Re:sound #4: The Investigation Show

This hour: a woman investigates a secluded religious community, another secretly tapes her interactions with paint store owners, and yet another peels back the layers of "geek speak."

2004 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: a woman investigates a secluded religious community, another secretly tapes her interactions with paint store owners, and yet another peels back the layers of "geek speak."

New Violet Flame

by Brenda Hutchinson (Soundprint, 2002)

When Brenda Hutchinson's sister decided to raise her kids in a secluded religious community in Montana, Hutchinson went to investigate. This piece documents her exploration into a completely foreign world of worship.

Letter From Chicago

by Jonathan Menjivar (The Savvy Traveler, 2003)

Jonathan Menjivar's mom started worrying about him when he moved to Chicago -- and hasn't stopped. In this audio letter, Menjivar attempts to reassure his mom by documenting a day in his life.

The Paint Mixers

by Damali Ayo and Dmae Roberts (Studio 360, 2004)

As a little girl, Damali Ayo looked for her skin tone in a box of crayons but it was nowhere to be found. So as an adult, she asks paint mixers to create a color that matches her skin -- and surreptitiously records them as they do so.

Geek Speak

by Pamela Z (Parts of Speech, 1995)

Listen as Pamela Z turns the vocabulary and attitude of a computer geek into an entirely new language, complete with harmony, rhythm, and melody.

produced by

Brenda Hutchinson

Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work has been presented at international festivals in New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and Canada. Venues in the United States that have featured her work include the Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and the Kitchen in New York; the Lab, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco; and Soundprint on NPR.

Dmae Roberts

Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody Award-winning radio artist and writer who has created groundbreaking personal, multicultural documentaries.

Damali Ayo

Damali Ayo's award-winning work has been shown at galleries across the world. She speaks to colleges, high schools, non-profits and communities in the U.S. and Canada about race, art, and eco-living. Damali and her work have been featured in over 100 publications worldwide including Harper's, the Village Voice, Salon, and CSPAN2's Book TV. Damali's book, How to Rent a Negro was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Her radio work Living Flag: Panhandling for Reparations won a Silver Reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer and performer who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, and gesture-activated MIDI controllers. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, and an Ars Electronica Honorable Mention.

Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro (@jatomic) is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX - a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven podcasts. She is also the executive producer of Ear Hustle .

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