Stock Sounds: Part 1

Click here to hear part 1 of 4: Stock Sounds Long before the luxury of recordings, stage performers created their own sounds to accompany productions. Copper sheets were struck to produce a crack of lightning. Blocks of wood, hand drums, whistles and …

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Bull-Baiting

Listen to the segment over [KMUW] Bull Baiting The violent pastime known as bull baiting entertained the wealthy and poor alike throughout the Middle Ages, and well into the 19th century. The spectacle took place in public rings, where a single bull …

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Video Arcades

    Since the first simple video arcade games were developed in the late sixties, the video arcade has fought a war of innovation and marketing with home gaming. What’s called The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release …

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Colorful Noise

From record players and tape decks to digital images, noise is a constant in our lives. I got reeled in by the concept of “colorful noise” from the analogy between light and sound. The pairing of spectrums is a fairly loose one, …

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The Lonely Crawlers

  Perhaps this year’s most overlooked couple, the pair of crawler-transporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have been delivering shuttles to their launch pad since the Apollo missions. With the end of the Constellation Program, no new jobs are set …

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Rabbit Show Jumping

First of all, watch this:     Next, listen to this: [Into It: Rabbit-Jumping on KMUW] Into It: Rabbit-Jumping January brought the return of a fledgling UK tradition: the Rabbit Grand National competition. While most people are familiar with equestrian show jumping, …

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In Search of Tremolo

Listen to the audio version over at [KMUW] Tremolo: Into It What is perhaps the most basic musical effect, tremolo—the undulation of volume—has a remarkable history that has yet to be fully documented. The formal use of tremolo dates back to the …

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Krampus Christmas

  Click [Here] to listen to the segment. Christmas in America is warm and fuzzy, stuffed with Santa, reindeer, and helpful elves. We get little exposure to the more sinister old-world European characters, a host of demonic bogeymen that have been adopted …

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NDR

    I’m excited that my story “An Annotated List” will be published with New Delta Review, the literary publication of the MFA program at Louisiana State University. Thanks to Julia Carey and the NDR crew for accepting the story. I grabbed a …

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Houdini Dies

  Click [Here] to listen to the audio of this segment at KMUW.org   October 31st is a day inextricably tied to the paranormal, to haunted houses and the ghostly costume parties of Halloween. But the 31st also marks the anniversary of …

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