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Calcutta Typing

From: Kevin T. Allen
Length: :53

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60 seconds from the streets of Calcutta.

Calcutta2still_small Recorded in downtown Calcutta, India in July 2004. I was looking for a film library in the center of town and got terribly lost. I passed a row of government buildings where I saw hundreds of people queued up outside. On the street were makeshift carts and stands, where people dictated to men using manual typewriters for their official paperwork. The sound of the manual typewriters tapping away outside in the context of the bustling city sidewalk struck me as beautifully surreal and Kafkaesque, so I pulled the mic out of my bag so only the tip showed and walked down the street.

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Recorded in downtown Calcutta, India in July 2004. I was looking for a film library in the center of town and got terribly lost. I passed a row of government buildings where I saw hundreds of people queued up outside. On the street were makeshift carts and stands, where people dictated to men using manual typewriters for their official paperwork. The sound of the manual typewriters tapping away outside in the context of the bustling city sidewalk struck me as beautifully surreal and Kafkaesque, so I pulled the mic out of my bag so only the tip showed and walked down the street.

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Review of Calcutta Typing

I know that sound too well. Brings back memories! :)

Broadcast History

2006 - Featured on the Third Coast's website under the "One Minute Vacations" segment.
http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/audio_library_2006.asp
2006 - Featured as a "City Soundscape" in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's "Sense of the City" exhibit.