies and networks."
Slammer started by welcoming folks to her home and talking about the immigrants who share the building with her. We then went around and introduced ourselves and each recalled a sound that we have connected with (in a good or bad way) in the last couple months:
Teague - The sound of music of various styles spilling out of the doors of the clubs on Frenchman Street in New Orleans.
Jocelyn - The (thankfully now absent) sounds of street paving outside her house.
Rene - The clinking, clacking, and knocking sounds of a pinball machine with the sound turned off.
Bond - A mysterious descending tone sound his phone sometimes makes during a call. (Which we were then able to crowd source among those in attendance as meaning that his phone was down to 20% power.)
Dan - His 95-year-old grandmother's loving shout out to her family in the middle of a family gathering at a restaurant.
Jax - The crickets of Turkey Run when driving a rental car with the windows down at night.
Christopher - Video of various birds that have learned to imitate cellphone sounds.
Karen - Blade Runner (the original) sounds of dystopia, reviewed in anticipation of the new movie.
Slammer - The sounds of helicopters, ambulances, and police -- some reassuring, others less so -- on her corner near the hospital.
Ben - His old vibraphone-ette, recently and miraculously repaired with hair elastics.
Mary - Sounds of children and babies laughing.
Edgar - Live sound effects of a monster destroying a city in a radio production that he recently acted in.
Anne - Her aunt launching into her own version of the happy birthday song as soon as she picks up the phone each year on her birthday.
Chantelle - A recent sound healing session, where the tones of crystal bowls reverberate through your body.
A.C. - The sound of the optical theremin app that he recently bought for $3. (He also demonstrated.)
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Bond played the song "Agnes," a mournful track about loss by the Glass Animals, who recently played the9:30 Club.
Jocelyn shared a recording of a friend performing a song and dance from that friend's time being home-schooled as a kid. Sounds begin with a call home to confirm the words with her mother, "Here we go zodiac..."
Dan played a recording of trees high on Mount Hood that were caked in ice and snow, yet melting and creaking in the summer sun and breeze.
Christopher played a hip-hop track by Surreal and the Sound Providers called "Life and Rhymes." (Edgar also recounted his accidental appearance on the Arsenio Hall show alongside some hip-hop stars of that time.)
Teague shared a recording of the automated voices saying track numbers at Chicago Union Station, which meld together into a Steve Reich-esque soundscape. (more on this below. Thanks TJ for sending the follow-up)
Chantelle played a dreamy, layered track by Kadhja Bonet, a love song to San Francisco called "Francisco."
Ben played a recording he made of kids joyously encountering bioluminescent jellyfish at night the the Chesapeake Bay. ("This is so fun!!")
A.C. offered an abridged version of a performance of Pauline Oliveros's piece, "Single Stroke Meditation," which involves a group called Umbilicus performing synchronized, continuous hits of four snare drums for 7 minutes, creating all sorts of unexpected auditory effects.
TJ played his original work, a chill downtempo composition, "A Good Once-Over."
Mary played Roger Williams' composition "Autumn Leaves," which, weather notwithstanding, suggests with feeling of fall.
Edgar played a excerpt from a radio drama production he acted in. We listened from a safe distance as "the flesh" began to consume a city, breaking buildings with its terrorizing presence.
Other meaningful moments, reflections on a sonically overwhelmed loving grandmother.