Archive for September, 2010
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | cool, stories | No Comments
The World Premiere of Snap Judgment‘s animated short by Joe Golling, “Getting Sleepy” based on Glynn Washington’s first piece in Snap’s Tales from the Library episode, an episode that just so happens to be produced by your REMIX host, Roman Mars.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
I’m so excited to be the first terrestrial station to pick up WFMU’s Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker, now broadcasting on REMIX Radio, KPBZ Spokane 90.3.
Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.
I love intricate stories and sound design, but my weekly, can’t miss radio show is On The Media produced out of WNYC. I hope to get rights for a few of their evergreen pieces to put on the ol’ REMIX, but for now, their podcast steadfastly serves as my Saturday morning dishwashing accompaniment. The show is always killer, but this week featured an interview with Richard Connor, editor of the Portland Press Herald of Portland, Maine that made me turn off the water and pay close attention. There are so many great things going on here of note: (1) there’s a level of feet-to-fire holding that you rarely hear on public radio, (2) the interplay gets contentious, but never overly aggressive or mean spirited (to my ears, there is plenty of disagreement in the comments), (3) there are several points where I expected Bob to drop it, and let the newly modified presentation of the point of view stand (because that’s the way it’s usually done), but Bob never lets go, (4) the piece is called “For Some, An Apology Offends”, which is a very nice (and knowing) reference to the media’s long standing tradition of using some form of “some have said…” when they really mean “I” or “we.” I know this fact because On the Media taught it to me.
The short story is, it’s riveting radio and you should check it out.
Side note: this codified another new habit I have when I listen to the radio. Whenever I hear something tense or controversial on the air, I run to the program’s comment page and look at what people are saying about it. I rarely comment myself.
Thursday, September 16th, 2010 | cool, shows, sound, stories | No Comments
PRXer Matt MacDonald turned me on to the RSA Animate video series a couple weeks ago, and man alive, are they awesome. This episode tackles an issue that confounds a lot of people in the public radio profession: why do we work so hard on something that (usually) offers so little financial gain? It turns out, independent producers aren’t freaks when it comes to this disassociation of higher brain tasks and monetary gain. We’re normal! At least in that sense. Indies are freaky in plenty of other ways. Come to Chicago in October and we’ll prove it.
Oh, oh: I uploaded a great new piece today (well several, but this one deserves to be listened to separately when other ambient noise is at a minimum). It’s called Secrets and Noise by Amy Conger. The piece gets progressively louder “as more and more noises and voices come in to muffle the speaker who only wants to tell you a little something.” I really dig it, but fear some of its greatness could be lost if you heard it on the car stereo, zooming down the highway. Take the time now, dear listener.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 | cool, shows, Uncategorized | No Comments
From Rip and Rebind mastermind Carl Scott:
Rip and Rebind is an anthropological snapshot of life taken with hip-hop’s camera. Through a collaged narrative reflecting the mash-up genre whose origins are largely found in Hip-Hop, this sonic journey confirms that the music is a reflection of the people. The series aims to preserve an honest perception of an artistic expression that has too often been commodified. Sample-heavy and audibly rich, Rip and Rebind is essentially cultural “crate-digging.”
The phrase “rip and rebind” comes from the publishing industry. When a successful book is being re-published as a paperback, sometimes there is an abundance of hardcover editions left over. In order to reuse the hardcovers for this new purpose, the books are ripped from their hard shells and re-bound as paperbacks for a new audience of readers.
This show was created, hosted and produced by my REMIX colleague Carl Scott and I’m honored to have it be the first radio series produced with REMIX in mind. The first five episodes are on the stream, but you can listen and rate them on demand at their home on PRX.
Friday, September 10th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 19 Comments
Spokane Public Radio took the bold step of becoming the first, terrestrial 24-hour REMIX Radio streaming station. The new KPBZ will be blasting 500 watts of pure REMIX power starting today. Spokanites, please get in touch and let us know what you think. A full playlist is coming soon to this site, but in the meantime, just drop a line if you hear something and you want to know more about it. We’re so excited here at PRX central to have you take part of this radio experiment with us. This is just the beginning. Stay Tuned.
Your Docu DJ,
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | cool | No Comments
I love this talk by performer/thinker/Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer about how artists need to survive in the modern era. We just got permission to play the full talk over the electromagnetic airwaves (Thanks Amanda and Sean!), but here’s the moving picture version, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Plus, I’ve been on an Eric Molinsky buying spree this morning, so stay tuned for his pieces on REMIX. He is a contributing producer at Studio 360 and the kid is good! I’ve actually been familiar with him for some time, but I never listened to ten of his pieces in a row like today. The Eric Molinsky Power Hour. Anyway, here’s a list of all the pieces he has on PRX. Listen, rate or write a review. If you heed Amanda Palmer, you could always send him a dollar.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 | cool, shows | No Comments
Josie Long makes me happy. Her BBC Radio 4 series, produced by the awesome Colin Anderson, is without a doubt, my favorite radio from the last couple of years. Unfortunately, the BBC doesn’t have it available all the time, beaming directly into my head, so some fantastic person put them on YouTube. There are only four episodes, and I know I’ve mentioned the show before, but listen now. Whether or not you chose to awkwardly stare at the still photo of Josie at the same time is up to you.
Series one is locked up rights-wise, so I can’t broadcast it on the REMIX Radio stream, but I hear that series two is being commissioned by the internet, so you will hear it as soon as Josie turns in her scripts and it gets produced.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Hello all those in listenerland! In addition to coming on full(ish) time to REMIX (thanks to the hard work of my fellow PRXers and good people at the CPB), I’ve started a new 13 part, 4-minute design and architecture series for KALW in San Francisco and REMIX called 99% Invisible. It’s all about trying to comprehend the 99% invisible activity that shapes the design of our world, i.e. the stories behind those things we use everyday, but don’t even see anymore.
Check it out, will you? Leave a note on the 99% Invisible blog and let me know what you think.
Here’s Episode #2, which I really dig:
A near constant stream of earth-shattering changes coming to REMIX very soon. Stay tuned.
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