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

Analog Audio

Event Type
Other Finds
Program Series
World Ear Project
Program Length
122 min
2 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
[crickets and water filter valve] / Charles Amirkhanian -- [school yard children] / Charlie Gilbert -- [synthesized waterfront sounds] -- Burning Toast [sound of wind and door opening and closing] / Brenda Beebe -- [yoga mat being constructed] / Brenda Beebe -- Bells of Gubbio [morning church bells in Italian hill town] / Lou John Sante (sp?) -- Ear of Dionysus [Gregorian chants inside a quarry near Syracuse, Sicily] / Lou John Sante (sp?) -- [cat purring] / Charles Amirkhanian -- [Mr. King’s water pic] -- [heavy breathing over the phone] -- [grain being loaded in railroad cars from a grain elevator in Minneapolis, MN] -- [cat feeding] -- [typewriter, shattered glass, popping of a wine cork] -- Walking / John Oswald & Marvin Green -- [child being put to bed] / Karen Pearlman
Ambient sounds
Field recordings
Waterfront sounds
Machinery sounds
Animal sounds
Soundscapes (Music)
Musique concrète
Music, concrete