The World According to Sound: A Podcast and a Live Show
How is a 90 Second Podcast Possible?
Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff are the co-creators of the World According to Sound podcast, a 90-second radio show that airs on NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as other local public radio stations. Each episode of the podcast consists of a short recording of a certain sound, ranging from things like the sound of the Golden Gate Bridge swaying in the wind, to the sound of tiny ants crawling over the surface of a contact microphone. Their goal is to try and give their listener’s eyes a brief moment of relief by capturing the world in short vignettes, as well as engaging their listeners to see the world in a different way.
However, The World According to Sound has now morphed into more than just a radio show. It has become a traveling live performance where Mr. Hoff and Mr. Harnett set up a ring of eight speakers, pass out eye masks, dim the lights, and bring the sounds of their show directly to the audience.
Thanks to Skidmore's MDOCS Program, the World According to Sound Tour was able to come perform at Skidmore last week. Both Mr. Harnett and Mr. Hoff were kind enough to sit down for an interview with Skidmore News to chat about their creative process, how they came up with the idea of the show, and to describe some of the coolest sounds they’ve heard.
You can watch the full interview above and on Youtube.
Full Episodes of The World According to Sound are available on Soundcloud as well as their website:
You can learn more about the program and other upcoming MDOCS events here:
Shot and Edited by Lorenzo Brogi-Skoskiewicz '20
Additional camerawork provided by Shane Fuller '20
Photos by Jordana Dym