53: The Black Country

Individuals can share a common language, but it can sound different due to accents and regional dialects. In some cases, there are profound differences between areas that are in close proximity to one another. The Black Country, an area of the West Midlands in England, is known for a unique dialect that can be difficult for modern English speakers to clearly understand. In this episode, Alex Adey shares stories of the history and torchbearers of the Black Country dialect.

You can find more resources and educational material about the Black Country at the Black Country Museum.

For more on the history of Gullah, watch “The Adventure of English, part 5″ on Youtube:

52: livingvoid

Jack Chuter’s interest in experimental sounds began with a trip to his local record store. He listened to a Sunn O))) record at a listening station and went away completely bewildered by the experience. The music stuck with him and over time helped change his approach to listening and music criticism. Jack founded ATTN:Magazine to explore music from a standpoint of curiosity and discovery.

Jack eventually collected submissions of self-portraits in audio for a compilation called, livingvoid. The compilation features 80 one-minute tracks by sound artists, musicians, and even members of Jack’s family. Find out more about this compilation, which explores some of the unique possibilities and contradictions that arise when people use sound to represent who they believe themselves to be.

You can download the livingvoid compilation at archive.org. You can purchase the compilation on a flash drive at the livingvoid Bandcamp page.

51: Zappa Dummy

NPR’s Protojournalist published a list of 6 odd college courses in America. On the list is a course on the music of Frank Zappa. The course was developed by Andy Hollinden at Indiana University. Holliden’s interest in Zappa first manifested itself while he was in high school. Beyond listening to the music and poring over linear notes, Andy constructed a dummy of Frank Zappa that would later provide him with more insight and memories than he had ever imagined.

A scan of the Indiana Daily Student featuring the Zappa Dummy

This episode uses the following sounds from freesound.org:

“Textile” by joeyws, “Crickets Loop” by everythingsounds, “stadium.wv” by cognito perceptu, “encore cheering.wav” by Corsica_S,

Special thanks to Bari Finkel, Kate Lumpkin, Philip Seidman, Ruth Reveal, Rob LaFrentz for their help with this episode.