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The World According to Sound

A live audio show, online listening series, and miniature podcast. Winter 2022 listening series tickets available now! bit.ly/tixWATSJoin the community of listeners who support our work on Patreon -- and get great perks! https://www.patreon.com/theworldaccordingtosound https://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/ https://twitter.com/Thewatsound https://www.instagram.com/thewatsound/ https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldAccordingtoSound

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29 – Ode to Joy

This piece of music has been co-opted like no other.To hear more episodes, go to www.theworldaccordingtosound.org


16 Feb 2016

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24 – WiFi

Being surrounded by invisible streams of data.To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/


8 Dec 2015

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114 – Sound Break: Hagia Sophia

Recreating extinct environments.


9 Apr 2020

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94 – Skeeters

When you're given the opportunity to stick your hands holding two microphones (ORTF stereo) through a mesh net into a cage swarming with mosquitos, you do it.


8 Oct 2019

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87 – Sound Audio: Joe Frank

An original audio storyteller.


12 Jun 2018

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36 – Washing Machine Music

Musique concrète takes a trip to the laundromat.Sign up on our website to hear more episodes: http://bit.ly/1oGTcHz


22 Mar 2016

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93 – The Beetles

"You're nothing but skin and bones!" cried Gregor Samsa.


1 Oct 2019

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Day 13 – Leef Blowing

At a gas station in Lee, Massachusetts.


10 Apr 2017

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20 – Wikipedia

The world's largest encyclopedia as music.To hear more episodes, go to http://www.theworldaccordingtosound.org/


19 Nov 2015

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76 – Textile Manufacturing

We know Penelope could use one. Unclear whether anybody today can.


14 Nov 2017

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92 – Voice Over

A drawback of being sighted: your brain can't keep up with winged words.


25 Sep 2019

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83 – Sound Audio: Edward R. Murrow

Bringing the war into your living room.


15 May 2018

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Day 12 – Smith Opera House

A soundcheck from the balcony of an empty opera house.


9 Apr 2017

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Last Day – Wigwam

The World According to Sound rolls into Manheim, PA, to drop off its inimitable Claire Brothers loudspeakers and effectively bring their tour to an end.


9 May 2017

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81 – Sound Audio: Boring

It's so good it will put you to sleep and you'll be happy about it.


1 May 2018

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72 – Cow Bell

European cows grazing.


17 Oct 2017

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91 – Cheese

Machinery and processes...team WATS is into them right now. This week: milk, curds, bacteria, and mold.


17 Sep 2019

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69 – Feeding Time

A day in the life of nature at Yellowstone National Park.


26 Sep 2017

Rank #18

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Day 15 – Quintessenshell

Ambulations along a beach on Cape Cod.


25 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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82 – Sound Audio: Lou Gherig

The reverberation is awesome.


8 May 2018

Rank #20