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Silence

From: Conor Gillies
Series: Stylus
Length: 59:01

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Silence
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Our pilot episode about the sound of no sound. Featuring the voices of Pico Iyer, Christopher Ricks, Kay Larson, James Johnson, Damian Carr, Steven Cooper, Bob Celmer, Jeff Hullfish, Cecil McBee, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. Produced by Zack Ezor, Conor Gillies, and Andrea Shea. The episode includes Brian Calvert's piece The Rest is Silence, originally made for KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Editing help from Sean Cole, Katherine Gorman, and Erika Lantz.

Kay Larson is an art critic, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and author of Where The Heart Beats.
Pico Iyer is an essayist, novelist, and travel author who has written for Time, Harper's, and the New York Times.
Sir Christopher Ricks is a literary critic, professor at Boston University, and author of several books including Dylan's Visions of Sin.
James H. Johnson is a professor of history at Boston University and author of several books including Listening in Paris.
Damian Carr is the abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, a Trappist monestary in Spencer, Mass.
Steven Cooper is a clinical associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and speaker at Off the Couch, a film-studies series at Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, Mass. 
Bob Celmer is head of the acoustics program at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.
Cecil McBee is a renowned jazz bassist and professor at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass. 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is the abbot of the Zen Center of New York City in Brooklyn, New York.

Our engineers are Mike Garth, Marquis Neal, James Trout, and Paul Vaitkus. Our intro music is by Ryoji Ikeda and our outro music is by Laurel Halo. Our executive producers are Conor Gillies and Zack Ezor and our supervising editor is Lisa Tobin. Presented by Qainat Khan.  

Stylus is on Twitter and iTunes.

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Our pilot episode about the sound of no sound. Featuring the voices of Pico Iyer, Christopher Ricks, Kay Larson, James Johnson, Damian Carr, Steven Cooper, Bob Celmer, Jeff Hullfish, Cecil McBee, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. Produced by Zack Ezor, Conor Gillies, and Andrea Shea. The episode includes Brian Calvert's piece The Rest is Silence, originally made for KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Editing help from Sean Cole, Katherine Gorman, and Erika Lantz.

Kay Larson is an art critic, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and author of Where The Heart Beats.
Pico Iyer is an essayist, novelist, and travel author who has written for Time, Harper's, and the New York Times.
Sir Christopher Ricks is a literary critic, professor at Boston University, and author of several books including Dylan's Visions of Sin.
James H. Johnson is a professor of history at Boston University and author of several books including Listening in Paris.
Damian Carr is the abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, a Trappist monestary in Spencer, Mass.
Steven Cooper is a clinical associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and speaker at Off the Couch, a film-studies series at Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, Mass. 
Bob Celmer is head of the acoustics program at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.
Cecil McBee is a renowned jazz bassist and professor at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass. 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is the abbot of the Zen Center of New York City in Brooklyn, New York.

Our engineers are Mike Garth, Marquis Neal, James Trout, and Paul Vaitkus. Our intro music is by Ryoji Ikeda and our outro music is by Laurel Halo. Our executive producers are Conor Gillies and Zack Ezor and our supervising editor is Lisa Tobin. Presented by Qainat Khan.  

Stylus is on Twitter and iTunes.

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meta excellence

an incredible accomplishment and auspicious prologue!

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A complete surprise

Completely captivating! I thought I was turning on background listening and instead found myself transfixed. Great job, and keep it coming!

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Brilliant!

A wonderful compilation, from many perspectives, all eloquent and informative.

Broadcast History

Premiered on PRX Remix and WCAI. Broadcast on WBUR.

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http://www.wbur.org/stylus