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Sonic Laboratory

120 minsFirst aired 11 Jun 2019
Teddy Guerreo

What is music? Who makes sound? Sonic artists experiment with new forms and techniques.

More often than not “music” is created using pieces of equipment that are understood as “instruments.” Some choose to explore further realms of sound, causing us to experience sound and song (and its meaning) differently. On today’s show, we featuring a cast of sonic experimenters. Harley Brown speaks to Mark Pauline of Survival Research Labs about manipulating military weaponry into socio-political satire, FM Einheit of Einsturzende Neubaten discusses decades of experiments with metal scraps and drills and sonic artist Kevin Beasley reimagines the cotton gin as a thing of beauty. Also, experimental composer Tristan Perich discusses his ultra-minimal one-bit productions, Holly Herndon explains her AI-assisted computer pop and RBMA’s resident synth wizard Tatsuya Takahashi breaks down the creation of a symphony for 100 cars. Lastly, Seth Cluett, composer and artist-in-residence at Nokia Bell Labs, speaks about working with electronic pioneer Pauline Oliveros, and some of the artists of the Museum of Art and Design’s Sonic Arcade show talk to us about merging handicraft with sound.


Engineered by Ryan Woodhall
Produced by Sara Casella

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