1. I <3 NY

  2. First Love and 27 Other Firsts by Whitney Jones

    Every Tuesday, I share something cool in the areas of storytelling, audio, or radio. This micro-story by Whitney Jones, told with audio and images, is poignant and simple. It’s a great example of the kinds of stories you can find on Cowbird, a website dedicated to compelling personal storytelling, with a variety of creative mediums represented. 

    If you click on the link above, you’ll be taken to the full multimedia piece, which is just a minute and a half long.

    I enjoy subscribing to the Cowbird Daily Story, an email list you can sign up for to receive a new story every day, but you can also browse their site by a variety of categories broken down by theme, medium, popularity, and other factors, like location and time. You can also sign up to contribute.

    From their website:

    Cowbird is a public library of human experience. Our mission is to gather and preserve exceptional stories of human life, so the insight and wisdom we accumulate as individuals can live on in the commons, as a resource for others to look to for guidance. We offer a simple set of storytelling tools, designed to encourage contemplation and depth — for free, and without ads. Currently, 35,877 authorsfrom 182 countries have told 71,101 stories on 26,683 topics. We invite you to contribute your stories.

  3. awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

    Joan Baez and Jimi Hendix

  4. I almost forgot to share today’s Friday Five. You can use this to jump start your Friday night. This one is all about making some noise!

  5. http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/94551065678/terry-gross-can-i-make-a-confession-robin


    Terry Gross: Can I make a confession?

    Robin Williams: Yes. You’re not wearing anything, but that’s OK. You’re in the radio studio, and if you’re wearing—if you’re in a thong, that’s wonderful. A thong in your heart, that’s OK. No, no, please, confess.

    Gross: Well, before we did the…


  6. (via LibriVox)

    This week’s Tuesday Cool is yet another extension of the effort to bring public domain works into the hands of the masses.
    Audio books have become increasingly popular. They’re useful for those who travel often, and helpful for those with impaired vision.

    LibriVox is a free library of audio books curated, recorded, and edited by an online community of volunteers across the globe. Most of the works are older, as they are from the public domain in the U.S. Among them, you will find a variety spanning classic literature, children’s fairy tales, dramatic readings, poetry, religious texts, works of non-fiction, and more.
    Each book is offered with a variety of listening options for download and streaming.

    If you click the image above, you’ll be taken to LibriVox and the listing for Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods.

    This month, LibriVox celebrates its 9th anniversary of operation.

  7. Album: The Best of Backstage on the Bayou
    Artist: The New Orleans Bingo Show
    Song: Backstage on the Bayou Episode 15
    Plays: 0

    It’s a very different kind of #tbt today. This one is for Vee.

    I first (formally) met Veronica Russell when I interviewed The New Orleans Bingo Show for my podcast on location at One Eyed Jacks. It was one of the first few interviews, if not the first, that I ever recorded at a music venue, and my first time using a real recorder intended for that purpose. As I got into the conversation with the TNOBS members, I quickly realized I had seen her around the theatre community frequently and that we had friends in common. Over the next few years, our paths would cross often. She was the kind of person you looked forward to seeing if you knew she would be somewhere, the kind of person you were even more delighted to see if you weren’t expecting her. You could hear that awesome, slightly wicked laugh across a crowded room and know Vee was there - and sometimes it seemed like she was everywhere. Parades, plays, concerts, celebrations of every shape and color. If she wasn’t involved in a show as a performer or costume designer, she came out to support her friends, often staying afterward to discuss their work with them. 

    Later, I would have the opportunity to help promote her one-woman play, "A Different Woman: A True Story of a Texas Childhood" in an early incarnation. I was to attend a late run-through of the piece at the now-closed LeChatNoir and interview her about the work afterward. It was one of the most moving performances I had ever experienced. As the only audience member, it felt as if Edna Gertrude Beasley were telling me her story personally. Though, you could imagine that, even in a full house, each audience member must have felt exactly the same way. Veronica was just that good. 

    The conversation we had at a nearby bar afterward was one that always stood out to me. We talked far longer than expected, about the piece, about Edna Gertrude Beasley’s life, theatre, feminism, politics. Then she asked me about my work, how I became interested in doing podcasts and arts interviews. She took interest in a way that made me feel good about what I was doing. Veronica had a way of doing that - making people feel that creating things really mattered. 

    While she portrayed both fictitious characters and biographical figures with great skill, to me, her greatest gift was the latter. Whether it was giving a dignified voice to Gertrude Beasley’s harrowing accounts of overcoming rape and incest in a time long before women’s lib, or making unique personalities from the pages of Louisiana history books come back to life, Veronica made beautiful art telling the stories of amazing people. 

    It makes my heart a little happier seeing everyone share their stories and wonderful memories of her. May she live on through them. 

    I hope you’ll enjoy the above recording, and that you’ll excuse the quality. It’s from an early time in my work, but I’m glad to have it to share with you. 

    The conversation from her campaign for “A Different Woman…” may have to be rescued from an old hard drive. If anyone out there downloaded a copy of it, it would be great if you could share it. 

    Photo courtesy of Steve Hatley

  8. Tuesday Cool: Databending using Audacity Effects


    A semi-complete documentation of Audacity Effects on image files.

    This can also be found on Wordpress, if you prefer.

    When pursuing the wonderful practice of databending I think that experimentation is all important. Discovering new ways to do things is a key element to the entire experience. But I also know that without tutorials from Antonio Roberts (HelloCatFood) and Stallio (AnimalsWithinAnimals) I wouldn’t have taken the steps to really engage in the subject. They acted as a gateway for me to try new things and experiment with other ideas.

    If you’ve never encountered it before, I highly recommend checking out Antonio Roberts’ tutorial on databending with Audacity, which can be found here. I’m not sure if he was the first person to ever start databending using Audacity, but his tutorial is definitely the best resource to get you started and if you’re going to try out and of the effects listed below then you should read it first.

    If you’ve never heard of Audacity, then here is the website. It’s a free audio editing program with tools to cut and paste sound and to add effects, but it can also be so much more. With just the touch of a few buttons it can take an image and corrupt its form to create something entirely new – and the process is fascinating.

    Following Antonio’s tutorial, you can trick Audacity in to opening an image file as a sound. Not only does this give you a sound wave which you can manipulate and bend to your will, but a lot of files sound pretty funky. A bit like if you put a Decepticon in a blender with a couple of R2 droids.

    The easiest way to manipulate a file in Audacity is to select a section of the file and apply one of the built in sound effects to it. Now I’m no computing whizz kid but the way I see it when you apply a sound effect to a sound file, the program takes that file and alters the file data in the manner which it’s been told will achieve that effect. So, for example, if you were to apply an echo effect then it would repeat parts of the file, diminishing the repetition after each iteration. The wonderful thing is that it will do this regardless of what the file actually is. Audacity doesn’t know or care whether the file is a sound or not, it will alter it in the manner instructed.

    When applied to an image… Well let me show you.


    This is a photograph of a fence. You know this. But look what happens when I apply an echo to it.


    Pretty neat huh? It somehow LOOKS like you’d imagine an echo on an image to look. Let’s try cranking it up to 11 and seeing what happens when we put a lot of echo on to it.


    Phwoa, Melinda! That’s the good stuff.

    So, you get it now right? Audacity can be used to manipulate files. Brill-o! Time for us all to go nuts and figure out what all those effects do! Me? I’ve already gone through and tested them all, one by one. What other way of finding out is there?

    What’s that? I’ve compiled a catalogue of images that display what each of the built in sound effects do to an image? Oh snap, you’re right!

    As I’ve said, experimentation and discovery are a huge part of making glitch art. After messing around in Audacity and trying out all the effects I ended up with the following selection of images for my own reference. I had a lot of fun testing things out on different images and seeing what happened and I wouldn’t want to rob that from you! But I’m also an advocate of sharing these ideas and processes, so if you want to cut those corners and go right for a certain look then here’s a semi-complete list of all the built in sound effects Audacity has to offer!

    Consider this to be your Action Replay. The Konami Code of Databending with Audacity. The trip to GameFaqs when you couldn’t figure out that you could just pick up the idol and walk to safety. The…wait what was the question?

    Who knows.
    Just click this  

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  9. Tomorrow, August 6th, in NYC at Red Bull Studios 
The next installment of the Living Live Series 
From Artist Peter Coffin and Clocktower Radio
Featuring the Free Music Archive and WFMU 

    Tomorrow, August 6th, in NYC at Red Bull Studios 

    The next installment of the Living Live Series 

    From Artist Peter Coffin and Clocktower Radio

    Featuring the Free Music Archive and WFMU