11.2.14: Mt. Washington's Hidden Perk, The Power Of Sound, & YouTube Mash-up Artist Kutiman
When it comes to rigid safeguards against the Ebola virus, New York’s governor says “Better safe than sorry”. But what happens when panic inflates the price of public safety? On today’s show, calculating the cost of over-reaction.
We’ll also explore how the power of sound can make or break an experience. When the ad agency for Royal Caribbean chose a lively, catchy tune for a series of commercials for the cruise line, it didn’t exactly match the wholesome, fun loving image they were trying to promote.
Then, we’ll speak with the Israeli musician known as Kutiman, about crafting an album made entirely of unrelated sound samples from YouTube videos.
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The High Cost of Overreacting
- Marty Nemko is a career coach, writer, speaker and host for KALW public radio in San Francisco. He wrote an article for Time magazine’s Ideas section called “The Absurd Cost of Overreaction.”
Mount Washington's Hidden Perk
- For those willing to risk the extreme weather, the summit of Mount Washington has a lot to offer. Aside from the hiking and climbing, visitors can catch a bite at the Tip-Top House, tour New Hampshire’s most popular museum, and when the weather is clear, take in a spectacular view. But there is one perk that Mount Washington isn’t known for. Producer Taylor Quimby reports.
- See photos and more at this link: Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?
- Joel Beckerman is an award winning composer and producer for television and is founder of Man Made Music a company specializing in sonic branding. His new book is called Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.
- Joel and his team have created an interactive experience to accompany the book. You can check it out at: thesonicboom.joelbeckerman.com.
- We used a few sound samples in the interview which were provided by Joel and his company, including the AT&T Sonic Logo they created. The credit for that sound is AT&T Intellectual Property. You can listen to more of his company's sonic creations at Man Made Music.
- We've also created a compilation of movie trailers that have been modified, using sound, to create disturbingly different movies. You can check that our here: Change the Sound, Change the Mood.
Sound Design From Hell
- Producer Jonathan Mitchell, talks to Hollywood sound designer Steve Boeddeker about his process developing soundscapes for the 2001 horror film, From Hell, starring Johnny Depp as an opium addicted detective hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper.
- You can listen to this story at prx.org.
- Ophir Kutiel aka Kutiman, crafts musical works entirely from unrelated YouTube videos, the same way a DJ might pull samples from all sorts of different records. We talked to him about his process and about the reactions from the artists whose work he features. You can find more videos from Kutiman's current project at this link, Thru You Too. One of the videos is featured below.