Favoriting The Audio Kitchen with The Professor: Playlists and Archives

The Professor returns with a new season of homecooked sounds. It's a weekly helping of found and amateur recordings, all unprofessional and patently unprofitable.

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The Professor serves up an hour of homemade recordings freshly liberated from thrift stores and junk shops, as well as some amateur audio spirited away from the closets and computers of their creators.

The easiest way to describe the show is that it's ALL amateur audio. Almost all of the material presented in the Audio Kitchen is recorded and produced by non-professionals, the products of everyday folks armed with recording devices. Most of what you'll hear on the show is "found sound," recordings which have been either been lost or trashed by their original owners and later rediscovered in resale shops.

Not only does The Professor himself spend untold hours hunting down these audio artifacts in stores and flea markets, but he also trades sound with a small cadre of collectors around the country who share his passion for soiled cassettes and the piercing squeal of answering machine feedback. Also many listeners send in their own finds and creations and join in on the fun. If you'd like to contribute, please do! Here's the address:

The Audio Kitchen
c/o WFMU
PO Box 2011
Jersey City, NJ  07303

CD or cassette is fine. Would prefer that you send copies, and not your originals. If you have any questions please email The Professor here.

The Audio Kitchen is reality radio. Presented without musical accompaniment or arty effects, the recordings featured on the program Kitchen expose the range and nuance of the human condition with honesty and respect. From the silly to the sublime, the pieces aired on the program offer the listener a fly-on-the-wall perspective of real people emoting, communicating, and occasionally showing off.

And it's not just tapes. The thousands of recordings in the Audio Kitchen library are gleaned from cassettes, reels, records, wires, as well as mp3's and memory chips. You'll hear songs, speeches, arguments, conversations, phone messages, performances, letters, parties and secret diaries. And if you listen to the Audio Kitchen for a while you may feel that you're actually getting to know some of these strangers. And just maybe, you'll hear a recording you made, somewhere, some time, that eventually found its way into a public pile of junk.

Any questions, comments, suggestions or greetings should be sent to The Professor.

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