Wasup Examers, it’s Sama:
Keith and I created The Vinyl Exam as a platform for people who buy records to explain themselves. Why would they spend $10 on an LP that they can rip for free online? That’s one of the questions that we hoped to explore. Our little podcast is about these round things that express who we are. Not every record is a chart topper, but every record owned helps sculpt a personality. It’s like one of our guests said: “It’s weird to think about how much our possessions define you”. And there’s so much music out there, that we tend to miss out on some amazing, everyday sounds.
That’s where one of my favorite podcasts kicks in. Everything Sounds brings diverse and unique sounds into your life, as it explores the basics of sound itself. It looks at the music of everyday life and the symphony of background noises.
Sound is all around us, constantly. Even silence is noisy. These sounds affect art, culture, and our everyday lives. That's why I’m such a lover of radio, and music, and vinyl records. Everything Sounds explores the sounds that we might otherwise miss or take for granted. Like this episode about a whale that sings at the wrong frequency.
The podcast is expertly created by two guys named Craig Shank and George Drake Junior. They are super nice guys with a strong passion for their craft. Craig especially helped me with some key aspects of my science podcast, Carry the One Radio. And unlike Keith and me who took a divide-and-conquer approach to The Vinyl Exam, Craig and George work together on each episode, combining their know-how to create a unique and dynamic show.
These guys will change the way that you hear sound - something Keith and I hope to do for vinyl records, both LPs and 45s.
One of my favorite Everything Sounds episodes features someone that Keith and I would easily have on our own show: Ken Shipley, co-founder of the archival record label Numero Group. Shipley developed a passion for cataloging forgotten music and telling its story. Craig and George take that story and bring it to life, while Ken introduces us to forgotten sounds. Of course, the episode has a fantastic soundtrack, supplied by Numero.
Music surrounds us even when we don't realize it. We don't always notice the sounds around us, but they uniquely affect how we perceive the world. Everything Sounds showcases this reality.