The White Whale

66 EpisodesProduced by CyNar Pictures/American Residue RecordsWebsite

The White Whale is an audio zine. A podcast of mixtape journalism, fiction, and sound experimentation.

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Offbeat: IRL

August 20th, 2019

3:32

"Real life is a hashtag we’re nostalgic to remember."

This piece is audio from a film (soon to be released) and was originally produced for Earlid as part of their 2019 Liminal Sounds exhibit Retreat, Disappearance. It …

Offbeat: Dream Log 9.24.17

October 4th, 2018

2:57

This piece was produced, mixed, and scored by Lily Sloane from the podcast A Therapist Walks Into A Bar. Find all her brilliance at http://www.lilymakessound.com/.

Offbeat: A Resurrection of Crimes Unpaid

September 30th, 2018

0:42

Audio from a film. Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/292243431

Features new music from John Barner. Stream and buy the record here: https://americanresiduerecords.bandcamp.com/album/darker-places

 

I used to dream …

Offbeat: Earlid - Under the Skin

September 27th, 2018

2:22

Erasure is violence. Ever, always, being justified: “The director said she made the changes so as ‘not [to] show them.'”

Sun Yung Shin is the voice …

Offbeat: Dream Log 11.15.17

February 14th, 2018

3:33

This piece was produced, mixed, and scored by Lily Sloane from the podcast A Therapist Walks Into A Bar. Find all her brilliance at http://www.lilymakessound.com/.

 

Samples from Anodyne - "And we always finish with the end."

September 29th, 2017

13:26

end·ing

ˈendiNG/

noun

    an end or final part of something, especially a period of time

                            More

      the furthest part or point of …

Samples from Anodyne - "Such a nice twang..."

September 28th, 2017

28:27

twaNG/

    1.

    a strong ringing sound such as that made by the plucked string of a musical instrument or a released bowstring.

       

make or cause

Samples from Anodyne - "I trust in the lapse of time solidifies..."

September 28th, 2017

25:22

op·tics

ˈäptiks/

properties of transmission and deflection.

    2.

    the way in which an event or course of action is perceived by the public.

    "the issue …

Samples from Anodyne - "High explosive bombs."

September 28th, 2017

18:21

post·script

ˈpōs(t)ˌskript/

noun

    an additional remark at the end of a letter, after the signature and introduced by “P.S.”.

    “Leaving tomorrow.”

Samples from Anodyne - "Was like a soundtrack for me..."

September 28th, 2017

20:34

hōp/

    1.a feeling. archaic

         

"he looked through her belongings"

     on, want; More

Samples from Anodyne - "The thing with beginnings..."

September 28th, 2017

17:26

or·i·gin

ˈôrəjən/

noun

    1.

    the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.

Samples from Anodyne - "Building a community..."

September 27th, 2017

0:58

Blank slate" redirects here.

For other uses, (disambiguation).

Part of a series

Tabula rasa (/ˈtæbjələ ˈrɑːsə, -zə, ˈreɪ-/)

In Locke's philosophy,

Samples from Anodyne - "I didn't really know..."

September 25th, 2017

0:40

re·veal

rəˈvēl/

verb

past tense: revealed; past participle: revealed

    make (previously unknown

      cause or allow (something)  

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Offbeat: Stay Wild Child (2017 Radio Race)

August 21st, 2017

4:06

This Offbeat episode was produced for the KCRW 2017 Radio Race. The theme was Down With Whatever and included a special bonus clip of David Bowie performing for special consideration. Everything had to be recorded and …

Offbeat: Sounds Of La La Land

February 14th, 2017

18:39

Part of this year's more diversified Academy Award nominations, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan have been nominated for Best Sound Editing for La LA Land; becoming the first all-female team nominated in the …

Offbeat: Status Update

January 19th, 2017

11:39

Caly McMorrow is an interactive art and sound artist based in St. Paul Minnesota. Immediately after the 2016 presidential election she participated …

Offbeat: Phone Calls (2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Submission)

November 28th, 2016

3:00

The phone keeps ringing. This piece was produced for the 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories contest and was inspired by the rules of CLIFFORD …

Offbeat: Last Breaths (2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Submission)

November 28th, 2016

2:15

In a small shop they gather, knowingly submitting to the last breaths of suffocation, exsanguination, and repose in a world torn by snow flakes. This piece was produced for the 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories …

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "I think that's it"

October 2nd, 2016

17:26

"The memory came faint and cold of the story I might have told, a story in the likeness of my life, I mean without the courage to end or the strength …

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "Limitation"

September 24th, 2016

7:03

"To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking..."

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "Interpretation"

September 17th, 2016

8:29

"Everything is to be had at such a bargain that it is questionable whether in the end there is anybody who will want to bid."

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "No photography. No video."

September 4th, 2016

9:00

"We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art."

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "It was, in some ways, a total disaster"

August 27th, 2016

7:41

Certain that she had made a good painting at last, she pedaled home from the studio in the moonlight, fervent and giddy with glee.

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - "It started with a drawing"

August 20th, 2016

6:21

The curtain rises on "[a] late evening in the future." Lit by the white light above a desk. Black-and-white imagery continues throughout. On the desk are a tape-recorder and a number of tins containing reels of recorded …

Last Thursday (in Fragments) - Series Preview - Quote Me

August 13th, 2016

2:32

In 2015 Don Chambers hosted "a music and other things entertainment" each month called The Last Thursday. Each month had its own theme and governed not only the types of content, but way of presentation for the evening. …

Offbeat: Life (2016 KCRW RadioRace)

August 7th, 2016

4:11

This piece was produced by The White Whale as part of The 24-Hour Radio Race from KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Features the voice of Don Chambers, a musician from Athens, GA. For more information on his work …

Offbeat: Bellhop (#ShortDocs 2016 Submission)

May 20th, 2016

2:19

"We were lied to." This short audio work was produced for the 2016 #ShortDocs competition held by the Third Coast International Audio Festival. This piece was inspired by the "film noir" mini-movie produced by Manual …

Offbeat With Heather McIntosh

May 5th, 2016

16:53

Heather McIntosh talks about her upbringing and what choices brought her to work on the films Z for Zachariah and Compliance, cornerstones of her …

Offbeat With Brian Reitzell

January 9th, 2016

13:20

Brian Reitzell talks about his work on the show Hannibal and what went into the 3rd and (as of now) final season. Find his music for seasons 1-3 wherever you buy and listen to music. This piece was produced by Garrett …

Offbeat with Paul Fonfara

December 3rd, 2015

16:52

Paul Fonfara is a local legend of the Minneapolis music scene, having developed the band Painted Saints and playing with bands like Dreamland Faces …

Offbeat: What Is Alpha 1?

October 22nd, 2015

4:10

What is Alpha-1? was originally produced in the Spring of 2015 for the Third Coast International Audio Festival ShortDocs Challenge. The story was trying to provide a small glimpse at the personal experience of the …

Offbeat: Waiting for Charon

October 15th, 2015

2:57

"Waiting for Charon" was produced by Garrett D. Tiedemann for The Sarahs' Very Very Short, Short Stories Contest. The challenge was to create a 2-3 minute audio fiction piece inspired by one of 3 sentences. This piece …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Goodbye Yōkai

September 20th, 2015

22:37

This episode of The White Whale is the end of season 1. We say goodbye to Yōkai and go brave into the future. Covering the final films - Funayūrei 4 …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Let's Talk About Bees

September 13th, 2015

10:21

This episode of The White Whale is Funayūrei 3. Longest of the series at almost ten minutes. The film had a few stages of completion as it worked to become an extensive excavation of the life of bees and coordinates the …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Last Nine Seconds/In America

September 13th, 2015

20:01

This episode of The White Whale covers Funayūrei 2. Continuing the painterly approaches to image combination, this film also devolves into some of …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Riot Gear

September 6th, 2015

17:11

This episode of The White Whale is Funayūrei 1. A new series with more painterly techniques. This video also happens upon current events and attempts to present a certain consideration of the moment.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Rearranged Experiences

August 30th, 2015

14:51

This episode of The White Whale finishes Hikikomori with conversation of rearranging how one experiences material as a byproduct of work being …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Baseball

August 24th, 2015

10:18

This episode of The White Whale shifts from the frame breakage of Hikikomori 5 to the exterior envisaged by Hikikomori 1. A larger idea embodied by numerous in this trilogy - close proximity of personal interior with …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Build Up Break Down

August 16th, 2015

6:25

This episode of The White Whale tackles the fifth film of Hikikomori extensively before getting off track for the slightest of moments. 

The Yōkai Trilogy - In Camera

August 9th, 2015

7:18

This episode of The White Whale dives into the films of Hikikomori and doesn't get past the third video, which is actually the first video. Confused? We explain. Just listen to the podcast.

Offbeat: Harlem 68 (2015 KCRW RadioRace)

August 9th, 2015

4:15

Sounds of Harlem in 1968. The story of one woman's experience during a time of great musical evolution. This piece was produced by Garrett Tiedemann …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Discovering Buried Ideas

August 2nd, 2015

9:24

This episode of The White Whale looks exclusively at the last film for Aokigahara and how it took making the feature film KliKt to excavate buried ideas feeding an understanding that informed the development of The …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Unbalanced And Improper

July 27th, 2015

17:57

This episode of The White Whale presents a break down of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' music video and launches into how to not make a film, yet derive a way of making from it. Professionalism be damned. It also …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Cohesion

July 19th, 2015

20:24

This episode of The White Whale continues interrogating the films and dives into Garrett's history to learn more about what shapes the current work. Shifting from Jurassic Park to Fellini to the music video for …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Defining Narrative On The Dark Side Of The Moon

July 13th, 2015

25:42

This episode of The White Whale turns the tables as John interviews Garrett about making the films. Discussion shifts from the films to previous work such as Trickery Mimicry and Public as a turn back tot he topic at …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Witnessing End Times

July 6th, 2015

25:00

This episode of The White Whale winds things down. Concluding Funayūrei's making, John brings us to the guest in his room uninvited and the curious happenings around the finality of the trilogy. It's an ending in a …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Christopher Hitchens And The Girl In The Corner

June 29th, 2015

17:15

This episode of The White Whale goes deeper into the dreams and strange happenings of Funayūrei's making. John starts having vivid dreams that lead …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Bandmates On The Titanic

June 22nd, 2015

11:27

This episode of The White Whale takes an interesting turn to the Titanic as we set up the weird arrivals of Funayūrei's ghosts.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Harry Partch And Tom Waits Walk Into A Bar

June 15th, 2015

10:09

This episode of The White Whale returns looks at how one develops an openness with creativity and thinking outside the box of art. Where do we get our ideas? How do we accept our voice and interpretation if the …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Preparing Pianos

June 7th, 2015

20:24

This episode of The White Whale returns to ELpH through John Cage and preparing pianos. Most of all the records, Funayūrei is built on reconfiguring by machines.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Choose Your Own Adventure

June 1st, 2015

11:12

This episode of The White Whale dives into the "choose your own adventure" element to The Yōkai Trilogy's production as we move closer to Funayūrei …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Video Games And EVPs

May 25th, 2015

11:15

This episode of The White Whale involves videos games and EVPs - their existence and use value in the sounds of ghost stories - as conversation …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Absent Presence

May 18th, 2015

11:35

This episode of The White Whale starts addressing the films and how they evolved the way John saw the music. The coincidences of construction keep …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Into the Water

May 11th, 2015

7:45

This episode of The White Whale shifts to Funayūrei, third and final album in The Yōkai Trilogy; initiating discussion of the third album while also previewing tracks from the upcoming release.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Ghost In The Machine

May 4th, 2015

15:40

This episode of The White Whale speaks thoroughly to the inspirations and compositional aesthetic of Hikikomori. Made up of inorganic instruments, John also speaks to mixes derived by machines rather than him alone.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Almost Ghosts

April 27th, 2015

5:13

This episode of The White Whale goes further into what it is to be Hikikomori and why John's second record of trilogy doesn't have a single organic instrument on it.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Hikikomori (in Brief)

April 20th, 2015

3:55

This episode of The White Whale briefly introduces Hikikomori and the story behind John's second record in the trilogy.

The Yōkai Trilogy - Turn Of The Screw

April 13th, 2015

15:04

This episode of The White Whale looks at the classics by James, Poe, and Hawthorne to examine how limiting their structures of storytelling have become. For the modern day ghost story Aokigahara is much more than a name …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Backwards Foundationally

April 5th, 2015

11:31

This episode of The White Whale continues the conversation of The Yōkai Trilogy and looks at how sound running backwards and listening out of order became significant conduits to composition. "Start anywhere, go …

The Yōkai Trilogy - Ghost Stories

March 30th, 2015

16:00

This episode of The White Whale begins the conversation of The Yōkai Trilogy, its origins in ghost stories, and the desire to tell something different - first with the written word and then without. It is in some ways …

Previewing Season 1 - The Yōkai Trilogy

March 23rd, 2015

4:17

This episode of The White Whale offers a preview of season 1, which aims to thoroughly consider The Yōkai Trilogy - an art collaborative between John …

The Key

March 15th, 2015

2:48

What is the key to The White Whale? How do we find an origin point? Has it already happened? "When men have died they enter history. When statues …

Miscommunications In Audio

March 8th, 2015

1:26

When you record, things can go wrong, but not all is lost. Long-form documentary, sound experimentation, and musings on the stuff of life. The White Whale is an audio production of CyNar Pictures and its record label …

Testing, 1, 2

March 1st, 2015

0:30

You have to start somewhere. Seems a guitar feed was the best way for The White Whale to make an entrance. Stay tuned for more episodes shortly. Long- form documentary, sound experimentation, and musings on the stuff of …

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