Audible Bodies

•May 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This Tuesday, May 30 at 11 PM on 90.3 FM in Montreal or http://www.ckut.ca worldwide, listen to the Audible Bodies episode of Easy Sonic Living.


Audible Bodies
is the title of a workshop which took place May 16 during the Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute: Mobilizing In/Visible Bodies. Participants graciously consented to it being recorded and aired on ESL.


As the rising popularity of both the practice of stand up comedy and the academic field of humour studies reveals, joke-telling can be truth-telling and comedy, a powerful site for publicly verbalizing perspectives that are too often marginalized. Voicing one’s perspective about the fraught subject matter of social hierarchies and inequalities is delicate work. To take the mic and tell one’s (in)visible/silent truth in a funny way can be a transformative act. Jokes aside, it is sometimes hard enough just to speak one’s truth in a school group discussion. Can engaging with the publicly spoken truths of stand up comics help us voice our own perspectives in important conversations?

You will hear excerpts from an almost two-hour-long conversation held by a group of incredibly articulate and thoughtful students about joke-telling and the role comedy plays in today’s current affairs discussions. You will hear thoughts on the ways in which the public telling of jokes can be either empowering or oppressive, and the importance of considering which bodies are telling the joke and which ones are in the room listening.

Aired in Easy Sonic Living’s signature non-linear fashion and interspersed with hilarious and truthful feminist stand up comedy moments and bad ass feminist hip hop.


Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

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Survival strategies for contemporary life

•June 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Existence is full of danger. As life forms on this Earth, we each do what we can to avoid being overcome by the perils we may encounter. For those fleeing war or genocide, survival is very literally a case of life and death and you’ll hear one such story from Joseph Hovsepian, who describes his Armenian family’s passage from Turkey to Canada and gives some strategic pointers for making the most of the life you are given.

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Sometimes, finding strategies for survival can be more of a spiritual need. You may seek techniques to persevere in the face of a curve ball life has thrown you. Artist Serene Daoud tells us how a relationship rupture provoked disease and has forced her to learn to better manage her emotions. Sometimes, survival strategies are also just the tricks we employ to win at the  game of life. We’re all free to choose our methods and sculptor Glen Le Mesurier  shares a few of his own.

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Mixed in with some great indie rock, electro-mijwez, hip hop and house music plus a few of your radio host’s own survival strategies, all this airs Tuesday, June 28, 2016 on CKUT Radio 90.3 FM in Montreal and http://www.ckut.ca worldwide from 11 PM to midnight.

DID YOU MISS IT? Have no fear, now you can listen to it here, below:

Music tracks played:
Roses_Liechtenstein_Survival Strategies In A Modern World_Slumberland Records, 2009
Shamstep_ 47soul_Shamstep_Indiepush, 2015
Survival _Adult Mom_Momentary Lapse of Happily _Tiny Engines, 2015
Survival_DJ EFN ft. Juvenile, dead prez, & Trick Daddy_BeatsNDaHood, 2015
Survival Tactics_LSKINS_produced by Flyo, 2015
Great Escape_NAOME feat. Ony (System of Survival Remix)_NAOME Remixes, 2015

 

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Surrealistic radio

•November 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment
The Persistence of Memory (1933)

The Persistence of Memory (1931)

 

November 3, 2015: Tonight on Easy Sonic Living, tune in for some surrealistic audio. We’ll feature an hour’s worth of sounds loosely inspired by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Through free association with both his body of work and his eccentric persona, you’ll hear from moustaches, elephants and clocks, a text inspired by his 1944 work, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening and all kinds of evocative, eerie or absurd music. Dali lived a flamboyant life, in which, among other memorable moments, he delivered a speech about authentic and paranoid ghosts (Fantômes paranoiaques authentiques) while wearing a deep-sea diving suit and, in another instance, accused a filmmaker of stealing his ideas through his dreams. ESL invites you to turn on your radio tonight and let you ears plunge you deep into the ocean of your subconscious. At 11 PM on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal or via ckut.ca on the world wide web…

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)

Surrealistic radio

•November 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment
The Persistence of Memory (1933)

The Persistence of Memory (1933)

November 3, 2015: Tonight on Easy Sonic Living, tune in for some surrealistic audio. We’ll feature an hour’s worth of sounds loosely inspired by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Through free association with both his body of work and his eccentric persona, you’ll hear from moustaches, elephants and clocks, a text inspired by his 1944 work, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening and all kinds of evocative, eerie or absurd music. Dali lived a flamboyant life, in which, among other memorable moments, he delivered a speech about authentic and paranoid ghosts (Fantômes paranoiaques authentiques) while wearing a deep-sea diving suit and, in another instance, accused a filmmaker of stealing his ideas through his dreams. ESL invites you to turn on your radio tonight and let you ears plunge you deep into the ocean of your subconscious. At 11 PM on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal or via ckut.ca on the world wide web…

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)

Endangered sounds

•April 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

r-ENDANGERED-600x275 Some sounds are disappearing from our world for good. Perhaps you don’t miss the sound of that old Nokia cellphone ringer that was once the de facto cellphone ring but doesn’t that almost never heard sound of dialling a rotary phone kind of tug at your heartstrings? What about that first generation Mac computer’s robotic voice declaring “it’s not my fault? Kind of cute, in a primitive way, wasn’t it? 1280-museum-of-endangered-sounds Nostalgia for the sounds of obsolete and inanimate technologies is one thing. More tragic perhaps are the loss of living sounds: The sound of silence, for example, such as what a natural ecosystem sounds like when unpolluted by industrial and human-generated noise. The sounds from languages that are being endangered, overpowered by the homogenizing forces of colonization and globalization .language And then there are the sounds of animals in danger of extinction: certain bird songs and animal cries that we may soon never hear again… the sound of silence Listen to some of these sounds while you still can!!! – by tuning into Easy Sonic Living on Tuesday April 21 from 11 PM to midnight, Montreal time, on CKUT Radio 90.3 FM or at http://www.ckut.ca.
Missed the show? Listen to the archives here until July 21st 2015!

THE FUNNY LADIES RADIO SHOW

•April 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Easy Sonic Living featured THE FUNNY LADIES SHOW. An hour’s worth of funny ladies cracking jokes, often about vaginas. Excerpts from performances by Gilda Radner, Wanda Sykes, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Bernhardt, Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Schafer, Tig Notaro and more. The comedy is interspersed with a few funny songs, performed by funny gentlemen, who also joke about vaginas and their owners, but only in a good way. Listen to the show archive here (online for 3 months).

What is Authentic Hush?

•August 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

That’s the question we asked the people of Berlin, one very late night in August. The answers we got were at times  random and at other times surprisingly synchronistic. Mostly, they were authentic. And we got to meet Oliver and Oliver.

But what is Authentic Hush?

Well, it’s a movement, that right now is very hush hush, it’s quiet, it’s what’s really real, it’s what is,  and what it is is in the now. Most importantly, it’s authentic. To really be able to hear it, you gotta pay very close attention. You gotta listen with your ears obviously, but also, yes, with your heart.

Authentic Hush will air Tuesday, August 28 at 11 PM Montreal time on CKUT 90.3 FM and online at www.ckut.ca on Easy Sonic Living. Recorded by Caroline Künzle, edited by John Burrow, manifested by sheer magic. Many thanks to two truly authentic dudes from Prague: Oliver and Oliver.