This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...
Sound Matters from B&O is an award-winning podcast looking at – and listening to – the sounds of the world around us. Sound Matters investigates our noisy cosmos, how we listen to sounds, the stories we tell about them, and all the ideas, inventions, discoveries, possibilities and ideas that live in the realm of the audible. In the past two seasons, they’ve recorded underwater, in the jungle, and in outer space to explore the sounds that make up our lives, and that we rarely take the time to really listen to.
In this episode, host Tim Hinman speaks with Trevor Cox – professor of acoustic engineering, specializing in room acoustics, signal processing and perception at the University of Salford in Manchester – and gets the lowdown on what’s up with the brain and how (we think) it cognates sounds.
Van Sounds uses a wide variety of sounds to tell stories from all over the Americas: Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Nevada, and yes, here in our Bay Area. Each episode of the podcast usually covers one location through the stories of local musicians and artists. Every few episodes, the show breaks its usual format to share an audio postcard, which is less a story and more like sound poetry, like this one from one of the show’s contributors Emily Jiang. In “Postcard #9,” she takes us on a ride from one from side of the bay to the other.
I hope you packed a jacket and your backpack, because it’s chilly out and we’re going hitch hiking.
You can see photos of Emily’s coastal journey at vansounds.org, which is also where you can explore more episodes of the podcast. You can also subscribe to the show on Apple, Stitcher, and RadioPublic.
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