4) Call for Volunteers:
We'd love to have your help at Sound Scene: Mapping Memory July 7+8. Do you want to introduce a small group of visitors to the joys of listening? Love giving directions to people who are lost? Want to play with small children as they turn chaos into art? Interested in recording oral histories?
Please check out this short form.
Thanks to Lynn for hosting the listening lounge in May and thanks to Faith for making notes!
DC Listening Lounge, May 17, 2018: Highlights!
Icebreaker question: Jukebox from Hell: Your Favorite Bad Song
- Rene: Been at LL a couple of years, song is Candy Girl by The Archies – it’s kind of ridiculous.
- David: Just moved to DC, met Jocelyn at Panoply. Song is Funky Town by Lips Inc. Fond memories of listening at the roller rink. “Genuinely horrible,” says David.
- Anne: Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. “A great song!”
- Ken: “That’s an easy one! Hotel California by The Eagles.” Listened to it while lying in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery.
- Nathan: Been coming in and out for the past two years. DO--The Last in Line He urges us to all watch the music video for this
- Bond: Been going to DCLL meetings for two and a half to three years. Song is Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire. Works for Serious XM, and they have a Billy Joel channel that plays 30 straight days of Billy Joel. It’s “Still super catchy...I’ll defend Billy Joel.”
- Brandon: Lucas Nelson song with Lady Gaga--Find Yourself. Heard it in concert and realized it’s actually pretty bad.
- Lynn: “I am such a music ignoramus” – Muskrat Love by Captain & Tenille. Just started coming to DCLL; WERA producer
- Bishop: Just moved here from Colorado, been once before. I’ll Make Love to You -- Boys to Men
Bishop: The podcast 20,000 Hertz has tracked the rhythm of voices in a podcast.
Brain picks up on the rhythm of our speech. A guy on Youtube David Dockery drums to the syllables of the characters in movies.
[Listened to a clip of that] You can hear the rhythm of their speech!
Rene compares to Phonics Monkey from South Park.
Lynn listened to a pocket podcast from Third Coast and someone was doing something on generative sound – did project in Australia working with road noise, then matching it to chords and creating music generated by the traffic. When he took the traffic noise out it was amazing music, and then when you add it back in you can still hear the song.
Diana Deutsch does research into music hidden in dialogue. Take any line of dialogue and if you repeat it enough you’ll start hearing rhythm/music in it.
Ken notes that sometimes he hears a British rhythm in American speakers
Song Road in CA – rumble strips make road sing like jingle bells when you ride across it
Lynn: Piece from her show, “Choose to Be Curious” Summer has its own soundscape. Sounds from Adirondacks—even caught sound of mosquito! You realize when you pay attention that every place has it sounds.
Bernie Kraus – records soundscapes, thinking that animals communicate with sound and if humans encroach on that, it’ll interfere. Documents those soundscapes dimming, dying out.
Others share sound memories: sounds of ship’s bell equated with summer; alarm clock that said “Charge!” – and then hearing it at a baseball game
Brandon: Recording from his work, when they had of a lecture for Shakespeare’s birthday on his virtues. Between parts of lecture, two spoken performances of Shakespeare and one song based on a Shakespeare sonnet
Lynn notes that she started hearing percussion in it!
Bond: Scott Hutchins, lead singer of band “Frightened Rabbit” recently went missing and then was found dead, so we listened to his song “An Otherwise Disappointing Life” in tribute. “He really wore his heart on his sleeve,” says Bond.
Nathan: Played song called “Flora” by Japanese artist named Hiroshi Yoshimura (?), an artist and musician who did “environmental music” that was meant to complement and fill the space wherever it was played. First album in 1982.
Talked about how it has a synthetic kind of quality that sounds like old video games and makes it sound dated, like music in David Lynch movies. Discussion of old forms of music...will we talk in future about how CDs sounded the best?
Ken: From north of England, his accent sounds different than some of his family members—disappearing accents and cultures. His is a working class Northern accent. Working classes often make humor of things, Ken notes—plays recording from a comedian (name?) “Pork Pies at the Crem” (short for crematorium)
Notes that this way of speaking is actually closer to Old English
Lynn notes she lived as a child outside of Boston when she was learning to read, so she’d read with a hard Boston accent—but not for speaking!
Disappearance of accents ties back to disappearance of natural soundscapes
Beatles had this Northern English accent! Ann noted Hard Days Night holds up well.
Rene: recorded song from Tyco drum group at Tacoma Park PorchFest
Faith: played clip of interview with her mother, about her (mother’s) mother
- Yanny/Laurel – what’s the science behind what we hear? New York Times has app
- SoundScene is coming July 7-8 at Hirschorn; volunteers needed. There will be “mini lounges” and guided listening.
- Rene will have a segment he shared at an earlier DCLL (interview with his mom on prompt “tell me about your first best friend”) aired on Choose to be Curious May 30, 10am WERA 96.7FM (streaming at wera.fm)
- Ann recommends the David Bowie Is exhibit in NYC
- NEXT MEETING – June 11th