Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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The Spark-like Wonder of Everything

Last night our tea kettle began to whistle, signaling that the boiling water for my wife's tea was ready. I managed to get a pretty fair recording of the sound, which I'll upload to the Freesound Project. I hope the listeners enjoy the punctuation of dogs barking at me for attention amid the steamy whistles.

Tihs morning I ran across the Canadian public radio program Spark, which covers technology in modern life. Its October 10 and 13 episode uses two of my remixes, "Snow Geese at Hagerman Wildlife Reserve" and "Restless Sleep", on the soundtrack for its stories. "Snow Geeese at Hagerman Wildlife Reserve features a re-processing of my kazoo version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" from the lower-than-lo-fi kazoo christmas album I sent out to Livejournal friends some years ago. Kazoos, it turns out, make wonderful geese honks if you just slow them down a bit. I was especially pleased that the songs were used in support of interesting articles--one about a "warbike" in Toronoto, which reprocesses neighborhood field recordings into music as one "rides by", and the other about the great and good things being achieved by African webloggers.

I've always been fond of the ways incidental music is interspersed between pieces on our National Public Radio programs. I'm pleased that in the past several weeks, my own music has been used in both Canadian and Dutch public radio to add the ambience that gives the tiniest nudge of extra fun to the "action" in the aural foreground.

I create Creative Commons music with liberal licenses so that people can find cool uses for it without having to worry about paying for non-commercial uses. I'm thrilled when people pick it up and use it in just that way, as did Spark. It's fun to imagine a song being played in another country, on a Saturday, at dawn, when only people who keep my own hours are awake to hear.
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