Published: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:06:41 +0000
Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:01:42 +0000Copyright: Copyright 2011 Eric Luke and Reed Oros
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:06:41 +0000
Gerard Armbruster and Stetson Tudd are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:22:00 +0000
Photo by Moreau.henri. Sound effects provided by Freesound Project contributors: laurent, reinsamba, ejazz215, promete, CGEffex.
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 19:31:00 +0000
The Wallflower 360, a premium received with Gerard Armbruster's workhorse handheld audio recorder, was introduced in the Extruding America episode entitled Preparation for a Journalistically Superior Report, and was described as "a recording device so sensitive it can even record your thoughts and dreams." It promised the ability to "constantly record your entire life." It was discarded on a scrapheap but is apparently still in operation, as evidenced here. - Editor*
*Note - The possibility of a listening device with the power of the Wallflower 360 was being investigated as early as 1949 and outlined in scientific literature (see AUDITORY NATURE IN MOLECULAR STRUCTURES by Folger Edelstein, Yuma University Press 1949) and in extrapolative classical works (e.g. THE BED CHAMBER DREAMS OF TIN TIN LIU by the 13th century Chinese poet Ben Joe).
Sat, 27 Mar 2010 01:51:00 +0000
Gerard is hungry and sees something out of the corner of his eye.
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:35:00 +0000Somewhat amazingly, Gerard Armbruster, beset by what some individuals would consider to be emotional and financial difficulties, continues to work at what some professional broadcasters might consider to be an exhausting pace.
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:02:00 +0000Stetson Tudd delivers an open letter to the world from Battersea, Washington.
Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:44:00 +0000Has Extruding America returned and is it new and improved and better than ever? We're voting for "returned"!
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:57:00 +0000Gerard Armbruster and Stetson Tudd are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 17:05:00 +0000Rejected Title: Disquietude Introduces Itself to Gerard Armbruster's Comfy Chair
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 22:50:00 +0000Unbeknownst to a frustrated Gerard, his activities have been recorded.
Fri, 22 Aug 2008 04:20:00 +0000Zowie! Straight out of the heart of Armbruster Recording Studio Enterprises (ARSE) comes this viral dance sensation. Take that, Armbruster! - Robert "Bob" Robertson. Goodnight America! (image © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki)
Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:02:00 +0000Marcus Aurelius was a Roman general. He was not a rhododendron.
Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:01:00 +0000Unbeknownst to Gerard, his preparation for a journalistically superior report has been recorded.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 16:31:00 +0000Yet again, Gerard and Stetson are unaware that their phone call has been recorded. (Image: Natxo 68, flickr)
Wed, 14 May 2008 17:36:00 +0000Gerard Armbruster seizes the moment and Stetson Tudd skips it across the pond.
Sun, 06 Apr 2008 16:21:00 +0000Gerard Armbruster successfully teams up with Stetson Tudd over the speaker phone.
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 02:21:00 +0000(Rejected Subtitle: 10 Cent Scheherezade)
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 23:46:00 +0000A report is filed.
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 23:51:00 +0000Is Extruding America’s podcasting host Gerard Armbruster, former host of Happy Trailer Parks To You, What’s Wrong With That Dog? and Out Of My Way, and proud alumnus of The Dwight Bertram Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection, becoming slightly unhinged? Let’s find out. (Music cue: Aao Twist Karen by the great R. D. Burman, from the film Bhoot Bungla (1965))
Thu, 13 Dec 2007 22:36:00 +0000Gerard Armbruster has a dream mildly reminiscent of an old radio show. (Music cues from Suspense, broadcast 12/05/46, probably by the great Bernard Herrmann, possibly by Alexander Semmler, Lucien Morawek, or Wilbur Hatch, also composers for the show.)
Fri, 09 Nov 2007 00:57:00 +0000Gerard gets a clue and it’s adios Stet!
Wed, 17 Oct 2007 20:41:00 +0000Gerard continues to battle his demons. Stetson goes on a business trip.
Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:17:00 +0000Gerard smells the smell of fear. Stetson introduces something new.
Mon, 03 Sep 2007 17:40:00 +0000A confluence of events puts Gerard's multimedia multitasking mettle to the test. Stet states a truth.
Wed, 22 Aug 2007 22:19:00 +0000With a glorious assist from the Dwight Bertram Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection, Gerard Armbruster quells a querulous Stetson Tudd. A magnificent display of the journalistic arts ensues.
Mon, 06 Aug 2007 17:42:00 +0000After a brief vacation, Stetson Tudd recalls his brief vacation. Gerard listens. (Image: El Palo Alto, circa 1910)
Sun, 08 Jul 2007 21:00:00 +0000The last M-80 is spent. So are Gerard and Stetson.
Sat, 23 Jun 2007 19:04:00 +0000The odyssey that began with the ringing of a phone ends with the harsh scream of a Sea-Tac bound airliner.
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 01:18:00 +0000The semi-historic meeting of friends Gerard Armbruster and Stetson Tudd proceeds as smoothly as one would imagine. The gigantitude of the immensity of Gerard's personal journey becomes self-evident, to Gerard at least. (Photo: Carmen Dean)
Wed, 06 Jun 2007 01:52:00 +0000Terrific news! People and events collude to engender the greatest transformative odyssey of Gerard Armbruster's life. Stetson Tudd rides shotgun.
Thu, 24 May 2007 16:09:00 +0000Gerard Armbruster wakes up. Stetson Tudd goes for a walk.
Thu, 17 May 2007 16:08:00 +0000Gerard cranks up a reverie...
Fri, 04 May 2007 22:11:00 +0000SNAFU begets High Art in this light-hearted romp through the morbid and the unexplained.
Wed, 25 Apr 2007 16:28:00 +0000Meat Sauce from Naples
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 18:34:00 +0000A proud graduate of Dwight Bertram's Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection recaptures lost glory with sledgehammer-like precision.
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 22:43:00 +0000"When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" - Yogi Berra
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 21:43:00 +0000Gerard's investigation into the formation of thought is interrupted by a pop quiz, per doctor's orders. (Image: Flag of Sardinia)
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 17:39:00 +0000Once again, Gerard and Stetson are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Tue, 20 Mar 2007 18:01:00 +0000Gerard introduces the amazing Sound Effects 3000, and Stetson opens a can o’ worms…
Thu, 08 Mar 2007 19:09:00 +0000Unbeknownst to Gerard and Stetson, their phone call has been recorded.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 02:03:00 +0000The oaken doors of the Armbruster Recording Studios are thrown open in a pageant of atonement and celebration of a life well lived.
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 18:29:00 +00001. Alabama
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 23:57:00 +0000Gerard conducts an audio tour of the abandoned medieval-themed restaurant The Dark Ages, now the Armbruster Recording Studios, and Stetson concludes his thoughts on Slaughter and Mayhem introduced in the previous episode.
Wed, 07 Feb 2007 23:57:00 +0000A fuming Gerard is distracted by Stetson's literalist interpretation of the NFL's monstrous mythology.
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 17:35:00 +0000Zowie! Straight out of Hollywood and the heart of Armbruster Recording Studio Enterprises (ARSE) comes this wigged-out sample-crazy underground basement sensation! The Master of Knobs, Robert "Bob" Robertson takes the Ma Po Dofu craze of Episode 2 and turns it into a dance floor riot! (Sampling copyright violation litigation pending)
Sun, 28 Jan 2007 15:54:00 +0000Gerard delves into the darker side of the human appetite for the taboo crop, and a new longform format accidentally evolves when hard-hitting journalism collides with movie gossip and a bedtime story.
Tue, 23 Jan 2007 04:32:00 +0000From the Logjam Saloon, as served by Lenny Schopenhauer (1939-1999)
Sun, 21 Jan 2007 00:51:00 +0000An expedition upon the shadowy sea of Superstition flounders in even deeper, darker waters.
Sat, 13 Jan 2007 00:11:00 +0000Gerard and Stetson explore the landscape of memory, ultimately forgetting the way back.
Sat, 23 Dec 2006 15:59:00 +0000Christmas comes to Battersea, as a storm hits the American Northwest.
Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:47:00 +0000Many of you have expressed concern and/or outright puzzlement concerning Episode #2 and its manifold references to the Chinese dish Ma Po Dofu. For edification and satiation we are including the following recipe - Gerard
Mon, 18 Dec 2006 20:30:00 +0000Gerard phones Stetson for his weekly impressions of life in Battersea; Stetson introduces more of the memorable denizens of this hermetically sealed community with an odd culinary detour.
Fri, 15 Dec 2006 21:36:00 +0000Won't you join me, Gerard Armbruster, as we search for the heart of a nation in the throats of its people, as they tell the stories that are... Extruding America. This week, our first call to Stetson Tudd for his Postcard from Battersea sets the stage for all that is to come.
Thu, 14 Dec 2006 18:20:00 +0000Not long ago, in order to keep an outsider's perspective on our own culture, I decided to cultivate an interest in the South Asian cinema, more specifically the body of work produced in the city of Mumbai. This oeuvre is of course more popularly referred to as the films of Bollywood, though that nickname is based on the city's previous title, Bombay, so named by the Portuguese in 1534, as Bom Baia, or "good bay". It is a firm conviction of mine that, when Bombay was renamed Mumbai, the popular name Bollywood should have been changed to Mumblywood. But that's neither here nor there.What is germane is that I sought out and found, in the city of Artesia, southern California's Little India, a neighborhood cinema that showed only movies of Bollywood. Finding my seat, I experienced the dimming of the lights with a somewhat skeptical outsider's perspective, and began to make the acquaintance of the heroes on the screen: the Big B himself, Amitabh Bachchan, the suave rogue and trickster Shahrukh Khan, the boyishly earnest Hrithik Roshan. Caught up in the heady and somewhat arrogant rush of the cultural explorer, I unwrapped a tinfoil packet I had purchased at the snack bar, and found an intensely green leaf folded into a triangle, stuffed with sweet spices and seeds labeled "mitha paan: Fresh!" Imagine my surprise when, in the very act of sampling the exotic treat, I witnessed Shahrukh Khan on the screen, pop one of the very same delicacies into his mouth and start acting goofy, dancing with wild abandon, rolling his eyes, winking knowingly as he addictively consumed the little green triangles, his gyrations becoming absolutely manic and hysterical. I froze and stared at the treat in my own hand. Had my tongue suddenly become numb and tingling at the same time? Were the colors of the saris on the screen just a little brighter and more intriguing? Had everything in my immediate vicinity just become far more profound or at least hilarious than it had been just moments before?With a gasp, I fled the theater in horror, images flooding my mind of myself as a lone dope-crazed dancer, running wild down the aisle, prancing and cavorting in front of the screen, to the complete cultural and personal embarrassment of all involved, being asked politely by the management to leave, possibly leading to my arrest and subsequent vilification in the press, and blacklisting by the podcasting community. As I dried my tears in the alley behind the theater, and tried to steady the spinning world, a profound depression settled upon my reeling frontal lobes, which pervades still. Seduced by the illusion I cou[...]
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 19:00:00 +0000My town's name is Battersea, roughly 39 miles south of Seattle, and, strangely, with a population the size of Tacoma's my neighbor 2 miles to the south. Oddly, we show up on no maps, even though we are the sixth largest seaport in the contiguous U.S. We are an hermetically sealed, sometimes racist, always hard working, hardscrabble community, pretending, occasionally to be hip, always failing at that, with nary much in the way of culture. We were poised to be the largest city in the Northwest, until the Great Northern Railway blasted its way through Stevens Pass, in the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle, back in the late 19th century. Put us almost out of business, and definitely out of the way. Not irrelevant. Just hardworking and sleepy at the same time.
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 18:57:00 +0000Every week I, Gerard Armbruster, ask you to take a wrong turn with me off life's interstate, and discover the straight story about the bend in the road, where nestle the small towns with big characters, to tug on the common thread that unravels the hand-me-down sweater of our national zeitgeist, and extrudes the truth of our lives.
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 00:19:00 +0000
To contact Gerard Armbruster or Stetson Tudd, or for behind-the-scenes information: ExtrudingAmerica@gmail.com
Bruce Dean designed the Extruding America logo. His impeccable artistic sensibilities can be viewed at: www.BruceDeanArt.com
Sat, 09 Dec 2006 23:28:00 +0000
Eric Luke (Gerard Armbruster) and Stetson Tudd (not at liberty to reveal identity at this time) have enjoyed a long and hardy acquaintance. Their collaborations include the seminal storefront performance group The Meat and Soap Theatre (with Christopher Mills) which played to sold-out houses for one summer in San Francisco's North Beach, but ended in a New Year's Eve show for Singles Over 40 that they still consider one of the most disturbing events of their formative years. Their times in Mar Vista with the inestimable Ken Sailor continue to inform their lives and creative efforts.
Contact them at: ExtrudingAmerica@gmail.com
Bruce Dean designed the Extruding America logo. His impeccable artistic sensibilities can be viewed at: www.brucedeanart.com