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Phantom Power

Mack Hagood explores how sound works in the arts, music, and culture. Deep but accessible, each episode features the sounds and ideas of a contemporary artist, musician, or sound scholar. Detailed production makes these more than just interviews–they’re movies for your mind.

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In One Ear, Out The Other (Jacob Danson Faraday On Cirque du Soleil)
On today’s show, we address a performer’s nightmare—the nightmare of not being able to hear yourself onstage. My guest is ethnomusicologist Jacob Danson Faraday, who takes us behind the scenes of the famed Cirque du Soleil to learn how even … Continue reading → The post In One Ear, Out The Other (Jacob Danson Faraday On Cirque du Soleil) appeared first on Phantom Power.
43:05 09/15/2022
Season Four Trailer
Get ready for Season Four of Phantom Power, where we study sound in the arts, music, and culture! On Phantom Power, we’ve got an ear to the ground—listening to the subterranean rats of New York…  We’ve got an ear on … Continue reading → The post Season Four Trailer appeared first on Phantom Power.
01:53 09/01/2022
Fela Kuti and the Black Atlantic (Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert)
This month, we are preparing for the launch of Season Four of the podcast in September. Lots of fascinating topics on deck, as we double our output with a semi-monthly format. We are also about to officially launch a Patreon … Continue reading → The post Fela Kuti and the Black Atlantic (Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert) appeared first on Phantom Power.
77:13 08/16/2022
Awfully Viral (Paula Harper on Will Robin’s Sound Expertise)
Will Robin interviews Dr. Paula Harper about her work on viral music videos and taste, specifically that terrible Rebecca Black video "Friday" that's probably still rattling around in some dark recess of your brain. Continue reading → The post Awfully Viral (Paula Harper on Will Robin’s Sound Expertise) appeared first on Phantom Power.
50:59 07/23/2022
Voices Pt. 3: Dork-o-phonics (Jonathan Sterne)
Jonathan Sterne is one of the most influential scholars working on sound and listening. His 2003 book, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction, had a formative influence on the then-nascent field of sound studies. His 2012 book, MP3: The Meaning of a Format, was both a fascinating cultural history and a deep meditation… Continue reading → The post Voices Pt. 3: Dork-o-phonics (Jonathan Sterne) appeared first on Phantom Power.
39:18 04/13/2022
Voices Pt. 2: The Sound of My Voice (Stacey Copeland)
In part two of our three-part series “Voices,” we feature an exciting new voice in the world of sound studies, Stacey Copeland.  In part one last month, we examined the role voices play in professional sports and unpacked some of … Continue reading → The post Voices Pt. 2: The Sound of My Voice (Stacey Copeland) appeared first on Phantom Power.
51:04 03/10/2022
Voices Part 1: Hut-hut-hike! (Travis Vogan, Jonathan Sterne)
In this first episode of a three-part series called Voices, we’re listening to the sound of American football—specifically the role of voices in the NFL. We start with a rather quirky story from NFL history that speaks to how the voice … Continue reading → The post Voices Part 1: Hut-hut-hike! (Travis Vogan, Jonathan Sterne) appeared first on Phantom Power.
28:43 02/10/2022
How Our Sonic Sausage Gets Made (Mack Hagood w/ Dario Llinares & Lori Beckstead)
This episode, we take you behind the scenes of Phantom Power. Producer/host Mack Hagood was invited by Dario Llinares and Lori Beckstead to be a guest on their show, The Podcast Studies Podcast. As you may or may not know, … Continue reading → The post How Our Sonic Sausage Gets Made (Mack Hagood w/ Dario Llinares & Lori Beckstead) appeared first on Phantom Power.
62:37 01/11/2022
The World According to Sound (Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett)
The World According to Sound is the brainchild of two rogue audionauts who rebelled against the NPR mothership: Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett. It began as a micro podcast that held one unique sound under the microscope for 90 seconds … Continue reading → The post The World According to Sound (Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett) appeared first on Phantom Power.
43:48 12/14/2021
Animal Control (Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Robbie Judkins, Colleen Plumb) [Re-Cast]
In this re-cast, we examine the sounds humans make in order to monitor, repel, and control beasts. Author Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s Listen, We All Bleed is a creative nonfiction book that explores the human-animal relationship through animal-centered sound art. When we … Continue reading → The post Animal Control (Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Robbie Judkins, Colleen Plumb) [Re-Cast] appeared first on Phantom Power.
36:06 11/19/2021
R. Murray Schafer Pt. 2: Critiques & Contradictions
How to think about the contradictory figure of R. Murray Schafer? A renegade scholar who used sound technology to create an entirely new field of study, even as he devalued the very tools of its trade. A gifted composer who … Continue reading → The post R. Murray Schafer Pt. 2: Critiques & Contradictions appeared first on Phantom Power.
46:11 10/29/2021
R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021) Pt.1
R. Murray Schafer recently passed away on August 14th 2021. If you’re someone who works with sound or enjoys sound art or experimental music–or you’ve just thrown around the word “soundscape”–you’ve probably engaged with his intellectual legacy. Schafer was one of … Continue reading → The post R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021) Pt.1 appeared first on Phantom Power.
34:23 09/28/2021
“On Listening In” ft. Lawrence English (Re-cast)
Today, in honor of World Listening Day, we rebroadcast our story on renowned Australian sound composer, media artist and curator Lawrence English. This episode of gets deep into English’s own listening practices as an artist, specifically a technique he calls … Continue reading → The post “On Listening In” ft. Lawrence English (Re-cast) appeared first on Phantom Power.
36:55 07/13/2021
Emotional Rescue (Mack Hagood)
What can sound technologies tell us about our relationship to media as a whole? This is one of the central questions in the research of Phantom Power‘s host, Mack Hagood. To find its answer, he studies devices that get little … Continue reading → The post Emotional Rescue (Mack Hagood) appeared first on Phantom Power.
32:47 06/14/2021
Lightning Birds (Jacob Smith)
Today we present the first episode of Jacob Smith’s new eco-critical audiobook, Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves. In this audio-only book, Smith uses expert production to craft a wildly original argument about the relations between radio and bird … Continue reading → The post Lightning Birds (Jacob Smith) appeared first on Phantom Power.
38:22 05/11/2021
For Some Odd Reason (Kate Carr)
Today’s guest, Kate Carr, is an accomplished sound artist and field recordist whose recent work grapples with issues of communication and longing—themes we can all relate to in the Covid era.  In part one of the show, we mark Phantom Power’s three-year … Continue reading → The post For Some Odd Reason (Kate Carr) appeared first on Phantom Power.
35:01 04/13/2021
Voice of Yoko (Amy Skjerseth on Yoko Ono)
Today, Phantom Power‘s Amy Skjerseth brings us the story of perhaps the most famous vocal performance artist and avant-garde musician whose actual work probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves: Yoko Ono. Collaborator with the Fluxus group in the early … Continue reading → The post Voice of Yoko (Amy Skjerseth on Yoko Ono) appeared first on Phantom Power.
34:23 03/09/2021
Forest Listening Rooms (Brian Harnetty)
What would happen if you took red state rural voters on a walk into the woods with left-wing environmental activists and experimental music fans? Our guest this episode knows the answer. BRIAN HARNETTY is a composer and an interdisciplinary artist … Continue reading → The post Forest Listening Rooms (Brian Harnetty) appeared first on Phantom Power.
37:05 02/09/2021
HEY, ROBOT! (Frank Lantz)
Today, we’re playing with voice assistants and thinking about the role of voices in gaming with our guest, game designer and NYU professor Frank Lantz.  Over the past nightmare year of the coronavirus, many of us have been hunkered down, … Continue reading → The post HEY, ROBOT! (Frank Lantz) appeared first on Phantom Power.
25:49 01/08/2021
A Life Based on an Experiment (Siavash Amini)
Episode 21 presents a portrait of Iranian experimental composer Siavash Amini. His music, which moves seamlessly between contemplative ambience, menacing dissonance, and spacious melodicism, has been released on experimental imprints such as Umor Rex and Room40. His latest, A Mimesis … Continue reading → The post A Life Based on an Experiment (Siavash Amini) appeared first on Phantom Power.
47:18 09/03/2020
What is Radio Art (Colin Black)
What is radio art? It’s a rather unfamiliar term in the United States, but in other countries, it’s a something of an artistic tradition. Today’s guest, Dr. Colin Black  is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning radio artist and composer. He speaks … Continue reading → The post What is Radio Art (Colin Black) appeared first on Phantom Power.
40:13 03/13/2020
Under Construction
It’s been a minute, so in this short episode, we update you on what’s happening with Phantom Power and what’s coming in 2020. The big (and sad) news is that co-host cris cheek is departing. After two years of lending … Continue reading → The post Under Construction appeared first on Phantom Power.
07:48 02/21/2020
Screwed and Chopped (Re-cast)
Today we re-cast one of our favorite episodes, an interview with folklorist and Houston native Langston Collin Wilkins, who studies “slab” culture and the “screwed and chopped” hip hop that rattles the slabs and serves as the culture’s soundtrack. Since … Continue reading → The post Screwed and Chopped (Re-cast) appeared first on Phantom Power.
35:09 12/20/2019
The Sounds of Silents (Rick Altman, Eric Dienstfrey)
What did going to the movies sound like back in the “silent film” era? The answer takes us on a strange journey through Vaudeville, roaming Chautauqua lectures, penny arcades, nickelodeons, and grand movie palaces. As our guest In today’s episode, … Continue reading → The post The Sounds of Silents (Rick Altman, Eric Dienstfrey) appeared first on Phantom Power.
43:19 11/01/2019
Soar and Chill (Robin James)
Why do certain musical sounds move us while others leave us cold? Are musical trends simply that—or do they contain insights into the culture at large? Our guest is a musicologist who studies pop and electronic dance music. She’s fascinated … Continue reading → The post Soar and Chill (Robin James) appeared first on Phantom Power.
60:50 09/27/2019
Goth Diss (Anna M. Williams)
With My Gothic Dissertation, University of Iowa PhD Anna M. Williams has transformed the dreary diss into a This American Life-style podcast. Williams’ witty writing and compelling audio production allow her the double move of making a critical intervention into the study of … Continue reading → The post Goth Diss (Anna M. Williams) appeared first on Phantom Power.
58:11 07/01/2019
Resonant Grains (Craig Eley on Carleen Hutchins)
In the 1950s, a schoolteacher named Carleen Hutchins attempted a revolution in how concert violins are made. In this episode, Craig Eley of the Field Noise podcast tells us how this amateur outsider used 18th century science to disrupt the … Continue reading → The post Resonant Grains (Craig Eley on Carleen Hutchins) appeared first on Phantom Power.
40:24 05/24/2019
Jams Bond (cris cheek)
In an unusual episode, we listen back to field recordings that co-host cris cheek made in 1987 and 1993 on the island of Madagascar. It’s a rich sonic travelogue, with incredible musicians appearing at seemingly every stop along the way. … Continue reading → The post Jams Bond (cris cheek) appeared first on Phantom Power.
55:34 05/03/2019
A Book Unbound (Jacob Smith)
What would it be like if scholars presented their research in sound rather than in print? Better yet, what if we could hear them in the act of their research and analysis, pulling different historical sounds from the archives and … Continue reading → The post A Book Unbound (Jacob Smith) appeared first on Phantom Power.
39:10 03/28/2019
Breathing Together (Caroline Bergvall)
Working across and among languages, media, and art forms, Caroline Bergvall’s writing takes form as published poetic works and performance, frequently of sound-driven projects. Her interests include multilingual poetics, queer feminist politics and issues of cultural belonging, commissioned and shown by such … Continue reading → The post Breathing Together (Caroline Bergvall) appeared first on Phantom Power.
41:13 03/14/2019