Burning Your Bra With Marissa – Pilot episode

SO for my final I decided to create a podcast, that I plan to continue after the class is over. For the first episode of BYB W/ Marissa I decided to talk about SEX. Guys talk about sex all the time and they get no judgement, no hate, they’re never called whores. So I wanted my first episode to be an open dialogue and open discussion about sex with no shame, no filter and not a care in the world. WOMEN HAVE CASUAL SEX just like guys and we should be able to talk about it.

I started a tumblr for my podcast. Hope you guys enjoy!


Horses & Poker Pan tool

For week 9 we had to use to pan & reverb tools to illustrate a sense of space in audio. For the horse clip we had to make it seem as if the horses were coming from one direction and moving towards the opposite. In the poker audio we had to use the tools to make it sound like you were part of a conversation. For example when you hear someone speak you hear them more towards the left if theyre on your left and the person on your right you would hear towards the right. We illustrated what that conversation would actually sound like using those tools.

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Too f%*^ing loud

“How loud is too loud? Doctors and club owners on hearing loss and volume” by Molly Beauchemin is about the high volume of music and its effects on listeners and musicians hearing.


Tinnitus is a neurological problem that originates in the brain caused by loud listening. It involves the miscommunication between noise damaged sensory cells and the result, which is a continuous ringing in the ears. The tinnitus and the resulting ringing are permanent and affects fifty million Americans. According to Beauchemin about two million become so debilitated by the ringing that they no longer are able to carry out normal daily activities.


Beauchemin writes: ““When properly inserted, foam earplugs block out dangerous frequencies . . . Most agree that if earplugs are going to “cut out” any important sounds, it’ll be vocals, which sit on the high end of the mix and are hardest to capture because of the artist’s distance from the mic and the fact that they are constantly moving. Audiologists, however, agree that vocals aren’t loud enough to be blocked out even from cheap earplugs, which are designed to cut out only the dangerous frequencies.”

They are referring to blocking out the loud frequencies of the music that can damage sensory cells in the ears. It can be controlled by filters that can customize earplugs to allow certain frequencies in and others left out.


Dangerous frequencies around 3.5 hertz are sensitive to human ears. Combined to the decibel (the volume of sound) allows for permanent damage to the ear.


Most music at venues is played ridiculously loud, too loud to even allow for conversation. I believe it is played this loud to create a certain atmosphere and to create a certain partying vibe. I think that many people would not enjoy music lowered at clubs and concerts. It is a certain type of experience when music is so loud that you can feel it and how it works with your adrenaline, endorphins and creates a “fun” environment.


I don’t believe I would enjoy lower music at clubs or concerts. I think that it part of what you pay for to have this loud, exciting, musical experience. I do however think that it could be lowered at bars which have a more calm atmosphere. There are appropriate venues for it which allow for it to be avoided by people who do not enjoy loud music.

we are all lonely whales


The legend of the loniest whale in the world is about the 1992 discovery of a unique whale by Velma Ronquille and Joe George. The whale, later named 52 Blue has a call that other whales cannot hear. Whales usually make calls at about fifteen to twenty hertz a sound that the human ear can hear 52 Blue got his name for his ability to make calls at 52 hertz. His ability to do this has left his calls unanswered from other whales dubbing him the “loneliest whale in the world”.


In the years since his discovery 52 Blue has amassed many fans who relate to him on a personal level. People who are heartbroken, lonely, deaf, shy all identified with 52 and his solitary life. A Mexican singer wrote an entire album dedicated to the lonesome whale, a statue was erected in his honor, he even has a twitter account. People fell in love with this whale because he represented the difficulty of communication. Shorna, a young woman from England, related to 52 Blue on how difficult it was to communicated after the death of her brother. “I felt I couldn’t talk to no one. That no one understood or cared enough.”


Jamison, describes one of the themes of Josh Zeman the filmmaker of 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World as “modern loneliness, that people are particularly responsive to the story of 52 in the digital era- when the internet promises connectivity but can actually deliver us even deeper into isolation”.


What Jamison mean is society’s obsession with the internet is in a way our 52 hertz call. Many people often times are reaching out to other people on the internet and they go unheard. The idea of many activities on the internet is to bring people together however we become so obsessed with using these websites and applications that we are never really connecting with people. For example, how many times do you see videos and photos of a friend at a party? Often times these people are so obsessed with the projection of having fun, socializing and connecting with other people that they are never really doing that.


I definitely agree that in many ways the posting things on the internet can be described as our own unheard 52 hertz call. There are many instances where you are heard on the internet and you meet and make new friends, but more often than not people are using the web more than they are socializing and relating to the whales, or I mean friends around them.



Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, sound ecologist and radio artist. Westerkamp presents workshops, performs, writes and lectures. Soundscapes are recordings of what is happening in an environment. It can include natural sounds, weather, animals, humans and so on. They are the sounds of a particular environment. Soundwalks are when you walk in a particular environment with the purpose to listen to your surroundings. It can allow a person to become aware of the sounds around you and to “find a relationship to place through listening”.


I think soundscapes are kind of interesting when you consider how the soundscape can change over time. It can change over time due to advances in cars, and other electronic things. It can vastly change the soundscape of an environment. For example Westerkamp describes the changes in foghorns from old diaphones in the seventies to more “squeaky electronic ones” in the nineties.


Also I think it could be cool to think about what types of people, conversations, animals or whatever are constants in your neighborhood. Until you consciously listen to a soundscape of an environment multiple times you may not notice what is always there.

Story telling with sounds

So instead of just telling a story I decided to recreate a scene from one of my  new favorite shows. The scene is basically an inner monologue from My Mad Fat Diary a british drama show which revolves around a young woman named Rae. In this scene Rae is hooking up with her boyfriend (and any boy) for the first time and is incredibly nervous. I used different songs to try change with her emotions. Nerves then anxiety then happiness. Hope you guys enjoy.


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Public radio

Chenjerai Kumanyika is speaking about the whiteness of public radio and how many non white speakers have their normal voice and their ‘white voice’. He is asking how their can be a variety of representations of voices in public radio.

I personally love national public radio. Sarag Koenig’s voice in her recent insanely popular Serial literally changed my life. In addition to her voice being AMAZING and hypnotizing (adnan is also innocent). I have looked into other podcasts and radio shows and I associate it with soothing voices.I love listening to it.


The article From no such thing as silence is about the American composer John Cage and his most famous composition 4’33. The piece was entirely silent which caused a lot of reaction leading to people thinking it was a hoax or joke.

John Cage believed that 4’33 the piece he worked the hardest on and described has his favorite was mostly about silence. Cage believed music should be free of the composers and musicians feelings. Instead let people see the sounds of their surroundings could be more interesting than any music they could find in a concert.

My personal opinion is while the sounds of peoples environments could be interpreted as art or interesting. I dont believe that it is more interesting or has more value than actual music.

Deep Listening

The interview is between Pauline Oliveros a professor who teaches listening skills in an unconventional way. Her teaching skills are largely based in the idea of improvising as opposed to the traditional format and structure of classrooms. The interviewer is a former student of Oliveros’ who was in many ways changed by her class. Pauline is a American composer in addition to being a teacher. Deep listening is the philosophy that makes the distinction between involuntary hearing and actively and concentrated listening.


I found it interesting that Pauline used bodies as a way to increase the listening of her students. I never made a connection between energy exercises like yoga and listening skills.

The quiet american

The producer says the goal of The Quiet American was to manipulate the sounds he hears and records but “naive ears” rarely listen too. I agree on some degree that many times people tune out many of the noises around them and it kind of becomes a quiet but loud background noise. I listened to Elevated his recording for the elevated train in Chicago. It was pretty accurate description. People were saying words describing what you hear on a train (as opposed to the actual train) So they said words like chatter, shift, sigh, rails, laugh, thump, slam, hum, dance, shake. All things you hear on trains but are never really listening too. I pictured a crowded train when you kind of just sit there and are not really paying attention  to whats happening around you.

Next I listened to Marina Ambiance and embarcadero. The first was what you hear when sitting on a boat thats docked. The water hitting the boat and the boardwalk. A calming repetitive noise. The second was seagulls and helicopters in the sky near the san francisco waterfront.  Both made me picture water and the calm near waterfronts. I found these to be calming, kind of like the recordings someone would listen to who cant sleep at night.