The World According to Sound

The World According to Sound

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A miniature radio show that tells stories with so…


94 – Skeeters
Oct 8 • 1 min
When you’re given the opportunity to stick your hands holding two microphones (ORTF stereo) through a mesh net into a cage swarming with mosquitos, you do it.
93 – The Beetles
Oct 1 • 1 min
“You’re nothing but skin and bones!” cried Gregor Samsa.
92 – Voice Over
Sep 25 • 2 min
A drawback of being sighted: your brain can’t keep up with winged words.
91 – Cheese
Sep 17 • 2 min
Machinery and processes…team WATS is into them right now. This week: milk, curds, bacteria, and mold.
90 – Wrap It Up
Sep 10 • 1 min
I’d like my vegetables with a side of plastic wrap, please.
89 – Brew Ha
Sep 3 • 3 min
Listening to that rarest of grapes: a factory in the U.S.
88 – Sk(etch)
Aug 28 • 3 min
Write me some music!
87 – Sound Audio: Joe Frank
Jun 12, 2018 • 3 min
An original audio storyteller.
86 – Sound Audio: Coast to Coast
Jun 5, 2018 • 4 min
Oh the things you hear in the middle of the night on AM radio.
85 – Sound Audio: Birth of Modern Radio
May 29, 2018 • 3 min
The modern generation of audio makers lies in the shadow of this show.
84 – Sound Audio: Father Cares
May 22, 2018 • 5 min
NPR used to be willing to experiment with the format of the radio it made.
83 – Sound Audio: Edward R. Murrow
May 15, 2018 • 5 min
Bringing the war into your living room.
82 – Sound Audio: Lou Gherig
May 8, 2018 • 1 min
The reverberation is awesome.
81 – Sound Audio: Boring
May 1, 2018 • 2 min
It’s so good it will put you to sleep and you’ll be happy about it.
80 – Sound Audio: The Last of the Zeppelins
Apr 24, 2018 • 3 min
Radio reporting live on scene pretty much started with the Hindenburg.
79 – Sound Audio: Growing Up
Apr 18, 2018 • 3 min
Things change fast.
78 – Sound Audio: Year in Food
Apr 10, 2018 • 6 min
Beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich crumpets crumpets crumpets crumpets crumpets crumpets…
77 – Sound Audio: Idea of North
Apr 3, 2018 • 3 min
Everybody’s talking at the same time.
76 – Textile Manufacturing
Nov 14, 2017 • 1 min
We know Penelope could use one. Unclear whether anybody today can.
75 – The Last Singer of His Kind
Nov 7, 2017 • 2 min
He is the only one who has ever been recorded singing this way.
74 – Spanish Lottery
Oct 31, 2017 • 1 min
So many winning numbers, so so many hours of singing.
73 – Amorous Arachnids
Oct 24, 2017 • 1 min
If I had eight legs and pedipalps, I’d probably do this too.
72 – Cow Bell
Oct 17, 2017 • 1 min
European cows grazing.
71 – Gassy Exchange
Oct 11, 2017 • 1 min
Gas imploding under water isn’t relegated just to your bathtub.
70 – Car Laughter
Oct 3, 2017 • 1 min
Laughter from beyond the grave.
69 – Feeding Time
Sep 26, 2017 • 1 min
A day in the life of nature at Yellowstone National Park.
68 – A Sylvan Inferno
Sep 19, 2017 • 1 min
A fire rages in Yellowstone National Park.
67 – Aqueous Eruptions
Sep 13, 2017 • 1 min
The first in a series of recordings from Yellowstone National Park.
66 – WATS to Come
Aug 22, 2017 • 2 min
We’ve been gone a while, but new episodes are coming! Here’s a taste.
Last Day – Wigwam
May 9, 2017 • 3 min
The World According to Sound rolls into Manheim, PA, to drop off its inimitable Claire Brothers loudspeakers and effectively bring their tour to an end.
Day 17 – Green Room
Apr 26, 2017 • 2 min
A few minutes before showtime in Boston.
Day 15 – Quintessenshell
Apr 25, 2017 • 2 min
Ambulations along a beach on Cape Cod.
Day 13 – Leef Blowing
Apr 10, 2017 • 2 min
At a gas station in Lee, Massachusetts.
Day 12 – Smith Opera House
Apr 8, 2017 • 2 min
A soundcheck from the balcony of an empty opera house.
Day 5 – Skidmore
Mar 30, 2017 • 3 min
An hour and a half before our show at Skidmore, we got an inside tip about a reverberant paradise.
Day 2 – Post-show Detox
Mar 26, 2017 • 1 min
The morning after the first live show in Burlington, VT, WATS needed to do a little cleaning.
Day 1 – Sleet Sounds and Van Troubles
Mar 25, 2017 • 2 min
On the eve of The World According to Sound’s East Coast tour, inclement weather in Vermont gave our tour van some problems.
65 – Brain Artery
Feb 28, 2017 • 1 min
The soothing sounds of blood pumping through your brain.
64 – Number Stations
Feb 14, 2017 • 1 min
Achtung! I guess if I had to secretly communicate with foreign agents, I’d just say a bunch of random numbers too.
63 – Coal Miner
Feb 5, 2017 • 2 min
33 percent of America’s electricity comes from coal. You’re probably using energy generated from that black rock right now. It’s extracted from the ground by guys like Mackie Branham.
62 – American Unrest: Immigration Ban Protest 1/28/17
Jan 30, 2017 • 1 min
Not all of America takes kindly to Trump’s ban of immigrants.
61 – Funnel Bubble
Jan 24, 2017 • 1 min
Making plum wine in your kitchen is unexpectedly melodious.
60 – Rebel Yell
Jan 18, 2017 • 1 min
The confederate war cry resembled “a foxhunt yip mixed up with sort of a banshee squall.”
59 – Telephonic Symphony
Jan 5, 2017 • 1 min
The mellifluous tones of a Japanese electronics store.
58 – American Unrest: Presidential Protest 11/9/16
Nov 10, 2016 • 1 min
The sound of Donald Trump getting elected in San Francisco.
57 – Oldest Song
Sep 14, 2016 • 1 min
This song shows that Western music is almost a 1,000 years older than we used to believe.
56 – Musique Concrète
Sep 13, 2016 • 1 min
About a hundred years ago, Berlin sounded like this.
55 – Watery Pipes
Sep 8, 2016 • 1 min
The Pacific Ocean’s uncanny undulations.
54 – Debatable Debate
Sep 6, 2016 • 1 min
Language as anti-content.
53 – Leaf Blower
Aug 30, 2016 • 1 min
Sometimes you need to make do with the greenery at hand.
WATS Live Show
Aug 9, 2016 • 1 min
Come sit in the dark with us and take in some aural delights!
WATS Special: The Sounds of Music
Jul 12, 2016 • 18 min
The first long episode of The World According to Sound. Whoa.
52 – Google Song
Jul 7, 2016 • 1 min
It could be a grim future for music.
51 – A Sonic Barber Pole
Jul 5, 2016 • 1 min
This auditory illusion is almost enough to make you go mad.
50 – Whistle Register
Jun 28, 2016 • 1 min
Mariah Carey made this famous, but its been a part of pop for a long time.
49 – Yaybahar
Jun 21, 2016 • 1 min
This acoustic instrument can kick the ass of any electric one.
48 – Cat Organ
Jun 14, 2016 • 1 min
A cat organ fit for a king. Or, at least a prince.
47 – Sonic Stalactites
Jun 7, 2016 • 1 min
Gotta do a little spelunking to play these pipes.
46 – Chasing Away the Homeless: a How-to
May 31, 2016 • 1 min
A classic, but not classy way to keep the poor away from your place of business.
45 – Cat Music
May 24, 2016 • 1 min
Just because you like Beethoven doesn’t mean your cat does.
44 – Drumming Like the Wind
May 17, 2016 • 1 min
Convulsing for a minute with sticks in your hands.
43 – Torture Music
May 10, 2016 • 1 min
Many American pop hits have been used for a dark purpose.
42 – Auctioneer
May 3, 2016 • 1 min
Sell! Sell! Sell!
41 – Concentration Camp Music
Apr 26, 2016 • 2 min
During the Holocaust, prisoners in concentration camps wrote songs like this.
40 – Singing Roads
Apr 19, 2016 • 1 min
The road less travelled never sang to you, did it?
39 – The Secret Sounds Giraffes Make When the Sun Goes Down
Apr 11, 2016 • 1 min
Speaking with our dappled, long-necked animal friends.
38 – Idioglossia
Apr 5, 2016 • 1 min
Inventing a language at the age of two. Sign up on our website to hear more episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz
37 – Singing Sand
Mar 29, 2016 • 1 min
If the sand should sing your praises, they would outnumber the stars in heaven. Sign up on our website to hear more episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz
36 – Washing Machine Music
Mar 22, 2016 • 2 min
Musique concrète takes a trip to the laundromat. Sign up on our website to hear more episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz
35 – Involuntary Vocalization
Mar 15, 2016 • 1 min
We wonder if piano teachers actually instruct their students to squeal, groan, and hum as they play. Read More: http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/2016/04/17/35-vocalization.html
34 – Ants
Mar 8, 2016 • 1 min
God, ants are SO loud when they walk! Thanks to Stephen Frost for the recording. Check out his other projects here! http://www.earthvibes.com.au
31, 32 & 33 – Infrasound
Mar 1, 2016 • 4 min
Listening to sounds you can’t actually hear. Read more: http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/2016/03/01/31-infrasound.html
30 – Man Bird
Feb 22, 2016 • 1 min
I too would like to have an ornithological larynx.
29 – Ode to Joy
Feb 16, 2016 • 1 min
This piece of music has been co-opted like no other. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org
28 – Consuming
Dec 22, 2015 • 1 min
The most powerful economy in the world at work. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org
27 – Mechanical Music
Dec 17, 2015 • 1 min
The randomness of a hundred different rhythms. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
26 – ASLSP
Dec 15, 2015 • 1 min
This song will finish in about another 600 years. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
25 – Gravitational Waves
Dec 10, 2015 • 1 min
Hearing the ripples in space-time. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
24 – WiFi
Dec 8, 2015 • 1 min
Being surrounded by invisible streams of data. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
23 – Stukas
Dec 2, 2015 • 1 min
By the time you hear this trumpet, it’s probably too late.
22 – The Hour of Charm
Nov 30, 2015 • 1 min
According to some, you need more than musical talent to make charming music. The recording of The Hour of Charm in this episode was preserved by the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. library.stanford.edu/ars To hear more episodes, go to…
21 – Achromatopsia
Nov 23, 2015 • 1 min
Let’s take a listen to the rainbow. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
20 – Wikipedia
Nov 18, 2015 • 1 min
The world’s largest encyclopedia as music. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
19 – Cease To Exist
Nov 16, 2015 • 1 min
Be careful of which songs you cover. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
18 – Look at Your Game Girl
Nov 16, 2015 • 1 min
Sometimes the less you know about the artist the better. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
17 – Glossolalia
Nov 12, 2015 • 1 min
The sounds of people channeling the divine. To hear more episodes go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org
16 – The Iliad
Nov 9, 2015 • 1 min
A dead language brought back to life. To hear more episodes go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org
15 – Hold Music
Nov 5, 2015 • 1 min
The sound of your life on hold. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
14 – Tinnitus
Nov 2, 2015 • 1 min
Between 10 and 15 percent of us hear things like this constantly. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org
12 – 8-bit Death
Oct 26, 2015 • 1 min
Dealing with digital death. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
13 – A Silent Song
Oct 23, 2015 • 1 min
Sometimes you just don’t want to hear anything in a song. To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/
11 – End of the World Song
Oct 21, 2015 • 1 min
We still don’t understand how CNN would know when to play this. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
10 – Grunting
Oct 19, 2015 • 1 min
Athletes deep in focus. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
9 – Earth Whistlers
Oct 14, 2015 • 1 min
These noises can be heard all around the earth. Constantly. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
8 - Prisencolinensinainciusol
Oct 12, 2015 • 1 min
A gibberish song with a secret message. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
7 – Sochiapam Chinantec
Oct 7, 2015 • 1 min
Just a couple of guys having a little chat. The recordings come from the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Mexico. http://bit.ly/1LoofSW To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
6 – Monsieur Lefires
Oct 5, 2015 • 1 min
Odorless and harmonious toots.
5 – Auditory Hallucinations
Sep 27, 2015 • 1 min
Jarrad Wale made a recording that lets you into someone else’s head. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
2 – Daisy Bell
Sep 27, 2015 • 1 min
A masterpiece from IBM and HAL. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
4 – Bridge Songs
Sep 27, 2015 • 1 min
Jodi Rose records the secret songs of bridges all over the world. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
3 – Mimicry
Sep 27, 2015 • 1 min
Bird is definitely the word. To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org.
1 – Mud Pots
Aug 28, 2015 • 1 min
Bloop. Bloop bloop. Sign up on our website to hear more episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz