Spoken Word

How Do Talking Drums Work?

I’ve been making my way through this wonderful collection of records from 1952 made by famous ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey. Here’s one of my favorites so far on talking drums from Congo. This material is copyrighted, but as far as I can tell, totally unavailable anywhere online. I suspect Hugh Tracey himself would be very happy […]


Completely absurd music education record

Hello girls and boys! Today we’re going to make music. Happy music, and sad music. Funny music, and serious music…


Ze Frank : Making music with your pain

Ze Frank asked his extended community to leave voice mail describing their pain & suffering. Then he asked some DJ’s and audio freaks to convert those voicemails into a set of percussive, loopy & twisted samples. Now he’s asking you to make music with these 60+ MB of sounds…


Robotic cats and dogs, oh my!

These weird quotes come from an even weirder story on NPR about robotic seals.