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The World According to Sound

By Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett

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A miniature radio show that tells stories with sounds instead of, well, stories. Sign up on our website to receive new episodes: Every ninety-second episode is about a different sound. You could hear Earth Whistlers, mudpots, or bridges; a dying language, a forgotten language, or a way to communicate without words; what it's like to have auditory hallucinations, hearing loss, or tinnitus; famous music made by accident, by a murderer, or by a computer; or the call of the world's loneliest whale. We release new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. You can sign up to get the show by RSS, email, and soon text message. Or you can follow us on social media to catch the latest episodes.

Customer Reviews

Cool new weird show!

This is a great show! It's cool that they're exploring an unconventional episode length (about a minute and a half), but more importantly, the execution is spot on: fascinating sounds, great sound design, just the right amount of information. This review is longer than the show itself: just listen!

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Your headphones fill with a strange, wondrous sound. It is mechanical, or from the earth, or from outer space, or where…do you know what you’re listening to? Then a brief, friendly voice tells you, and broadens your mind a little. Then you get to hear the sound again. This time, with context, and you marvel again, differently. A delightful listen, worth ten times the short commitment. Enjoyed every episode, and looking forward to more.

Great, short, sound-rich

These are great! Clever and fun. There is quite a variety of sounds in these first five episodes, so I am curious to hear what will come next. The episodes are just long enough to let you really get into the sound, but short enough to make you want to keep listening. Looking forward to a lot more of these!

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