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STANFORD– CCRMA presents The World According to Sound, Live!

November 26, 2018 @ 11:30 am12:30 pm

The World According to Sound, a California Humanities-supported project

STANFORD– 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 Postwrites that “each episode is 90 seconds, containing a neat little story about an evocative, unusual sound rendered in intense aural detail.” The show’s sound-driven approach to radio has been featured on programs like NHPR’s “Overheard,” KQED’s “Earful,” KALW’s “The Spot,” CBC’s “Podcast Playlist,” and a segment on “HowSound” called “Short is Beautiful.”

Supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant, The World According to Sound is more than just a radio show, however. Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett have turned it into a live performance where they 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. There’s absolutely nothing to see. It will be a spectacle entirely for the ears.

Sam Harnett is a reporter for KQED and a frequent contributor to Marketplace, and NPR programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Chris Hoff is the senior engineer and sound designer for Crosscurrents on KALW. The pair has performed at art galleries, theaters, and centers for the blind in San Francisco and throughout the Northeast.


November 26, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Please arrive no later than 7:15 pm, otherwise your seat may be given away.

CCRMA Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

660 Lomita Court

Stanford, CA 94305


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November 26, 2018
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


CCRMA Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
660 Lomita Court
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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