I've been thinking about getting a stethoscope to try and capture body sounds, but pressing my ear up against someone works well. I just have to edit out the gurgly noises, and I'm left with some breaths and clicks and faint thumps. Maybe a stethoscope would get heartbeats better. Also in this episode was the current night sounds from that previous Wednesday, still some crickets around.
I was walking past the local skatepark downtown and was drawn in by the sounds. I asked the kids there if they were ok with me recording them and they all got up and started skating to make more sound! Dope! Thank you James, JJ, Jo Jo, Jacob, Dalton, and Greg for skating. And then just down the street as me and Brianna were recording the fountain at Heritage Park, Chris came over and asked what we were up to, and after we told him we were recording for Lullaby Utopia, he asked “so it’s like human interest mixed with music?” and I was like “well yeah actually it is I guess.” Later he was like “once I started listening it sounded like a drum circle” but I didn’t get that on the recording unfortunately.
I told Jake to send me some drums, and he did, but I completely messed up the mix and so I had to cut out ~20 minutes worth, but he’s still on a lot of the show thankfully. You can here the unedited show on the 89.3 KAOS website (https://www.radiofreeamerica.com/show/lullaby-utopia-kaos-community-radio).
I played a company picnic for my Dad’s workplace with my good friend/mentor Steve Luceno and my sister got some recordings of it which you can hear in the third third of the show. I programmed all the recordings she took and was hoping it would select the piñata getting beat but it never got around to it (she ended up with 2+ hrs of recording and there was room for maybe 40 minutes worth when it was layered on itself). Maybe it’ll make it onto the show some other time. I also programmed three chords for it to switch between in the second half, but it only ever got around to 2 of them in the entire hour that the program was running. Yet another statistical anomaly on this show I suppose.
Another Isabelle travelogue episode, she is with my mom in Chicago and you can hear the annual cicadas in the recordings she sent back. (They are not the every 17 year cicadas, but a different species [every continental state has 4 or more species of cicada]). I’m really happy that they’re out there and that they are sending love from all of us back here in Olympia.
Field recordings in this episode include but are not limited to: Cicadas, thunder, birthday parties, dogs, kids walking backwards, pool, and crazy 8s.
Since there were no field recordings last week, there’s a wealth of them this week. There was an owl hanging around our place whose hoots I stole. Judging from online video comparison I think it’s a great horned owl, but if you think otherwise please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Did you know that owls have some of the most proportionally large ears in the animal kingdom? I was thinking of including a picture of their ears, but that might be something to find on your own. They also have one ear higher than the other so they can be more precise when gauging where it is vertically, as well as face feathers in a dish shape that channel sound towards their ears. They can control the depth of that dish in order to change at what distance their hearing is focused on.
Crickets are also starting to be noisier this time of year, and we had a magnificent thunderstorm last week.
No field recordings this week, just a medley of different things. I attempted something vaporwave-y the first half but it just ended up sounding like what I usually put out, and it opens up towards the second half.
Brianna here! For this week I joined Cooper in the studio to make a special episode for my dad. He is thankfully okay, but he was in a serious car accident while headed back from a work trip earlier this week. Even though he called us right away to keep us updated, it was still a very scary experience for everyone who loves him (and certainly a scary experience for him, too!) I have a poem that I wrote for him and Cooper brought in some field recordings that would best fit my dad- and they're all taken at his house! You'll hear sprinklers, water fountains, and wind chimes.
We love you so much Dad!
-Bri and Cooper
My and Brianna kayaked out to hope island, which has a campsite only accessible by boat. We were hoping to get a spot but all the sites were taken, so we sat on the beach and felt bummed out for a while. During which I took a field recording!
I got a haircut! hear it happen in this episode!
ALSO: I’ve been doing Lullaby Utopia for a year now! Happy Birthday Lullaby Utopia last year I recorded lakefair, so this year I did that too. There’s a big spin-y ride you can hear going wruuuuummb wruuuuumb.
Semi-live this time (had to prerecord it because I’m playing shows in the Olympia Free Jazz Festival!).
The Fourth of July parade in Oakville featured a number of Brianna’s family members as well as a crowd which outnumbered the population of Oakville.
WARNING: FIREWORKS SOUNDS USED
For fourth of july my family went out to eat sushi, and my mom ordered the “mexican roll,” which along with the hotdogs I had for lunch seemed just about the most American meal ever. We went to the 3rd of july fireworks show, which you’ll hear right of the beginning of this episode, and I was able to catch 3, maybe 4 languages, which you’ll hear if you listen closely (there’s other stuff going on).
Also in this episode, samples from Lewis Jordan’s “When the Time Comes,” and Joe Mailhot’s live version of a tune he wrote in 2000 which he didn’t name the name of when he played on Free Jazz with Fred this last Monday. If he did say the name I missed it. He was talking about how he had Syd Potter to thank for starting his compositional career. You can hear that live show for about a week longer before the archive expires here: https://www.radiofreeamerica.com/show/free-jazz-with-fred-2-kaos-community-radio, and you can find out more about the Olympia Free Jazz Festival here: https://www.facebook.com/olympiafreejazzfestival/ You can see Lullaby Utopia live and learn how I do my process for the show Sunday July 14th at St. Martins.
This year I went to three whole graduation ceremonies, two that my sister isabelle was in (whose traveloges you can hear in past episodes), and one that I played in. One was for Capitol High here in Oly, one for South Puget Sound Community College here in Oly, and one for the Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (https://fepps.org/). Of the three, my favorite was the SPSCC one which you can hear here on the show! Don’t worry I cut out all the boring speeches it’s just all the families cheering in all their own unique different ways. My mom says “way to go peanut.”
We also had some thunderstorms out here which is still a little bit unusual for Western Washington I think. It’s only the second field recording I’ve gotten since I’ve been out here, if I was in Wisconsin I’d probably have over a hundred by now.
The computer programming this time was a little more involved than usual, I feel like I keep pushing myself more and more. This is also the first show featuring a foot pedal I was able to hook up to my computer to control events without taking my hands away from the bass. Cool.
If you have any sounds that make you sleepy or happy or both you can send them to email@example.com and I’ll play them on the show. See you next week!
WARNING: THE LASER CUTTER IN THIS EPISODE SOUNDS LIKE A VENTILATOR
Dale (Brianna’s dad) told me about a laser cutter that makes a cool sound at his workplace, so I packed my gear to record it. In person it’s not very loud at all and it makes the room smell like someone is baking.
I suppose that kind of counts as a submission? If you have an idea for sounds I should record, or have a recording to send me please do! (firstname.lastname@example.org). I know I’ve had guest frogs and sprinklers on the show before, but I wanted to record the yard at night since the moon’s been out (and will be a full moon sunday night/monday morning), and that meant getting some frogs and sprinklers and an a/c unit too. A cat was slinking around, so successfully in fact that it did not show up in the field recording. It did spook me a little bit.
IF YOU HAVE FIELD RECORDINGS TAKEN ON ANY OLD RECORDING DEVICE (including phones) OF A GOOD PLACE, PLEASE SEND THEM TO email@example.com
Recordings in this episode are machinery from spring cleaning and a grange party. Yes, there are granges in Lullaby Utopia, it is there where you find the best marshmallow fluff you've had in your life and the wood creaks good too.
At this particular grange, a guy went up to the piano said "y'all want to sing some songs?" and before people could even say "heck yeah brother" he's playing tunes that somehow everybody but me knows the words to. I said "holy moly" and ran out to get my recording equipment, but I had some trouble getting to my car because an Australian (who made it onto one of the recordings in the episode) ran over a tree. By the time I managed to get back I had missed it but witnessing it first hand definitely left an impression on me. I did get a little bit of a guitar player though doing sort of the same thing.
See you next week!
It’s been too long since I last had Christopher William Wolter on the show so I thought I’d ask him to do me a favor. You might have already figured out Lullaby Utopia is a large scale simulation, but down here we also play video games too. Some of the NPCs (non-player characters) have started thinking for themselves! They’re going through a rather angsty phase but the scientists/game designers don’t care what they think as long as they think for themselves. When I asked the head scientist, Maralindorothy Burnosamastein what she thought about it she said “it’s a necessary part of growing up.”
Also the sprinklers are on! We have special night-time ones.
There were two things that happened this last week, my good friends Kylie and Chris got married! To each other! And I stole the sounds from the ceremony! Or rather Brianna did, because I was honored to be able to PLAY FOR THE CEREMONY! What are you kidding me? That’s boss! Thanks for trusting me with potentially ruining everything Kylie and Chris!
The other thing that happened was Brianna’s birthday, so the second half of the show is a super special surprise from me and her families to her. About three hundred of her siblings and parents all called into the radio station at once, and you’ll be able to here them.
I found a field recording that I thought I lost! The landing from Madison in it’s entirety, from before we touch down to when I get out of the airport, and then a long field recording from around where I live where there’s a abandoned railway.
I always fly with this special airline “Sunbeam” out of Seattle where the sides of the plane are all clear glass (probably some sort of plastic but it looks like glass) and they only schedule flights where you’ll see a sunrise or a sunset. I guess they recoup the costs of those things by not serving soda, but you can bring your own which I do. Over the course of the field recording, the sky goes from sunny to dark (I took pictures during which are in the attached image).
And the trail/rails where I was walking you can still find people who catch freight in and out of Olympia and if you stop to talk to them, they’ll cook you a can of beans over their campfire and tell you about jobs they’ve worked in Kansas City, and all the best (FREE!) things to discover across the US. I waved hello to a couple folks here and there, but I didn’t want a whole lot of talking in the recording so I just kept to myself mostly.
Some neighbors were celebrating Cinco de Mayo so I stole some of their music with my recording device! Don't tell anyone!
Also in this episode is procession of the species, a local parade here in Olympia WA. You won't find any marching in formation in this parade, it's all pretty freeform. Incidentally, I use stock photos for the images I post when I announce the show: when I searched for "parade" all the top results were Russian military parades.
Next week some more long-form field recordings I think.
This will be the last show featuring field recordings from Madison, there’s a couple things that I put on the backburner, mainly Procession of the Species (a parade in my hometown Olympia, WA celebrating Earth Day), so expect some of that next week.
I managed to get a small field recording in the car of rain while I was waiting for my buddy Jake to pick up groceries. I tried to do very many things with one small recording, which is a little different than what I usually do. There’s a brief field recording from my visit with my mentor Richard Davis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Davis_(bassist)), as well as some synth stuff too.
I had a wonderful time in Madison reconnecting with Musician friends and teaching at the Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists conference. And I played a live show at the Alchemy with Left Field Compatriots Alex and Jake where we tried integrating the “Phonelines Stress Me Out” patch from Lullaby Utopia into the show. Thank you especially to Isaac Suprenant, one of the first people to listen to this show, Aaron Gotchberg and Delane Doyle for your guys’ support, feedback and real talk. No recordings from the show unfortunately, but I did return with some recordings from the bass conference as promised.
The bass conference was another resounding success, thank you to Ben Ferris and Catherine Harris for all the hard work that you guys do to put it on.
Some more plane sounds in this episode. Flying is becoming a different experience the more I do it. The Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, etc. airports all remain remarkably the same, the planes are pretty much the same since I was growing up, the same sounds, procedures. And at the end of it you’ve gone across the country in very little time, which holds a good amount of significance/weight. It’s like a bigger, more expensive, more inconvenient stargate portal. Still really cool.