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The World According to Sound

For one hour you are going to sit in total darkness, surrounded by speakers, and experience the world through your ears.

Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett are co-creators of The World According to Sound, a radio show that airs on NPR's All Things Considered and weekly on individual public radio stations. The Washington Post writes that "each episode is 90 seconds, containing a neat little story about an evocative, unusual sound rendered in intense aural detail." The show's sound-driven approach to radio has been featured on programs like the NHPR's Overheard, KQED's Earful, KALW's The Spot, CBC's Podcast Playlist, and a segment on HowSound called "Short is Beautiful."

For the live performance, Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett set up a ring of speakers, pass out eye masks, turn out the lights, and take the sounds from their show and move them all around the audience. You will hear bridges and ants and the gurgle of mud pots. The sounds will transport you inside another person's head and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. There will be a musical performance by a washing machine, a sonorous tennis match, and a disturbing howl Marco Polo heard centuries ago while crossing the Gobi Desert. All these sounds will swirl around you while you sit in total darkness with only your ears to guide you.

Tickets are $10 - reserve your seat here.

The show is co-sponsored by PRX and the Film Study Center at Harvard University. Admission is free with Harvard ID!