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WRONG NOTES: a blog of ear reverence

Wrong Notes collects posts on music, art, culture and fun stuff. Also included: news about the Ear Reverends.

Wild and nature sounds

For the first part of this week, I spent each night sleeping next to a pond on the big island of Hawaii. And, each morning at 5am, thousands of birds started off their day with a fantastically simultaneous and cacophonous conversation about the rising sun and whatever else birds go on about each morning.

Half-asleep, I tried to make some recordings of what I was hearing. If any of the recordings turn out, I'll post some sounds here. But, one thing I was wondering about while recording was how much of the low humming sound of the electric generator motors was going get picked up by the microphone.

Being able to hear this hum reminded me of a good article I read recently by my favorite writer in Wired, Clive Thompson, on how man-made noise may be altering earth's ecology.

The article features info about bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, who makes field recordings of natural places unpolluted by the sounds of humans. Krause has a pretty great website, Wild Sanctuary, that features his field recordings and also his music.

Wild Sanctuary also offers what it calls a Sound Map, as an add-on for Google Earth, that lets you click on locations around the world and hear their sounds—I'll have to check that out!

Katnip Kollege

This is a great, 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon.

Blank Cassette Tape J-cards exhibit

The cassette tape gave us so many things.

Polar Alert Studios Top 100 is an online visual exhibit of cassette tape J-cards. The exhibit makes me think about the cassette as an emblem of not only an era of modern music, but as an emblem of an era of graphic and visual art.

btw, Wikipedia has a lowly article on the J-card. Right now, it’s a pithy bit of info if you know nothing, but it currently feels like a toss-off entry in the bigger scheme of things.

Bambi Meets Godzilla

I always remember the first time I saw this when I was a kid. Brilliant.

Louis Armstrong’s Collage Art

Louis Armstrong made more than 500 hundred collages on reel to reel tape boxes.

The Paris Review has an online preview of its article on Louis Armstrong’s Collage Art, including images of several example reels. Looks so good, I’ll probably pick up a copy of the magazine so I can read the whole article and see all the images.

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