Please bring audio to share (though it's definitely not required- we love listeners and thoughtful company generally). Please limit audio clips to 6 minutes or shorter. Friends, snacks and drinks are all also welcome.
Next DCLL: Dec 12th,
Where: Ann's place, (email dclisteninglounge at gmail dot com for details)
Public transit tips: the 96, 30S, 30N, 31, and 33 buses all stop right out front at either Macomb St. or Newark St. The H4 stops a few blocks north at Idaho St. Nearest metro stops are Cleveland Park and Tenleytown, which are each about a 12 min walk away. For drivers, it's usually pretty easy to find street parking in the neighborhood.
Questions: contact DCLL
(SAVE THE DATE: Jan 16th will be the first DCLL of 2018)
The night kicked off with a go-round of intros: who you are, what brought you to DC, what is your favorite "DC" sound?
Andrea - new to DC for work, anthropologist / favorite DC sound: protests
Alex, grew up in DC. Came back to work at NPR, now drawing radio cartoons (100 in total) / end of summer cicadas singing and the howler monkeys at the zoo.
Lizzie, grew up in Alexandria and then moved back to DC six years ago, was a teacher, now a podcaster "your story here" / dosing the decaf coffee and the decaf beans are super dry, hollow and larger, and make a clackling sound
Teague, came to DC for a job, enjoy sound as a hobby / overhearing conversations in coffee/tea shops, especially at Teaism (among the best: state dept officials and a TV show pitch)
Ellen, came back to DC for a new Vox gig, loves voices of subway (makes her think of the Ludicris song every time step back step back you don't know me like that/It's time for an archival project of human voices on public transit – siiri/alexa/etc will over take it all soon)
Heather, voice of WAMU underwriter, does voicing and also freelances, including roots at Metro Connection, wants to start a podcast about the contributions of African American women /iconic DC sound of the escalator at Cleveland Park
Bond, came to DC for work in radio at SiriusXM / memorable sound of a guy behind me freaking out because he had left his wallet on a subway car
Ann, moved to DC eight years ago, started a podcast about mental health care, "the medical mind" / sound of the bell on the El train in Chicago.
Jocelyn, came to Dc to as an intern with NPR's/Nat Geo's Radio Expeditionsseries, that focused on threatened cultures and environments. And then stayed for awhile / sound of person singing in Spanish on the street, she refers to him as "the town crier" shout-singing often in Mount Pleasant. She played a recording of him.
Bond shares a piece that was inspired by "interdimensional cable" post on Reddit --> Enunci8 video / we talked about the push and pull between performative or trained voice and conversational voice. Ann talked about going to a session at the Third Coast Audio Conference about "how not to sound like a robot."
Jocelyn noted a Third Coast Fest conversation about S-town as a new audio genre: "novelistic." We listened to the first two minutes of the first episode of S-Town.
Teague shared a piece of recorded sound from a platform of SF BART train platform and how it imagined it as a soundscape of a dystopian sci fi film.
Ellen shared a clip of CASYM steel pan orchestra, rehearsing for Panorama, the largest steel pan drum competition in North America.
Lizzie shared an interview with a silversmith, who told her casually that he wasn't expecting to live that long. So she asked him to tell him the story of why. She plans to release as episode of her Your Story Here podcast.
Andrea recommends "Integratron" sound bath experience based in Joshua Tree, CA, a 30 minute "brain balancing" session of 14 quartz crystal singing bowls. She went two weeks ago and shared some of the CD so we could all listen.
Jocelyn shared a mystery animal sound. We listened without knowing and guessed: a chicken, a turkey, a pig pretending to be a bird. It turns out it was two ravens, perhaps imitating a turkey. Ravens can mimic other birds.
Recommendations beyond DCLL:
Alex recommends "Lumia." The Light exhibition presents "symphonies of silence" "Credenzas of Color" and is kind of like sitting back and listening to silent LPs. Curious? Now at the National Portrait Gallery until January.