Some audio favorites of SoundCamp participants… add yours below!
My personal music/audio history starts in grade 5 when David and I used to play with his brothers cassette audio recorder. We would make crazy radio programs for each other. I wish I still had those tapes! In grade 7 we used to walk to school with a Walkman that had two headphone jacks and listen to DEVO. In grade 8 a 12th grader Bev gave me a SKINNY PUPPY cassette and U2’s Joshua Tree. From then on I was fascinated with bands that stretched music in strange directions.
Growing up in a town where everyone listened to country, metal or pop, it was a bit hard to try to explain how great Einsturzende Neubautan was.
Jason Toal: (a.k.a. @drjones106)
Going some tangents here, a few random links I have related to the appreciation of audio, sound projects, and random sonic geekery.
- The ‘audio’ channel on Instructables: A million cool projects I will never have time for.
- For eg. Audiobombing: http://audiobombing.blogspot.ca/
- Sound Tossing: Acoustic Street Art http://www.guerrilla-innovation.com/archives/2011/09/000809.php
- WhoSampled.com : The Ultimate Database of Sampled Music, Cover Songs and Remixes
My Delicious links tag for “TRUsoundcamp” (YES I still use it!) – https://delicious.com/draggin/TRUsoundcamp
Like Jon, I used to make silly cassettes in my room, sometimes with friends but usually by myself, when I was in elementary school. I shamefully remember my high school self feeling terrified these tapes would be discovered and destroying them all.
Seeing Negativland do what they did with appropriation and remix had a huge impact on me when I encountered them in the early 90’s. Their stance as “Sonic Outlaws” and their views on copyright and technology stoked my curiosity for the emerging thing called the internet.
I am a huge fan of WFMU, not only the many excellent and diverse music shows but the shows that really push what radio can be about. I remember reading about the station in 1995 in the Radio Text(e) anthology and the stories of what could happen on the air blew my mind. When I realized in 2000 that I could listen to the station online (and hear archived shows), that was an additional mind-blower. Kenny G. (not the saxophonist, the avant garde poet) was an early favorite. I still think that getting WFMU station manager Ken Freedman to keynote the 2009 Open Education Conference was one of the peak experiences of my life.
Also an avid listener to podcasts: Radiolab (which sent me via a search to this cool looking site Audio Cookbook), the Fogelnest Files (which somehow meshes beautifully with YouTube playlists with no “integration” whatever), the BBC historical podcast In Our Time, and many more that regularly fill the commute to and from Paul Lake.
My best friends in elementary and middle school days were the microphone and loudspeaker on a Sony cassette recorder which had been given to me by a family friend. It seemed such a powerful and magical idea that any sound could be captured and re-listened to later. Playing with sound and monolog afforded an opportunity to create and momentarily exist in a different and more comfortable place.
Somewhere along the line, I heard a recording of Firesign Theater and my tastes were immediately drawn toward the absurd and weird.
One of the most personally significant audio events for we was listening to My Date with Ariana Huffington by Joe Frank. I listened to everything I could by Joe Frank through the 1990s and dreamt of someday making something similar.