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.
Watch the video of Nate Harrison's Can I Get an Amen?
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