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Overview

Tell Me A Story about Meditation is a 55'00" radio art narrative that revisits two earlier works: Meditation and Tell Me A Story. It was first broadcast on Framework Radio, as episode #389, 23-30 September 2013.

Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

  • framework:afield #389
    (juried broadcast)
    Framework Radio
    Tartu, Estonia
    23-30 September 2013

    Combination of two previous radio art broadcasts: Meditation and Tell Me A Story. Curated by international sound, performance, and radio artist Patrick McGinley (aka murmer).

    Framework Framework Radio focuses on field recording of sonic sources and their use in compositions. Featuring juried work by international sound artists, Framework Radio's goal is to present not only the extremely diverse sound environments of our world, but also the extremely diverse work that is being produced by the artists who choose to use these environments as their sonic sources. The research and creative question behind Framework Radio programming asks, "Is field recording a style or genre, or rather an uncontrollable and undefinable tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and idea?" Works produced in response to this question are the answer, the definition, not vice versa. Based in Tartu, Estonia, Framework Radio began broadcasting in June 2002 on Resonance 104.4 FM in London. Episodes are now broadcast on radio stations around the world.

    My radio art works broadcast by Framework Radio:
    #583 "Transect: London"January-February 2017
    #542 "Water, Waves, Dreams" February 2016
    #433 "Between Sleep and Dreams" September 2013
    #405 "Ambient Pulsations" February 2013
    #389 "Tell Me A Story about Meditation" September 2012
    #386 "Meditation" September 2012
    #381 "Contact" July 2012

Artist Statement

Tell Me A Story about Meditation utilizes sampling, found and/or environmental sound artifacts, field recordings, phonography, soundscapes, and acousmatic compositions to create a remixed narrative of the moment, especially as that moment might involve thoughtful (meditative?) listening.

Timeline and Content

  • 00:00-01:56
    SFX sample, Breaking Bad, looped, with echo
  • 1:50-01:28
    Introduction
  • 01:54-02:55
    Sample, "Audio Circus" radio show hosted by Eric Rosenheck and "Tell Me A Story" radio show hosted by Jim Weiss, Kid's Public Radio
  • 01:54-02:12
    "Ronzatore," sample from a recreated intonarumori originally designed by Luigi Russolo and used in performances by him prior to World War II
  • 02:11-55:00
    Low denssfer, very low frequency (VLF) sounds radio telescope recording
  • 02:11-02:37
    Sample, 1913 poem "House Painter" by David Burliuk from Disc 2, Track 18 of the collection Baku: Symphony of Sirens. Sound Experiments in the Russian Avant Garde
  • 02:36-04:00
    "Paul's a dummy," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. The couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves.
  • 04:00-04:22
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 04:22-04:58
    How to C.B., sample from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios. Information and sound files here.
  • 04:57-05:27
    "Crepitatore," sample from a recreated intonarumori orginally designed by Luigi Russolo and used in performances by him prior to World War II
  • 05:23-06:05
    "I'll have me a little snort," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. The couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves.
  • 6:04-06:27
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 06:27-07:02
    How to C.B.; a sampling from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios. Information and sound files here.
  • 07:02-07:18
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 07:18-07:43
    "Artichokes: you can't take 'em with ya," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. The couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves.
  • 07:43-08:09
    How to C.B., sample from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios. Information and sound files here
  • 08:07-08:22
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 08:22-08:57
    How to C.B., sample from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios. Information and sound files here.
  • 08:57-09:13
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 09:13-10:01
    How to C.B., sample from this record album (1976; Pickwick Records; CBLP-001; narrator Leif Jensen) designed to teach listeners how to communicate via Citizen Band (CB) radios. Information and sound files here.
  • 10:01-10:13
    "Happy Birthday to me," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. The couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves.
  • 10:13-10:38
    Field recording of antique gas-powered farm machinery working at a county fair
  • 10:38-11:32
    "You get better results," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. The couple, living in a trailer, trying to learn to use a portable tape cassette recorder, unknowingly record themselves.
  • 11:25-15:11
    "Soundscape 2," an acousmatic composition utilizing environmental, open source, and radio advertisement sounds
  • 15:09-16:30
    "Voice of the Fair," field recording from a county fair public address system
  • 16:23-17:46
    "Radio Station WWVH 2000: Broadcast from Timecode Generator," sample from At the Tone by Mike Weiskopf
  • 16:47-18:17
    "I Am Sitting in a Room," a sample from this 1969 work by composer Alvin Lucier who recorded his own voice speaking a room, then played that recording in the same room, recording it again. He repeated this process until all characteristics of his human voice were replaced by the resident frequencies and harmonics of the room. Source file. More information.
  • 18:17-18:36
    "Saturn Radio Emissions," a sample from a recording produced and shared by NASA
  • 18:34-20:07
    "Grove's Nose Drops," a 1930s radio advertisement for patent medicine produced as a narrative and aimed specifically at children
  • 19:55-21:33
    "Scaryscape," sample from an open source sound file from the Freesound.org website
  • 21:32-21:51
    "Endless Toast in Honor of Sofia Georgievna (sound poem from the book To Sofia Georgievna Melnikova-—The Fantastic Tavern, 1919), sample from from Disc 1, Track 33 of the collection Baku: Symphony of Sirens. Sound Experiments in the Russian Avant Garde
  • 21:48-23:15
    "Charlie the ghost," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact
  • 23:15-24:41
    "Answering machine messages," a sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact
  • 24:34-26:52
    "Self-Hypnosis," sample from a tape cassette found sound artifact. Note the two different messages, each on a different side of the sound panorama.
  • 26:46-32:26
    "Flight Controllers," an acousmatic composition made from simultaneous recordings of approach flight control radio activities at the Athens, Brussels, Chicago, Kuwait City, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and Singapore airports, and a sample from the historic Apollo 11 mission when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the surface of the Moon, 20 July 1969.
  • 32:17-33:47
    "Psycho soundscape," a sample from an open source sound file from the Freesounds.org website
  • 33:38-35:13
    "Swirling sustained chanting," sample
  • 35:09-35:30
    "Single sound bowl," sample from an open source sound file from the Freesound.org website
  • 35:13-37:40
    "Synthetic choir"
  • 37:14-37:34
    "Single sound bowl"
  • 37:17-40:47
    "Chanting monks"
  • 40:43-41:10
    "Tibetan monks," reversed
  • 41:02-41:22
    "Single sound bowl"
  • 41:02-41:52
    "Sustained throat singing"
  • 41:45-45:17
    "Hare Krishna mantra," sample from the August 1969 single by London Radha-Krisha Temple devotees, produced by George Harrison who plays guitar, harmonium, and bass. The album The Radha Krisna Temple containing this single was released in May 1971 by Apple Records.
  • 45:11-45:34
    "Church bells"
  • 45:33-46:26
    "Dancing bells"
  • 46:25-46:32
    "Doppler effect"
  • 46:31-48:00
    "Gurgling bells"
  • 47:57-48:14
    "Doorbell," to remind us how easily meditation can be interrupted
  • 48:08-49:23
    "Blue Mosque," field recording of amplified chanting from minarets of The Blue Mosque, Constantinople, Turkey
  • 49:22-54:03
    "nam myoho," chanting
  • 54:01-55:00
    "Singing bowls," acousmatic composition
  • 54:40-54:51
    Sample from close of "Tell Me A Story" radio show hosted by Jim Weiss, Kid's Public Radio