Aired: July 6, 2018

The Ghost in the MP3

Image courtesy Ryan Maguire

  • The Ghost in the MP3 (15 min.)

    With: Ryan Maguire, University of Virginia

    Haunting musical experiments with the sounds that get stripped out of MP3s, with Ryan Maguire.

  • Soundscape Architecture (12 min.)

    With: Karen Van Lengen

    The rich sonic landscapes of New York City, in “soundscape architecture”, with Karen Van Lengen.

  • Give War and Peace a Chance (13 min.)

    With: Andrew Kaufman

    It’s been over 150 years since the publication of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” but Andrew Kaufman says that it’s more relevant than ever.

  • It's In the Delivery (11 min.)

    With: Jeffrey McClurken, University of Mary Washington

    Historian Jeffrey McClurken says while movies often get the facts wrong, there’s history to be learned from the way the stories are told.

  • Ghosts and Salad Dressing

    Music aficionados disdain mp3s. It’s understandable… because when music is compressed to such tiny files, some of the valuable sound is shaved away. But one Virginia scholar recently discovered that what’s lost in an mp3 could have a life of it’s own. Lilia Fuquen reports.


    Visual Sounds

    See and hear the soundscape architecture of Karen Van Lengen.

  • moDernisT

    This haunting video “moDernisT” was created by salvaging the sounds and images lost to compression via the MP3 and MP4 codecs.


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