The World According to Sound

95 EpisodesProduced by Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett

A miniature radio show that tells stories with sounds instead of, well, stories. Sign up on our website to receive new episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz. Every ninety-second episode is about a different sound. You could hear Earth Whistlers, mudpots, or bridges; a dying language, a forgotten language,… read more

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86 – Sound Audio: Coast to Coast

June 5th, 2018

4:14

Oh the things you hear in the middle of the night on AM radio.

85 – Sound Audio: Birth of Modern Radio

May 29th, 2018

3:44

The modern generation of audio makers lies in the shadow of this show.

84 – Sound Audio: Father Cares

May 22nd, 2018

5:44

NPR used to be willing to experiment with the format of the radio it made.

83 – Sound Audio: Edward R. Murrow

May 15th, 2018

5:55

Bringing the war into your living room.

81 - Sound Audio: Boring

May 1st, 2018

2:45

It's so good it will put you to sleep and you'll be happy about it.

80 – Sound Audio: The Last of the Zeppelins

April 24th, 2018

3:42

Radio reporting live on scene pretty much started with the Hindenburg.

78 – Sound Audio: Year in Food

April 10th, 2018

6:25

Beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich beef sandwich crumpets crumpets …

77 – Sound Audio: Idea of North

April 3rd, 2018

3:09

Everybody's talking at the same time.

76 – Textile Manufacturing

November 14th, 2017

1:40

We know Penelope could use one. Unclear whether anybody today can.

75 – The Last Singer of His Kind

November 7th, 2017

2:07

He is the only one who has ever been recorded singing this way.

74 – Spanish Lottery

October 31st, 2017

1:30

So many winning numbers, so so many hours of singing.

73 – Amorous Arachnids

October 24th, 2017

1:42

If I had eight legs and pedipalps, I'd probably do this too.

71 – Gassy Exchange

October 11th, 2017

1:40

Gas imploding under water isn't relegated just to your bathtub.

70 – Car Laughter

October 3rd, 2017

1:40

Laughter from beyond the grave.

69 – Feeding Time

September 26th, 2017

1:42

A day in the life of nature at Yellowstone National Park.

68 – A Sylvan Inferno

September 19th, 2017

1:46

A fire rages in Yellowstone National Park.

67 – Aqueous Eruptions

September 13th, 2017

1:45

The first in a series of recordings from Yellowstone National Park.

66 – WATS to Come

August 23rd, 2017

2:31

We've been gone a while, but new episodes are coming! Here's a taste.

Last Day – Wigwam

May 9th, 2017

3:47

The World According to Sound rolls into Manheim, PA, to drop off its inimitable Claire Brothers loudspeakers and effectively bring their tour to an …

Day 17 – Green Room

April 26th, 2017

2:40

A few minutes before showtime in Boston.

Day 15 – Quintessenshell

April 25th, 2017

2:29

Ambulations along a beach on Cape Cod.

Day 13 – Leef Blowing

April 10th, 2017

2:55

At a gas station in Lee, Massachusetts.

Day 12 – Smith Opera House

April 9th, 2017

2:03

A soundcheck from the balcony of an empty opera house.

Day 5 – Skidmore

March 30th, 2017

3:22

An hour and a half before our show at Skidmore, we got an inside tip about a reverberant paradise.

Day 2 – Post-show Detox

March 26th, 2017

1:59

The morning after the first live show in Burlington, VT, WATS needed to do a little cleaning.

Day 1 – Sleet Sounds and Van Troubles

March 25th, 2017

2:15

On the eve of The World According to Sound's East Coast tour, inclement weather in Vermont gave our tour van some problems.

65 – Brain Artery

February 28th, 2017

1:39

The soothing sounds of blood pumping through your brain.

64 – Number Stations

February 14th, 2017

1:45

Achtung! I guess if I had to secretly communicate with foreign agents, I'd just say a bunch of random numbers too.

63 – Coal Miner

February 6th, 2017

2:02

33 percent of America's electricity comes from coal. You're probably using energy generated from that black rock right now. It's extracted from the ground by guys like Mackie Branham.

62 – American Unrest: Immigration Ban Protest 1/28/17

January 30th, 2017

1:38

Not all of America takes kindly to Trump's ban of immigrants.

61 – Funnel Bubble

January 24th, 2017

1:38

Making plum wine in your kitchen is unexpectedly melodious.

60 – Rebel Yell

January 18th, 2017

1:38

The confederate war cry resembled "a foxhunt yip mixed up with sort of a banshee squall."

59 – Telephonic Symphony

January 5th, 2017

1:36

The mellifluous tones of a Japanese electronics store.

58 – American Unrest: Presidential Protest 11/9/16

November 10th, 2016

1:30

The sound of Donald Trump getting elected in San Francisco.

57 – Oldest Song

September 15th, 2016

1:35

This song shows that Western music is almost a 1,000 years older than we used to believe.

56 – Musique Concrète

September 13th, 2016

1:35

About a hundred years ago, Berlin sounded like this.

55 – Watery Pipes

September 8th, 2016

1:35

The Pacific Ocean's uncanny undulations.

53 – Leaf Blower

August 30th, 2016

1:33

Sometimes you need to make do with the greenery at hand.

WATS Live Show

August 9th, 2016

1:09

Come sit in the dark with us and take in some aural delights!

WATS Special: The Sounds of Music

July 12th, 2016

18:06

The first long episode of The World According to Sound. Whoa.

52 – Google Song

July 7th, 2016

1:22

It could be a grim future for music.

51 – A Sonic Barber Pole

July 5th, 2016

1:39

This auditory illusion is almost enough to make you go mad.

50 – Whistle Register

June 28th, 2016

1:28

Mariah Carey made this famous, but its been a part of pop for a long time.

49 – Yaybahar

June 21st, 2016

1:33

This acoustic instrument can kick the ass of any electric one.

48 – Cat Organ

June 14th, 2016

1:28

A cat organ fit for a king. Or, at least a prince.

47 – Sonic Stalactites

June 7th, 2016

1:36

Gotta do a little spelunking to play these pipes.

46 – Chasing Away the Homeless: a How-to

May 31st, 2016

1:30

A classic, but not classy way to keep the poor away from your place of business.

45 – Cat Music

May 24th, 2016

1:36

Just because you like Beethoven doesn't mean your cat does.

44 – Drumming Like the Wind

May 17th, 2016

1:30

Convulsing for a minute with sticks in your hands.

43 – Torture Music

May 10th, 2016

1:40

Many American pop hits have been used for a dark purpose.

41 – Concentration Camp Music

April 26th, 2016

2:00

During the Holocaust, prisoners in concentration camps wrote songs like this.

40 – Singing Roads

April 19th, 2016

1:24

The road less travelled never sang to you, did it?

39 – The Secret Sounds Giraffes Make When the Sun Goes Down

April 12th, 2016

1:39

Speaking with our dappled, long-necked animal friends.

38 – Idioglossia

April 5th, 2016

1:35

Inventing a language at the age of two.

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37 – Singing Sand

March 29th, 2016

1:31

If the sand should sing your praises, they would outnumber the stars in heaven.

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36 – Washing Machine Music

March 22nd, 2016

2:00

Musique concrète takes a trip to the laundromat.

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35 – Involuntary Vocalization

March 15th, 2016

1:30

We wonder if piano teachers actually instruct their students to squeal, groan, and hum as they play.

Read More: http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/2016/04/17/35-vocalization.html

34 – Ants

March 8th, 2016

1:30

God, ants are SO loud when they walk!

Thanks to Stephen Frost for the recording. Check out his other projects here! http://www.earthvibes.com.au

30 – Man Bird

February 23rd, 2016

1:30

I too would like to have an ornithological larynx.

29 – Ode to Joy

February 16th, 2016

1:34

This piece of music has been co-opted like no other.
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28 – Consuming

December 22nd, 2015

1:40

The most powerful economy in the world at work.

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27 – Mechanical Music

December 17th, 2015

1:30

The randomness of a hundred different rhythms.

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26 – ASLSP

December 15th, 2015

1:34

This song will finish in about another 600 years.

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25 – Gravitational Waves

December 10th, 2015

1:34

Hearing the ripples in space-time.

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24 – WiFi

December 8th, 2015

1:30

Being surrounded by invisible streams of data.

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23 – Stukas

December 3rd, 2015

1:32

By the time you hear this trumpet, it's probably too late.

22 – The Hour of Charm

December 1st, 2015

1:25

According to some, you need more than musical talent to make charming music.

The recording of The Hour of Charm in this episode was preserved by the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. library.stanford.edu/ars

To hear …

21 – Achromatopsia

November 24th, 2015

1:28

Let's take a listen to the rainbow.

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20 – Wikipedia

November 19th, 2015

1:30

The world's largest encyclopedia as music.

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19 – Cease To Exist

November 17th, 2015

1:38

Be careful of which songs you cover.

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18 – Look at Your Game Girl

November 17th, 2015

1:28

Sometimes the less you know about the artist the better.

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17 – Glossolalia

November 12th, 2015

1:29

The sounds of people channeling the divine.

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16 – The Iliad

November 10th, 2015

1:30

A dead language brought back to life.

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15 – Hold Music

November 5th, 2015

1:35

The sound of your life on hold.

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14 – Tinnitus

November 3rd, 2015

1:37

Between 10 and 15 percent of us hear things like this constantly.

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12 – 8-bit Death

October 27th, 2015

1:35

Dealing with digital death.

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13 – A Silent Song

October 23rd, 2015

1:39

Sometimes you just don't want to hear anything in a song.

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11 – End of the World Song

October 22nd, 2015

1:25

We still don't understand how CNN would know when to play this.

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10 – Grunting

October 20th, 2015

1:29

Athletes deep in focus.

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9 – Earth Whistlers

October 15th, 2015

1:28

These noises can be heard all around the earth. Constantly.

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8 - Prisencolinensinainciusol

October 12th, 2015

1:32

A gibberish song with a secret message.

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7 – Sochiapam Chinantec

October 8th, 2015

1:33

Just a couple of guys having a little chat. The recordings come from the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Mexico. http://bit.ly/1LoofSW

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6 – Monsieur Lefires

October 6th, 2015

1:24

Odorless and harmonious toots.

5 – Auditory Hallucinations

September 28th, 2015

1:40

Jarrad Wale made a recording that lets you into someone else's head.

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2 – Daisy Bell

September 28th, 2015

1:41

A masterpiece from IBM and HAL.

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4 – Bridge Songs

September 28th, 2015

1:23

Jodi Rose records the secret songs of bridges all over the world.

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3 – Mimicry

September 28th, 2015

1:22

Bird is definitely the word.

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1 – Mud Pots

August 29th, 2015

1:21

Bloop. Bloop bloop.

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