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BERKELEY– The World According to Sound: Live at UC Berkeley

November 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am1:00 pm

The World According to Sound

BERKELEY– Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett of The World According to Sound are going on tour with their show to celebrate a new partnership with the LightHouse Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. For one hour you are going to sit in total darkness, surrounded by speakers, and experience the world through your ears instead of your eyes. This program is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant

There are two show times: the early show at 5:30 PM and the late show at 8:00 pm. 

Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett are co-creators of The World According to Sound, a radio show that airs on NPR’s All Things Considered and weekly on individual public radio stations. The Washington Post writes that “each episode is 90 seconds, containing a neat little story about an evocative, unusual sound rendered in intense aural detail.”

For the live performance, Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett set up a ring of speakers, pass out eye masks, turn out the lights, and take the sounds from their show and move them all around the audience. You will hear bridges and ants and the gurgle of mud pots. The sounds will transport you inside another person’s head and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. There will be a musical performance by a washing machine, a sonorous tennis match, and a disturbing howl Marco Polo heard centuries ago while crossing the Gobi Desert. All these sounds will swirl around you while you sit in total darkness with only your ears to guide you.

You can learn more about the show by listening to this interview the pair did with WBEZ all about sound and radio here.


November 27, 2018

5:30 – 9:00 pm 

Shows at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm

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UC Berkeley Wheeler Hall

Maude Fife Room

Berkeley, CA 94720


November 27, 2018
9:30 am – 1:00 pm


UC Berkeley Wheeler Hall Maude Fife Room
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States + Google Map