On Phantom Power, Mack Hagood explores the world of sound in the arts, music, technology, and cultureDeep but accessible, each episode features the sounds and ideas of a contemporary artist, musician, or sound scholar.

Bonus Episode: Jonathan Sterne [excerpt]

November 18, 2022 | 24:04

Today we feature an excerpt from our nearly 2-hour bonus episode for Patrons. In the full interview from last season’s episode “Dork-o-Phonics,” Jonathan Sterne discusses topics such as the early days of sound studies, how his upbringing and a music school rejection led him to sound, his illness and vocal impairment, and a lot of fascinating ideas about voice, media, disability, and more. Continue reading

Spacing Out with Dallas Taylor of 20,000 Hz

November 1, 2022 | 45:58

Today we talk to Dallas Taylor, host of the most popular sound podcast on the planet, 20,000 Hertz. He provides an anatomy of his episode “Space.” Continue reading

Listening in the Afterlife of Data (David Cecchetto)

October 17, 2022 | 01:17:48

David Cecchetto is a media theorist, artist, and musician who creates strange sonic experiments for understanding our computer-driven lives.  Continue reading

(Re)Making Radio with Shortwave Collective

October 3, 2022 | 00:53:04

The Shortwave Collective–an international group of feminist radio artists–teach you how to make your own radio with found materials! We talk about play, experimentation, failure, community, and open listening in their feminist radio practice. Continue reading

In One Ear, Out The Other (Jacob Danson Faraday On Cirque du Soleil)

September 15, 2022 | 00:43:05

On today’s show, we address a performer’s nightmare—the nightmare of not being able to hear yourself onstage. My guest is ethnomusicologist Jacob Danson Faraday, who takes us behind the scenes of the famed Cirque du Soleil to learn how even … Continue reading

Season Four Trailer

September 1, 2022 | 1:53

Get ready for Season Four of Phantom Power, where we study sound in the arts, music, and culture! On Phantom Power, we’ve got an ear to the ground—listening to the subterranean rats of New York…  We’ve got an ear on … Continue reading

Fela Kuti and the Black Atlantic (Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert)

August 16, 2022 | 01:17:13

This month, we are preparing for the launch of Season Four of the podcast in September. Lots of fascinating topics on deck, as we double our output with a semi-monthly format. We are also about to officially launch a Patreon … Continue reading

Awfully Viral (Paula Harper on Will Robin’s Sound Expertise)

July 23, 2022 | 00:50:59

Will Robin interviews Dr. Paula Harper about her work on viral music videos and taste, specifically that terrible Rebecca Black video “Friday” that’s probably still rattling around in some dark recess of your brain. Continue reading

Voices Pt. 3: Dork-o-phonics (Jonathan Sterne)

April 13, 2022 | 00:39:18

Jonathan Sterne is one of the most influential scholars working on sound and listening. His 2003 book, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction, had a formative influence on the then-nascent field of sound studies. His 2012 book, MP3: The Meaning of a Format, was both a fascinating cultural history and a deep meditation… Continue reading

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