Category: Sonic Essay

Paul Farkas | I’m Just Going to Play Something   On this episode of the Sonic Essay Podcast, we reach deep into the TSVP community oral history archive and feature a short conversation between father and son. For many years Kevin Farkas never knew his father could play the harmonica–a self-taught talent his father Paul […]

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Joe “Sonny” Fogle | How I Became a Coal Miner   On this episode of the Sonic Essay Podcast, we reach deep into the TSVP community oral history archive and feature Joe “Sonny” Fogle’s story about how he became a coal miner in the Allegheny River Valley region near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.       Podcast […]

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Anericansim On this episode of the Sonic Essay Podcast, sound essayist Kevin Farkas briefly explores contemporary notions of Americanism through found sounds and voices from the past.       Podcast (sonic-essay): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:43 — 2.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS

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A New Year The New Year is a time for self-reflection and optimism.     _______________________________________________________________________________ This episode created in 2011.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas.  Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Bebeto (“loop025 1”). ©Sonic Essay/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.       Podcast (sonic-essay): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:28 — 4.4MB) […]

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Challenger On January 28, 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart after 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. In a national speech to the American people, President Reagan said, “We will never forget them, nor the […]

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My Way A Burger King customer insists on having things “my way,” and then the emergency begins.     _______________________________________________________________________________ This episode was recorded in 2011.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas.  Music (available on SoundCloud.com): John 892 (“Smooth Tone”) . ©Sonic Essay/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.       Podcast (sonic-essay): Play in new […]

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Major Begley His aircraft was shot down over North Vietnam. The last report they had from him was that he was going to eject. No chute was detected by his fellow pilots. There were conflicting reports.     _______________________________________________________________________________ This episode was recorded in 2013.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas.   Music (available on SoundCloud.com): The Capcots (7 […]

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Batman Colorado Sonic essay considers the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings of July 20, 2012 through the found sounds of media, witnesses, politicians, and art.     _______________________________________________________________________________ This episode was recorded July 24, 2012. Music: “strings test (mr. arcega’s batman fanfilm)” by Joon Guillen http://soundcloud.com/modulogeek, “Batman Begins Suite” by Kevin Chang (http://soundcloud.com/midmaestro), “Batman like theme” […]

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Subway Etiquette Sonic essay considers the proper etiquette for subway travel.     _______________________________________________________________________________ This episode was recorded in 2010.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas.   Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Riano M (“Sample Jazz”). ©Sonic Essay/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.     Podcast (sonic-essay): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:57 — 7.4MB) | […]

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