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The Spot: Melodic Noise

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This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

The Allure of Karaoke Singing” by Scott Gurian, aired on Big Shed, July 2005.

Every Friday night, dozens of people gather around the bar at Nicola's Italian restaurant in Hawthorne, New Jersey to meet with friends, share a few drinks and sing karaoke. Reporter and Radio Producer Scott Gurian went to interview a new karaoke enthusiast: his father.

You can hear more from Big Shed by subscribing to their podcast, via iTunes.


Accidental Music” by David Weinberg, originally airing on Random Tape, June 2012.

On Random Tape, host David Weinberg produces short episodes that each feature a different found recording, whether it’s a random conversation with one of his family members, lost cassette tapes uncovered at estate sales, or quick, individual sounds he’s captured on the road that he felt were worth documenting. 

In this story, Weinberg visits Architect David Dodge’s desert home, which features a particular, unintended sonic element.

If you can't get enough of tiny, sonic mysteries, then Random Tape is the podcast for you, my friend. Subscribe here.


72 Steps Above the Green” by Geoff McQueen, contributed to the Third Coast International Audio Festival ShortDocs Challenge Collection, 2012.

Radio Producer Geoff McQueen teamed up with the project EveryBlockto dig deeper into the soundscape that dominate his neighborhood.

You can hear more from the Third Coast International Audio Festival on their podcast.


livingvoid” by Craig Shank and George Drake Jr., originally airing on Everything Sounds, June 2014.

On this episode of Everything Sounds, hosts Craig and George talk with experimental composer, Jack Chuter about his new project, livingvoid: a sonic compilation of over 80 sonic self portraits, composed by sound artists, musicians, and everyday folks too.

You can download the entire livingvoid compilation, now on archive.org. And you can hear the latest from Everything Sounds on iTunes


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super RainbowDjango Reinhardt, Blonde Redhead, and Mulatu Astatke.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for a whole new episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.