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  • Produced for WCAI's Sonic IDs
    (Part of a collaboration between Transom and Cowbird)

    Notes from Jay Allison


    This Sonic, recorded by Marty Downs, was one of our earlier ones, in a kind of "postcard" mode. When our public radio station went on the air, we were trying to build a sonic identity for our community and we picked the hallmark sounds of the sea for starters. We have quite a few that tell the classic stories of Cape Cod, but later we began making less conventional sonic images of our place. Any community is an amalgam of its mythology and its reality.

    This one also represents the non-character-based sonics, chiefly about sound/scene. They tend to be short, :30 seconds, and even if they're pure sound, they need something distinctive about them to keep them from feeling generic or like sound effects. The charm comes from specificity. Otherwise, it's just a boring postcard.


    (Photo from The Sea Education Association)
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