Phantom Power: Sounds about Sound
By cris cheek and Mack Hagood
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Phantom Power is a "sound studies" podcast. Hosted by poet cris cheek and media scholar Mack Hagood, it explores the cutting edge of sound in the arts and humanities. The show goes deep but remains accessible to a wide audience, exploring the sounds and ideas of artists, technologists, producers, composers, ethnographers, historians, cultural scholars, philosophers, and others working in sound. Phantom Power is funded through a generous grant from the Miami University Humanities Center and The National Endowment for the Humanities.
||CleanEp. 9: A Drummer’s Tale (Charles Hayward)||Charles Hayward is one of the most propulsive, resourceful and generative rock-plus drummers of the past half-century. An influential percussionist, keyboardist, songwriter, singer of songs, and forward thinker through sound,||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: Test Subjects (Mara Mills)||Season Two erupts in our ears with a film-noir soundscape—an eerie voice utters strange and disjointed phrases and echoing footsteps lead to sirens and gunshots. What on Earth are we listening to? We unravel the mystery with NYU media professor Mara||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Screwed & Chopped (Langston Collin Wilkins)||Since the 1990s, many of Houston’s African American residents have customized cars and customized the sound of hip hop. Cars called “slabs” swerve a slow path through the city streets, banging out a distinctive local music that paid tribute to tho||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Data Streams (Leah Barclay and Teresa Barrozo)||On July 18th this year, Teresa Barrozo's question -- What might the Future sound like? -- will be opened to global participation. We bring news of World Listening Day, and speak with Teresa about her intervention.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Ears Racing (Jennifer Stoever)||This episode, we talk with Jennifer Lynn Stoever--editor of the influential sound studies blog Sounding Out!--about her new book, The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening (NYU Press, 2016).||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: On listening In (Lawrence English)||Lawrence English is an influential sound composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. In this episode of Phantom Power: Sounds about Sound we speak with Lawrence about listening. In particular we think about his reworking of an important work.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: Dirty Rat (Brian House)||This time we talk with a fascinating sound artist and composer Mack met at a recent meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. As his website puts it, "Brian House is an artist who explores the interdependent rhythms of the body,||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: City of Voices (Shannon Mattern)||This episode we have a single longform interview with a media scholar of note--The New School's Shannon Mattern. We have teamed up with Mediapolis, a journal that places urban studies and media studies into conversation with one another,||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Dead Air (John Biguenet and Rodrigo Toscano)||On our first episode of Phantom Power, we ponder those moments when the air remains unmoved. Whether fostered by design or meteorological conditions or technological glitch, the absence of sound sometimes affects us more profoundly than the audible.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Wow! Fantastic! Makes the weird scholarly world of sound totally accessible!
This is a smart, funny and delightful podcast. With its singular focus on listening to sounds, and the joyful way with which it is produced, Phantom Power provides an important contribution to the ongoing project of intellectual history. I’m looking forward to future seasons.
Great podcast about how people create a culture around different sounds and music. I loved the storytelling, questions, and music. Thanks to all who produced this super educational podcast.