Author Archives: Joan Schuman

“Song is not a sharp weapon”

Aristotle tells us that the high-pitched voice of a woman is evidence of her evil disposition.   Gelsey Bell’s improvising American national anthem winds a voice like a gnarly, worm-infested organ in a collaboration with radio artist Gregory Whitehead. It’s

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“Song is not a sharp weapon”

Aristotle tells us that the high-pitched voice of a woman is evidence of her evil disposition.   Gelsey Bell’s improvising American national anthem winds a voice like a gnarly, worm-infested organ in a collaboration with radio artist Gregory Whitehead. It’s

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Like a circuit.

We know that women historically have been feared for being seductive, hellish, deadly: witness Aphrodite, The Furies, Sirens.   The Greek myth of Echo is heard as a lack of voice or agency. Adèle Olivia Gladwell banishes the assumptions of

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Like a circuit.

We know that women historically have been feared for being seductive, hellish, deadly: witness Aphrodite, The Furies, Sirens.   The Greek myth of Echo is heard as a lack of voice or agency. Adèle Olivia Gladwell banishes the assumptions of

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Veils, Politics, Static

          Where is the bracing, live-in-the-moment feeling that I may never hear again what I am hearing on the radio?   —Chris DeLaurenti           Veiled Intentions in Radio Barry Lam I have

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Veils, Politics, Static

          Where is the bracing, live-in-the-moment feeling that I may never hear again what I am hearing on the radio?   —Chris DeLaurenti           Veiled Intentions in Radio Barry Lam I have

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Tulips & Radio History

          … it’s nothing short of daft that a superabundance of radio-driven experiments in audio fiction and composed non-fiction is being disappeared in my own adopted country in a neo-liberal inspired narrowing of the ‘listener offer’

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Tulips & Radio History

          … it’s nothing short of daft that a superabundance of radio-driven experiments in audio fiction and composed non-fiction is being disappeared in my own adopted country in a neo-liberal inspired narrowing of the ‘listener offer’

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Agile Critics

          Key to making this new agile criticism work is not an understanding of the ‘art critic’ … but rather a sensibility for the always-changing and fluid nature of sound and sound art production itself.  

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Agile Critics

          Key to making this new agile criticism work is not an understanding of the ‘art critic’ … but rather a sensibility for the always-changing and fluid nature of sound and sound art production itself.  

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Radio’s Art

“Refreshing to read considered musings on the rich world of sound/radio/art …beyond the myopic borders of ‘storytelling’ podcasts.”
—Russell Stapleton, ABC/Australia

 

Practitioner-listeners, agile critics, experimenters of the air offer the long-tail of history and a bit of static. We open our ears to its public sounding. Ten written mini-provocations, more than 100 comments, downloadable PDF. READ MORE.

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Radio’s Art

“Refreshing to read considered musings on the rich world of sound/radio/art …beyond the myopic borders of ‘storytelling’ podcasts.”
—Russell Stapleton, ABC/Australia

 

Practitioner-listeners, agile critics, experimenters of the air offer the long-tail of history and a bit of static. We open our ears to its public sounding. Ten written mini-provocations, more than 100 comments, downloadable PDF. READ MORE.

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Voyeurs

Think milk and murk and sink … / Study the blocks of its consonants, its secret cognates: flints, whose dark fricatives spark in the lyric ground … Emma Must   Michael Trommer – Lake Sharks A short ‘story’ based on

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Voyeurs

Think milk and murk and sink … / Study the blocks of its consonants, its secret cognates: flints, whose dark fricatives spark in the lyric ground … Emma Must   Michael Trommer – Lake Sharks A short ‘story’ based on

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Eavesdroppers

Whatever it is or isn’t or once might have been, the ether slants my mind in the direction of a certain rich hunger, a strange intimacy, a potent lack, a longing that never becomes belonging, a craning-towards that is never,

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Eavesdroppers

Whatever it is or isn’t or once might have been, the ether slants my mind in the direction of a certain rich hunger, a strange intimacy, a potent lack, a longing that never becomes belonging, a craning-towards that is never,

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Right-Ear Dominant

Lift the veil upon a kind of curiosity. Cock the right ear. Eight short works offer the sonic body itself: organs and skin, a single knotted torso; the body of proof and lies; the wordy body, disembodied like a radio voice; a murdered body; and romantic suicide fiction. Sound artists consider language and meaning. LISTEN.

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Right-Ear Dominant

Lift the veil upon a kind of curiosity. Cock the right ear. Eight short works offer the sonic body itself: organs and skin, a single knotted torso; the body of proof and lies; the wordy body, disembodied like a radio voice; a murdered body; and romantic suicide fiction. Sound artists consider language and meaning. LISTEN.

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Caroline Bergvall: “There’s a muscularity to the text.”

Interdisciplinary artistry allows for a transmission of voice and body and breath. And to the ears, it spirals into cadence. Breath. Voice. Throb. Pulse. Beat. LISTEN.

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Caroline Bergvall: “There’s a muscularity to the text.”

Interdisciplinary artistry allows for a transmission of voice and body and breath. And to the ears, it spirals into cadence. Breath. Voice. Throb. Pulse. Beat. LISTEN.

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