"Ways of Hearing" is a interresting serie of 6 episodes' podcast from Radiotopia's Showcase, hosted by the musician and writer Damon Krukowski, exploring the nature of listening in our digital world.
Damon Krukowski is a musician (Damon & Naomi, Galaxie 500), poet (Afterimage, The Memory Theater Burned), and publisher (Exact Change).
He teaches at Harvard University and challenges urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the process: Are your devices leaving us lost in our own headspace even as they pinpoint our location? Does the long reach of digital communication come at the sacrifice of our ability to gauge social distance? ...
He has written about sound and art for Artforum, Bookforum, and The Wire, as well as Pitchfork. His blog is International Sad Hits.
"Ways of hearing"
Episode 1: TIME
Digital audio – in music recording, and in radio and television broadcast – employs a different sense of time than we use in our offline life, time that is more regular and yet less communal. Guests include: Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe Called Quest; and Joe Castiglione, the radio voice of the Boston Red Sox.
Episode 2: SPACE
In Tokyo, people on crowded trains pretend they’re asleep, to avoid eye contact. But in modern-day New York, count the headphones: it’s like we’re avoiding ear contact. In this episode, Damon examines how digital technology is privatizing public space. Guests include writer/activist Jeremiah Moss, and historian Emily Thompson.
Episode 3: LOVE
You don’t have to be the son of a jazz singer to recognize the voice of a loved one as music, made up of sounds so basic to our understanding that they precede language. And yet our digital devices strip much of that away, trading intimacy for efficiency. But what is the essential part of our voices, and what isn’t? Guests include: jazz singer (and Damon’s mom) Nancy Harrow, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible, and musicologist Gary Tomlinson.
Episode 4: MONEY
In the 20th century, music seemed like an object — bought and sold like any other product. But digital technology has dematerialized music, separating it from money and revealing its real terms of exchange. Guests include: artist and writer Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture), Victoria Ruiz and Joey DeFrancesco of the Providence punk band Downtown Boys.
Episode 5: POWER
When you go into a bookstore, or record store, or library, you enter another world that you have to learn to navigate. You adapt to it. But today’s digital corporations have created a musical universe that adapts, predictably, to you. Guests include: Jimmy Johnson, owner/founder of music distributor Forced Exposure; Paul Lamere, director of developer platform for Spotify; and Elaine Katzenberger, executive director of City Lights Books.
Episode 6: NOISE
Ways Of Hearing has looked at how digital technology has changed our world: our sense of time, of space, of intimacy and exchange. In the final episode, Damon lays out an essential choice: between a world enriched by noise, and a world that strives toward signal only. Guests include: Dr. Alicia Quesnel of Harvard Medical School and Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and audio engineers/musicians Steve Albini and Bob Weston (Electrical Audio, Shellac).
This six-part podcast was produced for Showcase from Radiotopia.
Written and hosted by musician Damon Krukowski.
Produced by Damon Krukowski, Max Larkin and Ian Coss.
The complete transcript available as an illustrated book from MIT Press to be published in april 2019.
about "The new analog" Listening and reconnecting in a digital world
“Musician and poet Damon Krukowski offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of what has been lost as well as gained in the shift from analog to digital sound. Written for anyone who listens and thinks about what they hear, The New Analog eloquently argues for the significance of noise in a world perhaps too attuned to tuning it out." Emily Thompson, professor of history, Princeton University
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