044: The Falls


Episdoe 43: The Falls – A three hour composition for headphones.

In December 2008 my wife and I took a trip to Niagara Falls. This composition uses some of those recordings as its base. I processed them a lot. The only bit field recording that remains ‘clean’ is a short recording from inside the Niagara Falls Welcome Center. There are three other field recordings in the piece, one a microphone that I dangled down into a jetty on the gulf side of Florida, a short recording from a picnic area just off the beach, also in Florida, and the other sitting near the Horace Mann football field in the Bronx, I was resting after a long bike ride. Besides these brief respites, the piece is tones, grumbles, wa-wa’s, groans, beats and other sounds created through digital signal processing of Niagara Falls. The piece is made at a personal scale, three hours, a duration that is easy to imagine, but hard to hold onto. Ideally, The Falls is to be listened to while at work – doing tasks that you may not want to do or monotonous tasks you like. I would suggest gardening, raking leaves, doing dishes, painting a wall or changing light bulbs.

042: Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything


Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, a new composition for headphones. Whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tinging, and whistling sounds.

040: How to Kill a Yeti (part 1)


This week on the program- writers block, excel, and drawing a link between Atari and using drones in battle – a fictional conversation entitled How to Kill a Yeti. Featuring field recordings, singing, digital signal processing and the voice talents of Brian Taylor and John Wanzel, it was written and produced by John Wanzel.

039: I had an epiphany…


This week on the program – listening to how we represent ourselves while thinking of openness – vlogs, opensource, and, your personal brand, an audio collage entitled I had an epiphany on the first page or sharing with your friends even if you don’t know who they are.

If you want to hear the full interviews and more please visit the footnotes.

038: I don’t know if there’s an answer to this


A trip to the moon, a march in the field, and the social and political power of empathy- an audio collage entitled I don’t know if there’s an answer to this.

Interviews and book reports along side marching bands and digital signal processing.

036: What is Keeping You Awake Right Now


What is keeping you awake right now – an audio collage about oil, capitalism, the environment and learning how to paint. if you want to hear the full interviews and more please visit the footnotes

035: From Rock to Sea


from rocks to sea – a new composition for headphones. featuring hitting ringing rocks, a bicycle, walking around a carnival, a bowed string, sitting on a plane, riding the 1 train, and walking on a beach. about 48 minutes. jw