Phantom Power is a podcast about sound, technology, and culture. In each episode, Mack Hagood interviews experts in sound studies, sound art, and acoustic ecology.

Noise and Affect Theory (Marie Thompson)

April 12, 2024 | 48:36

Feminist sound scholar and musician Marie Thompson is a theorist of noise. She has also been one of the key thinkers in integrating the study of sound with the study of affect. Continue reading

From HAL to SIRI: How Computers Learned to Speak (Benjamin Lindquist)

March 29, 2024 | 50:42

Learn how computers learned to speak with computer historian Benjamin Lindquist. Ben tells the the fascinating backstory to HAL 9000 and the strange the analog history of digital computing. Continue reading

Publishing for Nonfiction Authors (Jane Von Mehren)

March 15, 2024 | 1:06:41

Jane Von Mehren, Senior Partner at Aevitas Creative Management and a former Senior Vice President at Random House, explains how to find a literary agent, how to write a query letter to an agent, and how to craft a book proposal that your agent can shop to publishers.  Continue reading

Noise and Information in the Office (Joseph L. Clarke)

March 1, 2024 | 1:08:48

Ever wonder who’s to blame for the noise and distraction of the open office? Architectural historian Joseph L. Clarke has answers! Theories of acoustic communication accidentally inspired the sonic disaster of the open plan. Continue reading

Robin Miles: Talking Books

February 16, 2024 | 1:10:45

Today we bring you a master class in audiobook narration and acting with acclaimed actor, casting director, audiobook narrator and audiobook director, Robin Miles. Beyond technique, we talk about the audiobook industry and the politics of vocal representation. Continue reading

Radiophilia (Carolyn Birdsall)

January 26, 2024 | 1:06:47

Sound and radio scholar Carolyn Birdsall discusses her award-winning book Nazi Soundscapes (AUP, 2012) and her new book, Radiophilia (Bloomsbury, 2023). Continue reading

Cosmic Visions in Sound

January 12, 2024 | 21:43

Today we share a podcast episode on the visual epistemology of astronomy by our friends at The World According to Sound. What kind of knowledge do we really gain when we look at images from space? Continue reading

Tinnitus Stories

December 16, 2023 | 0:38:39

Tinnitus can be annoying, for sure–and for some people it’s much worse than annoying–but it also has a lot to say of interest, if we’re willing to listen: “Tinnitus has been my guide in sound studies, my Virgil, leading me through a shadow world of sound. It’s taught me how high the stakes can be when it comes to the perception and control of sound and it’s given me new ways to think about how and why we use media devices.” Continue reading

Warren Zanes: Rockstar Biographer

December 1, 2023 | 1:11:53

Warren Zanes talks life as a rocker and writer, his new book on Springsteen’s Nebraska, how to weave theory into a great story, and why he narrates his own audiobooks.  Continue reading

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