Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith is Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and Director of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern University. His books include Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media (2008), Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures (2011), and Eco-Sonic Media (2015). His experimental audiobooks ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene (2019) and Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves (2021) can be heard at the University of Michigan Press website.

Email: jacob-smith@northwestern.edu

ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene

ESC is a work of experimental audio-based scholarship combining sound studies, radio history, and environmental criticism. This unique project is a fully open access, fully digital suite of audiographic essays, presented as a ten-part podcast series, combining spoken commentary, clips from classic radio dramas, excerpts from films and television shows, news reports, and the work of contemporary sound artists.

Supplementary materials, including a curatorial essay, can be found on the University of Michigan Press’s ESC website: https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.10120795

ESC is on a CC BY-NC license

ESC- Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene (2018)

https://super-sensor.org/mp3/ESC-Episode-10.mp3

Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves

The aerosphere is a literal and figurative contact zone for birds and media. Transmission towers become obstacles in birds’ flight paths; radar systems emit signals that reveal the large-scale movements of birds; parabolic microphones directed at the sky detect avian flight calls; and miniature radio transmitters are attached to birds to track their global travels. Lightning Birds is a multi-media project that consists of a five-episode, podcast-style audiobook, a curatorial essay, and a bibliography. It tells a new story about radio, describes important scientific discoveries about bird migration through interviews with key researchers, and explores a mode of ecocriticism that combines traditional forms of text-based scholarship with sound art, music, and audio storytelling.

Supplementary materials, including a curatorial essay, can be found on the University of Michigan Press’s Lightning Birds website: https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.11714652

Lightning Birds is on a CC BY-NC-ND license

Lightning Birds (2020)

 

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