..Listening Lounge..

July Lounge Highlights!

It was a swelteringly awesome lounge with quiet moments and bawdy ballads. New ground was broken in our "open mic for recorded sound" through the melding of audio, live art, and thoughtful listening. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to Micah for hosting.

Kicked it off by generating a list of classic summer sounds: cicadas, pool jump-in splashes, A.C. turning off, ice cream trucks, mourning doves, cans of coke opening, yard work/mowers and construction projects, little baby's, crackling campfires, baseball cracks and home runs, thunderstorms, rain on the roof and rain on the streets, bullfrogs, kudzu growing (practically), electricity buzzing like a ghost in the garage.

Kristin started our listening with a new approach to dulcimer music. Here is a link she sent along: https://soundcloud.com/pancakesandplutonium/rain-feat-ladymatic, Ellen let us know the Choose Your Own Audio Adventure from this year's Sound Scene event, is now online.

We talked about the fun potential of geo-tagging sounds and audio improvements and soundscapes to public transit in the DC area.

Elissa shared audio from a Folklife Festival website special she produced featuring Peruvian percussionist Alex Acuna (with a voice described as "hilly") telling a personal story about developing his musical career. Bond shared a 39-song mash up.

Discussion covered fair use, inspiration, quotation and stealing and artists being paid for their art.

Jennie raised the bar for everyone with a bit of family audio archive tape about her great great grandmother's secrets and then dove in with an original, live performance of a ballad she wrote based on her family. Jocelyn shared a snippet from the new Slate/ Panoply Podcast for America which she now produces. A cut from the pod that demonstrates how fair use can work -- connecting Lionel Ritchie to Chris Christie and the Republican race for the presidential nomination. Adam shared his coverage of the Baltimore uprisings from earlier this year from his base at Red Emma's - which offered lunch to kids when schools were closed. Connections made back to lessons learned from the 1968 North Avenue Riots.

Discussions about the power of non-narrated work versus a guiding voice and the structural necessities to pull it off well. How much does one need to I.D. voices in order to understand what is going on?

James played his report on the "Letters of Soldiers" exhibit earlier this year at the National Cathedral which blended reporter track with the reading of letters written over time through the many eras of war.