KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ World Ear Project: Series 2, No. 1, Feb. 25, 1985, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Other Finds
Program Series
World Ear Project
Program Length
122 min
1 of 2
1985-02-25 | broadcast
| 1985-02-25 | created
This program is the first in a new series of ambient field recordings from around the world. The original World Ear Project series was broadcast on KPFA in the early 1970s, as the portable cassette recorder first made such an ambitious undertaking economically affordable. In this, the second series, the idea of collecting sounds from unique and unusual environments from all over the world remains the same, however the advances in field recording technologies, including digital recording, make for a much higher quality experience. In this inaugural program of the second series, Susan Stone presents tapes recorded in the tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara, Egypt; the the New York City subway; a symphony of radiator sounds; and other recordings. Some of these are straight field recordings while others have been edited to create a deliberate soundscape. Joining Susan in the studio to discuss the recordings are co-hosts Richard Friedman and Charles Amirkhanian.
Field recordings
Musical Selections
A Piano Piece [sounds of a piano being taken apart] / Bill Shannon -- [tap dancing in a photography studio] / Melanie Walker -- [soundscape including sound from San Francisco’s North Beach District] / Jim McKee -- [tour of King Djoser tomb] / Susan Stone -- [Bingo game by retired seniors in Texas] -- [Shuffle Board game by retired seniors in Texas] / Angie O’Miram (sp?) -- [New York City subway] / Susan Stone -- [wedding ceremony in Reno, NV] / G. Allison -- [San Francisco 49ers Superbowl celebration] / Mary & Bill Buchen -- [radiator symphony] / Charles Amirkhanian & Polly Stewart -- [crickets and man snoring]
Soundscapes (Music)
Musique concrète
Music, concrete
Field recordings
Ambient sounds
City sounds
Marriage service
Automobile sounds
Machinery sounds