Kyoto Tonal Frequency

April 5th, 2006

(5:37, 5.14MB)

Ayme just posted a really interesting podcast related to her research on soundscapes. This time, she examines the tonal frequency of Kyoto. Included are examples of various sounds recorded around town, including crosswalk audio signals and subway trains.

Myspace Music

March 27th, 2006

(22:35, 20.7MB)

at Natalie Stanchfield

Natalie Stanchfield
, a junior at the EAC, puts her past DJ skills to use in her latest podcast, featuring musicians represented at Myspace. Have a listen.

Emotion in Enka

March 20th, 2006

(4:02, 3.7MB)

at Barbara’s Enka Site

Steve is back with another episode of his Enka podcasts. This time he discusses the emotional aspects of Enka, focusing on a piece by Ishikawa Sayuri. As Steve explains, Enka is “a way for Japanese to wallow in their tears.” From this perspective, Enka is not all that different from the role certain styles of country music play in American culture. Visit Steve’s site to learn more.

EAC Core Academic Program

March 13th, 2006

(21:04, 7.23MB)

at Hobo pd

In this podcast East Asia Center faculty members, Barbara Stein and Aaron Campbell, explain the core academic program for the 2006-2007 academic year. Accompanying this presentation is a separate page, which gives descriptions of courses and contains links to more information. Start the podcast first, then navigate to the presentation page. If anyone has any questions, please contact the East Asia Center.

Credits: Background music is entitled, Haru no Umi, from the album Haru no Umi - Koto no Meikyoku by Miyagi Kyoko.

EAC Odeo Channel (odeo/2b0dfd20952928a0)

Enka Anyone?

March 11th, 2006

(1:37, 1.49MB)

at JanneM

Steve Mendoza, a student at the EAC who is doing an independent project on Japanese music and culture, introduces us to the musical genre of Enka: a traditional Japanese form popular with both young and old (but mostly old). Steve writes:

According to the orthodox explanation, Enka began shaping itself by story-tellers on the street at the end of 19th century. They sang interesting stories with some melody. They “act” one-man theatre. The word “En” originally comes from “act”. Enka gained in popularity after WWII and is Mostly popular with older generations of Japanese.

Visit the podcast on Steve’s site to learn more.


March 11th, 2006

(21:26, 19.6MB)

In this podcast EAC student, Ayme Frye, interviews members of the band, Afrirampo, as part of her series on soundscapes and music entitled, Bamboo and Motorbikes. Fascinating stuff!

International Man of Mystery

February 9th, 2006

(43:04, 39.4MB)

In this podcast, East Asia Center student, Ayme Frye, interviews recording artist, Sho Komiya, a rockin’ blues bassist who spent 12 years in Chicago and who now lives in Tokyo and plays around Japan. Featured in the interview are some of Sho’s songs and some very interesting stories. Read more about it on Ayme’s site.

Graffiti Art in Japan

February 3rd, 2006

(8:41, 3.0MB)

at pingmag

Last semester, Natalie Stanchfield, carried out an independent study at the East Asia Center in which she explored graffiti art in Japan. The paper she wrote for her portfolio, entitled The Bombing of Babylon, was just published at the Art Crimes website. In this podcast, Aaron Campbell asks Natalie some questions about graffiti in Japan and how she went about doing her project and publishing the results.

Credits: music sampled from Zen Thing, by Ryo Sode; available at the PodSafe music network.

Losing Face Remix

February 2nd, 2006

(2:24, 2.2MB)

EAC student, Marielle Riesgo, offers up a raw remix of a song she wrote called, Losing Face Remix. About the experience, she writes:

I recorded six different tracks for this song - the first two are the basic guitar and vocals, and the other four are small vocal tracks added throughout various parts of the song. I took the opportunity to play around with the program and try out the echo, wah wah, and fade effects.

Though I’m not so happy with the end quality, it was an interesting experience, and I look forward to working more with this program - hopefully with a better quality microphone in the future.

Welcome Podcast - EAC

January 26th, 2006

(2:17, 0.8MB)

Cracked Zen
at jfa

This introductory podcast was made in the East Asia Center seminar room by students in the Interactive Webpublishing course. In it, each student makes a brief introduction and talks about his or her independent studies for this semester. The students are James Doolittle, Marielle Riesgo, Ayme Frye, Paul Heleen, Joshua Berkowicz, Natalie Stanchfield, and Lloydie Balan. Enjoy!