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Artwork #14: “Protest as Religion”

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:54:11 +0000

In December, 2011, I visited a protest outside of the Credit Suisse offices in Manhattan to make sound recordings. Below is the podcast that resulted. The event was staged against that day’s military contracting meeting, hosted by Credit Suisse, but connections to Occupy Wall Street were evident on many levels, from the organization of the […]

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Bangkok is Ringing, Episode Six

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:51:07 +0000

The sixth and final installment of my podcast series “Bangkok is Ringing” is online now at Triple Canopy. Or, listen to it right here. This last episode takes us through some of the distinct sonic spaces of the 2010-2011 Red Shirt protests. The diversity of these spaces tells us something important about the movement, namely […]

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The Language of Sound in Thai

Fri, 27 May 2011 08:04:40 +0000

Throughout the year, I’ve kept a running list of Thai words that relate to sound and listening, jotting down notes from interviews and books, and going through sections of the dictionary page-by-page. It turns out that the Thai language has piles of vocabulary to describe the sonic environment, from the poetic to the precise, from […]

Bangkok Is Ringing, Episode 4

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:45:30 +0000

The fourth installment of the ongoing podcast series, Bangkok is Ringing, is up now at Triple Canopy. Or listen to it right here: This episode discusses the state of the radio in Bangkok, with a focus on the recent history of Luk Thung stations. Briefly, Luk Thung is a genre with a strange double status, […]

To the Sea

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 05:30:26 +0000

In the evening, when the tide ebbs in the gulf, the canal gets low and the water under the house dries up. The dogs and the crabs run around in the mud. The cats eat the crabs. In the morning, dew gushes down the spout and drips hard on the planks, pooling under the house. […]

Bulking Up

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:11:04 +0000

Klong Toey market is a sprawling way station for something like half of the produce that reaches Bangkok’s restaurants every day, and no small amount of its meat and home goods either. Industrial-sized clear garbage bags full of limes are tossed from the backs of trucks, palettes of morning glory and parsley block the footpath, […]

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Bangkok is Ringing, Episode 3

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 03:09:01 +0000

The third installment of the ongoing podcast series, Bangkok is Ringing, is up now at Triple Canopy. Or listen to it right here: Bangkok is Ringing #3. October, 2010. 12:00. A slideshow to accompany the piece: Bangkok is a hot, humid, smelly, flashy, loud city. As with many metropolitan areas, this is a big part […]

Artwork #13: Kickin’ It

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:49:11 +0000

Sepak Takraw is a Southeast Asian sport that appears too hard for me to play. A rattan ball is volleyed over a raised net using any part of the body except the hands and arms. The name “Sepak Takraw” splits the difference between how Malaysians and Thais refer to the game. The recording doesn’t sound […]

Racing and Barking

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 04:11:02 +0000

Last week, PD and I went to a carnival near Din Daeng. The main attraction was an outdoor Lam Sing performance starring จีรพันธ์ แว่นระเว่ and วัชราภรณ์สมสุข, which was just getting good when a heavy rainfall ended the night prematurely. Here is a snippet of the show, complete with a dramatic build-up and some positive mid-song […]

Duet for Storm and Freight Train

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 04:34:38 +0000

Thailand’s rainy season is May to October. During these months, a handful of intense monsoon storms make the rice grow. Then from November to February, farmers reap their crops. This year, the rains have been slow to come. Yields are in doubt amid talk of a sustained drought that may not only affect the rice […]