Tuesday October 8th.
details to follow.
other audio tips:
Hear Now: check it out Nov. 19th,
designing sonic space
other audio tips:
NEA Heritage Awards (translation: a free talent show of the lifetime achievements of noteworthy musicians, craftspeople, dancers -artists from across the nation all flown in to DC just for you. All you need is a ticket-- free- no service fee even!) September 27th, Lisner Audatorium.
other audio tips:
Autumn Audio Field Trip (last weekend of september- see details below)
September DCLL Meeting Highlights:
September's lounge was full of great sounds. here is an overview of what you missed (and what you loved...depending on who "you" is).
The night kicked off with some stories of mistaken audio identity. Ever had a moment when you thought you were hearing one thing and it turned out another?
Turns out- many DCLL have had this very experience and it typically means....(spoiler alert) mice. make a note of it. DCLL= mouse lovers, or well, not lovers, but keepers...inadvertently. okay. don't dwell on it.
Teague mentioned that he heard a crazy far off sound, a bird like no other, or a car alarm or a cell phone or....a trumpet! it was a beautiful trumpet not any of those other things. Lauren heard a stranger ask to sit next to her on the bus. didn't look up and was like, "sure" and he was like, "are you sure" and she was like "uh huh" and he kept pushing it and just as she was about to give him some sass she looked up and saw it was her boss asking. Savannah heard something in the night near her bedside and when she turned on the light saw a mouse at face-level. Chris dreamt of the "sound of TB" as in the disease. Might be the next Sound Scene theme...actually we had lots of effective Sound Scene inspiration. You'll learn if you keep reading into the notes. But seriously, isn't the dream-mind full of clever ideas. What does an illness sound like? does it have a song? Tatyana heard some squeaky creaks and beeps and realized it was a mouse stuck in a sticky trap. We walked her through alternatives to calm her guilt for future mouse capture and release. (oil people, it can rescue a mouse from a sticky trap if done in a timely way with oven mitts or something to protect you from tiny scared-mouse teeth). Jocelyn heard what she thought might be indoor fairy wind chimes, very very small, but in fact was the base board heating in northern Michigan twinkling to life around the room. Jonathan was captured by the sample of the song "I got this" and trapped in its loop as the DJ kept it going (luckily until he could remember the rest of the song on his own). Nate was minding his own business playing tennis week after week and hearing the same cell phone ringing no matter who he played with and realized eventually it was the audio play toys on the kids playground a little ways off (buttons with sound effects built into the playground). Nikki heard what she thought was just innocent traffic, trucks passing on a northern Vermont highway but noooo it was a massive thunderstorm in the distance and soon that became all too clear as she was huddling in her tent hoping to be passed over by lightening. Hans has gotten to know his roommates cat in recent days, and its often inconveniently repetitive meowing- a sign of greed whining for meals. One morning he was at his its end and shouted at it to "shut up only to look and see the cat sleeping and his window open to the sounds of neighbor kids playing outdoors, not meowing. Julia heard was sounded like claw on cement, and in fact was, but she was not near water and looked down to see a crab on the driveway in suburban Maine, wondered if someone's dinner had made a break for it, no other evidence (no spoons dragging behind or up-turned pots). Later learned of the notorious existence of land crabs. not to be confused, we learned, with land sharks. Matt was the source of someone else's mis-heard words, as he shouted in jest to his friend's girlfriend across a metro "hey baby!" She kept her eyes down. As she passed him he said "i'm talking to you" and eventually had to take a lesson in cat-calling (and forgiveness) to get her to realize it was just a friend playing. Ellen lives on the top floor of a recently renovated house with no attic or crawl space but is visited in the night by sounds of "babies crawling overhead." The mystery remains....
on to the sounds we could all hear and verify!
Jonathan shared the story of Mary, a returning citizen, who told her personal lock-up story (authors note: without making it the full story of who she is. Representing herself to be so much more than her lowest moments) with great delivery and comic timing involving a hotel key, $20 and...you gotta hear it for yourself.
Jocelyn shared a mini-montage audio postcard from Kazakhstan including a local airline's landing song, cab stand, mosque+vacuum the day after Eid, ad a metallurgical plant's very soviet-sounding work anthem.
Tatyana brought us into the DC of pre-integration with a strong black neighborhood of Stronghold and its alternative view of desegregation.
Nate made sweet sweet audio love to a bowl of water...protected. Condenser mic in condom, submerged and messed with a turkey baster, straw and other trickery to create what the DCLL has dubbed a "sound bong." Look for a version at Sound Scene 2014. Also shared a fading cassette mixtape with a crazy tango of old mix and newer dub, faded and twisted- drum solo, 90's hits and breath. Check out this episode of RadioLab for some other cool examples of "disintegration loops."
Hans has had his audio life revolutionized with the portability of recording with a new smartphone. He captured highlights of DC life like when a seemingly normal bar erupts into complete sonic joy at the touchdown of a redskins football game on tv. and the famous and infamous neighborhood "murderbird."
Nikki wrapped up the evening sharing some old time, blue grass, white-lightening music of the band Snake Liquor. Coming to a venue near you.
Thanks much everyone. Remember the next lounge is Tuesday October 8th. Looking forward to listening with you soon.
AUTUMN AUDIO FIELD TRIP!
Do you love audio? Do you love adventure? Do you feel a little itchy to leave town? Join the DCLL Autumn Audio Field Trip! Just a short jaunt to NYC-- a day trip (or make it longer if you're feeling ambitious).
reply to TEAGUE (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested to know more details
The MoMA exhibition "Soundings," is apparently the museum's first
major sound-centric exhibition. It runs now through the beginning of
November. We're eyeing the last weekend in September or the first
weekend in October. Interested people could take the train/bus up in the morning and the DCLL crew could visit the show together, then perhaps get an early dinner together somewhere and discuss what we heard before heading back to DC.