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Re:sound #43: The Music Show

This hour: time-lapse phonography, a much-sampled beat, and the only instrument you can play without actually touching.

2006 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: time-lapse phonography, a much-sampled beat, and the only instrument you can play without actually touching.

Number 1 for 37 Minutes
by Trent Wolbe (Studio 360, 2005)
Luke Dubois is a musician and computer programmer who has developed a technique called time-lapse phonography, which works on the same basic principle of time-lapse photography, condensing sound over time instead of image. He used the technique on every #1 song on the Billboard charts from 1958 to 2000, collapsing 42 years into one 37-minute piece of music.

The Intriguing Theremin
by Michele Ernsting (Radio Netherlands, 2004)
Named after its colorful and enigmatic inventor, Russian scientist Lev Sergeivitch Theremin, the theremin is a staple in the soundtrack of every old scary movie you can think of. And despite the fact that it is a relatively new instrument -- at least compared to say, the violin -- its history is just as rich.

Can I Get an Amen?
by Nate Harrison (California Institute of the Arts, 2004)
Sound artist Nate Harrison traces one of the most sampled drum beats in the history of recorded music back to its origin.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Michele Ernsting

Michele Ernsting worked as a radio journalist in Canada before moving to the Netherlands to study international law at the University of Amsterdam.

Nate Harrison

Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in modern media.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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