First Listen: Leonard Cohen, ‘You Want It Darker’
October 14, 2016
in every version, Al Pacino’s voice has a biological, inescapable fact.
“His tone of voice generates engagement, emotional engagement with audiences,” says Luis Salazar, CEO of Jobaline. “It doesn’t matter if you’re screaming or not. That voice is engaging for the average American.”
Jonathan Sterne on How Voice Technologies Shape The Sound of Our Modern World
November 22, 2015
For as closely linked as the voice is to our body and sense of identity, there are also a lot of external forces affecting our voices, both social and technological. In fact, when we’re talking about mediated voices—voices we hear in music, film, and of course, on the radio—we’re actually not talking about “voices” any more. We’re talking about signal processing. And, as media historian Jonathan Sterne tells Craig Eley, signal processing shapes the sound of all vocal media, from your telephone calls to the music of T-Pain.
In ‘Poetry,’ The Story Of An African-American Military Family
February 08, 2014
Marilyn Nelson is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Newbery and Printz and Coretta Scott King awards. Many of her most famous collections are for children.
Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood. It’s a series of 50 poems about growing up, traveling all over America in the 1950s to follow her father’s job in the Air Force. Each of the poems is identified with a place and a date.
… we were driving once some place in California and a cop stopped us and said, ‘What do you think you’re flying, boy?’ And my father said, ‘B-52s.’ “