Wax Cylinders

October 26, 2008

Today’s New York Times carries a story on a trove of wax cylinder recordings from as early as the 1890s that have recently resurfaced. Click here for the details, which make a nice complement to Evan Eisenberg’s account of the advent of phonography in The Recording Angel.

Wave Form Sampler

September 27, 2008

Listen along as the following color-coded wave forms of a variety of familiar sounds stream by.

open clip here

Consonantal Phoneme Composition

September 20, 2008


As you’ll recall, I’ve asked that you make a experiment in phonemic composition for Tuesday (9-23); namely, a work one minute in length composed entirely of consonantal phonemes (review the set of 24 at the U of Iowa site).

You may want to give another listen to Mac Low / Tardos’s “Phoneme Dance” for inspiration. Or Schwitters’s “Ursonate” in any of the versions available at Ubuweb and Pennsound.

How you “score” your piece is up to you, but I recommend that you use the IPA characters as a way of becoming more acquainted with them. You should be ready to perform the piece and submit either your score or a soundfile in class on Tuesday.

Here’s wishing you a noisy weekend & patient roommates!


I Zimbra (Hugo Ball, Talking Heads)

September 12, 2008

Video treatment of “I Zimbra” (words by Hugo Ball, music by Talking Heads)

Blonk’s Ursonate

September 12, 2008

Ursonate Visualized

September 12, 2008

Vocal Studies (expanded)

September 12, 2008

For Tuesday, 16 September, please expand your “Vocal Studies” from two or three to five and take the opportunity to add to any of the earlier studies that might benefit from it.


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