"Listening Machines " (CBC National Radio)

“We imagine that we can close our eyes and relax and enjoy silence, except that, as the composer John Cage wrote about and explored in his own work, there really is no such thing as silence,” says Professor Michael Casey in a CBC radio interview about new consumer electronics that are always listening.

Casey is the James Wright Professor of Music and a professor of computer science.

Songs of the Silk Road (ABC Radio National)

As a guest on ABC Radio National’s “Into the Music,” Dartmouth’s Theodore Levin talks about the history of recording music along the Silk Road. Levin, the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, began journeying along the Silk Road in the 1970s to record local musicians, the story notes.

“When I came to the region in the 1970s I asked around,” says Levin. “I wanted to know, who are the best musicians? Who should I go listen to? And of course, it was hard then. It was the cold war and not everyone felt comfortable inviting an American into their house. But by the end of the ’80s, beginning of the ’90s, those trepidations had dissipated and I was able to gain access to really the finest musicians of the region.”

Listen to the full story, broadcast 1/10/15 by ABC Radio National.

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